If you're passionate about starting a career working with animals, veterinarian program scholarships can help you pay for your education. There are general veterinarian program scholarships available, as well as awards designated for veterinarians planning to practice in specific specialty areas. The awards listed in this article are national programs, but individual schools offer scholarships for veterinary students as well.
The F. Edward Hebert Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) is one of the most generous awards available to veterinary program students. This scholarship is sponsored by the United States Army and provides full tuition plus a monthly stipend. To qualify, you must be a full-time student attending an accredited veterinarian college. You must also be able to meet the criteria for appointment as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, since the scholarship requires you to be complete a three-year active duty obligation and a five-year commitment to the Individual Ready Reserve.
The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) has a scholarship program that gives awards to students attending accredited veterinary medicine colleges in the United States. No particular specialty is required, and students pursuing both traditional and non-traditional careers in veterinary medicine are eligible.
Factors used to determine scholarship awards include academic excellence, financial need, and demonstration of commitment to the field of veterinary medicine. You must currently be a first, second, or third year student, however. Students who have been accepted to veterinary school, but not yet begun their studies, are not eligible for an AMVF scholarship.
One applicant from the general AVMF scholarship program will receive a special scholarship from the Winn Feline Foundation. This award is designated for a student who has shown a special interest in the health and welfare of cats.
The American Kennel Club provides veterinary student scholarships for students interested in working with purebred dogs. Candidates must be enrolled on a full-time basis at accredited schools within the United States. Both academic merit and financial need are considered in making awards. However, you must apply for this award through your school's designated program representative. The American Kennel Club does not accept applications from individual students for its scholarship program.
The American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation Winner's Circle Scholarship is given to students entering their fourth year of an accredited veterinary program who are active participants in student chapters of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (SCAAEP). Each year, one scholarship is awarded to a student attending each of the 36 accredited veterinary schools in North America and the West Indies with national chapters of SCAAEP.
While not a traditional scholarship program, the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) can be a significant source of financial aid for aspiring veterinarians. This program will pay up to $25,000 per year towards student loans for those who are willing to work in designated vet shortage areas for at least three years. It is sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture.