Friday, April 1, 2022
A new scholarship established through an agreement between Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine and National Veterinary Associates (NVA) is providing vital financial support to several Purdue students in the Vet Up! DVM Fellowship Program.
The new scholarship is part of NVA’s efforts to improve diversity and representation in the veterinary industry. “It’s important for NVA to make sure everyone has a voice, not just as an organization, but as a community united in our why: ‘For the love of animals and the people who love them’ , said GeGe Howard, director of community and integration at NVA.
Through the new initiative, scholarships have been awarded to four Purdue veterinary students in the DVM class of 2025. Each student receives $8,000 in tuition and fees for the current academic year, followed by $8,000 additional $ the fourth year as well as an allowance of $2,800. for special summer study programs.
Assistant Dean for Inclusive Excellence Latonia Craig, who leads the DVM Scholars program, said partnering with NVA helps realize the vision and promise of Vet Up! “Financial pressures present one of the biggest challenges for young people who want to pursue their dream of becoming a veterinarian,” said Dr. Craig. “This NVA scholarship combined with the education, experience and mentorship offered by Vet Up! creates an important catalyst to propel promising young researchers into STEM careers in veterinary medicine.
Congratulations to the following NVA scholarship recipients, who were selected by the college:
- Avery Martin
- Daniela Sanchez
- Alaunie Smiley
- Maxine White
Veterinary ! – the HCOP National Academy of Veterinary Medicine – provides opportunities and support for equity-minded individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to enter the veterinary profession and serve society by advancing public health, ensuring food safety, or serving rural areas. As part of Vet Up!, the DVM Scholars program is designed to support Purdue veterinary students from enrollment through graduation and employment in a veterinary shortage area.
Veterinary ! also includes two programs for young students. All programs have a competitive selection process for admissions. The veterinarian standing up! The Champions program is for rising high school juniors and seniors; adult and non-traditional learners, including veterans; and undergraduate and graduate students. Veterinary ! The college prepares educationally or economically disadvantaged undergraduate students to be competitive in the DVM applicant pool.
Veterinary ! was established in 2019 with the support of a grant from the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) of the Health Resources and Services Administration of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Additional program support is provided by Zoetis.
About the National Veterinary Associates (NVA)
NVA is a leading global veterinary community of over 1,400 independently run veterinary hospitals providing specialist, emergency and general medical care, as well as over 100 companion animal resorts. Rooted in a culture of compassion, innovation and collaboration, NVA champions each hospital’s unique culture and provides the support and opportunities veterinary teams need to provide exceptional care for companion animals and their families.
About Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine
The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine seeks to advance the health and well-being of animals and humans around the world through excellence in learning, discovery, and engagement. Home to Purdue University’s Veterinary Hospital and Animal Disease Diagnostics Laboratory, the college serves as a major referral center for the diagnosis and treatment of animal diseases. The faculty researches both animal and human health, with an emphasis on the science of animal welfare and the human-animal bond; infectious diseases and immunology; Cancer; neuroscience; and musculoskeletal biology and orthopaedics. The college is also one of the few nationally to train all members of the veterinary team. Students can pursue doctor of veterinary medicine, bachelor’s or associate degrees in veterinary nursing, postgraduate internships and residencies for specialized training, or graduate degrees in basic medical sciences, comparative pathobiology or veterinary clinical sciences. For more information, visit www.vet.purdue.edu.
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