288 Veterinary Students Awarded Scholarships to Help Reduce the Burden of Student Debt

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In its fourth year, Zoetis veterinary medicine scholarship program aims to support veterinary education by contributing a total of $576,000 to deserving students

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:

  •     22 percent are from diverse backgrounds
  •     41 percent are studying to practice food and mixed animal veterinary medicine
  •     25 percent are going into small animal practice
  •     16 percent are entering academia (research and clinical)
  •     Remaining recipients will go into other areas, such as public health, zoo animal medicine and poultry

For a list of 2013 scholarship recipients, please click here.

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.

About Zoetis

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.

About AVMF

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 http://www.avmf.org.

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