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The American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges represents the global academic veterinary medical community. The members of the AAVMC promote and protect the health and wellbeing of people, animals, and the environment by advancing the veterinary medical profession and preparing new generations of veterinarians to meet the evolving needs of a changing world. AAVMC logo

CIVME Grant Program

The Council on International Veterinary Medical Education (CIVME) is an initiative of the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), which is keen to promote and share best practices in veterinary medical education around the world.

The council's grant program will provide a means for:

  • Communication and collaboration that advances veterinary medical education around the world
  • Collaboration among educational researchers
  • Dissemination of innovations and other educational advances, to magnify the impact of projects by outreach to educators and their respective organizations

The CIVME Grant Program includes: 

The CIVME Research Grant, which has two categories (Educational Research Projects and Educational Exchange Projects).

The project budgets for all grants should not exceed $10,000 and are limited for a period of max. 24 months. Due to the size of the CIVME grants, indirect project costs are not considered. Preference will be given to applications that are collaborative efforts between institutions and across regions.

Timeline:

  • Program Announcement (Online): September 15, 2023
  • Deadline submission: December 6th, 2023 @ 11:59 PM EST
  • Application Review: December 2023 - March 2024
    • Submitted proposals reviewed for completeness and eligibility before proceeding to the selection committee. The selection committee undergoes a two round review process. Each proposal will be reviewed based on predefined criteria, e.g. relevance, impact, fit with CIVME goals, international collaboration, feasibility, risk analysis. The final selections will be determined at a meeting of the entire Council.
  • April 2024 in conjunction with the AAVMC Annual Meeting: Applicants notified of award status.
Project start date
  • No earlier than June 2024


Annual AAVMC Awards Program

AAVMC grants various awards to inspire and recognize professional excellence in academic veterinary medicine. Awardees will be notified in December 2023. Each awardee will be featured in a 3-minute tribute video during the Annual Conference in April 2024. For more details on the AAVMC Awards Program, please click here.

AAVMC Excellence in Research Award

In 2011, the Board of Directors established the AAVMC Excellence in Research Award to recognize outstanding research and scholarly achievements in the field of veterinary medicine. The award honors those who demonstrate excellence in original research, leadership in the scientific community, and exceptional mentoring of trainees and colleagues in any discipline of veterinary medicine.

AAVMC Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award, Presented by Zoetis

The AAVMC Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award, presented by Zoetis, recognizes excellence in professional veterinary medical education. It is the most prestigious teaching award in veterinary medicine and is presented to an educator whose sustained record of teaching excellence and ability, dedication, character and leadership has contributed significantly to the advancement of the profession. Each individual college selects a recipient in the spring. Colleges may then nominate their recipient for the national award, which is chosen by the AAVMC.

AAVMC Iverson Bell Award

The Iverson Bell Award is presented in alternating years in memory and recognition of Dr. Iverson Bell’s outstanding leadership and contributions in the promotion of diversity in veterinary medical education.

AAVMC Billy E. Hooper Award for Distinguished Service

The Billy E. Hooper Award for Distinguished Service is an annual honor established in January 1990 by the Board of Directors to recognize an individual whose leadership and vision has made a significant contribution to academic veterinary medicine and the veterinary profession.

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The Zoetis Foundation/AAVMC Veterinary Student Scholarship
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The Zoetis Foundation/AAVMC Veterinary Student Scholarship was developed to offset educational expenses related to attaining a veterinary education. The program focuses on addressing the issue of student debt and the need to foster diversity in the profession – issues that greatly impact the future of the veterinary profession. 263 scholarships worth $7,000 each will be awarded. The program provides equal opportunity for applicants, regardless of location, by using total student enrollment at each veterinary school as a means of determining the available number of scholarships per school.
Apply here.

Timeline
Program Announcement (Online): October 12, 2023
Submission Deadline: December 6, 2023 @ 11:59 PM EST

Merck Animal Health Diversity Leadership Scholarship
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The Merck Animal Health Diversity Leadership Scholarship recognizes students who have demonstrated a record of contributing to enhancing diversity and inclusion at AAVMC member Institutions. The scholarship honors students who have been consistent champions of addressing inequities and underrepresentation in the veterinary profession, have advocated for social justice, and have advanced valuing diversity and inclusion at all AAVMC U.S. Member Institutions. Up to 18 scholarships will be awarded; each scholarship will be awarded a one-time payment in the amount of $5,000.

