49 Veterinary & Animal Science Scholarships

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The market for veterinary technicians is growing much faster than the national average (4 percent) at 16 percent, indicative of a great employment outlook for students. These professionals are paid a median salary of $36,260 a year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS 2021). Aspiring vet techs can look for resources to mitigate a portion of their student debt.

Pursuing a career in veterinary medicine or animal science can be costly in today’s higher learning environment. Luckily, there are many different ways to help you cover the costs whether you are pursuing a DVM or an undergraduate degree.

The scholarships compiled for this list represent a small number of the total scholarships available to students enrolled in or attending veterinary school, or studying animal science at a graduate or undergraduate level. Scholarships are offered from a variety of institutions such as the Future Farmers of America, the American Veterinary Medicine Association, and others. Scholarships are generally based on academic excellence as well as financial need, though many other criteria may apply, depending on the award.

1. Merck Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship Program

Founded in 1963, the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) is the charitable arm of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), one of the largest and oldest veterinary medical organizations in the world. Over the last several years, the AVMF has partnered with Merck Animal Health, a research-driven company that develops, manufactures, and markets a broad range of veterinary medicines and services, to provide scholarships for more than 280 veterinary students, many of whom have gone on to become young leaders in the veterinary field.

In conjunction with the AVMF, Merck Animal Health sponsors annual scholarships of $5000 for second and third-year veterinary students. The scholarships are available to both U.S. and international students.

  • Amount: $5,000
  • Deadline: Details about the next scholarship cycle will be available in November 2021
  • Who Should Apply: Second and third-year veterinary students are eligible to apply for this scholarship.

2. Zoetis/AAVMC Veterinary Student Scholarship Program

Founded in 1966, the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) represents over 40,000 staff, students, and faculty members across the global academic veterinary medical community. The AAVMC along with Zoetis (a global animal health company dedicated to supporting customers and their businesses) offers this scholarship program to second and third-year veterinary students.

This scholarship program has awarded more than $7.9 million over the past 12 years helping more than 3,600 veterinary students. Scholarships are awarded annually in areas including small animal clinical medicine, research, government services, and organized veterinary medicine.

  • Amount: $2,000
  • Deadline: December 2, 2021
  • Who Should Apply: Second and third-year veterinary students are eligible for the Zoetis and Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges scholarship. Eligible students must demonstrate academic excellence as well as financial need, in addition to other qualifications, for this $2000 scholarship.

3. Minnesota Association of Veterinary Technicians Scholarship

Established in 1975, the MAVT is a not-for-profit organization that represents over 800 veterinarian technicians. The organization provides continuing education, educational resources, and holds an annual conference. Members of MAVT that have completed at least half of their veterinary technology program requirements with a GPA of 3.0 or higher may apply for this scholarship.

  • Amount: Five scholarships, $1,000 each
  • Deadline: December 31, 2021
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must be enrolled in and must be in good standing at an AVMA-accredited Veterinary Technology Program in Minnesota, must be student members of MAVT, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, and must have completed at least half of the program requirements.

4. NWRA’s Ed Hiestand Memorial Veterinary Student Scholarship

The National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association (NWRA) is dedicated to promoting and improving the profession of wildlife rehabilitation and its contributions to preserving natural ecosystems. Current veterinary students (includes residents and interns) wishing to further pursue academia would do well to apply for the Ed Hiestand Memorial Veterinary Student Scholarship.

The winner will present a paper on wildlife rehabilitation at the annual National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association Symposium. $1,000 will be awarded to cover travel expenses.

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: Abstract Deadline (December 15, 2021); Paper Deadline (January 15, 2022)
  • Who Should Apply: This competition is open to all current veterinary students.

5. AQHF’s Margaret A. Haines Telephony Scholarship

The American Quarter Horse Foundation is an organization that connects horses and people through charities to support and develop programs or initiatives that preserve our horse’s legacy and further the overall well-being of the American Quarter Horse and the people who comprise the Quarter Horse family.

The foundation offers several scholarships. The Margaret A. Haines Telephony Scholarship is one such example. This scholarship is for candidates who have been a member of AQHA for at least one year and are attending an AVMA-accredited college of veterinary medicine.

  • Amount: Funding for this scholarship will be applied to the student’s last year of the veterinary program
  • Deadline: January 15, 2022
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must be attending an AVMA-accredited college of veterinary medicine focussing on equine medicine and/or surgery with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. They must be enrolled as a third-year veterinary school student when applying. Funding will be applied to the student’s last year.

