A COVID-19 Disaster Relief Grant program for veterinary technicians, assistants and nurses, funded by donations totaling $200,000, was announced today by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF), the charitable arm of the AVMA. The funds are being provided by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Zoetis and the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA).
Through this grant program, eligible veterinary medical staff may apply for a one-time $500 grant to help meet their immediate needs.
Eligible applicants can learn more about how to apply for a grant by visiting AVMF.org/CovidRelief for more detailed information on the program.
Inspired by the generosity of Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Zoetis and NAVTA, the AVMF is also launching a challenge giving campaign with the goal of raising an additional $200,000 to match the $200,000 already donated to help meet the needs of twice as many veterinary technicians/nurses and veterinary assistants impacted by COVID-19. Donations are being accepted at AVMF.org/Donate.
In addition, the AVMF is accepting donations to its existing disaster relief grant programs to help meet the personal and professional needs of veterinarians and veterinary students impacted by disasters. More information on these grants, and a link to donate, is available at www.avmf.org/programs/disaster-relief.
"Many members of our profession have been financially affected through furloughs, layoffs and reduction of hours,” said Ken Yagi, president of NAVTA. “We also often depend on secondary jobs and grade schools as a form of childcare to make ends meet, which are also affected by the pandemic. We are honored to be joining Hill's and Zoetis in launching the grant which will help blunt these challenges and support the invaluable members of the veterinary team during a tough time. We feel the commitment and focus on our profession by the veterinary community and are grateful for the joint effort."