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AASV Foundation supports veterinary students with swine externship grants

For the eighth consecutive year, the AASV Foundation is providing support to veterinary students who participate in a swine externship. The Swine Externship Grant Program is available to all veterinary students in an effort to encourage students to consider a career in swine medicine and enable them to obtain valuable experience in a swine practice. The grant amount ranges from $200 to $500 per student, based upon the actual expenses incurred during the externship.

Applications are now available for students who will participate in swine externships during the summer and 2009-2010 school year. Students who complete an externship of at least 2 weeks’ duration in a swine practice or a mixed practice with a considerable swine component may apply for the grant. Both the student and at least one member of the hosting practice must be members of the AASV.

In addition to student information, the grant application requests a letter from the hosting practice containing details of the planned externship. After the externship has been completed and the practice has confirmed the student’s participation, the student submits a brief report of his or her experiences along with expense receipts to the AASV Foundation before the funds are disbursed.

The foundation has awarded grants to more than 60 students from the United States and Canada since the program’s inception in 2002.

Grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to those successfully completing the requirements. Students are encouraged to submit their grant applications as soon as they have confirmed their externship dates. The grants are limited to one per student.

The grant application is available at www.aasv.org/students/externgrant.htm. For more information, contact the AASV office: 902 1st Avenue, Perry, IA 50220; Tel: 515-465-5255; Fax: 515-465-3832; E-mail: aasv@aasv.org.