TERF

Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation

TERF Mission Statement

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 Announces Nearly $100,000 in Grants and Scholarships for 2016

 

(July 19, 2016, Lexington, KY) – The Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation (“TERF”) Trustees are pleased to announce this year’s grants and scholarships, totaling $98,785.

After careful consideration the following organizations were selected for grants in support of the TERF mission and included scholarships for equine-related education and equine research:

·         Retired Racehorse Project - Facilitates placement of Thoroughbred ex-racehorses in second careers by increasing demand for them in equestrian sports, and educating the transitioning individuals and organizations in ex-racehorse training, soundness, care and nutrition.

·         Equine Advocates - Rescues, protects, and prevents the abuse of horses through education, investigation, rescue operations, the dissemination of information to the public, and the operation of a horse sanctuary for slaughter-bound, abused and neglected horses.

·         University of Pennsylvania -  TERF Scholarship -The TERF Opportunity Scholarship Fund provides financial support to Penn Vet students, with a preference for those intending to practice in equine medicine. Penn Vet selects the recipients based on academic criteria and financial need.

·         New Bolton Center Research Grant – Provides research support to investigate and compare two state-of-the-art cooling methods for the prevention and treatment of equine laminitis.

·         Cornell University – Scholarships - Advancing the understanding of animal and human health at the interface of discovery and application. They foster open collaboration across disciplines and institutional boundaries in order to deliver the greatest possible benefits to all of society.

·         Wilson College -  Scholarships - The Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Medical Technology (VMT) provides the student with skills in surgical nursing, anesthesia, clinical laboratory, animal handling, and radiology. All clinical tasks required by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) are performed by the student in a laboratory and clinical setting. The scholarships support students with an equine major.

·         University of Delaware Research Grant – Provides summer research support for two students with an equine major, and sharing of the research findings at a national equine meeting.

·         Mid Atlantic Horse Rescue – MAHR buys slaughter-bound ex-racehorses and adopts them into good homes as pleasure and sport horses, hosts clinics for riders to improve their skills in competitions using off-the-track-Thoroughbreds (“OTTB’s”), and provides a stream of OTTBs for 4H project horses for children across the country.

·         Fair Hill Thoroughbred Show - Supports riders of Thoroughbreds by providing affordable show fees, scholarships, stakes classes, and prizes in every division. By supporting riders of OTTBs, they are helping more OTTBs find second careers.

TERF co-chairs Herb Moelis and Dr. Jim Orsini, along with the entire board, many of whom also worked together on TERF’s predecessor organization, the Thoroughbred Charities of America Endowment Fund, are heartened and inspired by the TERF investment strategy that has maintained a balanced portfolio providing the income to support approximately $100,000 in grants and scholarships to organizations within the TERF mission, each and every year.  

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 Kathleen M. Anderson, DVM, former TCA Director Kathleen Crompton, Margaret Duprey, former TCA Directors Roy and Gretchen ackson, TCA Founders Herb and Ellen Moelis, CA Director ames A. Orsini, DVM, Toni Orsini, CA Director cott E. Palmer, VMD, TCA Director Dan Rosenberg, and Luc ungalia. TERF is co-chaired by Herb Moelis and r. im Orsini. For more information, please visit www.TERF.info

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Current and Past Presidents of the AAEP Join TERF Trustees

The Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation (“TERF”) Trustees are pleased to announce the addition of two new trustees to its board: Kathleen M. Anderson, DVM, and Scott E. Palmer, VMD.  Drs. Anderson and Palmer join the Foundation’s Board at an exciting time of charitable grant giving and expansion and bring a wealth of experience to TERF as leaders in the equine industry and equine health in particular.  

