The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) and Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc. announced the establishment of the Tuition for Vet Techs Scholarship program and subsequent call for applicants.
The Tuition for Vet Techs Scholarship has been established to help meet the increased need for credentialed veterinary technicians in the animal health industry. Scholarship applications are now being accepted and will be awarded to up to 20 applicants in the Fall of 2022. The Tuition for Vet Techs Scholarship program will be funded for at least five years, through 2026.
“Our commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of animals is founded on a commitment to serve the veterinary community and their evolving needs,” said Randolph Legg, President and Head of Commercial Business at Boehringer Ingelheim USA Inc. “Veterinarian technicians are the front lines of protecting and advancing animal health and we’re proud to support their education through these scholarships.”
Veterinary technicians play an essential role in the field of animal health by providing quality service and care in private clinics, animal hospitals, and research facilities. The role of a veterinary technician is similar to a registered nurse in human healthcare, where highly-skilled, educated, and credentialed individuals assist with administering treatments or medications under the supervision of a licensed doctor.
“NAVTA is dedicated to advancing the profession of veterinary nursing through advocacy, awareness, and professional development,” says NAVTA President Ashli Selke, LVT. “The Tuition for Vet Techs Scholarship will help an entire generation of students pursue their career in veterinary nursing with less financial burden.”
The scholarship funds may be used for payment of tuition fees, supplies for classes/labs, and textbooks. The scholarship funds will be mailed directly to the applicant’s school and/or program director. Applicants can apply and be awarded the scholarship once per calendar year, so long as they meet the application eligibility requirements.
Eligibility for the scholarship:
- Must be a veterinary technology/nursing student enrolled full time in an AVMA-accredited program (on-campus or distance learning) that has completed at least one year of program requirements
- Submit transcripts (official or unofficial is acceptable) showing a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Submit a letter from the Registrar (or program director) confirming current enrollment at full-time status
- Submit a minimum of one professional letter of recommendation (e.g., program director, faculty, advisor, DVM, credentialed veterinary technician) (maximum of 3)
- NAVTA Student Membership required (SCNAVTA membership preferred)
- Submit a 500-word essay that addresses the following subject(s):
- Where do you see the future of the veterinary technology/nursing profession 5-10 years from now?
- How will you contribute to the veterinary technology/nursing profession?
- What are your career goals?
Applications are now being accepted, and the deadline for application submission is June 30, 2022.
Recipients of the Tuition for Vet Techs Scholarship shall be selected by the NAVTA/BI Scholarship Task Force. Each application will be assessed by the Task Force based on the meeting of eligibility criteria, professionalism of the application, and essay completeness, spelling and grammar. NAVTA will notify the winning applicants by September 30, 2022. The winning applicants will be announced publicly and officially awarded during National Veterinary Technician Week, October 16-22, 2022.
A completed application form should be submitted via the online portal here.
For more information, please contact [email protected].
NAVTA is a US-based not-for-profit membership community of more than 8,500 Credentialed Veterinary Technicians, as well as Veterinary Assistants and other veterinary support staff involved in veterinary care. NAVTA advances the profession of veterinary technology and veterinary nursing through its advocacy and awareness programs, and by providing continuing professional development opportunities. NAVTA supports the veterinary technology and veterinary nursing profession with a host of programs and benefits, available at https://www.navta.net/membership/.
About Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA
Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health is working on first-in-class innovation for the prediction, prevention, and treatment of diseases in animals. For veterinarians, pet owners, producers, and governments in more than 150 countries, we offer a large and innovative portfolio of products and services to improve the health and well-being of companion animals and livestock.
As a global leader in the animal health industry and as part of the family-owned Boehringer Ingelheim, we take a long-term perspective. The lives of animals and humans are interconnected in deep and complex ways. We know that when animals are healthy, humans are healthier too. By using the synergies between our Animal Health and Human Pharma businesses and by delivering value through innovation, we enhance the health and well-being of both.
Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health has deep roots in the U.S. From a start in St. Joseph, Missouri, more than 100 years ago, it has grown to encompass seven sites. Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health’s portfolio contains widely used and well-respected vaccines, parasite-control products and therapeutics for pets, horses and livestock including NexGard, Heartgard, Pyramid Presponse, VAXXITEK, CircoFLEX, and Prascend. Learn more about Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA at www.bi-animalhealth.com.