CANIDAE All Natural Pet Foods to Award $10,000 in Veterinary Medicine Scholarships in 2009

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CANIDAE All Natural Pet Foods is pleased to officially announce the CANIDAE 2009 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Scholarship Program. Four individual $10,000 Veterinary Medicine Scholarships will be awarded.

CANIDAE All Natural Pet Foods is proud to support those who have chosen to pursue a career path and life dedicated to the health and welfare of our beloved pets and animals. In accordance with its commitment to promote responsible pet ownership, CANIDAE All Natural Pet Foods will award four individual $2,500 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Scholarships in 2009.

"One of our ongoing goals at CANIDAE is to raise awareness of the responsibilities of pet ownership," said Jason Castillo, Director of Finance for CANIDAE. "As part of this effort we established scholarships in 2008. The essays on pet ownership from the candidates were particularly thoughtful and played a key role in narrowing down the applicants to the final four winners."

This year, the essays will again play an important role as will strong academic achievement and a history of dedication to the well being of animals. Students will be asked to write about the same areas that are a concern to CANIDAE:
Training and exercise
Planned breeding
Spaying and neutering
Supporting reputable breeders and rescue groups
Proper veterinarian care
Healthy nutrition

Kristin Davignon from Seattle, one of the four scholarship winners last year, wrote in her essay, "…while we can pick and choose what we eat, most pets cannot. They rely on us to make the smart choices for them."

CANIDAE All Natural Pet Foods Veterinary Scholarships are open to full-time first and second year graduate students who are currently enrolled in a doctorate of veterinary medicine program at an approved college of veterinary medicine within the United States or Canada.

To maintain impartiality and confidentiality, a selection committee comprised of educators chosen by International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. of Nashville, Tenn., will evaluate the applications and select the winners.

For detailed application criteria and requirements, please visit http://www.canidae.com/collegescholarships. The application period is open January 15 through April 15, 2009. Winners of the scholarships will be announced on the CANIDAE website approximately 60 days after the close of the application period. Applicants will be notified on or about June 16, 2009.

About CANIDAE All Natural Pet Foods:
Founded out of love for pets and animals, CANIDAE Pet Food, Inc. manufactures and distributes a complete line of healthy meat based, holistic all natural dog food, cat food, and gourmet pet treats sold world wide through independent pet food retailers including over 6000 locations throughout the United States and Canada. For more information visit http://www.canidae.com/.

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