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The AVMF National Veterinary Charitable Care Grant Program provides AVMA member veterinary practitioners with a simple and effective way to offer low or no-cost, necessary veterinary services to the animals of clients facing personal hardships due to COVID-19 or domestic violence.




The AVMF National Veterinary Charitable Care Grant Program provides AVMA member veterinary practitioners with a simple and effective way to offer low or no-cost, necessary veterinary services to the animals of clients facing personal hardships due to COVID-19 or domestic violence. Applicants will be reimbursed in full or in part for the cost of treatment using expense codes contained in the online application form. For details, see frequently asked questions

Due to the expected volume of grant requests and the desire to provide assistance for as many animals as possible with the funds available, there is a reimbursement cap of $500 for grant requests related to COVID-19. For requests related to domestic violence, no cap is currently in place.

The AVMF program offers a solution that helps ensure that animals get the care they need and avoids forcing families to choose between financial stability and the health of their pets. The program also impacts the positive wellbeing for the veterinary community by allowing AVMA members to continue to provide high-quality veterinary medical care, regardless of an owner’s ability to pay.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Applicant must be a current AVMA member, and
  2. Request for reimbursement must benefit those experiencing financial hardship:
    • Due to COVID-19
    • Due to Domestic Violence

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This program is supported by $200,000 in grants from Merck Animal Health and individual donations. 

Veterinary Care Charitable Fund Program

The Veterinary Care Charitable Fund® is a program that AVMF launched in 2015 to provide veterinarians with a simple and effective way to offer charitable veterinary services to clients facing personal hardships as well to support animals who are injured or rescued from abuse and neglect. The program is limited to enrolled practices.

Please visit https://www.vccfund.org/ to learn more about the AVMF Veterinary Care Charitable Fund program.