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2021 Student History Essay Contest Winners

Contest Committee Chair Dr. Jessica Zeiger is very pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Smithcors Student Veterinary History Essay Contest. Congratulations to these essayists and all students who submitted papers for blinded judging. These essays will be published in forthcoming issues of Veterinary Heritage.


1st Prize Polly Weldon ’22 University of Florida

Unexpected Allies: How an Original Thought from the 1930s Saved the Florida Key Deer from Getting Screwed


2nd Prize Conrad S. Schelkopf ’24 Kansas State University

Scrapie: A Brief History of the First Prion Disease


3rd Prize Lydia Hall ’21 Purdue University

Zoo Pathology: A Historic Lens on an Emerging Field


4th Prize Brooklyn Biese ’22 Purdue University

The Journey to Corticosteroid Treatment


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