AVMA/AVMF Scholarship for Veterans

“With this scholarship I am one step closer to achieving my goal of graduating debt free, with the aim of obtaining a fulfilling career in equine medicine without the pull to switch fields later on in order to pay off loans.” — Angela Nickel


On June 3, 2016 the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps celebrated the centennial of President Woodrow Wilson’s signing of the National Defense Act of 1916, an act that strengthened the nation’s military in part through the creation of a Veterinary Corps within the U.S. Army.

AVMA and AVMF established a special scholarship in honor of the 100th anniversary for military veterans pursuing an education in veterinary medicine. A generous donor has joined us to provide five (5) $9,000 scholarships to veterans of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy and Space Force currently in their 1st, 2nd or 3rd year of veterinary school.

Eligibility requirements
  • 1st, 2nd or 3rd year veterinary student in good standing at an AVMA accredited school (all U.S. and internationally accredited schools)
  • Member of SAVMA (if school has SAVMA chapter)
  • Veteran of the U.S. military (U.S. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy or Space Force)
  • Involvement in university affiliated organizations including leadership responsibilities
  • Honorably discharged or active duty for training in good standing
  • US Citizen

The application cycle for this scholarship is now closed. Check back here or watch the AVMF Facebook page for more information.

  • Applications accepted: September 1 – September 30, 2024
  • Applications reviewed: October 7- October 25, 2024
  • Award notification and funds disbursement: Fall Semester