Harrogate, Tennessee, Feb. 26, 2019 – Jennifer Starvetsky, a third-year veterinary medicine student at Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM) was one of 37 students honored with the Dr. Jack Walther Leadership Award at the 91st Annual Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Feb. 19, 2019.
“As a student, my leadership efforts have involved facilitating learning and networking opportunities that may not be included in core curriculum classes,” said Starvetsky. “In my future career, I will focus my skills on being an ambassador for both animals and other veterinarians in the profession we love.”
The award is named in honor of the late Dr. Jack Walther, who attended the annual WVC for more than 50 years, serving as a committee chairman, board member and president. Given annually, the award recognizes students who are actively involved and show long-term leadership potential at their veterinary college. Starvetsky received a $1,000 award and complimentary registration, lodging, airfare and a daily stipend to attend the conference.
“Jennifer has been actively involved in leadership roles since she stepped foot on the LMU campus,” said LMU-CVM Vice President and Dean Dr. Jason Johnson. “At LMU-CVM it is in our mission to embrace compassionate veterinary care that values diversity, public service and leadership. Jennifer is a great example of what it means to be a leader, and we look forward to seeing where her career as an LMU-trained veterinarian takes her in the future.”
Starvetsky, a member of the LMU-CVM Class of 2020, serves as the vice president of the LMU-CVM Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medicine Association. Over the summer, she served as the Lead Endangered Bat Survey Technician for Ecological Engineering. She has participated in various student club activities such as the Josh Project Auction Committee, Turtle Shell Repair Lecture and Wetlab, the Georgia Aquarium Veterinarian Behind the Scenes Tour and a variety of guest speaker events.
“LMU offers many avenues for leadership,” said Starvetsky. “These opportunities to students are important because once we graduate and put on that white coat, we will be looked to as leaders. Becoming involved in these opportunities as students gives us the chance to practice social and emotional intelligence, teamwork, delegation and conflict resolution skills.”
Starvetsky hopes to work in a small and exotic animal general practice immediately upon graduation. She then aims to move into a position working with zoologic and wildlife species with a focus toward one health, public health and conservation medicine. She is the daughter of Leo and Shiri Starvetsky of Warner Robins, Georgia.
Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine is located on LMU’s main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee, with additional academic facilities in nearby Lee County, Virginia. LMU-CVM is an integral part of the University’s medical programs and provides real-world, community-based education in a collaborative learning environment. For more information about LMU-CVM, call 1.800.325.0900, ext. 7150 or visit us online at vetmed.LMUnet.edu.