6. Jay Pumphrey Animal Sciences Scholarship

The American Quarter Horse Foundation connects horses and people through charitable giving to develop and support programs or initiatives that preserve our horse’s legacy and further the overall well-being of the American Quarter Horse and the people who comprise the Quarter Horse family.

Ideal candidates for the Jay Pumphrey Animal Science Scholarship come from Texas and have a ranching background. The $6,000 scholarship is open to those with a 3.0 GPA who plans to major in animal science or pursue another animal-related degree.

  • Amount: $6,000
  • Deadline: January 15, 2022
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must be pursuing a major in animal science or a large animal-related degree from Tarleton State University or Texas A&M University. They must be current AQHA or AQHYA members from Texas. They should be in their senior year of high school at the time of applying.

7. Laboratory Animal Management Association Foundation Scholarship

LAMA is an association dedicated to advancing the quality of management and care of laboratory animals throughout the world.

Animal science students may apply for the Laboratory Animal Management Association (LAMA) scholarship. Students must be enrolled in a full-time graduate program to be eligible for an award of up to $2,000 and must have the goal of becoming a laboratory animal science professional.

  • Amount: $2,000
  • Deadline: January 2022 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must be enrolled in a full-time graduate program attending both Institute for Laboratory Animal Management (ILAM) and non-ILAM programs.

8. Dr. Joseph and Sonia Landholm Scholarship

Established in 2001, this endowed scholarship was started by Dr. Joseph and Sonya Landholm within the NVMA Centennial Scholarship Foundation for the advancement of veterinary acupuncture. Not all veterinary education has the same focus. This scholarship is specifically available to those students with an interest in obtaining training in veterinary acupuncture. Veterinary students, as well as licensed practitioners from Nebraska, are eligible for this $4,500 reimbursement-based scholarship.

  • Amount: $4,500
  • Deadline: January 2022 and September 2022 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must either be veterinary students originally from Nebraska or Nebraska licensed practitioners who are NVMA members.

9. Animal Care PA’s Veterinary Student Scholarship

Established in 1983, the Animal Care PA is an independent Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation that helps animals by bridging the gap through its animal welfare initiatives that feed, care, and educate.

This veterinary student scholarship offered by Animal Care PA promotes the advancement of certified veterinary technicians, veterinarians, and all members of the veterinary team by providing financial assistance to students to decrease the financial burden that plagues veterinary students each year. The recipient of this scholarship will receive funds to use for tuition at an AVMA-accredited veterinary school.

  • Amount: Depends upon the tuition charged by the school
  • Deadline: January 31, 2022
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must be second, third, or fourth-year veterinary students originating from Pennsylvania and demonstrating financial need. Nominees must be attending a school of veterinary medicine accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education.

10. Allan Eldin & Agnes Sutorik Geiger Scholarship Fund

Residents of Hawai’i who are also veterinary students are eligible for the Allan Eldin & Agnes Sutorik Geiger Scholarship Fund, which is sponsored by the Hawai’i Community Foundation. This scholarship fund was created in 2005, by the Agnes Sutorik Geiger Revocable Trust.

The amount awarded to applicants who demonstrate strong academic credentials and financial need varies from year to year and person to person. The purpose of this scholarship fund is to provide scholarships to qualifying students attending accredited colleges or universities studying veterinary science.

  • Amount: Varies
  • Deadline: January 31, 2022
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants need to be residents of the State of Hawai‘i, demonstrate financial need, and attend an accredited college or university majoring in veterinary science.

11. Candace Mast Veterinary Medicine Scholarship

East Tennessee Foundation (ETF) is a public charity and community foundation created by and for the people of East Tennessee, where many donors join together to make the region they love a better place, today and for future generations.

Established in 2014, the Candace Mast Veterinary Medicine Scholarship assists female students studying veterinary medicine.

  • Amount: $3,200
  • Deadline: February 2022 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants should reside in East Tennessee Foundation’s 25-county service area, be a graduating college senior, current veterinary student, or returning adult student in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) field, have an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0, have full-time enrollment in the DVM programs at either the University of Tennessee, Knoxville or Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine, be a U.S. citizen, and demonstrate financial need.

12. The Georgia Veterinary Scholars Program (GVSP)

Providing veterinary students with opportunities in biomedical research, The Georgia Veterinary Scholars Program (GVSP) is designed to enhance awareness of the importance of research in veterinary medicine and to encourage promising veterinary students to enter a career in biomedical research or advanced studies.

This program is merit-based accepting the best applicants regardless of where they come from. The program is co-sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim and the National Institutes of Health Office of Research Infrastructure Programs.

