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AASV Foundation announces new American College of Animal Welfare scholarship program

The AASV Foundation Board of Directors has approved a scholarship program for AASV members seeking Animal Welfare Board Certification from the American College of Animal Welfare (ACAW). The applicant must have either a DVM or VMD with at least 5 years of continuous membership in the AASV.

The applicant must provide a curriculum vitae, an ACAW-approved program plan, and three (3) letters of reference (one of which must come from the applicant’s mentor). A selection committee will review and select awardees.

The scholarship will provide annual reimbursements for actual expenses related to the ACAW program. The expenses will include travel, course fees, and textbooks. Reimbursement will not cover lost income. Maximum amount of reimbursement will be $20,000. An incentive payment of $10,000 will be paid upon successful and timely completion of the ACAW Board Certification.

For more information, contact the AASV office: Tel: 515-465-5255; E-mail:

Swine externship grants available to veterinary students

The AASV Foundation encourages veterinary students with an interest in swine medicine to gain extra-curricular “hands-on” experience working with swine practitioners in a private practice or production company. The foundation’s swine externship grant program provides financial support to veterinary students who participate in a qualifying externship. The grants are available year-round, and range from $200 to $500 per student, based upon the actual expenses incurred during the externship.

Veterinary students who plan to 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 (university courses and paid internship programs do not qualify). 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 AASV maintains a searchable list of internship and externship opportunities for veterinary students at Members who are willing to host veterinary students in their practice are encouraged to contact AASV with details.

The grant application is available at and should be submitted prior to the start of the externship. There is a limit of one grant per student. For more information, contact the AASV Foundation: Tel: 515-465-5255; Fax: 515-465-3832; E-mail:

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