Winn Feline Foundation
Vicki Thayer DVM, DABVP (Feline)
888-963-6946, extension 702
Steve Dale, CABC
Media Contact and Winn Board Member
For Immediate Release
Wyckoff, NJ, November 20, 2014: Winn Feline Foundation and American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) announced their annual joint Student Scholarship Award recipient is Ms. Demetria Vasilatis, a DVM candidate from University of Florida-Gainesville. The Winn Board of Directors selected Ms. Vasilatis at their June board meeting in New Orleans.
A senior in veterinary medicine at the veterinary college, Demetria is passionate about feline medicine. Her goal is to become the strongest proponent of feline veterinary medicine during her veterinary career. To achieve that goal, she plans to become a cat specialist, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP)-feline certified along with continuing her education toward a masters and doctorate degree in immunology and virology.
She has been president of the student chapter of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and participates in Operation Cat Nip, a large monthly trap-neuter-return program in the Gainesville area. She is a clinical pathology student laboratory technician, a veterinary student club financial liaison, president of a nonprofit student-run veterinary clinic for low and disabled person, as well as historian of her class and a UF student ambassador. Other past activities include private practice clinical exposure and shelter technician, biochemistry student research assistant, and student biology laboratory instructor at the University of Central Florida. These varied activities have made Demetria a well-rounded student who Winn considered a very deserving recipient of the Scholarship Award of $2500. She shares her busy schedule and home with two red tabby cats and a dog.
Winn Feline Foundation and the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) join together annually in presenting two awards designed to promote and encourage feline health studies by both established veterinary research scientists and by those entering this field of study. Winn Feline Foundation and the American Veterinary Medical Foundation are pleased to collaborate in this effort to focus attention on care for “Every Cat, Every Day”.
The Winn Feline Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 1968 that supports studies to Improve cat health. Since 1968, the Winn Feline Foundation has funded over $4 million in health research for cats at more than 30 partner institutions world-wide. This funding is made possible through the support of dedicated donors and partners. Research supported by the Winn Feline Foundation helps veterinarians to improve treatment of common feline health problems and prevent many diseases.www.winnfelinefoundation.org