The world of veterinary care provides many highly rewarding careers. Whether you choose to become a veterinarian or a veterinary technician, you will need formal training through an accredited college or university before you can get to work. Luckily, there are many excellent veterinary scholarships available that can help you pay for your education. Whether you intend to become a technician, an assistant, or a veterinarian, these veterinary scholarships can help you reach your educational goals:
Veterinary Medical Loan Repayment Program
NIFA offers these loan repayment veterinary scholarships to help qualified, eligible veterinarians cover part of their student debt. The organization is committed to diversity and encourages women and people with disabilities as well as those from underrepresented groups to apply for this program. To be eligible, candidates must have a DVM or equivalent from an AVMA accredited college or university. In addition, he or she must have loan debt that qualifies under the program guidelines, and must work in an area with a veterinary shortage. In exchange for a commitment of at least three years, recipients may receive up to $25,000 in loan repayment from NIFA for each year of service. For further information, visit the official website at www.nifa.usda.gov.
American Veterinary Medical Foundation
The American Veterinary Medical Foundation, or AVMF, awards $1,000 veterinary scholarships to students attending AVMA accredited veterinary colleges. Applicants must be U.S. residents and must be willing to consider traditional and non-traditional careers in veterinary medicine. Students can complete an official scholarship application and read full award details on the AVMF website. Applications are due by March 22.
Harold Wetterberg Scholarship
The Harold Wetterberg Foundation offers veterinary scholarships to current or former New Jersey residents who are pursuing a post-graduate degree in veterinary medicine. Students in the second or third year of the DVM curriculum will also be considered. To be eligible, applicants must be former or current New Jersey residents, have graduated from a high school in New Jersey, or have graduated from or be attending a college or university in New Jersey. Preference is given to those who have completed a veterinary medical degree and are enrolled in a post-graduate program. Full details and applications are available at the AAVMC website.
Winner’s Circle Scholarship
The Winner’s Circle veterinary scholarships have the purpose of rewarding leadership in SCAAEP and to help cover the cost of getting a veterinary education. Awards are provided to students in the fourth year of veterinary school and are valued at $1,500 each. In order to be eligible for these scholarships, students must be active student members of their school’s AAEP chapter. In addition, students must also be attending a veterinary college and apply during their third year for funding during the fourth year. To apply, students must submit an application, a brief description of career goals, and an essay on an assigned topic. Students must also submit two letters of recommendation, official transcripts, financial need verification, and award letters from other scholarships. Due date for applications is February 14. Full scholarship information and applications are available at http://www.aaep.org/winners_circle.htm.
Veterinary scholarships help you cover the high costs of earning a DVM or other veterinary degree. This is a very lucrative career field that offers tremendous promise to those who choose it.