VVMAF Scholarship for Vermonters Attending Vet School

We are very disappointed to announce that due to lack of funding, the VVMAF will postpone awarding scholarships until 2023.  Please check back early in 2023 for more information.

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 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 $81,000 to Vermonters attending veterinary school.  With YOUR help, we hope to continue to make meaningful contributions to more future Vermont veterinarians!

The application deadline for scholarships from the VVMA Foundation for the 2020/2021 academic year was July 31.  Applications were reviewed and scholarships were awarded.  All applicants have been contacted. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact [email protected].

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the VVMA Foundation scholarship awards to the following Vermont veterinary students for the 2020/2021 academic year.

Ryan Flannery Ryan Flannery of Calais is a senior at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.  He was both a farmer and member of the US Coast Guard before deciding to attend veterinary school.  He plans to join an ambulatory medical practice to take his skills to small Vermont farms, treating both large and companion animals. 


Brittain Shorter of Colchester is a senior at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.  He plans to return to Vermont to join a small/mixed animal practice working in both emergency and internal medicine as well as with wildlife Brit Shorter


Melissa Helstein Melissa Helstein is a junior at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine.  She is a native Vermonter and first-generation college student.  When in Vermont during school breaks, she works as a large animal veterinary assistant at Maple Hill Veterinary Service in Danville.  She hopes to return to Vermont to practice mixed animal medicine. Maple Hill Veterinary Service is run by Dr. Emily Comstock who herself is a VVMAF scholarship recipient!