Krista Jones D.V.M ’11 can pursue a career in wildlife conservation while preserving her financial future.
What a gift it is to have a career you love rather than just a job to pay the bills.
Jones, who is pursuing a doctorate in veterinary medicine from UC Davis, has the chance to go after just that — a career in wildlife disease management working for a nonprofit organization — because of a Theodora Peigh Memorial Scholarship.
“Veterinary medicine is a profession you do for love, not money, but you want to feel like you can support your family at the same time,” Jones said. “My ultimate goal is to go into non-profit or government work where salaries are lower than in private practice. Scholarships give me more freedom to pursue the jobs I really want without being tied down because of a burden of debt.”
Jones’ scholarship is one of the roughly 2,400 Theodora Peigh Memorial Scholarships that have been awarded since 1995 as a result of Theodora Peigh’s bequest, valued at more than $13 million, to the School of Veterinary Medicine. Peigh was an animal lover from Reno, Nev., who left the bulk of her estate to UC Davis to further animal health by supporting students studying to be veterinarians.
Inspired by the scholarship she received, Jones partnered with fellow members of the Wildlife and Aquatic Animal Medicine Club to lead several fundraising efforts that netted enough funds to endow a scholarship for vet students interested in careers in wildlife and aquatic animal medicine.
“Scholarships, even if they’re only for a small amount,” Jones said, “make a huge difference.”