School Distinguished Service Award

School Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Jessica Light

Dr. Jessica Light was honored with the school’s 2021 Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her sustained support of the school’s livestock clinical training programs.

Since the inception of the Early Veterinary Student Bovine Experience Program (EVSBEP) in 2000 under the leadership of Drs. Brad Smith and Jim Ver Steeg, Light has been a strong advocate developing industry support to maintain continuous funding of the program. The EVSBEP facilitates veterinary student experiential learning during the summer before their second and third year of veterinary school on a dairy, or with a dairy or food animal veterinarian.

EVSBEP provides an opportunity for students to familiarize themselves with livestock practice and increase their comfort level and confidence in considering becoming livestock veterinarians. For those students who decide on this career path, the experience also facilitates their transition to livestock clinical rotations in the 4th year. Since the inception of the program, more than 300 students have participated, and many have continued into livestock practice.

Beyond securing funding for the program, Dr. Light has served as a mentor to our students and has facilitated networking opportunities connecting students with mentoring practitioners. Working with Dr. John Angelos, a list of veterinarians was developed in concert with previous EVSBEP program participants to match students with highly successful food animal/dairy veterinarians in California and the western region. Light also coordinated an annual fall dinner for our livestock faculty and EVSBEP students to share and reflect on their summer experiences and achievements.

Student feedback characterizes this as an eye-opening, inspirational experience providing intimate exposure to the livestock industry, and the development of long-standing professional relationships with veterinarian mentors and potential employers.

  • Past recipients
  • 2020
    Bill Mattos (CPF) and Debbie Murdock (PEPA)

    Tom Campi

    Bill and Lannie Hoglund
    Jo Cowen

    Jim Delano
    Barbara J. Kerr

    Jan and Dale Davis

    John Maas

    Ellen Jackson
    Murray Gardner

    Ron Foster

    Ron McDowell

    Lou Gatto
    Stephen Griffey, DVM, PhD
    Jon Klingborg, DVM
    Kelly Nimtz
    Peter Weinstein, DVM, MBA
    Stuart Yasgoor

    Pam Green
    Ben Norman
    Mark Robinson
    Tom Kendall
    Steve Crow
    Cheryl Scott
    Phillip & Karen Drayer

    Vincenzo Caporale

    Ann Venneman
    Mary S. Seawright
    Eve Lloyd Thompson
    Lander Veterinary Clinic

    Dick Schumacher

    Jack O. Walther

    Joseph W. Harper

    William Balaban
    John Harris

    William Utterback

    California Raptor Center (Volunteers & Staff)
    Robert L. Leighton
    John L. Mora