PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University veterinary students received the lion’s share of national awards and honors last week at the 2003 Student American Veterinary Medical Association Symposium.

WSU veterinary students won the most academic trophies overall– seven total – among more than 1,000 students competing from the 27 U.S. veterinary colleges as well as several foreign schools.

Approximately 1,000 students attended the three-day symposium held March 20-23, at the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine in Athens, Ga. Teams and individuals competed in various academic competitions that included anatomy, bovine reproduction, microbiology and parasitology, research, and clinical application topics.

“In keeping with many excellent past performances by our students, this is clear evidence that WSU attracts the highest quality students and provides an extraordinary world-class veterinary education,” said Warwick Bayly, dean of the WSU veterinary college. “It, too, shows that our students will become some of the finest veterinarians serving society worldwide.”

First-year WSU veterinary students Matt Nelson of Sultan and Lee Palmer of Pullman were awarded first place for the freshman anatomy team competition in which the two were tested on identification and anatomical concepts. Palmer also received first prize for the individual anatomy contest.

First place prizes were also awarded to third-year student Josh Anderson of Hazelton, Idaho, for a veterinary trivia contest, and to third-year student Kristen Macy of Flagstaff, Ariz.; second-year students Caelli Cryer of Mt. Vernon and Ann Scholmer of LaCrosse; and first-year student Robyn Fry of Albion for the SAVMA “Challenge” oral competition in which they analyzed clinical cases. The group also received second place in the written portion of the competition.

Bill Craft of Marysville and Josiel Lopez of Brigham City, Utah, third-year WSU veterinary students, also were awarded third place in the parasitology team competition, with Craft winning third place in the parasitology individual competition as well.

Twenty-five WSU students attended the symposium, with several receiving additional individual scholarships and monetary awards.

The SAVMA was founded in 1972 and includes 28 student chapters, with total membership coming in at over 8,000 students from the United States and abroad.