Dr. Kathleen M. Anderson grew up in western Canada and received her degree in Veterinary Medicine at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatchewan, Canada. Actively involved with horses from childhood, she has worked in all facets of the equine industry from event competitor to international competition groom to barn manager and even exercise rider/pony person at Marquis Downs. Dr. Anderson started practice in 1986 under the watchful eye of long-time U.S. Equestrian Team veterinarian Dr. A. Martin Simensen in South Hamilton, MA. The restructuring of Suffolk Downs in 1990 encouraged many to leave New England so she migrated south to the New Jersey racing circuit, Pennsylvania racetracks and Maryland racing. In 1993 after the birth of her first child, Dr. Anderson settled at Fair Hill Training Center (“FHTC”) and has actively contributed to the continued success and upgrades at FHTC.  On December 8, 2015, Dr. Anderson was installed as president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) during the Dec. 8 President’s Luncheon at the 61st Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Now a mother of two, Dr. Anderson enjoys riding, art and music, traveling, along with being a parent. She is active in many professional roles within the equine industry but her number one interest remains providing excellence in equine veterinary care. 

Scott E. Palmer, VMD, is the New York State Equine Medical Director and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Population Medicine & Diagnostic Sciences at Cornell University.  Dr. Palmer is a renowned veterinarian from New Jersey with more than three decades of experience in providing medical and surgical care for horses.   As the New York State Equine Medical Director, Dr. Palmer oversees the health and safety of horses at all New York State Thoroughbred and Standardbred racetracks. 

Dr. Palmer received his veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976 and is board certified in equine practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.  He worked in clinical practice at the New Jersey Equine Clinic for 38 years and served as the hospital director from 1997 through 2013. He has authored dozens of peer-reviewed publications and is a featured speaker at veterinary conferences world-wide.  Dr. Palmer chaired the New York Task Force on Racehorse Health and Safety, which was formed at the request of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in 2012 in the wake of 21 equine fatalities during Aqueduct’s 2011-12 Winter Meet. 

Dr. Palmer is a Past President of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners and the New Jersey Association of Equine Practitioners.  He serves on the Racing Medication Testing Consortium’s Scientific Advisory Committee and is a trustee of the Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA).  He serves on the advisory board of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance and the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance.  He is a Co-Chairman of the Opportunity Scholarship Program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.  He is a two-time recipient of the New Jersey Equine Practitioners Veterinarian of the Year award, as well as a recipient of the AAEP President’s Award in 2009 and the AAEP Distinguished Service Award in 2010. 

Dr. Palmer’s research focus is the identification of modifiable risk factors and development of intervention strategies for catastrophic musculoskeletal injuries in Thoroughbred racehorses. 

TERF co-chairs Herb Moelis and Dr. Jim Orsini, expressed delight by the new trustees support and participation in grant-making and scholarship oversight and, along with the current TERF trustees, enthusiastically look forward to working with them to advance the mission of the foundation.  

To apply for a grant or scholarship, please visit http://terf.info/grant-application/

 

 

 

TERF Announces $100,000 Endowment Commitment and 2015 Grants

(July 20, 2015, Lexington, KY) – Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation, (“TERF”) is pleased to announce its plan to donate $100,000 to The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (“Penn Vet”) to create an endowment for student scholarships.

The TERF Opportunity Scholarship Fund will provide financial support to Penn Vet students, with a preference for those intending to practice in equine medicine. Penn Vet will select the recipients based on academic criteria and financial need.

Penn Vet’s Opportunity Scholarship Program was established 17 years ago and is a unique program that provides financial support and matches each student with practicing veterinarians who serve as mentors, sharing their knowledge and experience.

“We are so grateful to TERF for creating this lasting legacy, which will help Penn Vet students with financial support and mentoring,” said Penn Vet Dean Joan C. Hendricks, The Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of Veterinary Medicine.The TERF Opportunity Scholarship Fund will have an impact on the veterinary profession, and the care of horses, for many years to come.”

TERF is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to supporting and promoting equine education and research by sponsoring scholarships in veterinary medicine, and supporting organizations that educate the public in the proper care of horses.

