Between the efforts of Barbara Shaver, James Landon Shaver and Michelle Davis who were the sister, nephew and niece, respectively, of James Robert "Jim Bob" Long, the University of Missouri endowed a scholarship in the name of the late Kearney veterinarian.
The Dr. James Robert Long Scholarship is issued through the Missouri School of Veterinary Medicine in Columbia, where Long earned his degree in 1972.
Since 1974, Long lived in Kearney, where he built and operated Long Veterinary Clinic. The clinic started as a mixed animal practice with ambulatory services and later transitioned to treating companion animals and equines.
In 1986, he did the same with Long Equine Center, where he stood outside stallions and bred approximately 80 mares a year. Two special horses he stood, according to a press release, were Winchester and The Wild Wild West, a couple of his first syndicated horses that led to world champion and Futurity winners.
To be eligible for a Long scholarship, a student must be a junior or senior enrolled in the school of veterinary medicine.
Preference is given to those from Clay and Clinton counties then those from Northwest Missouri, and lastly, those from broader Missouri. In addition, preference is given to applicants who have an equine emphasis, mixed animal emphasis or companion emphasis.
"We feel like that with this scholarship being available on a yearly basis, Jim Bob would be pleased," Barbara said, "knowing that this will help the next generation of veterinarians realize their dream."