Thursday, July 23, 2009

Veterinary College Scholarships and Grants

The fields of veterinary medicine and veterinary science continue to grow as people seek to care for domestic, exotic and livestock animals while researchers look for ways to cure diseases, improve health and to promote understanding of the animal kingdom.

Jobs as veterinarian doctors, assistants and even nurses remain in hot demand with the Bureau of Labor Statistics expecting rapid growth over the next decade. Cancer researchers, zoologists and everyone else who works with animals can also expect success in their careers, as pet and livestock owners seek the best care available.

College scholarships for those people majoring in veterinary medicine and veterinary science are widely available; we’ve identified some of the top funding opportunities for applicants today:

1. American Kennel Club (AKC) – The association that oversees the registration of purebred dogs and oversees breeders has an active interest in seeing that vet majors succeed. To that end, the AKC awards $135,000 in college scholarships annually.

2. Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) – Several scholarships are awarded annually through the AAVMC, some of which involve a writing competition for applicants.

3. Campbell Family Scholarships – Full four year scholarships are available through the Banfield Charitable Trust, an organization that focuses on pet care. Banfield operates more than 700 pet hospitals across the USA.

4. F. Edward Hebert Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) – If you win this award, then U.S. Army Reserve enlistment will be required. However, the HPSP award is a full scholarship with a monthly allowance included.

5. Saul T. Wilson Jr. Scholarship Program – Through the offices of the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Inspection Program, assistance is available for high school through graduate school students. Check out the USDA’s related internship program too.

6. Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (HRSA) – Not every student entering college arrives on equal footing, some are clearly at a disadvantage, a gap that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is trying to close. Open to students of veterinary medicine, the HRSA program covers students from every state, district and U.S. Territory.

7. The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine – Prestigious Tufts University offers dozens of endowed and annual college veterinary scholarships to their students.

8. The Veterinary Scholarship Trust of New England – Recognizing that the cost of education has risen sharply in recent years and that vet students are graduating with plenty of debt, this veterinary trust has established a program offering approximately ten different scholarships annually.

9. TLC/for The Love of Cats Veterinary Scholarship Program – Cat lovers who plan on majoring in veterinary medicine will want to check out this program which annually offers one generous award for up to $20,000. At least one year of previous service to cats is required.

10. Western Veterinary Conference (WFC) – Up to 32 third-year veterinary students can receive $2500 in college scholarship funding from the WFC. Winners are invited to attend the annual WFC conference in Las Vegas each year, an excellent networking opportunity for scholarship recipients.

Students with a strong background in math and science along with previous experience in working with animals have a greater chance of being accepted into veterinary school. Find scholarships and other funding sources to help pay for your education.

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