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AVMA Supports Student Scholarships for Purdue’s Online Certificate Program for Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine

The AVMA Board of Directors has provided $13,500 in support of students to complete Purdue’s Student Certificate Program for Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine. Four veterinary medical students from each of the U.S. Colleges/Schools of Veterinary Medicine can participate in the program for free. Students will have one year to complete their certificate. Aggregate impact measures will be collected by Purdue Veterinary Medicine and the AVMA. Deans can enroll their student awardees using the form found here.

This program is designed to foster inclusive learning environments at educational institutions and to help students develop the skills to succeed as veterinary professionals. Online module topics include:

·         The Case for Diversity in Veterinary Medicine

·         Diversity Lingo

·         History of Diversity in Veterinary Medicine

·         Stereotype Threat

·         Microaggressions

·         The LGBTQ Community

·         Effective Communication with Spanish-Speaking Clients and Colleagues

·         Persons with Disabilities

·         Men in Veterinary Medicine

·         Generational Diversity

·         Affirmative Leadership

·         P-12 Engagement

·         Creating Your Professional Information Profile

Students will also:

·         Complete and document 3 hours of volunteer community service and submit written reflections about what was learned.

·         Document participation in 4 pertinent activities each lasting at least one hour, and submit written reflections about what was learned from each activity.

·         Submit a capstone paper (1-2 pages) on how they will use information from the certificate program to strengthen diversity and inclusion in veterinary medicine.

The certificate is delivered through the Center of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine, a partnership among Purdue University, Association for American Veterinary Medical Colleges, and the American Veterinary Medical Association. For more information about the Center, please visit:



ICDC Cultural and Diversity Awareness Grant

Cultural differences between veterinarians and clients, and in fact between veterinarians and otherveterinarians, are one of many obstacles that the profession must face. To overcome these differences,each of us must approach all clients with an understanding of different values, beliefs, and personalpreferences. This grant is meant to support activities or experiences that will increase awareness ofdiversity within your student body, rather than fund individual personal experiences. The event musthave occurred in the past 12 months (between September 2016 and October 2017). Successful examples will be published in the Vet Gazette. 


You can access the application here. 


Interschool Collaboration Grant

ICDC is proud to announce the release of the much anticipated initiative, the first ever Interschool Collaboration Grant this fall!  This grant aims to foster collaboration between the different veterinary institutions as they work together to share ideas, offer support, and put on great events centered around Diversity and Inclusion initiatives.  In order to qualify for this grant, your school’s local diversity-based chapters (VOICE, Broad Spectrum/LGVMA, WVLDI, SCORE, or other diversity-oriented student groups) will pair with the same chapter(s) at another school in order to work together to put on an exciting joint event between both schools.  Each school is limited to only one other school for pairing, and it is our hope that you will get your entire school involved in this unique collaboration so you get the most out of your experience.  

In order to facilitate the pairings, we are providing a list of all the mentor and mentee schools along with their main contact, as well as a detailed document outlining steps to make your pairings as successful as possible. Each school should feel free to reach out and find their match from the mentor/mentee list provided. The paired clubs with the most impactful events with the greatest participation at each school will be awarded the first prize of $500 for each school in the pair, while the runner ups will be awarded $250 for each school in the pair.  The deadline to submit your application for this grant will be on December 1st 2017 at 11:59pm EST.  Happy pairing!


2017 NAVLE Study Package Scholarship

The Educational and Professional Development Committee has an opportunity for you to earn money for your NAVLE studies!

 Submit an essay of 250 words or less describing what “professional development” means to you. (What would you suggest to an incoming first year? What are some key steps in becoming a successful veterinary professional?)

There will be a total of 10 awards of $300 each, and even if you have already purchased a NAVLE study package, you can still be reimbursed up to $300!

Submissions are due by April 10th, 2017!

Please send submissions as an attachment to  Remember to include your name and SAVMA ID # in the attachment!

Winners will be announced in early May.



Policy Education Grant Update

SAVMA’s Governmental Affairs Committee (GAC) is offering a grant to veterinary students and veterinary student organizations to provide funding for policy related lectures and/or events supplementing the college’s curriculum.

These grants ($500 with a chance of additional funds) will be awarded to the applications best outlining a program that demonstrates innovation, the potential to impact a large number of students, and accurate presentation of a topic(s) related to governmental affairs in veterinary medicine. The GAC hopes that with this grant, veterinary students will have the opportunity for exposure to current and practical topics that may not otherwise be included in the typical veterinary curriculum.

The grant deadline has been extended! Applications are due by February 10th, 2017 and can be found here!