"Our purpose in establishing the TERF Opportunity Scholarship Fund at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine is two-fold,” said Herb Moelis, TERF co-chair. “We want to provide a base of endowed scholarship confidence that Penn Vet can rely upon, while growing the earmarked fund's income over time, thus creating an endowed scholarship fund using more of the fund's income, and less of the principal."

TERF and its predecessor organization, Thoroughbred Charities of America Endowment Fund, for many years have generously supported Penn Vet scholarships, granting awards totaling nearly $100,000 since 2006 to Penn Vet students interested in equine veterinary medicine.

TERF also approved $12,000 in scholarships to Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine students. What makes a student stand out to be chosen for a scholarship, aside from financial need? Although difficult to pinpoint, it is a special combination of a student’s current work ethic, balanced with their ambitions to carry the equine industry forward for the next generations. Whether speaking to equine sports medicine, under-served markets, or academia to pay it forward, each of the following students are receiving a $6,000 scholarship:

Kate Frazier attended the University of New Hampshire and a favorite pastime is horseback riding her black appendix quarter horse. Kate has been active in Cornell’s student chapter of AAEP and has served as their Treasurer.  She is particularly interested in lameness and, after completing an equine internship, plans to pursue a career in equine sports medicine. She is also committed to volunteer work alongside her primary career, and hopes to travel to areas of need in under-served areas and developing nations to provide veterinary services.

Lauren Bookbinder, an accomplished horseback rider, completed her undergraduate studies at Cornell, majoring in Animal Science, with Distinction in Research. She has had research experience with both large and small animals, including working at Cornell's Equine Sports Medicine Lab/Treadmill. She has been involved in Cornell’s student chapter of AAEP, and has served as Co-Chair of the Large Animal Symposium. She plans to focus her career in the area of equine medicine and, after completing an internship and residency, she may also pursue a PhD with the hope of pursuing a career in academia.

In addition to the scholarships and endowment above, TERF has granted an additional $70,000 for the 2015 grant cycle to the following non-profit organizations serving the TERF mission: Equine Advocates, Inc., The (Groom) Elite Program, Inc., the Retired Racehorse Project, the Spot Castle Laminitis Conference and Ryerss Farm (Fair Hill Thoroughbred Show).

Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation ("TERF") Announces Grant Application Deadline

The Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation (“TERF”) has announced the deadline for the year 2015 grant cycle. All grant applications are due on May 1, 2015 and will be accepted for equine scholarships and equine education and research initiatives, such as laminitis.

TERF is a non-profit charitable organization that supports and promotes equine education and research by providing scholarships for students in equine veterinary medicine, as well as grants for organizations which educate the public in related equine issues. Created in 2013, TERF has granted $227,000 since inception and maintains their current $2.2 million endowment, with an eye on growth.

A scholarship from TERF can be a bridge to learning, where only an abyss existed before. Utilizing a TERF scholarship may also provide flexibility and peace of mind for the student, knowing their original plan in the veterinarian field selected will be allowed to morph into a more specific or varying plan, over time.

Such is the case with Yana Sorokurs, a TERF scholarship recipient out of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, who continued to follow her plan to become a general equine practitioner, but recently become interested in pursuing acupuncture certification. During her externships and animal medicine rotations Yana witnessed acupuncture greatly help horses and some calves with chronic pain.

Yana had also intended to do a private practice rotating equine internship after graduation, but instead will be doing a split; large animal medicine and equine private practice internship at Tufts College of Veterinary Medicine and Massachusetts Equine Clinic.

Elizabeth Hodge, another Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine scholarship recipient is planning to start a large animal rotating hospital internship at the University of Georgia, following graduation.  She added, “Although my initial interest was in laminitis research only, I have now added cardiology, with a focus on sudden death in horses on the racetrack.”

Penn Vet's New Bolton Center and TERF Announce Scholarship Awards; TERF Grants Now Total Over $250,000

(Oct. 7, 2014, Kennett Square, PA) –The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine is pleased to announce that three Penn Vet students were each awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation (“TERF”).

