The Path Ahead is Forged by a Community

A grand total of 20 years in school – including three intensive years in the veterinary program at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine – have prepared Timothy Helms for his last semesters at Iowa State.

“My fourth year as a veterinary student has challenged me in ways I hadn’t imagined,” said Helms. “I’m excited to finally practice medicine after all this time, and the process of converting knowledge to practice has been rewarding yet difficult.”

After graduation in May 2015, Helms will become a resident in veterinary pathology at Ohio State University. “I plan to use my veterinary degree to advance both animal and human medical knowledge as a comparative pathologist.”

“I am inspired by my classmates and faculty. There is a true sense of community within the veterinary program,” said Helms. This feeling is strengthened by receiving a scholarship through the Veterinary Medicine Class of 1964 Fund – which is comprised of gifts from many donors, including bequest gifts – and meeting a few of his donors.  

“I am inspired by the spirit of this scholarship,” said Helms. “The benefits of such an award are not just financial – the moral and emotional support provided is also of unquantifiable benefit. I hope to be able to continue the example of charity that has been shown to me in the future.”