  • Amount: Boehringer Ingelheim and NIH scholars are paid a monthly stipend
  • Deadline: February 2022 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must be currently enrolled in a veterinary school (first or the second year). Those who do not have a bachelor’s degree must possess an MS or Ph.D., or who are currently enrolled in a graduate program.

13. Veterinary Scholarship Trust of New England

Founded in 1958, the Veterinary Scholarship Trust of New England is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide financial assistance to New Englanders studying veterinary medicine. Through the generosity of the late Dr. Cornelius Thibeault, this fund has helped to support more than 500 veterinary students with their educational expenses. One such example would include the VSTONE Scholar Awards which awards six $5,000 to final year veterinary students. There will be one VSTONE scholar from each of the six New England states.

In 2016, the Veterinary Scholarship Trust of New England began awarding the $8,000 Dr. A. Harris Mosher Award to a veterinarian pursuing residency training in an accredited pathology program.

  • Amount: A. Harris Mosher Award ($8,000); VSTONE Scholar Awards (six $5,000 awards); Four Legs or Two Scholarship ($1,000)
  • Deadline: VSTONE Scholar Awards – February 2022 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: To apply for the VSTONE Scholar Awards applicants must be in their final year of veterinary school. Students’ academic success and demonstration of a strong desire to improve the quality of veterinary medicine in New England will be considered.

14. Harold Wetterberg Foundation Scholarship

Residents of New Jersey have quite a few options for scholarship opportunities. The Harold Wetterberg Foundation Scholarship is available to current and former New Jersey residents in conjunction with the AVMF.

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation is committed to helping offset the cost of veterinary medical education. Donations support outstanding veterinary students who are addressing the health and research needs of society. The AVMF believes that by investing in the education of America’s veterinary students they play a role in ensuring that future veterinarians have the required training and skills necessary for treating pets, safeguarding food supply, and protecting public health.

  • Amount: $5,000 to $10,000
  • Deadline: March 2022 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must be current or former residents of New Jersey who are enrolled in the second or third year of the professional DVM curriculum, must be graduates from a New Jersey High School, and have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher at veterinary school and undergraduate school.

15. NVMA Pre-Veterinary Scholarship

Another scholarship opportunity offered by The NVMA Centennial Scholarship Foundation is the Pre-veterinary student scholarship for those who are still pursuing their undergraduate education, and who have graduated from a Nebraska high school or home school program. The amount of the award varies but is no less than $500.

  • Amount: $500
  • Deadline: March 2022 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must have completed three semesters of pre-veterinary education and pursuing completion of the pre-professional program and should be graduates of a Nebraska high school with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.

16. Oxbow Academic Scholarships

Although there are many scholarships available to those pursuing a DVM degree, fewer are available for Veterinary Technicians. Oxbow Animal Health is a family-owned company that is committed to helping small animals lead healthier and longer lives. The organization provides high-quality nutritional products for animals and supports rescue programs and scholarship opportunities.

Several scholarships are offered by the organization for professionals in all aspects of the field, those who aspire to pursue careers in the pet industry working with companion animals or exotic ones, as well as those interested in future careers in animal care as veterinary technicians or doctors. Scholarships are open to individuals at all levels, from high school to master’s programs.

  • Amount: $500 – $2,000
  • Deadline: March 2022 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: The focus of this scholarship is students who have a keen interest in a career in small and exotic animal medicine. For qualification, applicants must complete the online application, submit a current resume, provide a letter of reference, proof of full-time enrollment in an accredited veterinary technology program, a transcript copy, current GPA, and a 300-500 word essay explaining why they want to work in the exotic animal field.

17. The Charles Shelton Foundation

Since 2012, The Charles Shelton Foundation, a national non-profit organization has been providing scholarships to college students and high school graduates pursuing a higher education degree in veterinary medicine and technology. It is dedicated to helping Black African American students studying Veterinary Medicine or Technology afford the costs of higher education.

Two non-renewable scholarships will be provided by the Charles Shelton Foundation to students demonstrating an interest and commitment to animal welfare.

  • Amount: Two scholarships, $2,000 each
  • Deadline: April 2022 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants for this scholarship should be African-American graduating high school seniors, current college students, or returning college students, must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, provide transcripts, must be a legal U.S. resident, complete the veterinary scholarship form, and provide two professional references.

18. The National Dairy Shrine’s Iager Dairy Scholarship

The National Dairy Shrine’s Iager Dairy Scholarship is awarded annually to encourage qualified second-year dairy students in a two-year agricultural school to pursue careers in the dairy industry. Funds for this scholarship were generously donated by the Charles Iager family of Fulton, Maryland.

