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.

About The AAVMC

The member institutions of the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) promote and protect the health and wellbeing of people, animals, and the environment by advancing the profession of veterinary medicine and preparing new generations of veterinarians to meet the evolving needs of a changing world. Founded in 1966, the AAVMC represents more than 40,000 faculty, staff, and students across the global academic veterinary medical community. Our member institutions include Council on Education (COE) accredited veterinary medical colleges and schools in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand as well as departments of veterinary science and departments of comparative medicine in the U.S.

About the Zoetis Foundation

The Zoetis Foundation supports communities and the people who care for animals, with a specific focus on advancing opportunities for veterinarians and farmers around the world. The Foundation’s grantmaking and strategic efforts help provide access to education and mental wellness resources, expand veterinary debt relief, support diversity and inclusion efforts, and enable thriving livelihoods by funding programs that help veterinary practices and livestock farmers adopt sustainable business practices. To learn more about the Foundation, please visit: