Brooke Kitting ’18 Earns Full Tuition Scholarship to Penn Vet
Kitting will study veterinary medicine and public health at The University of Pennsylvania.
When Brooke Kitting ’18 arrived at Delaware Valley University, she knew she would be responsible for paying for her own education if she wanted to go to veterinary school. So she worked hard to maintain a high GPA and gained real-world experience in her field. Her commitment paid off. Kitting will be attending the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, one of the world’s leading veterinary programs, on a full scholarship.
“I was called with my acceptance to Penn Vet on February 5 and on February 7 I was called with the scholarship offer,” said Kitting. “I would be lying if I said I didn’t cry overwhelming tears of joy.”
The DelVal animal science major said she couldn’t find the words to respond when she received the offer.
“I would have never thought that hard work would pay off quite like this,” said Kitting. “I tell people all the time that I’m truly living a dream and I hope I never wake up from it. I can only hope I continue to impress Penn Vet when I enroll full time there in August.”
Kitting earned the Commonwealth One Health Scholarship, which provides a full tuition subsidy to attend Penn Vet, because or her past success and potential to have a positive impact on Pennsylvania agriculture. Recipients must demonstrate a genuine interest in animal production medicine and a desire to practice in Pennsylvania.
Kitting grew up on a hobby farm in Central Pennsylvania, where she raised cattle and sheep. Participating in FFA and 4-H made her realize she wanted a career in agriculture. She chose DelVal for her undergraduate degree because of its small, personal classes and the opportunity to work with livestock on campus.
“On my first visit, I felt very much at home and ultimately saw myself achieving great success here,” said Kitting. “I felt like everyone on campus cared about providing me with a good education and setting me up for success after graduation. I like a good challenge, and I knew that DelVal would challenge me in ways that would put me face-to-face with meaningful opportunities. I was not disappointed.”
Kitting represented the University as an agriculture ambassador, which gave her public speaking experience. She also gained leadership experience by serving as president of campus organizations including Block and Bridle and the Delta Tau Alpha Honor Society. During the summer 2016 semester, Kitting interned with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, where she assisted with bacterial identification of nearly 140 gastrointestinal samples obtained from poultry processors across the mid-state.
Kitting said the professors were the best part of her DelVal experience.
“They always went out of their way for you,” said Kitting. “Not only have they provided me with a foundation of knowledge to build on as I progress in my career, they have been amazing mentors, academically and personally.”
Kitting wants to use her DelVal education to launch a career that will help provide safe food for a growing population. The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service has accepted Kitting into its Pathways Program as a recipient of the Adel A. Malak Scholarship. The scholarship will provide Kitting with paid work as a veterinary student trainee while she is in veterinary school and conversion into a full-time position upon completion of her degree program.