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Scholarship named in memory of South Carolina large animal veterinarian

Sept. 18, 2012

By Tara Lanier, 334-844-3698,

AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn University announces the Dr. Robert Beaty, Jr. ’43 Annual Memorial Scholarship in the College of Veterinary Medicine.  The South Carolina Central Cattlemen’s Association has contributed monies for the $1,000 annual scholarship for 10 years.

Dr. Beaty practiced large animal medicine for over 50 years in Sumter County, S.C., until his death in March 1999. He received a premedicine degree from Clemson University before obtaining his doctorate of veterinary medicine from Auburn in 1943.

“Dr. Beaty was well respected by the community,” said Dr. Brandi Brunson of Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine.  “Dr. Beaty’s love and compassion for animals, as well as the people he served, was one of his most outstanding features as a veterinarian.  He was proud of his Auburn heritage and represented a living personification of the Auburn Creed.”

Dr. Brunson of Mayesville, S.C., received her D.V.M. from Auburn University in 2001 before  completing  a combined anatomic pathology residency/Ph.D. at the College of Veterinary Medicine.  She cites Dr. Beaty as the reason she became a veterinarian.

The Dr. Robert Beaty, Jr. ’43 Annual Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a fourth-year Auburn veterinary student interested in food animal and equine medicine who intends to serve in these areas after graduation.  Geographical preference will be given to qualified candidates from South Carolina followed by the Southeastern United States.

The first scholarship is to be awarded in February 2013 during the college’s annual scholarships and awards presentation.  This past February almost $370,000 was awarded to over 145 veterinary students.  Additional gifts in support of this or other College of Veterinary Medicine scholarships may be made through the Auburn University Foundation.  Tax-deductible gifts may be made online at, or through the other means of giving noted at

The mission of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine is to prepare individuals for careers of excellence in veterinary medicine, including private and public practice, industrial medicine, academics, and research.  Through these efforts, the college will provide programs of instruction, research, outreach, and service that are in the best interests of the citizens of the state of Alabama, the region, the nation, and the world.