Becoming a veterinarian requires considerably more than just a love of creatures. People today have a tendency to forget that veterinarians are licensed physicians and like all medical professionals need to finish a long and extreme course of research before they can be licensed to practice. The veterinary school takes time and determination, and students should master a diverse number of disciplines such as chemistry, biology, body, and mathematics.
Veterinarians are highly educated and highly skilled individuals who must be prepared to diagnose and treat a wide array of creatures, from house pets to farm animals. It is a highly challenging profession. Studying to be a vet can be costly, fortunately, there is a wide range of scholarship opportunities available specifically made to help veterinary students pay for their school education.
Attending veterinary college is an expensive proposition, but there are many scholarships available to help defray the cost. Here are some of the scholarships which may be of interest to veterinary students.
Scholarships & Financial Aid for Veterinary Students
Please note that while we have focused primarily on nationally accessible scholarship opportunities, there are lots of additional options focused on residents of particular states or attendees of specific schools.
- American Association of Bovine Practitioners
The AABP provides 14 Bovine Exotic Student Recognition Awards every year. Students may apply for the $1,500 awards throughout their second or third year of study. Award recipients are chosen based on academic achievement, interest in bovine medicine, work experience, career objectives, and recommendations. Applications are due March 15.
- American Association of Equine Practitioners & Zoetis Scholarship
The AAEP & Zoetis provide $4,000 scholarships to veterinary students with an interest in working in equine medicine. Students may apply in the spring semester of their fourth year of study.
- American Kennel Club
The Kennel Club has given scholarships to veterinary students for at least 20 years. Each AVMA-accredited vet school in the U.S. nominates four candidates for the awards. Candidates are selected according to academic achievement, interest in purebred dogs, and financial need. Awards normally range from $2,000 to $7,000.
- American Veterinary Medical Foundation Scholarships
The AVMF awards scholarships to veterinary students in their first three years of research (amounts may vary). Additional scholarships can be found, such as a women’s scholarship ($500) plus a feline pupil ($2,500). The AVMF also partners with Zoetis and Merck for scholarship programs that start accepting applications in the fall.
- Markel AAEP Foundation Scholarships
Markel Insurance Company and the American Association of Equine Practitioners have partnered to provide eight 2,500 scholarships to veterinary students planning to practice equine medicine. The winners also get a $300 travel stipend to attend the AAEP Convention in which they accept the award. Students must apply during the fall semester of the fourth year of research.
- Morris Animal Foundation Scholarships
The Morris Animal Foundation’s Veterinary Student Scholars program is designed for veterinary students with an interest in clinical research. Stipends of up to $4,000 are awarded to students who complete 10- to 12-week study jobs.
- Oxbow Animal Health Scholarships
Oxbow Animal Health offers two $500 scholarships for veterinary technicians with an interest in small animal and exotic animal medication. A $1,000 scholarship is available to veterinary students with an interest in exotic animal medicine. Applications must be postmarked by March 1 and receivers are announced May 1.
- Race for Education & AAEP Scholarships
The Race for Education (in partnership with the American Association of Equine Practitioners) provides the Winner’s Circle scholarship program for third-year veterinary students with an interest in equine veterinary medicine. The awards range from $1,500 to $5,000 for fourth-year health care costs. Students must apply directly to their own local SCAAEP (Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners). 1 student will be given in each of the 36 SCAAEP jurisdictions.
- Simmons Educational Fund Business Aptitude Award
The SEF awards a $3,000 scholarship to a third-year veterinary student from each U.S. veterinary school. Students have to submit an article related to the business concerns of personal practice. One winner, judged to have the top essay overall, also receives a $15,000 award plus a free trip to attend the North American Veterinary Conference.
- U.S. Army Veterinary Corps Health Professions Scholarship Program
The U.S. Army HPSP delivers full-tuition scholarships and monthly stipends for veterinary students who commit to three years of active duty. Applicants must be full-time veterinary students (and keep this full-time standing ), hold United States citizenship, attend a licensed U.S. veterinary college, and meet all eligibility requirements to become a commissioned officer at the U.S. Army Reserve.
- Veterinary Scholarship Trust of New England
VSTONE distributes an assortment of awards and scholarships to residents of New England who are studying veterinary medicine. The trust has financed more than 500 students since its inception in 1958. Third- and – fourth-year veterinary students may apply for $5,000 scholarships throughout the program. One winner will be selected from each of the six New England states. Applications are due December 1.