AVMA Fellowship Program

AVMA will not be sponsoring a 2021-2022 AAAS fellow, due to the uncertainty created by COVID-19. Please check back in the fall of 2021 for information about 2022-2023 fellowships.


RadhikaEvery veterinarian possesses the skills needed to make a difference. The AVMA Fellowship Program is an unparalleled opportunity to shape public policy while enhancing your knowledge of the political process.

What do fellowships involve?

Here's what AVMA fellows do:

  • Serve for one year in Washington D.C. as scientific advisors to members of Congress or congressional committees
  • Shape and influence key legislation on a variety of issues
  • Receive a stipend of approximately $91,232 and reimbursement for certain expenses incurred during the fellowship year
  • Receive up to $6,000 to offset the cost of health insurance premiums
  • Use science-based decision-making in public policy development
  • Influence important public policy discussions

Learn more about the AVMA's congressional fellowships on our FAQ page. For additional questions, please email fellowshipatavma [dot] org.

Want to hear about the fellowship first-hand? Check out the video below where Dr. Chase Crawford recounts his experience as a 2014-2015 AVMA fellow.