The American Association of Bovine Practitioners and AgriLabs is offering a scholarship award to two veterinarians—one beef and one dairy-- to encourage and fund recent veterinary graduates in their post-graduate continuing education efforts.
Named as a tribute to Bruce Wren, D.V.M., each award will provide $5,000 for professional-development training so these practitioners may better serve their beef producer and dairy producer clients.
Completed applications are due July 15, 2015. A primary driver of the award is the shrinking availability of bovine veterinarians.
"The gap between the number of veterinarians available to serve dairy and beef producers, and the actual need is increasing at an alarming rate," says Steve Schram, AgriLabs president and CEO. "The grants will encourage these veterinarians to remain in large animal medicine by providing a significant resource for self-directed professional development."
The years after graduation are a key time when veterinarians not only gain experience, but also are likely to decide whether to continue in practice or move into other career paths, AABP executive vice president Dr. M. Gatz Riddell said.
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The awards help veterinarians gain more experience and bring more value to dairy and beef producers who depend on them.
Applicants decide through the grant process how the money will be spent, using an array of criteria. Reference letters and a written development plan is required in the application.
The application may be completed online and all materials postmarked on or before July 15, 2015. The awards are open to AABP members in good standing; are actively involved in practice; and who graduated with a DVM/VMD degree between June 1, 2004, and June 1, 2014.