The American Veterinary Medical Foundation is once again making available applications for its disaster training session grants and scholarship programs.
Each year, the Foundation sponsors state, regional, and 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. The number of sessions to be sponsored in 2012 will depend on application merit and availability of funds. Applications are due by 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 Related Grants." For more information on the application process or training sessions, contact Cheri Kowal, AVMF program and impact manager, at (847) 285-6691.
The Foundation also awards $1,000 scholarships annually to about 20 Student AVMA members enrolled in their first, second, or third year at an AVMA-accredited veterinary college or school in the United States. The AVMF application is also used to award the Winn Feline Scholarship of $2,500 and the $1,000 Mildred Sylvester Scholarship.
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. On the application form, students are encouraged to identify their goals as a future veterinarian, share stories of what drove them to follow that path, and explain what they are currently doing to achieve their goals.
For application forms, 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.