How To Find Scholarships to Veterinary School

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Obtaining a veterinary degree can be very costly, especially for students who come from a financially challenged background. Still, for a lot of students who love to study veterinary science and other related courses, financial limitation should not be a hindrance to enrolling at a veterinary school. Available scholarships can help you pursue your dream.

  1. Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students. Under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the scholarship for disadvantaged students provides assistance to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are enrolled in health related professions such as medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, public health, allied health, veterinary medicine, and so on. To be an eligible applicant, you have to come from a disadvantaged background, and must be a citizen, national or lawful permanent resident of the United States. Visit your school's financial aid office for detailed information on veterinary degree courses and application requirements. The participating schools are the ones responsible for determining scholarship recipients.
  2. American Kennel Club (AKC). Every year the American Kennel Club provides $135,000 for scholarships. The scholarship fund is realized by contributions from AKC Companion Animal Recovery (AKC-CAR), Royal Canine and the AKC Canine Health Foundation. Veterinary scholarship recipients are selected based on the student's academic achievement, activities with purebred dogs or related research, and on the student's need or status. Applicants for scholarships must be enrolled as full time students at any accredited United States veterinary college. Refer to your school's financial aid office for questions on the application requirements, as AKC will not accept applications directly from individuals.
  3. American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA). Applicants who aspire to obtain a veterinary degree are required to submit an essay relating to their experience and plans for holistic veterinary medicine. For complete information, visit the AHVMA site or seek counsel from your school's financial aid office.
  4. American Quarter Horse Foundation Scholarship. Students who desire a career in the racing industry, veterinary medicine, and other related fields can apply during senior year in high school or while enrolled in an accredited college. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need, academic achievement, equine involvement and civic activities. Applications are submitted directly through the organization. 
  5. Race for Education (RFE). The RFE supports the youth of low-income equine industry families, and the children who aspire to pursue a veterinary degree and equine related career by providing financial support and other types of assistance up until they reach internships and find permanent employment. RFE is funded by various organizations related to the Thoroughbred racing industry as well as private and public sectors. It provides several scholarship programs such as the Horseman scholarship, Thoroughbred scholarship, Winner's Circle, Fleet Indian Scholarship for New York students, Kentucky Equine Education Project Scholarship, Kentucky Horse Council Scholarship, Racing Officials Accreditation Scholarship, and Washington Thoroughbred Foundation Scholarship. Veterinary training and other opportunities are provided to RFE scholars.
  6. TLC Veterinary Scholarship Program. The Love of Cats veterinary scholarship program provides opportunity for students who have a background in community outreach with cats and have the passion for understanding geriatric felines. Aspirants must be a U.S. citizen enrolled in an accredited US veterinary school. Years of volunteer service in giving care to orphaned cats or at least one year tenure increases your eligibility.

A lot of other scholarships to an accredited veterinary school of your choice can be accessed online. Simply follow the application instructions and take note of the deadline of submission.


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