Vermont Veterinary Medical Association Foundation, Inc.
The Vermont Veterinary Medical Association Foundation, Inc. (VVMAF) is a non-profit charitable organization whose main mission is to award scholarships to deserving Vermont veterinary students in their senior year who plan to return to Vermont to practice. Established in 2011 under the auspices of the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association, the VVMAF is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. It is supported by donations from veterinarians and the New England Veterinary Medical Association.
Since 2012, the VVMAF has contributed $39,000
to Vermonters attending veterinary school.
Unfortunately, the VVMAF was unable to make any scholarship awards for the 2016/2017 academic year due to insufficient funds.
It is our intention to raise money to enable us to provide meaningful scholarships in the 2017/2018 academic year.
Thank you to these VVMA members who contributed as part of their 2017 VVMA member renewal payments. It's easy! Just add some extra money to your dues payment and it will go as a tax deductible contribution to the VVMA Foundation!
Susan Averill - VCA Brown Animal Hospital
Susan Babineau - Newport Veterinary Hospital
John Barlow - University of Vermont
Stephen Barningham - Mt. Mansfield Animal Hospital
Ruth Blauwiekel - University of Vermont
Janet Carini - Rutland Veterinary Clinic at Castleton Corners
Emily Dowd - Arlington Animal Hospital
Greg Dowd - Arlington Equine, LLC
Wayne Evans - USDA APHIS
Hailey Gentile - Doctor At Your Door
Heather Hoyns - Evergreen Equine of VT
Joanne Huyler - Northeast Consulting
Edward Jazic - Animal Dermatology
Bill Kellner - Ark Veterinary Hospital
Robert Macpherson - Rutland Veterinary Clinic & Surgical Center
Philip March - Peak Veterinary Referral Center
Linda Morris - West Mountain Animal Hospital
Blakeley Murrell-Liland - Kedron Valley Veterinary Clinic
Pamela Perry - Peak Veterinary Referral Center
Michelle Ross - Martin, Blank & Associates, LLC
Kathy Shaw - North Bennington
Julie Smith - UVM Dept. of Animal and Vet. Sciences
Gary Sturgis - Animal Housecalls
Why Give to the VVMAF?
The educational debt of veterinary students averages over $162,000 upon their graduation. It is difficult for graduates seeking their first job to carry such a large financial burden on top of all their other living expenses. We want to lessen their debt load and help Vermonters reach their goal of becoming veterinarians. This is a great opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of future Vermont veterinarians and we hope you'll be a part of it! Your contribution is tax-deductible.
Here are some VVMA members who received past Foundation awards as veterinary students!
Emily Comstock - Vermont Large Animal Clinic
Megan Foy - Wood Pond Veterinary Services
Adrienne Snider - Petit Brook Veterinary Clinic
Please donate now or make your check out to VVMAF and send it to:
88 Beech Street
Essex Jct., VT 05452
Questions? Contact the VVMA at 802-878-6888 or Kathy@vtvets.org.
Thank you to the businesses and individuals who contributed items to the 2017 Silent Auction! And a HUGE thank you to Dr. Adrienne Snider for coordinating it!
Dr. Elizabeth Alton
Caitlin Berry - Petit Brook Veterinary Clinic
Dr. Ruth Blauwiekel
Burlington Emergency and Veterinary Specialists
Dr. Hailey Gentile
Hunger Mountain Co-Op
O'Brien Family Maple Syrup
Pet Food Warehouse
Dr. Adrienne Snider
Dr. Sara White
Dr. Asya Zolotusky
Press Release – August 6, 2015
Announcing Vermont Veterinary Student Scholarships
Students graduating veterinary school have an average student loan debt of over $162,000 according to a survey of the American Veterinary Medical Association. This is a crushing amount of debt for young veterinarians just starting out in their career and can take decades to pay off.
The Vermont Veterinary Medical Association Foundation’s mission is to provide scholarships for Vermonters attending veterinary school to help lower the debt load they face upon graduation. Applicants are chosen based on their overall burden of debt, academic achievement, desire to return to practice in Vermont, and their ability to overcome obstacles which confront them upon entering the veterinary profession. Funds are raised through contributions from veterinarians in Vermont and from the New England Veterinary Medical Association Conference.
Since its establishment in 2012, the VVMAF has contributed $39,000 to Vermonters attending veterinary school. The number of scholarship applicants in 2015 far exceeded the number of awards given, and it was a difficult task to make the decision this year among extraordinary candidates.
The VVMAF is pleased to announce the recipients of their 2015/2016 scholarships:
Rebecca Calder of Shelburne is a senior at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and a graduate of the University of Vermont. She is a three-time VVMAF scholarship recipient and is grateful for the continued VVMAF financial support. Upon graduation, Rebecca plans to return to Vermont to work in the dairy industry, and would also like to incorporate small ruminate practice, support of organic farms, and help farms increase efficiencies and be sustainable, successful businesses.
Megan Haughy of Richford is a senior at Oklahoma State University and a graduate of the University of Vermont. She has returned home every school break to work as a veterinary technician. Megan would like to work in a general, mixed animal practice in Vermont.
Madalyn Kirbach of Mendon is a senior at Oklahoma State University and a graduate of Castleton State College. Upon graduation of veterinary school in May 2016, her plan is to pursue a one year internship to build a stronger foundation in large animal medicine where she hopes to have the opportunity to use an assortment of advanced diagnostic techniques.
Congratulations to these Vermont students!