Applications are now being sought for disaster training session grants and student scholarships offered by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation.
Each year, the Foundation sponsors state, regional, or national training sessions aimed at preparing veterinarians to care for animals before, during, and after a natural or man-made disaster. Up to $5,000 is available per session.
An organization may apply for sponsorship of one training session per year. A number of sessions will be sponsored in 2011, depending on application merit and availability of funds. Applications are due April 30; recipients will be notified by letter in June.
The application form is available at www.avmf.org by clicking on the links "What We Fund" and "Disaster Relief." For more information on the application process or training sessions, contact Cheri Kowal, AVMF program and administration assistant, by e-mail or by phone at (847) 285-6691.
The Foundation also awards about 20 scholarships annually to Student AVMA members enrolled in their first, second, or third year at an AVMA-accredited veterinary college or school in the United States.
Students are encouraged to consider traditional and nontraditional careers as they move forward in their education, to understand the many options that the veterinary profession offers. In keeping with the mission of the AVMF, preference will be given to students interested in pursuing a career in certain areas. These include, but are not limited to, animal health studies, shelter medicine, disaster preparedness and response, laboratory animal medicine, food animal medicine, and practicing in underserved communities.
For applications, visit www.avmf.org and click on the "What We Fund" and "Scholarships" links. Applications are due by May 15; recipients will be notified by letter by Sept. 15. For more information, contact Cheri Kowal.