One year ago to the day, the Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation (formerly the TCA Endowment) was formed. TERF 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.  It’s been a busy year for TERF with this latest round of scholarships bringing the TERF grants total to over a quarter of a million dollars.

TERF supports Penn Vet students through the TERF Scholarship Fund at Penn Vet, established to support 3rd- and 4th-year students in equine veterinary medicine. The Penn Vet recipients are:

Kelly Knickelbein of Indiana, PA, who received her BS in Biological Sciences from Duquesne University, has maintained a 3.8 cumulative grade point average. Kelly has worked as a research technician and is interested in equine medicine in a mixed-animal practice. “My time at New Bolton Center has given me the opportunity to work and learn from Thoroughbreds of all ages, from newborn foals and their mares, to two- and three-year-olds-in-training, to older racehorses well into their secondary careers, which has been an invaluable experience,” Kelly said. “I look forward to a lifelong career in equine medicine and I will never forget this wonderful scholarship.”

Kelly’s research interests include immunology and oncology. She is also active with horseback riding, soccer, cooking, camping, knitting, drawing, painting, and gardening. 

Ana Malone Oliver of Bristol, RI, who received her BS in Chemistry and Biology from Roger Williams University, has maintained a 3.1 cumulative grade point average. Ana expressed: “I have always wanted to work on horses. I simply knew, deep in my core, that I was meant to spend the rest of my life as an equine ambulatory veterinarian. Receiving this award has a bigger impact on my life than I can describe and I look forward to my work, and also being a strong voice in our equine community.”

Ana is interested in equine medicine with a research interest in equine reproduction. She also enjoys riding horses and poetry.

Amanda Prisk of Washington, NJ, who received her BS in Animal Science from Rutgers University, has maintained a 3.8 cumulative grade point average. Amanda has worked as a small animal and equine veterinary technician, a groomer’s assistant, and kennel assistant, and has operated her own pet-sitting business. She is interested in equine medicine, comparative genomics, and equine genetic diseases. Amanda also enjoys training horses and dogs, Pilates, volleyball, hiking, and horseback riding.

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. For more information, please visit www.TERF.info

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, handling more than 31,000 patient visits 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. The hospital handles more than 4,000 patient visits a year, while the Field Service treats nearly 36,000 patients on local farms. 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

Cornell University and TERF Announce 2014 Grants and Scholarships

 

(July 1, 2014, Lexington, KY) –Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and the Trustees of Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation (“TERF”) has announced the selection of TERF grant and scholarship recipients chosen at their bi-annual board meeting May 22, 2014.

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine received $12,000 in scholarships to be divided between two students. The students stood out not only in academics, but in the scope of their activities related to horses and in their action plans for putting the scholarship awards to good use.

“A scholarship such as this represents a tremendous gift, and makes a meaningful difference in students' lives,” said Katherine M. Edmondson, the College’s assistant dean for learning and instruction. “We are extremely grateful for the TERF's continued generosity in supporting two more talented students at Cornell. Both students are absolutely thrilled to have been selected, and I am confident this support will help them pursue promising careers in equine medicine.”

Elizabeth Hodge ’15 is from South Florida and grew up showing Arabians and national show horses.  As a student at Florida Atlantic University, she taught two biology courses for two years and started a program for elementary students in which she would visit local schools and talk to students about the responsibility of owning animals. Her primary interests in veterinary medicine are equine internal medicine and surgery, including a keen interest in laminitis research, equine immunology, and cancer. After completing her DVM degree, Hodge plans to complete an internship followed by a residency. She is considering a Ph.D. Ultimately she hopes to pursue a career in academia, which would allow her to combine her interests in clinical work, teaching, and research.

Yana Sorokurs ’15 was born in Moscow and moved with her family to the San Francisco Bay area when she was five years old. She majored in Animal Science at UC Davis, where she also competed on their equestrian team. She is an avid rider of performance horses and is deeply committed to equine medicine and community service. As a veterinary student she has been involved with R-VETS, traveling last summer to castrate horses on Native American reservations.  She is the Vice President of Cornell’s student chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners in addition to her involvement with several other student clubs. Her long-term career goal is to own an ambulatory equine practice focusing on sports medicine.

