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AUGUST 1, 2010

American Veterinary Medical Foundation and Pfizer Animal Health team up to award up to $2 million in scholarships to veterinary students through 2012


- In an effort to help U.S. veterinary students cope with rising school debt while reinforcing the importance of building a diverse profession and addressing a shortage of food animal veterinarians, the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) and Pfizer Animal Health are introducing a new, annual scholarship program that will award up to $2 million through 2012.


The Pfizer Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship Program will be administered by the AVMF and funded by Pfizer Animal Health. It will award $2,500 scholarships to more than 225 veterinary students per year in U.S. veterinary schools accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Applications for the spring 2010 scholarships, available at, are due by November 13, 2009.


"The American Veterinary Medical Foundation is very pleased to be partnering with Pfizer Animal Health on this exciting new scholarship program which will provide significant impact across the country for veterinary students," explained Michael Cathey, executive director of the AVMF. "Thanks to the generosity of Pfizer Animal Health, this new scholarship program is a tremendous leap forward in not only addressing the rising veterinary student debt but also in addressing diversity and workforce shortages in food animal veterinary medicine."

August 1, 2009
Health experts call for unified efforts to face climate issues
Human encroachment into uninhabited parts of Southeast Asia exposed people to unusual animals and previously unknown pathogens, and global travel carried a tropical zoonotic disease to Toronto in 2003, Dr. Barrett Slenning told a gathering of public health professionals. [more]
New resource available on generic drugs
Pharmaceutical trade group of veterinarians hope the public will learn more about generic drug safety and drug industry issues through a Web site launched in November.
Beef recall sparks hearings, tightened inspections
April 3, 2008
From the April 15 issue of JAVMA News
Congress held a series of hearings after secretly recorded video of animal abuse and food safety violations at a Chino, Calif., slaughter plant sparked the largest beef recall in U.S. history this February. [more]
Members' e-mail addresses vital to communication, protected by AVMA
April 3, 2008
From the April 15 issue of JAVMA News
Periodically, the AVMA receives messages from members who are concerned that the e-mail addresses they provided to the Association may have been used by commercial firms to send them unsolicited e-mail. [more]
AVMA testifies against keeping primates as pets
April 3, 2008
From the April 15 issue of JAVMA News
Citing concerns about the spread of disease and injury, inhumane treatment of animals, and ecologic damage, Dr. Gail C. Golab, director of the AVMA Animal Welfare Division, recently spoke before a House subcommittee on the dangers of private ownership of nonhuman primates by unlicensed individuals. [more]
Animal welfare judging competition adds veterinary student division
March 21, 2008
For the first time, veterinary students participated in the Intercollegiate Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment Competition, highlighting the increased attention veterinarians are receiving for their role in ensuring animal welfare. [ more]
A new understanding for handling disaster
March 19, 2008
From the April 1 issue of JAVMA News
Following Hurricane Katrina, the AVMA Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams managed to treat thousands of animals, despite the lapse of a formal agreement between the AVMA and the federal government regarding disaster response. [more]
Rural practice input sought from all veterinarians, students
March 19, 2008
From the April 1 issue of JAVMA News
Whether you are a veterinarian who is currently in rural practice, who left it, or who never entered it at all, your input is being sought by the Academy of Rural Veterinarians. [ more]
Communications manager joins AVMA Governmental Relations Division
March 19, 2008
From the April 1 issue of JAVMA News
Eric M. McKeeby started work Feb. 11 as communications manager for the AVMA Governmental Relations Division. The purpose of the new position is to enhance the reach and visibility of the GRD office in Washington, D.C. [more]
Dr. Larry G. Dee and Dr. Thomas F. Meyer join AVMA Executive Board
March 17, 2008
The AVMA will install two new AVMA Executive Board members at its annual convention in New Orleans on July 23-Dr. Larry G. Dee of Hollywood, Fla., elected to represent District IV, and Dr. Thomas F. Meyer of Vancouver, Wash., elected to represent District XI. [ more]
AVMA applauds new state laws that make dog fighting a felony everywhere in the United States
March 12, 2008
The AVMA is pleased to announce that dog fighting is now a felony everywhere in the United States. Last week, Wyoming made dog fighting a felony, the 50th state in the country to do so. [ more]
AVMA urges outlawing trafficking of chimps, monkeys and nonhuman primates as pets
March 11, 2008
Citing concerns about the spread of disease and injury, inhumane treatment of animals, and ecological damage, Dr. Gail Golab, PhD, DVM, director of the AVMA Animal Welfare Division, spoke on the dangers of nonhuman primates kept as pets before a subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources. [ more]
AVMA responds to puppy abuse video
March 6, 2008
Read the AVMA's letter to the US Marine Corps Commandant regarding the recent allegation of animal abuse by a Marine.
PREPAREDNESS: global in nature, local in practice
March 5, 2008
From the March 15 issue of JAVMA News
In Indonesia, villagers make a map that provides key epidemiologic information enabling veterinarians to identify the source of highly pathogenic avian influenza-a river along which infected, dead chickens were floating. [more]
Veterinarians warn Congress about dangers of veterinary shortage
March 5, 2008
From the March 15 issue of JAVMA News
AVMA officials recently testified in separate hearings to explain the harmful consequences of too few veterinarians working in public health and to encourage congressional support for initiatives shoring up the low supply of veterinary manpower. [more]
