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By Hannah Kleckner 

Penn Vet student Linnea Tracy has been awarded a scholarship presented to veterinary students focused on poultry health.[March 15, 2018; Philadelphia, PA] – Through a partnership with the American Association of Avian Pathologists Foundation (AAAP Foundation) and Merck Animal Health, third-year Penn Vet student Linnea Tracy has been awarded one of ten scholarships presented to veterinary students focused on poultry health this year.

“These recipients are already standout students at their respective universities, and as they prepare to enter the field of poultry production, we want to help provide support for their ongoing education as we know student debt can be a challenge,” said Rick Sibbel, DVM, Executive Director, Food Animal Technical Services, Merck Animal Health. 

Driven by a profound interest in the intersections between humans, animals, agriculture and public health, Tracy aspires to chart the way for what she believes is the next frontier of veterinary medicine: birds.

The experience of volunteering at a local animal shelter, combined with an introduction to epidemiology during her undergraduate studies, sparked Tracy’s passion to focus on population and global health, leading her to Penn Vet.

“I was attracted to the School’s emphasis on veterinary medicine’s global importance—global as in the world, but also global as in all species on the planet, including humans,” she said. 

In addition to her studies, Tracy has worked with Dr. Sherrill Davison, associate professor of avian medicine and pathology at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center. An international expert in avian medicine, Davison directs the Laboratory of Avian Medicine and Pathology at New Bolton Center, which plays a critical role in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s efforts to detect the spread of disease.

After graduation, Tracy hopes to pursue a residency in avian medicine to eventually earn a role where she can help shape public policy at the state or federal level.

“Avian health touches many lives,” said Tracy. “This is a huge field, and it’s only going to get more important as global food demands grow.”


About Penn Vet

Ranked among the top ten veterinary schools worldwide, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) is a global leader in veterinary education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, Penn Vet is the first veterinary school developed in association with a medical school. The school is a proud member of the One Health initiative, linking human, animal, and environmental health.

Penn Vet serves a diverse population of animals at its two campuses, which include extensive diagnostic and research laboratories. Ryan Hospital in Philadelphia provides care for dogs, cats, and other domestic/companion animals, handling nearly 35,000 patient visits a year. New Bolton Center, Penn Vet’s large-animal hospital on nearly 700 acres in rural Kennett Square, PA, cares for horses and livestock/farm animals. The hospital handles nearly 4,900 patient visits a year, while the Field Service treats more than 38,000 patients at local farms. In addition, New Bolton Center’s campus includes a swine center, working dairy, and poultry unit that provide valuable research for the agriculture industry.