Scholarships will be awarded based on academic standing, leadership ability, interest in the dairy industry, and plans for the future for those students completing their first academic year. The applicant must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.50.

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: April 2022 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must be second-year college students in a two-year agricultural college majoring in animal science or dairy.

19. NDS/Klussendorf/McKown Scholarships

Seven scholarships of $1,500 are awarded each year as part of the NDS/Klussendorf/McKown Scholarships. Three scholarships are awarded by Klussendorf’s Chris Kampf fund and four scholarships are awarded by the McKown Fund.

These scholarships were made available as a result of a gift from the late Klussendorf member Chris Kampf, who won the Klussendorf award in 1956. Applicants need to show leadership, participation in extracurricular activities, and special interest and ability in showing dairy cattle in their best natural form.

  • Amount: $1,500
  • Deadline: April 2022 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: To be eligible, applicants must be in their first, second, or third year at a two-year or four-year university or college in the United States or Canada majoring in animal science, dairy science, agri-business, or other related majors that will develop the skills needed to pursue a career in the dairy industry.

20. Marshall E. McCullough Scholarship

The National Dairy Shrine/Marshall E. McCullough Scholarship is awarded annually in memory of Marshall McCullough, a widely known Georgia nutrition researcher, and educator. McCullough became a popular speaker, prolific writer, effective consultant, and respected researcher.

Graduating high school seniors who plan to major in dairy science or animal science with a communications emphasis or agricultural journalism are eligible for this scholarship through Dairy Shrine.

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: April 2022 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: This scholarship is available to any freshman in a four-year university or college with a commitment to major in dairy or animal science with a communications emphasis or agricultural journalism with a dairy or animal science emphasis. The applicant must be planning on a career in dairy communications or journalism. Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5.

21. Oregon Dairy Women Scholarship

Oregon Dairy Women (ODW) is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization with the main objective to promote the dairy industry. The ODW’s mission is to promote the greater use of all dairy products through outreach and educational programs.

Daughters of Oregon farmers who have worked on a dairy farm are eligible for the Oregon Dairy Women Scholarship. If not, applicants must be majoring in animal science, veterinary medicine, food science, nutrition, or another area related to dairy farming. The scholarship is for $2,500.

  • Amount: $2,500
  • Deadline: May 2022 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must be majoring in food science, animal science, veterinary science, dietetics, nutrition, or other related areas having an impact on the dairy industry. Applicants can also be sons or daughters of an Oregon dairy family or worked on a dairy in Oregon for at least two years or had a 4-H or FFA dairy project for four years in Oregon.

22. J. Wayne Rehn Scholarship

The Alpha Gamma Rho agricultural fraternity sponsors the J. Wayne Rehn Scholarship for pre-veterinary or animal science students. The $1,000 scholarship award is only available to students who live in the fraternity house. Preference is given to Alpha Chapter members.

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: May 2022 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must be sophomore or junior members of Alpha Gamma Rho majoring in pre-veterinary or animal science living in the Fraternity house. Preference will be given to Alpha Chapter members.

23. The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) and EveryCat Health Foundation Scholarship

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (a charitable organization that has provided grants to help veterinarians help animals through animal welfare, education, research programs, and disaster relief) and EveryCat Health Foundation (a foundation that advances feline health by supporting groundbreaking research and education) offer this scholarship to third- and fourth-year veterinary students.

This scholarship is directed towards those with a particular interest in feline veterinary medicine. Applicants must have a history of work with cats and towards cat welfare, such as research, shelter work, and other community services.

  • Amount: $2,500
  • Deadline: May 2022 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: This scholarship is for second or third-year students who demonstrate an interest in feline veterinary medicine. Recipients must be able to document a history of participation in activities that benefit the welfare and health of cats, including shelter work, research, cat clubs, and other community service programs. A strong GPA and financial need are also considered.

24. AZVT Laurie Page-Peck Scholarship

The Association of Zoo Veterinary Technicians was established in 1980 to provide medical and veterinary technicians employed in zoos to share and communicate their specialized veterinary knowledge.

The Laurie Page-Peck Scholarship was started in 1993 to honor the memory of Laurie Page-Peck who worked as a senior veterinary technician at the North Carolina Zoological Park. She had cancer and died at the young age of 37 in August of 1992. She worked for twelve years, dedicating herself to the care of exotic animals, and was a member of AZVT from 1986 through 1990.