AVMA convention-goers can lend a hand to New Orleans animal shelters
March 5, 2008
From the March 15 issue of JAVMA News
Attendees of the AVMA Annual Convention in New Orleans this July will have the opportunity to roll up their sleeves to help rehabilitate area animal shelters still recovering from Hurricane Katrina. [more]
USDA issues the nation's largest beef recall
February 19, 2008
The USDA recalled 143 million pounds of beef products from the Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Company. [more]
Veterinary leaders synergize at AVMA conference
February 19, 2008
From the March 1 issue of JAVMA News
Leaders from AVMA principal veterinary organizations in the states and Puerto Rico as well as from Canada, Mexico, and many AVMA constituent allied veterinary organizations came together once again in January for leadership development, decision making, strategizing, and networking. [more]
Leadership workshops emphasize communication, collaboration
February 19, 2008
From the March 1 issue of JAVMA News
Attendees at the recent AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference participated in a variety of leadership development workshops, several of which tackled the intertwining topics of communication and collaboration. [more]
Delegates hold first official winter session
February 19, 2008
From the March 1 issue of JAVMA News
Dr. James O. Cook, AVMA president-elect, presided over the House of Delegates' first regular winter session, held Jan. 12 during the AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference. Previously, the HOD held an informational assembly during the leadership conference. [more]
AVMA reminds pet owners during Pet Dental Health Month that pets suffer with dental health problems, too
February 12, 2008
Most people don't understand the serious consequences of poor pet dental. That's why the AVMA is using this month to emphasize the importance of pet dental health. February is Pet Dental Health Month. [ more]
Shortage of veterinarians has "makings of a crisis"
February 8, 2008
The president of the nation's largest veterinary association appeared before a Congressional subcommittee Feb. 7 and urged the United States Department of Agriculture to implement a long-standing, but dormant, program that would help address a critical shortage in the number of veterinarians who protect the country's food supply. [more]
AABP condemns abuses at Chino slaughterhouse
February 7, 2008
JAVMA News Express
The American Association of Bovine Practitioners has issued a statement condemning abusive practices at a Chino, Calif., slaughterhouse where employees were secretly videotaped dragging downer cows, rolling them with forklifts, and using electric cattle prods and high-intensity water hoses to make the animals stand. [more]
A time of transition at the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine
February 5, 2008
From the February 15 issue of JAVMA News
Import safety, risk communication, and new biotechnologies are among the issues facing any director of the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine. [more]
USDA allows more synthetic drugs in organic livestock production
February 5, 2008
From the February 15 issue of JAVMA News
Veterinarians may now use additional synthetic drugs-atropine, butorphanol, flunixin, furosemide, magnesium hydroxide, poloxalene, tolazoline, and xylazine-in organic livestock production, under certain restrictions. [more]
AVAR joins HSUS to form veterinary association
February 5, 2008
From the February 15 issue of JAVMA News
On Jan. 14, the Humane Society of the United States and Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights announced the formation of a new veterinary advocacy organization, the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, as part of a "corporate combination agreement" between the two groups. [more]
Allegations of cruelty at California slaughterhouse
January 31, 2008
The recent report of animal abuse at a California slaughterhouse has been brought to our attention. According to an article in the Washington Post, undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) at a slaughterhouse in Chino alleges down animals were dragged, prodded with electric cattle prods, sprayed with high-intensity water hoses, and rolled with forklifts in attempt to get them to stand. [ more]
AVMA and Banfield Charitable Trust honor "Future Vets"
January 28, 2008
Children between the ages of 5 to 14 years-old from around the country participated in a three-hour interactive educational program at the North American Veterinary Conference on Sunday, January 20 in Orlando, FL. [ more]
Calling for more veterinarians
January 24, 2008
Veterinarians recently took to Capitol Hill to help spread the message that our country's ability to protect its food supply - and its capacity for zoonotic and food-animal disease research - is insufficient and needs federal support. [more]
Alliance will help veterinarians address obesity in pets
January 22, 2008
From the February 1 issue of JAVMA News
Obesity has increased dramatically in the United States during the past 20 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While the CDC data describe the human population, other studies indicate that a substantial proportion of American pets also have become obese. [more]
USDA proposes end to acclimation certificates
January 22, 2008
From the February 1 issue of JAVMA News
The Agriculture Department's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has proposed amending Animal Welfare Act regulations regarding transportation of live animals other than marine mammals by removing ambient temperature requirements for various stages in the transportation of those animals. [more]
Report summarizes laws on how long to keep patient records
January 22, 2008
From the February 1 issue of JAVMA News
A summary of state laws on the retention of veterinary patient records is now available on the AVMA Web site. [more]
Frequently Asked Questions about the AVMA and the HSVMA
January 16, 2008
Find answers to questions about the AVMA and the newly formed Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association. [ more]

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