Zoetis Foundation, AVMF create scholarships for veterinary technician students

With a grant from the Zoetis Foundation, the American Veterinary Medical Foundation is offering a new scholarship program to support students in veterinary technician programs.

Announced in August, the Zoetis Foundation Veterinary Technician Scholarship Program will provide $1,000 scholarships to up to 270 students. The scholarship application cycle opens on Sept. 1 and closes on Oct. 7. The Zoetis Foundation is funding the scholarships, and the AVMF will manage the program, including selecting and notifying recipients. Notification is anticipated to happen by the end of the year.

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Veterinary technician students learn about parasitology. (Courtesy of Jennifer Serling)

“The Zoetis Foundation is thrilled to support the AVMF through a grant to recognize student leadership and promote diversity among future veterinary technicians by helping to offset the significant costs associated with education,” said Jeannette Ferran Astorga, Zoetis executive vice president of corporate affairs, communications, and sustainability and president of the Zoetis Foundation, in an announcement. “The new scholarships advance our commitments to veterinary education and support for people who care for animals.”

Applicants must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled full time in an AVMA Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities–accredited program in the United States, including Puerto Rico.
  • Be in good academic standing.

“We are honored for the opportunity to partner with the Zoetis Foundation in supporting our veterinary technicians through the creation of the Zoetis Foundation Veterinary Technician Scholarship,” said Dr. José Arce, chair of the AVMF and immediate past president of the AVMA, in the announcement. “Veterinary technicians are an integral part of veterinary medicine and our animal care teams, and these scholarships will allow veterinary technology students to cover some of the costs associated with their education.”

For more information about the scholarship program and criteria, please visit the AVMF website. To apply, eligible students should visit the VetVance website.

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A version of this article appears in the September 2022 print issue of JAVMA.