Class of 2024 Scholarship Recipients

Tamara Ford

Tamara FordTamara Ford, a first-year veterinary student, is a recipient of the 2021 Gentle Doctor Benefit scholarship. Ford, a native of Elk Grove Village, Illinois, is interested in pursuing a career in laboratory animal medicine. “I love that it fosters the expansion of our knowledge of both humans and animals while continuously improving medicine,” said Ford.

When it came to deciding which veterinary school to attend, Ford learned that the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine fit what she was looking for. “Upon speaking to some of my undergraduate research mentors at Iowa State, I learned that Mizzou is one of the best places to go if you are interested in veterinary research,” she said. “After interviewing at other schools, I kept finding myself comparing them all to Mizzou. Ultimately, the close-knit feel, 2-and-2 program, and all the possibilities for research made my decision easy.”

Ford serves as the treasurer for the CVM Class of 2024 and participates as a member of the Behavior Club, One Health Club, and Comparative Medicine & Pathology Club. Outside of school she enjoys spending time outside playing lacrosse, hiking with her dog and painting.

Ford says she wasn’t aware of the scholarship before receiving it, but it holds a special meaning to her personally. “At Iowa State, the original The Gentle Doctor statue is displayed at the veterinary building,” she said. “Whenever I saw it, I always thought it was an amazing depiction of veterinarians and their true passion for the field, so I feel extremely honored and lucky to have received the GDB scholarship. It definitely affirmed my decision in choosing Mizzou, and I very much appreciate the financial support it has given me.”


Rachel Rothlisberger

Rachel RothlisbergerRachel Rothlisberger is another first-year veterinary student of the CVM and is a recipient of the 2021 Gentle Doctor Benefit scholarship. Rothlisberger is a native of Farmington, Missouri, and plans to one day take over a portion of her father’s practice in her hometown. “My career aspirations are to move back to my hometown and work in the mixed animal private practice that I grew up in, as my dad is in a partnership there,” said Rothlisberger “Additionally, I hope to contribute to an addition of specialized reproduction in cattle at the practice, as it is a component that has not been fully established there.”

Rothlisberger’s decision to join the CVM was in her cards from the beginning, as she attended Mizzou for her bachelor’s degree in animal science and planned to follow with veterinary school. “I was familiar with Mizzou’s campus from extracurricular sports, along with visiting the veterinary school several times growing up with my family,” she said. “I loved my animal sciences career at Mizzou and knew that I wanted to stay and attend veterinary school here as well.”

When it comes to her extracurricular activities at the CVM, Rothlisberger participates in the Theriogenology Club and the Mule Team, while also working at the University of Missouri Veterinary Shelter Medicine facility. She owns two Australian shepherds and enjoys hiking with them, as well as camping, spending time with family and traveling outside of school.

Rothlisberger was aware of the Gentle Doctor Benefit scholarships that honored incoming students but didn’t know about this personal scholarship and was surprised to receive it. “Receiving this scholarship is an honor,” she said. “It was a wonderful surprise to receive this upon entering the CVM and I am beyond grateful that I was chosen.”


By Nick Childress