Pet dog is inspiration for award-winning drawing


Megan Greene stands by her first-place drawing during Open House on April 16.

For 9-year-old Megan Greene, an act of love is a work of art, specifically as conveyed in her award-winning drawing of her pet dog, Caleb. Megan’s drawing took grand prize in an art contest for local third graders sponsored by the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association as part of this year’s Open House on April 16.

“My inspiration for this picture is my own dog, Caleb,” Megan said. “He’s 11 years old now, but we rescued him as a stray dog when he was about 1.”

She added that her family owned three dogs, but that she especially loves Caleb, “because he’s known me since I was born.”

In fact, a love for animals runs in her family; Megan’s dad is Dr. Clint Greene, a veterinarian with Town & Country Veterinarians and Pet Resort in Gainesville and an alumnus of the UF College of Veterinary Medicine.

The drawing contest was held to build awareness and attendance at Open House this year, and was open to  fifth-graders in the Alachua County school system. Kids were asked to draw their pets, in any medium, and SCAVMA members judged all entries. The top ten drawings were available on display in the main hallway of the Veterinary Academic Building during Open House for everyone who showed up to enjoy.

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