  • Amount: $1,500
  • Deadline: May 2022 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: Students who are currently enrolled in veterinary or medical tech programs are eligible to apply. Applicants must write a scientific, medically oriented paper on the subject of zoo veterinary technology, not limited to husbandry. Those with a strong academic style, robust presentation skills, and an intense interest in the zoo vet tech subfield are encouraged to apply.

25. Maine Veterinary Education Foundation Scholarship Program

The Maine Veterinary Education Foundation is a private foundation that is dedicated to enhancing educational opportunities for the veterinary field in Maine. It is managed by the Maine Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA).

Students from Maine who have completed at least one year of veterinary school or one year of a veterinary technology program can apply for the Maine Veterinary Education Foundation Scholarship. The Maine Veterinary Medical Association also has the Dr. Anne Del Borgo Animal Welfare Scholarship Fund that provides financial support for veterinary students and veterinary technician students who have a demonstrated interest in animal welfare and reside in, or plan to reside in, Maine.

  • Amount: Varies
  • Deadline: May 2022 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must have completed at least one year of veterinary or veterinary technology programs. Application requirements include a completed application form, an official transcript from the veterinary school, a one-page letter describing ties to Maine, and special interests in veterinary medicine.

26. AVMF/Arizona Veterinary Medical Association Scholarship

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) partners with the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association (AzVMA) to offer five $1,000 scholarships to third-year Arizona veterinary students in good standing with an AVMA-accredited school in North America. The Arizona Veterinary Medical Association believes in investing in the education of veterinary students to help empower them for achieving and exceeding their goals.

  • Amount: Five scholarships, $1,000 each
  • Deadline: May 2022 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must be third-year veterinary students in good standing at an AVMA-accredited school in North America, be student members of the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association, demonstrate academic excellence, demonstrate a connection to the state of Arizona, demonstrate involvement in university-affiliated organizations, and demonstrate financial need.

27. Dr. Elinor McGrath Scholarship

Female veterinary students in their first, second, or third year are eligible to apply for the $500 Elinor McGrath scholarship. Named for the first female admitted to the American Veterinary Medical Association, applicants must demonstrate a story that they have been able to achieve veterinary goals with the same strength and determination that Dr. McGrath demonstrated time and again.

  • Amount: $500
  • Deadline: May 2022 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must be first, second, or third-year veterinary students in good standing at an AVMA-accredited school in the United States, be members of the Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA), and demonstrate academic excellence, financial need, and involvement in university-affiliated organizations including leadership responsibilities.

28. Mildred Sylvester Scholarship

Students in their first, second or third year of veterinary school are eligible to apply for the $1,000 Mildred Sylvester Scholarship, which was endowed by Mildred Sylvester’s estate. Students must have a connection to the state of New Jersey to be eligible. The connection could include past or present residency or graduation from a New Jersey school.

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: May 2022 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must be first, second, or third-year veterinary students in good standing at an AVMA-accredited school in the United States, be members of the Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA), demonstrate a connection to the state of New Jersey, demonstrate academic excellence, provide proof of involvement in university-affiliated organizations, and demonstrate financial need.

29. Washington Thoroughbred Foundation Scholarship

Anyone attending a college or university in Washington state, pursuing a career in pre-veterinary medicine emphasizing equine science is eligible for the Washington Thoroughbred Foundation Scholarship from the Race for Education Foundation. Since it started in 2002, The Race For Education (RFE) has delivered more than seven million dollars in scholarships and educational programs. It provides opportunities for educational success for young people with significant financial needs and academic challenges.

Up to $5,000 per year is awarded to students who are under 24 years old and have a minimum 2.85 cumulative GPA.

  • Amount: Up to $5,000
  • Deadline: May 2022 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must be attending a university or college in Washington state, pursuing a career in pre-veterinary medicine (equine emphasis), must have a grade point average of at least 2.85, have an annual household income of less than $75,000 or be financially independent of parents.

30. Dr. Judy G. Willard Scholarship

Another scholarship offered by The Race For Education is the Dr. Judy G. Willard Scholarship which is funded in memory of Dr. Judy Willard, a professor of the equine program at Morehead State University for over 33 years. This scholarship is ideal for students who are in good standing with an animal science major with equine emphasis at Morehead State University wishing to pursue a career in the equine industry.

  • Amount: Up to $1,000
  • Deadline: May 2022 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: To be eligible, students must have a grade point average of at least 2.85 and have an annual household income of less than $75,000, or be financially independent of parents.

31. Heartland Goldens and Mini Goldendoodles Veterinarian Scholarship

This scholarship is made available as a result of a gift from Heartland Goldens and Mini Goldendoodles (HGMG), an organization that strongly believes in giving back to the dog community.