For more information about eligibility, application materials, and general information click here.

Timeline
Program Announcement (Online): November 1, 2023
Submission Deadline: January 15, 2024 @ 11:59 PM EST

Patricia M. Lowrie Diversity Leadership Scholarship
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The Patricia M. Lowrie Diversity Leadership Scholarship also recognizes veterinary students who have demonstrated exemplary promise as future leaders and have made significant contributions to enhancing diversity and inclusion in academic veterinary medicine. The awardee of the Lowrie Diversity Leadership Scholarship will only be selected from the Merck Animal Health Diversity Scholarship nominations pool. To be considered for this scholarship you must complete the Merck Diversity Scholarship application. Each scholarship will be awarded a one-time payment in the amount of $6,000.

For more information about eligibility, application materials, and general information click here.

Timeline
Program Announcement (Online): November 1, 2023
Submission Deadline: January 15, 2024 @ 11:59 PM EST

Chewy Veterinary Leaders Program
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The Chewy Veterinary Leaders Program recognizes third-year veterinary students from underserved groups who have shown an interest in and affinity for growing leadership capabilities. Individuals selected for the program will receive financial assistance as well as resources to support them through their final years of veterinary school and into the next phase of their careers.15 students will be selected for the first 2024 Chewy Veterinary Leaders cohort and awarded a $20,000 scholarship distributed over two years ($10,000 per year), paid directly to the institution. This opportunity is open to qualified students at all AAVMC U.S. Member Institutions. Each AAVMC Institutional Member may nominate one (1) eligible student for the Chewy Veterinary Leaders Program.

For more information about eligibility, application materials, and general information click here.

Timeline
Program Announcement (Online): November 6th, 2023
Submission Deadline: January 15, 2024 @ 11:59 PM EST

The Zoetis Foundation/AAVMC Dr.Catherine A. Knupp Scholarship
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Named for Catherine A. Knupp DVM, MS, who led the Zoetis Veterinary Medical Research and Development organization for many years. This scholarship commemorates Dr. Knupp's many contributions to scientific innovation as a veterinary scientist and leader in human and animal health research and development. Two $25,000 scholarships will be awarded to veterinary students who aspire to pursue an advanced degree in basic or veterinary clinical research fields of study.

For more information about eligibility, application materials, and general information click here.

Timeline
Program Announcement (Online): December 12, 2023
Submission Deadline: February 12, 2024 @ 11:59 PM EST

Process

1. Register

Click on the "Register" link and complete and submit the registration form.

2. Login

Login to the award with your email and password.

3. Create

Create your online application.

4. Save

During the Call for Applications period, your application can be saved as DRAFT until all the required information is completed and attachments uploaded. As each section is complete, you will see a appear in the category tab when the application is saved. At any time, you can download and print your application by clicking on the icon in the Application Summary section.

5. Submit

On completion, save your Nomination as FINAL. Download and print a copy of your application for your records by clicking on the icon in the Application Summary section in the right column. Note: If an update is required prior to the Call for Applications period, you can make the update and resave as FINAL.

If you require assistance or additional information, please contact info@aavmc.org.

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Key Dates

CIVME Grant
Open: September 15, 2023
Close: December 6, 2023
Merck & Patricia Lowrie Scholarship
Open: November 1, 2023
Close: January 15, 2024
Chewy Scholarship
Open: November 6, 2023
Close: January 15, 2024
Cathy Knupp Scholarship
Open: December 12, 2023
Close: February 12, 2024
Zoetis Scholarship
Open: October 12, 2023
Close: December 6, 2023
AAVMC Awards
Open: October 2, 2023
Close: November 17, 2023

Contact Us

American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC)
655 K Street NW, Suite 725
Washington DC, 20001
Phone: 202.371.9195
Email:   info@aavmc.org