Americans for Medical Progress fellowship
Chris Thomson awarded Michael D. Hayre Fellowship in Public Outreach
(May 23, 2013) - Second-year veterinary student Chris Thomson is the first University of Minnesota student to be awarded the Americans for Medical Progress (AMP) Michael D. Hayre Fellowship in Public Outreach.
Thomson's program will focus on student-to-student outreach at veterinary schools and conferences across America. Through campus presentations, workshops, and media initiatives, he will build and maintain informed understanding and acceptance of the importance of animals to biomedical research. The project, “The Veterinary Impact,” will also feature a website and series of posters.
Thomson graduated from Iowa State University with degrees in animal science and international agriculture. At the University of Minnesota, he serves as a national delegate for the Student American Veterinary Medical Association and a national student liaison for the American Association of Veterinary State Boards. He is also founder and vice president of the Research Animal Medicine Club for veterinary students interested in research.
“All students preparing for careers in veterinary medicine should understand how integral research animals are to medical advances, critical to both people and animals," says Jacquie Calnan, president of Americans for Medical Progress. "Chris’s program will highlight opportunities for careers in research animal medicine—and give those students who choose private practice a new appreciation for the development of the treatments that they will use to heal animals throughout their professional lives. We at AMP are delighted to welcome Chris and assist him in this outreach."
Established by Americans for Medical Progress in 2008, the Michael D. Hayre Fellowship in Public Outreach promotes peer education about humane and responsible animal research among students and young adults aged 18-30. Named in memory of AMP's former chairman, Michael D. Hayre, DVM, ACLAM, the fellowship provides support for outreach and advocacy projects in the United States. To learn more about the fellowship, visit www.amprogress.org/HayreFellowship.