The American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) is pleased to announce a $1.875 million grant awarded from the Zoetis Foundation. Dr. Christine Jenkins, U.S. chief medical officer and V.P. of Veterinary Medical Services & Outcomes Research for Zoetis, made a special announcement of this award at the 2022 Catalyze AAVMC Conference in Washington, DC.

The Zoetis Foundation was established in 2021 to advance opportunities for veterinarians and farmers around the world. The Zoetis Foundation has committed to providing AAVMC with a $1.875 million grant to fund the 2023 Zoetis Foundation/AAVMC Veterinary Student Scholarship, supporting 263 2nd and 3rd year veterinary students equating to $7,000 in funding per student. This scholarship program will address the issue of student debt as well as the need to foster diversity in the veterinary profession. Zoetis  previously funded scholarships for AAVMC, and this foundation grant will triple Zoetis' previous support to provide students increased scholarship funds.

The application process will be open to students starting in October 2022. Please be sure to visit the AAVMC website for more information. The Zoetis Foundation’s 2023 grantees will provide greater access to education and mental wellness resources, expand veterinary debt relief, support diversity and inclusion efforts and help enable thriving livelihoods for veterinarians and farmers.

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“We are grateful for the continued support and partnership of Zoetis and the Zoetis Foundation. As a champion for diversity and inclusion focused on advancing the veterinary medical profession, this funding from the Foundation will be instrumental in helping us further education development and increase wellbeing,” says Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe, CEO of AAVMC.

More information on the scholarship application process will be available at https://www.aavmc.org/programs/education/ in the next coming months.