The spring grant cycle reflects the TERF mission to support and promote equine education and research by sponsoring scholarships in equine veterinary medicine as well as supporting organizations that are educating the public in the proper care of horses.

A total of $84,500 was granted for the spring cycle with $37,500 going toward equine education programs, $32,000 toward scholarships for students studying equine veterinary medicine, and $15,000 for retired racehorse retraining programs.

“We are grateful for our Trustees’ financial support and guidance and their cohesion to the philosophy of our mission,” said Herb Moelis Co-Chair and Founder of TERF, serving along with Dr. James Orsini, TERF Co-Chair and Founder and Penn Vet Associate Professor of Surgery.

“We are very fortunate to be able to provide continuous scholarship support for the very students who represent the best for success in the equine veterinary world,” Orsini added.

The $84,500 in grants for 2014 brings the TERF total grants given to date to over $250,000.

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Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation (“TERF”) Endowment Surpasses $2 Million; Now Accepting Grant Applications

(March 19, 2014, Lexington, KY) –The Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation (“TERF”) is beginning the new grant application cycle for the year 2014.  Grant applications will be accepted for both scholarships and equine education initiatives.

With the 1120% increase in the price of college tuition between 1978 and 2012, and the student loan balance averaging $24,301 in 2012, there is no better time for a non-profit such as TERF to provide assistance to struggling students.

The Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation (“TERF”) is a non-profit charitable organization that supports and promotes equine education and research by sponsoring scholarships in equine veterinary medicine, as well as supporting organizations that are educating the public in the proper care of horses.

“The TERF Board of Trustees is personally committed to funding education and has had the good fortune and foresight to prudently oversee the original endowment dedicated to our mission, with the fund now valued at over $2 million,” said Herb Moelis, TERF Co-Founder. “We will continue to safeguard this endowment so we can continue to provide equine veterinary education scholarships, and grants for worthwhile equine advocacy.”

There are 30 Colleges of Veterinary Medicine in the United States that offer a veterinary medical degree (DVM/VMD). To become a veterinarian requires, on average, 8+ years of post-high school college education. TERF recently awarded a total of $50,000 to support the Penn Vet Specialty Opportunity Scholarship Program, and the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine scholarships, to help promote careers in equine veterinary medicine. 

Penn Vet scholarship recipient Lauren Duffee, V’14, received a $6,000 scholarship from TERF.  “This scholarship will provide immense relief from the financial burden of veterinary school. In the face of a changing equine industry, I am sure this award will further enable the pursuit of my professional goals,” she said. “I am excited to be writing my first research paper on strangles, a common infectious disease of horses. Upon graduation, I will start an internship at Peninsular Equine Medical Center in Menlo Park, California.”

“The entire TERF Board of Trustees is especially enthusiastic about the new grant and scholarship cycle, now available online through our website, www.TERF.info,” said Dr. James Orsini, TERF Co-Founder and Penn Vet Associate Professor of Surgery. “We anticipate reaching more needy and qualified students at many of the veterinary medical institutions in the Mid-Atlantic area.”

Approximately 40% of the grants to date have been applied toward equine care, advocacy and retraining and 60% of the grants have been applied toward education and scholarships.  Applications are offered online at www.TERF.info.

Penn Vet student Emma Gorenberg, V’14, also received a $6,000 TERF scholarship.  “I feel that I have been learning from the Thoroughbred racehorse throughout my education.”  TERF is proud to help enable students from all walks of life to improve the Thoroughbred racehorse’s life into the next generation.

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. For more information, please visit www.TERF.info

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.                                                               

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Cornell Vet Students Earn Scholarships From Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation (“TERF”)

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Cornell Vet Students Earn Scholarships From Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation ("TERF")

ITHACA, N.Y., Thursday, December 19, 2013 — Jesse Tyma and Daniel Jackson, both students at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, have been awarded scholarships by the Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation ("TERF").

