In its fourth year, veterinary medicine scholarship program aims to support veterinary education by contributing a total of $576,000 to deserving students
MADISON, NJ, March 22, 2013 – Today, in an effort to offset the significant costs associated with a veterinary education, 288 second- and third-year veterinary students at accredited universities throughout the United States and the Caribbean each received a $2,000 scholarship from Zoetis™ and the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF). Now in its fourth year, the program provided a total of $576,000 to 2013 recipients.
More than 1,500 applicants were evaluated based on several criteria, including academic excellence, professional interests, financial need, diversity, leadership and potential for contribution to the veterinary profession. This year’s scholarship recipients reflect a broad range of professional interests. Of the 2013 scholars:
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For one scholarship recipient, the support helped her spend time immersing herself in the profession, as well as get more involved in her community. "With my student loans, it was difficult to find the time or resources to get involved in important career-building opportunities because I had to work a lot," said Cara Haden, a 3rd year student at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. "The support from Zoetis and the AVMF, allowed me to go to clinics and spend time with practitioners, attend the AVMA convention last year, and even some wet-labs. Most importantly, I was able to work less this year, which gave me the chance to serve as President of our AVMA student chapter."
Approximately 2,700 students will graduate from veterinary schools this year, with an average loan debt of nearly $140,000, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Since its inception four years ago, the Zoetis and AVMF scholarship program has awarded more than $2.7 million to over 1,100 aspiring veterinarians.
“Students are the future of the profession, and it’s our hope that this scholarship will help support them on their journey whether it’s going into food animal medicine, research and academia, private practice or another area of veterinary medicine,” said Vanessa Mariani, Director of Academic and Professional Affairs, Zoetis U.S. “We’re constantly looking to evolve the program to ensure it reflects the current status of the profession and supports the key issues facing students and young professionals.”
The scholarship program is a part of Zoetis’ Commitment to Veterinarians™ platform—which offers support through training and education, research and development, investing in the future of the veterinary profession, and philanthropy.
Zoetis (zō-EH-tis) is the leading animal health company, dedicated to supporting its customers and their businesses. Building on a 60-year history as the animal health business of Pfizer, Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and markets veterinary vaccines and medicines, with a focus on both farm and companion animals. The company generated annual revenue of $4.2 billion in fiscal 2011. Zoetis has more than 9,500 employees and a local presence in approximately 70 countries, including 29 manufacturing facilities in 11 countries. Its products serve veterinarians, livestock producers and people who raise and care for farm and companion animals in 120 countries.
The American Veterinary Medical Foundation is the charitable arm of the AVMA. For nearly 50 years, AVMF has been dedicated to embracing and advancing the well-being and medical care of animals. Charitable contributions and support to the Foundation help veterinarians help animals. Initiatives include: Humane Outreach-Animal Welfare, Education and Public Awareness, Research Support, Student Enhancement and Support of the AVMA and its Initiatives. In the last decade, AVMF has awarded grants totaling over $9,000,000. For more information, visit www.avmf.org.
Full list of recipients below:
Colorado State University
Iowa State University
Kansas State University
Louisiana State University
Michigan State University
Mississippi State University
North Carolina State University
Oklahoma State University
Oregon State University
Texas A & M University
The Ohio State University
University of California - Davis
University of Florida
University of Georgia
University of Illinois
University of Minnesota
University of Missouri
University of Pennsylvania
University of Tennessee
University of Wisconsin
Virginia Maryland Regional CVM
Washington State University
Gross Memorial Scholarship
Western University - California
St George's University
St Matthew's University
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