AVMF And Pfizer Animal Health Introduce Scholarship Program

Up to $2 million in scholarship money for 2012 has been made available courtesy of the AVMA and Pfizer Animal Health of New York.

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation and Pfizer Animal Health of New York have introduced an annual scholarship program that will award up to $2 million through 2012.

The Pfizer Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship Program, to be administered by the AVMF and funded by Pfizer Animal Health, aims to help U.S. veterinary students cope with rising school debt while reinforcing the importance of building a diverse profession and addressing a shortage of food animal veterinarians.

The program will award $2,500 scholarships to more than 225 veterinary students per year in U.S. veterinary schools accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Although the program is open to all second and third year veterinary students, AVMF estimates that at least 40 percent of the awardees will be students likely to enter food animal medicine or rural practice.

About 30 percent of scholarship recipients will be from diverse backgrounds, according to age, gender, physical disability and ethnicity, among other characteristics.

Applications for the spring 2010 scholarships are due by Nov. 13. Click here for details.

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