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The most recent Fall Forum was Thursday, September 24, 2015, at 5:30 pm in Room 325 Riddick Hall
      on the NC State University main campus. 
The speaker was Dr. Doug Meckes
, the state veterinarian.

The topic was Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) and Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV)...Recent outbreaks of these diseases devastated the poultry and swine industries - how
can further outbreaks be prevented?

click here to see the 2015 flyer.

Food Animal Scholars Program Objectives

  1. To provide a clear academic pathway for students desiring a veterinary career in food animal agriculture.
  2. To provide admission to the CVM for up to six Food Animal Scholars each year, provided they meet minimum standards for acceptance established by the Admissions Committee.
  3. To devise a plan of academic work, experience, and mentoring for Food Animal Scholars which encompasses undergraduate and veterinary medical education and meets specific needs of animal agriculture.
  4. To provide a continuous supply of new veterinary graduates with skills, experience and expertise with Food Animal Species comparable to a DVM with one year of clinical experience. These new graduates will immediately be able to provide valuable service to modern animal agriculture and will be mentally prepared to continually grow and improve as scientific health professionals.
  5. To continually promote and increase the visibility of the Food Animal Scholars and the Food Animal Scholars Program.
Examples of professional veterinary service to animal agriculture include

private food animal practitioners, mixed animal private practitioners (with at least half of the practice being with food animals/animal agriculture), veterinarians working in corporate agribusiness, technical service veterinarians working with animal health industries, pathologists working in diagnostic laboratories, food animal veterinarians on university faculties, and veterinarians in public practice such as veterinary medical officers employed by state or federal governments. 


The "Food Animal Scholars Pool" for each year refers to the undergraduates who have been selected to be admitted to the College of Veterinary Medicine following completion of their undergraduate degree (if they have met the criteria outlined below and have remained in the pool).  Two Pools will exist during spring semester: one for students entering the CVM that calendar year and one for students entering the CVM the next calendar year (which is the pool of students selected from the November applications immediately preceeding the spring semester).

"CVM Food Animal Scholars" refers to the students who have been admitted to the College of Veterinary Medicine from the Food Animal Scholars Pool.


Up to six students and two alternates will be chosen each year to enter the Food Animal Scholars Pool. Eligible students will be those who are majoring in Animal Science or Poultry Science and who will be completing their B.S. degree 2 or 3 full semesters following the time of application (fall or spring semesters; does not count summer school).  This is normally first-semester juniors, but double-majors or transfer students who still have 2 or 3 full semesters remaining and are classified as upperclassmen are eligible to apply.  Students in an accelerated undergraduate program are eligible to apply in the fall when they have 2 or 3 full semesters remaining.  Students should meet the minimum academic standards for entry to the College of Veterinary Medicine for coursework completed to date at the time of application.  The application deadline is in mid-November (see application link at the bottom of this web page).

Each year, preference will be given to have at least one swine-focused scholar and at least one poultry-focused scholar. Beyond this, there is no overall species or departmental quota for Food Animal Scholars Pool membership.

The goal is to create Food Animal Scholars Pools composed of excellent students with a sincere interest in animal agriculture while maintaining flexibility for them to explore career options.  Up to six students from the Food Animal Scholars Pool will be admitted to the appropriate class entering the CVM following successful completion of all requirements and attainment of required standards.  If the Food Animal Scholars Pool does not contain six qualified students, a lesser number will be admitted.  Once admitted, a student will be designated as a "CVM Food Animal Scholar" for the year of graduation from the CVM.

The Food Animal Scholars Steering & Mentoring Committee, composed of faculty members from the N.C. State University's Departments of Animal Science (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences), Poultry Science (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences), Population Health and Pathobiology (College of Veterinary Medicine), and one Committee member from North Carolina A&T University, will select and annually review the members of each Food Animal Scholars Pool.

