American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges Introduces the AAVMC DR. Catherine A. Knupp Scholarship

Susan Leigh, Director for Marketing and Communications
Phone: 202/371-9195 x171

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 22, 2022 —The American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) is pleased to announce a $50,000 scholarship to be awarded to a veterinary student who aspires to pursue an advanced degree in basic or clinical research. The scholarship is named for Dr. Catherine A. Knupp DVM, MS, who exemplifies the type of leadership AAVMC seeks to nurture through its scholarships. Dr. Knupp retired at the end of 2021 as President, Research & Development at Zoetis after a 35-year career in both the human and animal health pharmaceutical industries. The grant awarded from the Zoetis Foundation will assist in developing a leader in veterinary research.

“We are excited to offer this new scholarship opportunity and continue in partnership with the Zoetis Foundation. As a champion for diversity and inclusion focused on advancing the veterinary medical profession, this funding from the Foundation will be instrumental in helping us further education and research,” says Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe, CEO of AAVMC.

The Zoetis Foundation was announced in 2021 to advance opportunities for veterinarians and farmers around the world. This scholarship program will also address the issue of increased student debt. Zoetis Inc. has a longstanding partnership with the AAVMC, and this Foundation grant will build on previous support to provide students additional scholarship opportunities. “Through the Zoetis Foundation, we are committed to helping expand access to veterinary training, as well as advance a more inclusive veterinary community,” said Jeannette Ferran Astorga, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Communications and Sustainability at Zoetis and President of the Zoetis Foundation. “We’re proud to honor the legacy of Dr. Knupp’s leadership in animal health research and development through our support of the veterinary profession as it continues to grow in order to meet the need for increased animal care and wellness.”

The application process will be open to students starting on December 1, 2022. Please visit for more information.