(November 13, 2013, Kennett Square, PA) –The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine is pleased to announce that two Penn Vet students were each awarded a $6,000 scholarship from the Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation (“TERF”).

TERF is a non-profit charitable organization that supports and promotes equine education and research by sponsoring scholarships in veterinary medicine, as well as supporting organizations that are educating the public in the proper care of horses.

TERF supports Specialty Opportunity Scholarships to help promote careers in equine veterinary medicine. These scholarships are awarded to 3rd and 4th year students who intend to pursue such a career. Opportunity Scholarships pair recipients with Penn Vet graduates and clinicians as mentors and advisors.

The Penn Vet recipients graduating in Spring 2014 are:

Lauren Duffee, from Simsbury, CT. Duffee received her BA in Biology/Biochemistry from the College of the Holy Cross. Lauren is interested in equine medicine and biochemistry research and enjoys horseback riding, commenting, “As a veterinary student who grew up riding and caring for many equine athletes, I am very honored to be a recipient of the Opportunity Scholarship of the Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation. During my four years at Penn Vet, I studied laminitis and strangles infections, and I plan to continue this research after graduation while practicing in the field. I believe that research is imperative in evidence-based medicine and in the progression of our profession. In the face of a difficult economy for equine practitioners, this scholarship will help to realize my dream and enable my role within the equestrian community.”

Emma Gorenberg, from Philadelphia and West Tisbury, MA. Gorenberg received her BA in English and Political Science from Amherst College and her MFA in Creative Writing-Poetry from the University of Michigan. She is interested in equine medicine and has been a longtime dressage rider. “I feel incredibly grateful to TERF for their support during this final year of vet school. As equine students at Penn Vet, we constantly have the chance to learn from our Thoroughbred patients through our clinical work, classroom studies, and involvement in scientific research within the University. That TERF would grant this scholarship means a great deal to me, especially during this time of economic uncertainty for new graduates,” said Ms. Gorenberg, who added, “The assistance provided by this scholarship will help me to achieve greater professional freedom during my post-graduate years, with the ultimate goal of achieving specialty training. I hope that I can, in turn, continue to support the Thoroughbred industry through excellent patient care and commitment to racehorses through every stage of their lives, from birth to a successful post-racing career.” 

“Penn Vet is so grateful to TERF for not only helping our students financially, but also for supporting their commitment to equine and large-animal veterinary medicine,” said Joan Hendricks, VMD, PhD, the Gilbert S. Kahn Dean, School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

“The TERF Board is personally committed to funding education in equine medicine and surgery, as well as general equine education,” said Herb Moelis, TERF Co-Founder, adding, “We are excited to be working with Penn Vet students and we welcome applicants from other schools and colleges of veterinary medicine in the Mid-Atlantic area.”

About Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation (“TERF”)

Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation, (“TERF”), formerly the Thoroughbred Charities of America (“TCA”) Endowment, is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to support and promote equine education and research by sponsoring scholarships in veterinary medicine and supporting organizations that are educating the public in the proper care of horses. TERF Trustees include TCA Founders Herb and Ellen Moelis, TCA Directors Amy Adkins, Gretchen Jackson, James Orsini, DVM, and TCA President Dan Rosenberg, former TCA Directors Kathleen Crompton, and Betty Moran, along with Margaret and Bob Duprey, Roy Jackson, Toni Orsini, Carol Zebrowski and Lucy and Tom Zungalia. TERF is co-chaired by Herb Moelis and Dr. Jim Orsini.

About Penn Vet

Penn Vet is a global leader in veterinary medicine education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, Penn Vet is the only veterinary school developed in association with a medical school. The school is a proud member of the One Health Initiative, linking human, animal, and environmental health.

Penn Vet serves a diverse population of animals at its two campuses, which include extensive diagnostic and research laboratories. Ryan Hospital in Philadelphia provides care for dogs, cats, and other domestic/companion animals, seeing nearly 33,000 patients a year. New Bolton Center, Penn Vet’s large-animal hospital on nearly 700 acres in rural Kennett Square, PA, cares for horses and livestock/farm animals, treating 33,000 patients each year – 4,100 in the hospital and 29,000 at farms through the Field Service. In addition, New Bolton Center’s campus includes a swine center, working dairy, and poultry unit that provide valuable research for the agriculture industry.

For more information, visit www.vet.upenn.edu.