This scholarship is for graduating high school seniors demonstrating excellence in the classroom, positive history in the care of animals, and who are pursuing a four-year degree in animal nutrition, animal science, animal breeding and genetics, biological sciences, or prev-vet sciences, preferences to applicants planning a career in veterinary medicine.

  • Amount: $500
  • Deadline: May 2022 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must be graduating high school seniors demonstrating excellence in the classroom and who are pursuing a four-year degree in animal science, animal nutrition, animal breeding and genetics, biological sciences, or prev-vet sciences.

32. Sheep Heritage Foundation Memorial Scholarship

Representing the interests of more than 100,000 sheep producers located throughout the United States, the American Sheep Industry Association is a national organization that offers the Sheep Heritage Foundation Memorial Scholarship.

This scholarship provides financial support to graduate students pursuing sheep-related graduate studies through the American Sheep Industry Association. This scholarship is for the advancement of the sheep industry through the financial support of graduate-level students who are attending a school in the U.S.

  • Amount: $3,000
  • Deadline: May 2022 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must be involved in sheep or wool research in areas such as animal science, agriculture economics, or veterinary medicine with proof of graduate school acceptance. Candidates need to complete an online application and provide two letters of reference. They should also provide proof of graduate school acceptance or enrollment.

33. HSVMA Compassionate Care Veterinary Student Scholarship

The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSVMA) is a non-profit organization that uses its resources and expertise for advancing animal welfare through leadership, education, service, and advocacy. Its compassionate care veterinary student scholarship is for veterinary students who have demonstrated a commitment to and an interest in animal rights, animal protection, or animal welfare issues in veterinary medicine.

The scholarships will be awarded to veterinary students who are in their first, second, and third years at an AVMA-accredited veterinary school.

  • Amount: $1,500, $2,000, and $3,000
  • Deadline: May 2022 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: First, second, and third-year veterinary students at AVMA-accredited veterinary schools in the U.S., Canada, Caribbean, or the UK are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Application requirements include two letters of recommendation, GPA, demonstrated interest and activity in animal welfare, animal rights or animal protection, and demonstrated financial need.

34. Zoetis and The Foundation for the Horse

The Foundation for the Horse and Zoetis are dedicated to improving and preserving the well-being and health of equines as well as honoring veterinary students dedicated to equine practice. These scholarships are awarded based on a commitment to equine veterinary medicine, academic excellence, and leadership. Applicants must also have the support of AAEP members and their clinical instructors.

Applicants who have already received a scholarship from Zoetis, The Oakwood Foundation, or Merck Animal Health in 2020 will not be eligible for this scholarship.

  • Amount: Five scholarships of $5,000
  • Deadline: June 2022 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants for this scholarship must be second or third-year veterinary students, must be National AAEP student members, be active within their school’s AAEP chapter, and be currently enrolled and in good standing at an AVMA-accredited school of veterinary medicine in the United States, Canada, Caribbean, or Europe.

35. John D. Spurling OBE Scholarship

The American Kennel Club (AKC) Humane Fund, an organization that is committed to supporting the happiness and health of dogs across the nation, sponsors the annual John D. Spurling OBE Scholarship. This AKC Humane Fund offers grants to help support pet-related organizations and scholarships to students pursuing education in fields that contribute to the human-animal bond.

This scholarship is awarded to students pursuing any course of study that promotes responsible pet ownership. The scholarship funds $10,000 worth of scholarships each year to up to five students.

  • Amount: Five scholarships per year, totaling $10,000
  • Deadline: June 2022 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must be full-time students enrolled in a degree or certification program at an accredited U.S. institution. Individuals pursuing studies in animal care, veterinary technology, physical therapy, veterinary medicine, animal behavior, grooming, and training, may be eligible for this grant. The scholarship amount must be used for tuition assistance and will be paid directly to the institution on the student’s behalf.

36. The International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories (IAOPC) Doyle L. Shugart Scholarship Program

The IAOPC is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing the ethics, professionalism, and standards of pet crematories and cemeteries. Since its establishment in 1971, this organization is committed to compassionate, safe, and thorough pet aftercare through the education of pet parents and industry professionals.

Doyle L. Shugart, a former IAOPCC board director & president understood why the bond between animals and humans is important. After he died in 2012, the IAOPCC dedicated an annual vet tech scholarship program in honor of his tremendous educational contributions to the profession.

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: June 2022 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must be veterinary technicians enrolled in an accredited program, or veterinary students in their second year or greater of their education.

