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The Doris Day/Terry Melcher Scholarship at the University of California at Davis School of  Veterinary Medicine is awarded to students pursuing education in veterinary shelter medicine and helping disadvantaged pet populations.

2016 Doris Day/Terry Melcher Scholarship recipient Kevin Pflaum

The Doris Day Animal Foundation endowed the scholarship in memory of Doris' son, Terry Melcher, and to honor the professionals at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.  The scholarship will be awarded annually, in perpetuity, to outstanding veterinary students working to improve the welfare of homeless animals.

"I am so grateful to the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine for the care and attention to my animals over the years," Doris Day said.  "The veterinarians and staff are miracle workers, and I'm delighted that our gift will help train future veterinarians. I am also enthusiastic about the school's Koret Shelter Medicine Program and its efforts to improve the health of animals in shelters waiting for new, loving homes."

The UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program at the School of Veterinary Medicine advances shelter medicine as a veterinary specialty through research, specialty training and education, and the performance of veterinary service in animal shelters. Veterinary students studying shelter medicine learn how to enhance the quality of life of animals in shelters through improvements in veterinary preventive medicine and management of disease.

The first Doris Day and Terry Melcher Scholarship was presented in May 2007 to senior veterinary student Christi Payne from Palo Alto, Calif.

Melcher, a singer and songwriter, died of melanoma in 2004. He had helped run the Doris Day Animal Foundation, established in 1978 to aid animals and the people who care for them.

2016 Doris Day/Terry Melcher Scholarship recipient Allison Gagon

Over the years, Melcher and his mother often traveled to the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at UC Davis seeking care for sick animals. The teaching hospital is named in honor of William R. Pritchard, dean emeritus of the School of Veterinary Medicine. After Melcher's death, friends and supporters of the Doris Day Animal Foundation donated money in his memory to be used to improve the welfare of animals. See the UC Davis website for more program information.

Our 2016 Winners     

The School of Veterinary Medicine at University of California, Davis, recently announced the 2016 recipients of the Doris Day and Terry Melcher Scholarship are Allison Gagnon and Kevin Pflaum. Both individuals have grade point averages well over 3.5 and are active in community activities.

Gagnon, a National Merit Scholar, is active in a number of veterinary medicine associations and has received several scholarships pointed directly at shelter medicine. In addition to having worked as a veterinary tech with the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society, she will be participating in a small animal internship at North Carolina State University after graduation.

Pflaum, a member of the class of 2016, volunteered extensively with his Grinnell, Iowa, animal shelter during high school, and most recently volunteers with Mercer Veterinary Clinic for the Homeless, Sacramento, Calif.; Rural Area Veterinary Services, Hoopa, Calif.; and additional rescue groups and spay/neuter clinics in the area. His major long-term goal is to work as a shelter veterinarian.