AVMA/AVMF Scholarship for Veterans


In honor of the 100th anniversary of President Woodrow Wilson’s signing of the National Defense Act of 1916 and creating a Veterinary Corps within the U.S. Army, the AVMA and AVMF established a special scholarship for military veterans pursuing an education in veterinary medicine. Scholarships of $5,000 are available to veterans of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy currently in their 1st, 2nd or 3rd year of veterinary school at any AVMA accredited school.

Meet the 2023 AVMA/AVMF Scholarship for Veterans recipients

Lincoln Memorial University

Dylan Sweet

“Receiving this scholarship shows me that even though I can no longer actively serve my country in the Marine Corps, there are still those out there that appreciate my service, and my decision to enlist. Veterinary School is hard, and very expensive, so being chosen to get this scholarship eases that financial burden, and further allows me to pursue my dream of being a veterinarian.”

North Carolina State University

Nilsa Aviles-Scaffidi

“This scholarship is such an honor for me! It solidifies the idea that hard work, perseverance and late night study sessions have paid off.  This has brought me one step closer to achieving my goal in becoming a veterinarian and one day board certified veterinary cardiologist. I am grateful for this opportunity and support from AVMF. Thank you!”

Ross University

Matthew Brecht

“This scholarship is a helping hand in the daunting challenge of progressing from my Army career to the career of my dreams.”

University of Pennsylvania

Angela Nickel

This scholarship is helping relieve some of the financial stress that tags along with a veterinary degree, allowing me to focus on schoolwork. 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. I am extremely grateful for this scholarship and the support from the AVMF to veterans like me. Thank you!