Each student selected to join the Food Animal Scholars Pool will be assigned two Faculty Mentors, one from either the Department of Animal Science or Poultry Science, and one from the Department of Population Health and Pathobiology.  These two Faculty Mentors will work closely with the students to advise them, monitor their progress and commitment, and facilitate their additional training opportunities, such as summer jobs and experiences. Faculty Mentors may be members of the Steering and Mentoring Committee, but this is not a requirement.  The mentor from the student's undergraduate department may or may not be the same person as the student's undergraduate advisor. The undergraduate faculty co-chair of the Steering and Mentoring Committee assigns the undergraduate mentor, and the committee co-chair from the College of Veterinary Medicine assigns the CVM mentor.  This happens early in the spring semester during the academic year the student is admitted to the Food Animal Scholars Pool.

During his or her education, each student in the Food Animal Scholars Pools should demonstrate a clear, abiding interest in animal agriculture.  Undergraduate students will complete at least one food animal management/production course as part of their curriculum.  Students in the pool will also complete a summer internship working in a food animal production or research setting as approved by the student's mentors; the internship (or a combination of two or more internships) must add up to at least 240 hours to fulfill the Food Animal Scholar internship requirement.

Members of the existing Food Animal Scholars Pools will be re-evaluated at the end of each semester, with membership changes made by the Steering Committee if necessary.  Students in each Scholars Pool who do not meet minimum academic standards for entry to the College of Veterinary Medicine (for N.C. residents, this is currently 3.3 GPA last 45 semester hours, 3.0 GPA overall, and 3.3 in the required courses; for non-residents, it is 3.4 in all three categories), are not making progress toward completion of a degree, or who do not continue to demonstrate a sincere interest in supporting animal agriculture may be replaced with alternates or other suitable students (by application) who are at the same stage of their training.

Completion of the degree the student is pursuing is required for entry into the College of Veterinary Medicine under the Food Animal Scholars Program, and students are expected to have an approved Plan of Study showing how this will be accomplished.  In some cases it may be necessary to have one or two courses from the College of Veterinary Medicine transfer back to complete an undergraduate degree, which is acceptable if it is part of the approved Plan of Study.  Each student in the Food Animal Scholars pool is required to apply to the College of Veterinary Medicine (including submitting reference letters and GRE scores) and must meet the minimum criteria for entrance.

Each CVM Food Animal Scholar beginning the DVM curriculum will be required to enroll in a Food Animal Focus Area and to submit a formal plan of study for their four-year DVM curriculum under the supervision of their faculty Mentors. This plan will specify Selectives, Electives, summer work experiences, externships, special projects, and Senior Rotations.

CVM Food Animal Scholars (who are in the DVM curriculum) will lose the Food Animal Scholars designation if, in the judgment of the Steering Committee, they do not continue to demonstrate a sincere interest in professional service to animal agriculture.  In such a case, any student loans made on the basis of CVM Food Animal Scholar status should be repaid.  Students who complete their DVM degree as Food Animal Scholars will have received the benefit provided by years of mentoring, opportunities, and experiences provided by the Food Animal Scholars Program.

Summer Internships

What have the Food Animal Scholar undergraduates been doing for their summer internships?
Summer 2015
Summer 2014
Summer 2013
Summer 2012
Summer 2011
Summer 2010
Summer 2009

Application for Admission to the Food Animal Scholars Pool

Choose the Application for admission to the Food Animal Scholars Pool as appropriate for your situation:
green ball  North Carolina State University students:  as a Word Document 
green ball  North Carolina A&T State University students:  as a Word Document 

The Food Animal Scholar application due date for students who plan to enter the College of Veterinary Medicine in Fall 2017 is November 13, 2015 at 4:30 pm.

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Related Links at North Carolina State University:

              ball  Animal Science Department Undergraduate Student Page
              ball  Poultry Science Department
              ball  Population Health and Pathobiology Department at the CVM
              ball  College of Veterinary Medicine
              ball  College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
              ball  North Carolina State University

Related Links at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University:

              ball  North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (A&T)
              ball  NC A&T Animal Sciences Department

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