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Winners Announced for the 2024 AAFP/EveryCat Health Foundation Scholarships

Two exceptional recipients chosen to further feline healthcare education

The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and EveryCat Health Foundation are delighted to announce the 2024 scholarship recipients for veterinary students pursuing a career in feline clinical practice or feline clinical research. Jessica Holmes, University of Georgia, Class of 2025 is awarded the Clinical Research Scholarship. Haley Momany, Washington State University, Class of 2024, receives the Clinical Practice Scholarship.

“As the AAFP celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year, we are honoring the Association’s rich history and looking forward to the future,” said Heather O’Steen, CAE, AAFP CEO. “Scholarships like these make us optimistic about the future of feline veterinary medicine, and we congratulate the 2024 recipients.”

Jessica Marie Holmes, University of Georgia, Clinical Research Scholarship

Jessica Holmes is a third-year student at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Realizing early on in vet school that education in feline medicine was minimal, Jessica sought opportunities to foster and expand her feline knowledge. As president of the Student Chapter of the American Association of Feline Practitioners at UGA, Jessica has continued to advocate for feline health and welfare in her community. She acted as a scribe for the AAFP Intercat Tension Guidelines Task Force, obtained her Cat Friendly Veterinarian® Certificate through AAFP, and organizes educational events for her fellow students. Currently, she is spearheading a project for a much-needed Cat Friendly exam room and waiting area at the UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

After vet school, Jessica plans to enter a small animal internship with the goal of a residency in neurology. Jessica hopes to use her specialty studies to improve the feline neurologic exam and increase research into feline neurologic disorders.

Read Jessica’s Acceptance Essay HERE.

 

 

Haley Momany, Washington State University, Clinical Practice Scholarship

Haley Momany graduated on May 4th, 2024 from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, she will start a medicine-focused small animal rotating internship at Sunstone Veterinary Specialists in Portland, Oregon. Her goal is to become a board-certified veterinary internal medicine specialist with a strong focus on feline health.

Haley’s cats, Mowgli and Pippin, have motivated her to study of behavioral and physical feline health issues. When she is not working, Haley loves to go backpacking in the mountains, cycling through wheat fields, and trying new recipes.

Read Haley’s Acceptance Essay HERE.

 

“We are honored to recognize individuals dedicated to the advancement of feline health and hope to inspire continued commitment with these awards,” stated Jackie Ott Jaakola, EveryCat Health Foundation’s executive director. “Jessica and Haley both have a distinct passion and dedication to cats and we look forward to watching their positive impact grow in the field of feline veterinary medicine.”