Equipping The Next Generation Of Swine Veterinarians

Information at the James McKean Swine Disease conference will be helpful to veterinarians and pork producers.
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The average debt load of veterinary students is more than $160,000, according to the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC). To help lower this debt, Zoetis Inc. and AAVMC are partnering again to provide $2,000 scholarships to second- and third-year veterinary students in the United States and Caribbean.

Interested students may apply at www.vetvance.com/opportunities. Applications are due Nov. 28. New this year, students can also apply via the VETVANCE® mobile app, which is available for download from the Google Play Store and the iOS App Store.

“The AAVMC is proud to help prepare new generations of veterinarians,” says Dr. Andrew Maccabe, Chief Executive Officer of the AAVMC. “We greatly value our partnership with Zoetis to award scholarships to many exceptional veterinary students.”

Winners are selected based on academic excellence, financial need, diversity, sustainability, leadership and career interest. Scholarships will be awarded to students in all areas of professional interest, including food animal medicine, small animal clinical medicine, research, government services, public health, and organized veterinary medicine.

“Zoetis continues its long-standing commitment to assist veterinary students in alleviating financial debt related to their education,” says Dr. Christine Jenkins, Chief Medical Officer and Vice President, Veterinary Medical Services and Outcomes Research at Zoetis. “Each year, we hear from Zoetis Veterinary Student Scholarship winners about how these awards helped them offset educational expenses and facilitate experiential learning opportunities such as externships.”

To date, the Zoetis Veterinary Student Scholarship program has awarded more than 3,000 scholarships totaling more than $6 million. Now in its tenth year, the Veterinary Scholarship Award operates as part of Zoetis’ Commitment to Veterinarians™, a platform created by Zoetis to support leadership and diversity among future veterinarians, while also helping to offset the significant costs associated with a veterinary education. Winners will be announced at the 2019 Student American Veterinary Medical Association Symposium.