NJVMA Offers Teachers Grants for Pet Care Education

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Deadline for Application -- May 1

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I am convinced that this program has and will continue to have a strong impact on students, reminding them always of the awesome responsibility and commitment they have in owning a pet.

The New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association (NJVMA) is offering a grant to New Jersey teachers to provide students with a unit of instruction involving pet care and facts about animal welfare. Grants of up to $750 are available to middle school teachers in New Jersey public and private schools. The deadline for application is May 1, 2011.

“Taking Care of Your Community by Taking Care of Your Pets,” is a 15-lesson Service Learning Curriculum intended for middle level Language Arts study. It incorporates New Jersey Department of Education Core Curriculum Standards in Language Arts Literacy, Science, and Social Studies. The NJVMA will support the grantees with Service Learning training, veterinarians as classroom speakers, and information on animal health and welfare.

Owning a pet can be one of the great joys in life, but pets should not be regarded as toys. Without proper nutrition, shelter and health care they will not thrive physically. For many pets, a lack of proper training, attention, and affection, may impair their social development. Therefore, the NJVMA is providing resources to enable teachers to educate children about the real obligations and responsibilities associated with pet ownership.

Middle school teacher and 2009 grant recipient, Joanne Carbotti from Roselle Park, NJ explains, “I am convinced that this program has and will continue to have a strong impact on students, reminding them always of the awesome responsibility and commitment they have in owning a pet.”

For more information and to apply, teachers should visit the Teaching Grants page at http://www.njvma.org/ or send an e-mail to phernandez(at)njvma(dot)org. Before applying, teachers are strongly encouraged to review the curriculum guide on the Teaching Grants page.

About the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association (NJVMA):
The New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association (NJVMA) was founded in 1884 and is a professional association representing the state's licensed veterinarians. The NJVMA is dedicated to advancing the veterinary profession in New Jersey. For more information, visit http://www.njvma.org.

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