Pfizer Animal Health partners with the American Veterinary Medical Foundation
to award up to $625,000 to decrease students’ debt load
NEW YORK (September 30, 2010)— Pfizer Animal Health and the American Veterinary Medical Foundation invite veterinary students to apply for the second annual Student Scholarship Program. Approximately 250 scholarships of $2,500 each will be awarded to assist students in paying for their professional education, addressing rising school debt and its impact on the veterinary profession.
The scholarship is part of the Pfizer Animal Health Commitment to Veterinarians—which supports veterinarians through training and education, research and development, and investing in the future of the veterinary profession.
“The Pfizer Animal Health scholarship gave me the opportunity to participate in an international externship where I was exposed to many different aspects of veterinary medicine,” said 2010 scholarship recipient Tia Barksdale.
A third-year student focused on food-animal medicine and public health, Barksdale spent time in Germany and Lithuania learning about animal welfare, trade and food-safety regulations and their global effect. “Pfizer positively impacted my future as a veterinarian by opening the door to experiences I would not have had without the scholarship grant.”
For 2011, the second year of the program, Pfizer Animal Health will provide up to $625,000 in student scholarships to eligible second- and third-year veterinary medicine college students studying at the U.S. and Caribbean-based AVMA-accredited colleges of veterinary medicine. In addition to traditional selection criteria—academic excellence and financial need—the scholarships will focus on meeting ongoing needs of the veterinary profession: diversity, sustainability, and the availability of veterinarians to serve in mixed or rural practices. Scholarships will be awarded to students in all areas, including food animal medicine, small animal clinical medicine, research, government services, and organized medicine.
“Last year’s program was a huge success, and we’re proud to show our ongoing pledge to veterinarians though this scholarship again in 2011,” said J. Michael McFarland, DVM, Diplomate ABVP, and Group Director of Veterinary Medical Services & Corporate Citizenship for Pfizer Animal Health. “We’re looking for outstanding veterinary students to address the diversity of our changing world, as well as the health and research needs of our society. That’s what this scholarship is about.”
In 2010—the program’s launch year—Pfizer Animal Health awarded 222 U.S. veterinary students with a total of $555,000 in scholarships. The scholarship complements a number of other Pfizer Animal Health programs supporting the veterinary profession, including more than $15 million invested last year in universities, industry education and training, scholarships, and allied organizations.