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The AVMF National Veterinary Charitable Care Grant Program  (NVCCGP) offers a solution that helps animals get the care they need while promoting the wellbeing of the veterinary community and those we serve.

National Veterinary Charitable Care Grant Program  (NVCCGP) 

The NVCCGP provides AVMA members who provide low or no-cost veterinary services to animals with funding for treatment of illness or conditions requiring immediate care for owners experiencing financial hardship due to Covid-19 or domestic violence. Grant applicants may be reimbursed in full or in part for the cost of care using expense codes contained in the online application form, up to $500 for care related to COVID-19 for a total not to exceed $2,000 per applicant per calendar year (January through December). These caps allow us to help as many animals and members as possible for requests in this category. Currently, there is no maximum grant amount for domestic violence-related veterinary care. For details, see frequently asked questions

Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for a National Veterinary Charitable Care Grant you must meet these eligibility requirements:
  • Be a current AVMA member veterinarian – pet owners are not eligible to apply.*
  • Have provided treatment of illness or conditions requiring immediate veterinary medical care to an animal whose owner is experiencing financial hardship due to:
    • COVID-19
    • Domestic Violence
  • Immediate veterinary medical care provided prior to the date of program inception is not eligible for reimbursement:
    • COVID-19: March 31, 2021
    • Domestic Violence: September 1, 2020


Grant requests will not be considered for:
  • Elective surgery (e.g. spays and neuters)
  • Routine preventative care (Excluded for COVID requests only)
  • Care provided through shelters (Excluded for COVID requests only)

Grant Guidelines 

For more information, read the complete Guidelines and FAQs.
  • Grants will not be considered for medical care that has not yet been provided and pre-approval is not offered.
  • Grant applicants may be reimbursed for a total of up to $2,000 per calendar year (January through December).
  • Grant applications are limited to one request per pet owner household per application.
  • If the grant application guidelines are not met, requests for funding will not be considered.
  • Submission of a final application is not a guarantee of approval/funding.


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

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