The American Kennel Club® (AKC®) continues its support of students pursuing veterinary studies with the presentation of the 2015 AKC/American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) Veterinary Scholarship to Courtney Korff, a third-year student at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. This $5,000 scholarship, offered since 2009, is designed to support individuals with a background in AKC events and programs, who seek to promote animal health and medicine.
“Courtney has extensive experience in the world of purebred dogs, and despite a busy school schedule, is still involved with her breed and AKC events. We congratulate her on her hard work and know that she’ll make an impact on the health of purebred dogs in the coming years,” said Mari Beth O’Neill, AVP Sport Services and AKC’s liaison to the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Korff began showing Schipperkes at the age of 15 and remains active in the breed, competing in AKC conformation and other events. At UC Davis, Korff works in a canine genetics laboratory, helping to develop genetic tests that will allow responsible breeders to continue to detect and remove inherited diseases from their lines. Upon graduation, she hopes to pursue a residency at a small animal orthopedic surgery facility.
“When I graduate, I plan to continue to promote purebred dogs and all that they can do, and I’m very grateful for the support from AKC and the AVMF in continuing my education,” said Korff.