"The TERF Scholarships are making a meaningful impact on talented students who will contribute a great deal to the veterinary profession across the span of their careers," said Katherine M. Edmondson, Assistant Dean for Learning and Instruction at Cornell’s veterinary college. “The scholarships provide invaluable financial assistance to our students and the encouragement to pursue opportunities that might otherwise be out of reach. We are very grateful to TERF for their support.”

Designed to assist students of promise to prepare for careers in equine medicine and surgery, the scholarships help TERF realize its mission to support and promote equine education and research.

“The scholarship program is one of our most rewarding initiatives,” said Dr. James Orsini, Associate Professor of Surgery and Director of the Laminitis Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, who co-chairs TERF’s endowment fund with Herb Moelis. “Offering scholarships to Cornell students assures us that the recipients are the best trained and prepared for equine primary care or postgraduate training upon graduation.  With a strong foundation in equine medicine, Cornell’s students graduate with a financial head start that allows them to direct their focus and passion on careers that benefit horses. The scholarship program is central to our mission. Our goal is to support as many worthy students as possible in veterinary medicine across the United States, and our expectation is to do more.”

Jackson, a member of the college’s Class of 2013, has focused his attention in the areas of large animal medicine, field service, and epidemiological research. To strengthen his clinical skills training, he logged more than 1,000 hours as a veterinary student technician in Cornell’s Equine and Farm Animal Hospitals. After graduation, he hopes to continue these interests through a combination of clinical practice and research, with a focus on agricultural animal disease, and ecosystem health.

“Dedicated mentors have been central to my professional development – from turning to biology during my undergraduate career through formative veterinary work in clinics, and in my field research,” said Jackson. “In my first year of clinical practice I look forward to continuing my education and providing the best service I can to clients.”

Tyma, a member of the Class of 2014 who will begin an internship at Rhinebeck Equine after graduation, is interested in a number of specialty areas within equine medicine: emergency surgery, sports medicine, diagnostic imaging, ophthalmology, neurology, and complementary medicine. Tyma aspires to develop innovative rehabilitative therapies to help treat horses suffering from traumatic performance injuries and pictures her future as an associate and eventual partner at a private equine referral practice that offers a variety of diagnostic and imaging modalities and numerous specialty services.

“My work on ‘colic crew,’ as an emergency technician in the large animal hospital, has allowed me to intimately observe procedures on numerous large animal species and learn about surgical anatomy from the surgeons and students,” Tyma said. “This experience reaffirmed my personal interest in equine surgery. Likewise, my work at the Equine Performance Testing Clinic also bolstered my interest in sports medicine.”

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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. www.TERF.info

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Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center and Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation (“TERF”) Announce Scholarship Awards

(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.

                                                                   

NEW CHARITY PROVIDES EDUCATION AND RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES FOR THOROUGHBRED STUDENTS AND ADVOCATES

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NEW CHARITY PROVIDES EDUCATION AND RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES FOR THOROUGHBRED STUDENTS AND ADVOCATES

LEXINGTON, K.Y., Oct. 7, 2013 – The co-founders of Thoroughbred Charities of America (“TCA”), Ellen and Herb Moelis are pleased to announce the formation of Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation (“TERF”), 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, Kathleen Crompton, Gretchen Jackson, Jim Orsini, DVM, and TCA President Dan Rosenberg, former TCA Directors Gretchen Jackson 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.

"The purpose of this new foundation is to expand the concept of the TCA Endowment to provide focused funding for equine education and research,” said Herb Moelis.  Dr. Jim Orsini added, “Our trustees’ passion toward providing scholarships grew out of an emergent concern and reality with the rising debt of the next generation of caretakers for horses.  If we do not provide educational opportunities for our next generation of equine stewards, who would not ordinarily have the option to further their equine studies, we will be leaving great talent on the table.  We care deeply about leveling the playing field for all students who wish to pursue a career in bettering equine health and furthering their education.”