U C DAVIS VETERINARY SCHOLARSHIP THROUGH THE YEARS
CSHA’s connection with UC Davis through the Charitable Trust appears to have begun in the mid- 1970s when the Debra Jean Canton Memorial Scholarship Fund was established for the purpose of awarding a scholarship at UC Davis. After the depletion of the original memorial funding, the scholarship was continued under a new name; i.e. the CSHA Memorial UC Davis Veterinary Scholarship and was issued each year that sufficient funds were donated in memory of someone. Once sufficient funds were on hand to continue the scholarship, the “memorial” was dropped and the CSHA UC Davis Veterinary Scholarship continued.
THE EARLY YEARS THROUGH 1980s
Winners of the Debra Jean Canton Memorial Scholarship
1977 Cory Soltau
1978 Kathleen Stewart
1979 Mimi Albright
1980 Melissa Nixon
1981 Melissa Nixon
1982 Paul Mennick
Winners of the CSHA UC Davis Veterinary Scholarship
1983 Kent Lloyd
1984 Michael Sterns
1985 Kathy Klein
1986 Kathy Valko
1987 Joe Catania
1988 Patrick D’Angelo pictured with CSHA representative Cheryl Williams
1989 Victoria Polzin
1990 Michael D. Fling spent his “free time” while at UC Davis working for the clinic’s Large Animal Treatment Crew, Intensive Care Unit and Surgery Service. After graduation he planned to work in private practice specializing in equine medicine, surgery and reproduction.
1991 Phillip Williams
1992 Peggy Marsh of Santa Barbara (pictured with a CSHA representative) graduated from the U C Santa Barbara with a degree In Environmental Studies. Prior to entering veterinary school she was an environmental consultant and a horse trainer and breeder. After graduation she planned to do an internship in a private equine clinic and focus her career in equine medicine and surgery, in particular neonatology and respiratory physiology.
1993 K. Gary Magdesian. After graduation Gary planned a clinical internship in a large animal medicine and surgery at the Texas Veterinary Medical Center at Texas A&M University.
1994 Lisa Zekas
1995 No award made
1996 No award made
1997 April Armstrong (shown with CSHA representative Peggy Narducci)
1998 Kirste Timm
1999 Ilona Armogida
2000 TO 2010
2000 Sarah Thompson
2001 Teresa Crocker shown with Peggy Narducci, CSHA representative.
2002 Timothy Grande of Oxnard was honored as a Regent’s Scholar during his time at UC Davis. Tim’s hobbies included painting and reading. After graduation, he hoped to work in the Thoroughbred racing industry specializing in radiology, surgery and breeding. The CSHA representative that day was Peggy Narducci who happened to be celebrating her 86th birthday that year.
2003 Suzanne Brenner Huberty (with CSHA representative Peggy Narducci)
2004 Bunita Eichelberger
2005 Carolyn Pierce is a native of California and a horse person all her life. After graduation, she planned to work in a practice in Humboldt County (80%-90% large animal).
2006 Cynthia Facciolla from Loyalton, California, (shown with CSHA representatives Peggy Narducci and Susie Lopez) obtained a degree in Animal Science from Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo before enter U. C. Davis’s veterinary school. Her hobbies included horse training and rodeo. With her ROTC background, she planned to join the Army and then pursue a rural veterinary practice focusing on beef cattle and equines.
2007 Camille White Knopf of Napa obtained degrees in Biology and Spanish at Westmont College in Santa Barbara and was captain of the polo team there. She graduated from U.C. Davis in 2007. She planned to focus her career on an ambulatory equine practice and is pictured above with CSHA representatives Susie Lopez and Peggy Narducci.
(shown with CSHA representatives Linda Donnelly and Peggy Narducci) obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with an equine emphasis from U.C. Davis before moving over to the veterinary school with a major in “equine track”.
2009 Nicole Fawns of Newcastle (shown with CSHA representative Peggy Narducci) obtained a degree from U.C. Davis in Veterinary Science before beginning her studies at the veterinary school. At graduation she planned an internship at the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital. Following that, she planned to do another internship in equine ultrasound or an equine surgery residency. She hoped to be active in sport horse and/or racetrack medicine.
2010 Stephanie Corbitt of Sacramento (shown with CSHA representatives Peggy Narducci and Susie Lopez) obtained her undergraduate degree from UC Davis in Animal Science before beginning her studies at the veterinary school. When asked about her time prior to entering the vet school, she stated “school, school, school and a full time vet tech!” The scholarship was awarded this year in memory of CSHA member Julie Morin.
2011 – 2020
2011 Anne Williams of Davis did her undergraduate work at U. C. Davis in Animal Science. After graduation she hoped to visit underprivileged areas to help them with the health of their livestock. In her “spare time” she enjoyed horseback riding, sailing and was a relief worker in New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina.
2012 Leah Forquer Raheja of Cupertino (shown with Dean Lairmore of UC Davis) did her undergraduate work at U. C. Davis in Animal Science and received a PHd in Comparative Pathology as well. Leah intended to intern at Specifically Equine Veterinary Services in Buelton, California and then to apply for a residency program. She wanted to focus her career on clinical work and research focusing on equine tendon and ligament rehabilitation and subclinical lesion identification.
2014 Callie Meeder of Davis (shown with friends) obtained her under graduate degree in Animal Science at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Following graduation from the veterinary school she planned an internship at the Bend Equine Medical Center and then looked forward to completing a residency in large animal internal medicine.
2015 No award made
2016 Aaron Harlon of Ramona, California, (shown with a patient) did his undergraduate work in Biology at California State University of San Marcos. Prior to entering veterinary school, Aaron participated in research concerning the seasonal reproduction of the Giant Panda. His goal is to one day operate his own practice.
2017 Caitlin Zacha graduated from Viewpoint School in Calabasas and then from the University of Southern California, Magna Cum Laude, with a degree in Political Science and Communication. She competed with her dressage horse Jack and was a groom for the US Dressage Team at the Pan American Games. She worked in a small animal general practice and as an assistant to an equine ambulatory veterinarian. She is the recipient of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Clinical Excellence Award (Large Animal) and hopes to work as an intern at an equine practice in 2018. She plans to incorporate her recently acquired acupuncture skills into the traditional practice of equine medicine.
Want to support a future veterinarian? Please consider making a donation to the U.C. Davis Veterinary Scholarship Fund today. Donations in any amount are gratefully accepted. Make checks payable to CSHA Charitable Trust and indicate “UC Davis Vet Scholarship” on the check. Mail checks to: CSHA Charitable Trust, 1330 W. Robinhood Drive, Suite D,
Stockton, CA 95207.
All donations to the Charitable Trust are tax deductible. Thank you for your support.