37. DeForest Kelley/Dr. Leonard McCoy Memorial Medical & Veterinarian Scholarship

Starfleet, a Star Trek fan club has presented scholarships to active Starfleet members who are attending four-year colleges, community colleges, most technical schools, universities, and junior colleges, or any other accredited institution that offers certificates or certified programs.

The DeForest Kelley/Dr. Leonard McCoy Memorial Medical & Veterinarian Scholarship is awarded each year for $1,000. Applicants must be members of Starfleet, which also provides the funds via its membership.

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: June 2022 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must be members of Starfleet and must have been Starfleet members for at least one year before the application deadline.

38. Dr. Suanne Davis Roueche Vet Tech Scholarship

Austin Community College’s (ACC) veterinary technology program prepares students to become licensed veterinary technicians. The Dr. Suanne Davis Roueche Vet Tech Scholarship was created for Austin Community College students pursuing an AAS degree in veterinary technology who need financial assistance for books, fees, and tuition. Previous winners may re-apply for each year they remain in the program.

  • Amount: $2,000
  • Deadline: July 2022 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must be pursuing an associate of applied science degree at Austin Community College in veterinary technology, must have already completed the prerequisite coursework for the veterinary technology program, and must have maintained a minimum 2.5 GPA in all college work.

39. California American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists Memorial Fund Scholarship

The CA ARPAS Memorial Fund was established in 1997 to honor distinguished individuals who have made significant contributions to the industry within California and the surrounding states.

The purpose of the CA ARPAS Memorial Fund Scholarship is to recognize outstanding graduate students (MS or Ph.D. degree program) in animal, dairy, or poultry science. Candidates must be from California, Oregon, Arizona, or Nevada and demonstrate an interest in a career in dairy nutrition.

  • Amount: $2,000
  • Deadline: September 2022 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: Graduate students pursuing an education in animal, dairy, or poultry science are eligible for this scholarship. Candidates must be from California, Oregon, Arizona, or Nevada and demonstrate an interest in a career in dairy nutrition. Selection will be based upon the individual’s experience, background, research interests, and activities with organizations. Preference will be given to applicants pursuing a career in animal nutrition.

40. Alabama Veterinary Technician Association Scholarship

The Alabama Veterinary Technician Association (AVTA) promotes and represents the profession of veterinary technology in Alabama. This organization is committed to the advancement and career growth of veterinary support staff and veterinary technicians within the State of Alabama. This Alabama Veterinary Technician Association Scholarship is awarded to one full-time veterinary technology distance education student.

  • Amount: $500
  • Deadline: September 1, 2022
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must work and live in Alabama and must be full-time students in a veterinary technology program, should have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in high school or previous college courses, a 500-word essay, and two letters of recommendation.

41. Indiana Veterinary Medical Association Scholarship

The Indiana Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA) and Indiana Animal Health Foundation (IAHF) have a scholarship fund for students at Purdue University. The IVMA will award five $1,000 scholarships and the IAHF will award two $1,000 scholarships. The IVMA wants to provide students with networking opportunities and the resources they need for connecting them with peers in the profession during their veterinary school journey.

  • Amount: Seven scholarships, $1,000 each
  • Deadline: October 30, 2021; October 2022 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time veterinary student at the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, have an appropriate need for the scholarship, be an active Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) member, and a completed online IAHF Scholarship Application.

42. RIVMA Veterinary Student Scholarship

Founded in 1962, the Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association (RIVMA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the art and science of veterinary medicine.

Specifically offered to graduates of a Rhode Island high school, the RIVMA Veterinary Student Scholarship weighs academic excellence as well as financial need in awarding its $1000, which is available to juniors who are entering their senior year.

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: October 15, 2021; October 2022 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must be veterinary students in their junior year looking to apply to their senior year, must be a graduate of a Rhode Island high school, and have a grade point average of at least 2.5.

43. NVMA Veterinary Student Scholarships

The Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association is the recognized voice of veterinary medicine in Nebraska. Established in 1996, the NVMA Centennial Scholarship Foundation awards several scholarships to veterinary students from Nebraska. One such scholarship is the veterinary student scholarship for students who are graduates of a Nebraska High School or the State of Nebraska approved home school program, have completed two semesters of veterinary education, and are pursuing completion of the professional program. Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0.

  • Amount: Twenty Five scholarships, totaling $25,000
  • Deadline: October 15, 2021; October 2022 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must be graduates of a Nebraska High School with a minimum grade point average of 3.0, and must have completed two semesters of veterinary education and pursuing completion of the professional program.

