2014 aquatic veterinary educational grants awarded

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), in collaboration with the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association (WAVMA) and the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF), is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Aquatic Veterinary Education Grants.

Selected from more than 120 applications submitted by veterinary students or recent veterinary graduates in more than 10 countries, the $20,000 provided will allow this year’s recipients to explore a career opportunity in aquatic veterinary medicine. The funds are intended to allow awardees to increase their involvement in a variety of aquatic veterinary educational activities, including attending workshops and  meetings, participating in externships or internships, or engaging in small-scale research projects.

Recipients from North America, Europe and Asia include Jessica Allen, Kendra Baker, Elizabeth Bamberger, Susan Fogelson, Ari Fustukjian, Ashley Heard-Ganir, Elizabeth Hodges, Gary Hoover, Jayme Jeffries, Noelle Litra, Eric Littman, Ross Neethling, Samara Parker, Kaylee Perry, Jenna Roseman, Najim Sekh, Wesley Siniard, Justin Stilwell, Zachary Waddington, Jennifer Wilson-Cohen, Hillary Wolfe and  Irene Yen. Upon completion of their projects, each applicant has agreed to publish a report of their experience in The Aquatic Veterinarian, WAVMA’s quarterly publication.

Since 2010, when the program was initiated to recognize the contributions of Dr. John Pitts to aquatic veterinary medicine and student education, the program has received more than 350 applications.  Through tax-deductible charitable contributions from individuals and organizations made through the AVMF donor program, funds have been provided to more than 50 veterinary students and new graduate veterinarians, in more than eight countries.

Continuing Dr. Pitts’ legacy in being instrumental in forming the Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) in 1969, and with SAVMA chapters at all AVMA accredited veterinary schools in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean, and representation in the AVMA House of Delegates and the AVMA Executive Board, the WAVMA hopes to continue a similar influence among veterinary students and graduates throughout the world who have an interest in aquatic veterinary medicine.

For more information on this program go to click here or contact the program coordinators (administrators@wavma.org) or dscarfe@avma.org.

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