Zoetis Scholarship Deadline Is Nov. 30

Hundreds of $2,000 scholarships are available to second- and third-year veterinary students.

In 2013, the average debt load for a new veterinary school graduate was $162,113, according to Zoetis Inc. and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.

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Second- and third-year veterinary students have until Nov. 30 to apply at VetVance.com for $2,000 scholarships from drug maker Zoetis Inc.

The selection criteria include academic performance, financial need, diversity, leadership and career path. Winners will be chosen from all potential work sectors, including large and small animal medicine, research, government service, public health and organized veterinary medicine.

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges will submit applications to the students’ schools for review.

The Zoetis Veterinary Student Scholarship Program issued $2,000 awards to 452 students this year, up from 222 in 2010, the program’s first year.

“By investing in the next generation of veterinarians, we can address some of the challenges facing the industry, including the issues of student debt and the need for greater diversity in professional tracks among students,” said Christine Jenkins, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, the chief veterinary medical officer at Zoetis U.S.

Applicants must register for an account at VetVance, a website designed to help new veterinarians establish their careers.

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