Second- and third-year students of veterinary medicine may now apply for Pfizer Animal Health Scholarships.
Pfizer Animal Health and the American Veterinary Medical Foundation are cooperating to provide a minimum of 330 scholarships of $2,000 each to students across various disciplines in veterinary medicine.
Recipients will be selected based on traditional scholarship selection criteria such as academic excellence and financial need. Selection also will focus on meeting the ongoing needs of the veterinary profession: increasing diversity among practitioners in ethnic heritage, gender, socioeconomic background, professional aspirations, and improving the availability of veterinarians to serve in areas of the profession that have increased demand.
"Pfizer recognizes that entering into this rewarding and critical profession does not come at a low cost," says Vanessa Mariani, Director of Academic and Professional Affairs, U.S. Operations at Pfizer Animal Health.
"In fact, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, more than 2,500 students graduated from veterinary schools with an average debt load nearing $140,000 in 2011."
In 2013 Pfizer Animal Health will provide a minimum of $660,000 in student scholarships to eligible students in colleges of veterinary medicine in the U.S. and the Caribbean. Scholarships will be awarded to students in all areas of study, including food animal medicine, equine and small animal medicine, research, academia, and government services, among others. Award eligibility is subject to the guidelines established by individual schools.
In 2012, this program awarded scholarships to 331 students.
The scholarship program is a part of Pfizer Animal Health's Commitment to Veterinarians platform. It complements several other Pfizer Animal Health programs supporting the veterinary profession, including millions invested in universities, industry education and training, scholarships, and allied organizations.