44. CME Group Beef Industry Scholarship

Veterinarians and animal science specialists are in high demand in the agricultural field. The National Cattlemen’s Foundation and CME Group are committed to the future of the cattle industry and continue to recognize and support outstanding youth in the beef community. The CME beef industry scholarship is for undergraduates and graduating high school students who plan to pursue a career in the beef industry. A total of 10 $1,500 scholarships are awarded each year.

Fields of study may include communications, education, research, production, or any other area involved within the beef industry. The program’s focus is to identify and encourage thoughtful and talented students who will emerge as industry leaders.

  • Amount: Ten scholarship; $1,500 each
  • Deadline: Applications will open in October 2021
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must be graduating high school seniors or full-time undergraduate students enrolled in a two- or four-year institution, have demonstrated a commitment to a career in the beef industry, write a one-page letter indicating future career goals, and provide two letters of recommendation.

45. Patricia M. Lowrie Diversity Leadership Scholarship

The AAVMC sponsors the Patricia M. Lowrie Diversity Leadership Scholarship. The award of $6,000 is available to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th-year students who have demonstrated promise as future leaders and have contributed to enhancing diversity and community engagement.

  • Amount: $6,000
  • Deadline: October 15, 2021; October 2022 (estimated)
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must be current second, third or fourth-year students in good academic and professional standing at an AAVMC Member Institution, have demonstrated exemplary promise as future leaders, and have made significant contributions to enhancing diversity and inclusion in academic veterinary medicine.

46. Saul T. Wilson, Jr. Scholarship & Internship

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers an internship program that includes a scholarship component of $5,000 for undergraduate applicants and $10,000 for graduate students. Those who enroll in the internship will gain hands-on experience with veterinary medicine, particularly livestock.

As an intern, students will experience the real-world situations facing Federal regulatory veterinarians. Working in the field, they may assist with veterinary technician duties, draw blood samples, and help supervise disinfection and cleaning at affected sites.

  • Amount: Up to $5,000 per year for undergraduate studies and up to $10,000 for graduate studies
  • Deadline: Applicants must have a USAJOBS account to apply. The announcement opens in the spring for approximately 2 weeks
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must be U.S. citizens, be enrolled as a full-time student and/or accepted for enrollment in an accredited veterinary college or university within the United States, be in good academic standing, and agree to work for the agency during school breaks for a minimum of 640 hours before completing their studies.

47. Washington State Association of Veterinary Technicians Scholarship

The WSVAT is a not-for-profit organization representing veterinary assistants, veterinary technicians, and veterinary technician students in Washington State. This organization promotes the veterinary technology profession, fosters continuing education programs, improves the economic and social standards of veterinary technicians, and establishes and facilitates efficient cooperation between WSAVT and other veterinary medical organizations. WSAVT offers the student scholarship each year to veterinary technician students who have completed their first year of school.

  • Amount: Three scholarships, $1,000 each
  • Deadline: Applications come out in the spring and are awarded at the start of the fall school year
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants must have membership in the WSAVT, be a Washington State resident, have attendance in an AVMA-accredited program for veterinary technology, and complete the first year of an AVMA-accredited veterinary technician program with continued enrollment for the second year.

48. Janelle Downing Memorial 4-H Scholarship

The Missouri 4-H Foundation (a nonprofit organization) offers educational scholarships for 4-H youth and former 4-H members pursuing post-secondary study. More than sixty different scholarships are available.

Missouri students who are current or former members of 4-H are eligible for this Janelle Downing Memorial 4-H Scholarship. The $1000 scholarship is awarded annually and preference is given to those enrolling at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture.

  • Amount: $1,500
  • Deadline: Varies
  • Who Should Apply: Applicants for this scholarship must major in veterinary medicine or pre-veterinary medicine or animal science. Preference is given to applicants planning to enroll as a freshman at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture. If no suitable applicant is found, consideration will be given to applicants enrolling at an accredited public, four-year college or university.

49. Morris Animal Foundation Veterinary Student Scholars

The Morris Animal Foundation Veterinary Student Scholar program provides veterinary students the opportunity to conduct mentored research for advancing the well-being and health of cats, dogs, horses, and wildlife.

Those veterinary students who are interested in hands-on experience can apply for the Morris Animal Foundation Veterinary Student Scholars program. Winners get hands-on experience with animal research and receive a $5,000 stipend in return for dedicating 10 to 12 weeks to their research project.

  • Amount: $5,000
  • Deadline: Varies
  • Who Should Apply: This program is open to currently enrolled veterinary students in good standing from an AVMA-accredited U.S. or international college, university, or school of veterinary medicine.
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