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WesternU CVM Veterinary Research Scholars Program – PetSmart Charities Sponsored Program

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The 2020 National Veterinary Scholars Symposium was held online August 4-6, 2020. Please visit the website for highlights from this year’s symposium: https://nvss.aavmc.org/

The 2021 application period will be announced via email and website— please check back regularly for updates, or contact CVMResearch@westernu.edu with any questions.

Program Mission:

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This program gives veterinary students hands-on exposure to veterinary medical research aimed at addressing access to care to non-equine companion animals, and shelter animals in under served communities.

PetSmart Charities Veterinary Scholars program awards stipends to rising 2nd year or rising 3rd year students at CVM, in Shelter Medicine or Human-Animal Bond areas of research. Student research scholars are selected by their institution based on their academic standing, endorsement from a responsible mentor, and a proposed research project consistent with the Foundation’s mission.  All research projects must have Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approval if live animals (including shelter or client-owned animals) are involved in the project

Expectations and support:

Each scholar receives a stipend of $5,000 and must be fully engaged in research for 10-week to 12-week period.

Scholars are expected to attend all group training opportunities offered by the program and present a poster at the BI-NIH Symposium meeting scheduled at the end of the summer. The 2021 BI-NIH Symposium (NVSS) will be hosted at Iowa State University. Registration fees, travel costs and poster preparation will be covered.

Individual projects should enable the student research scholar to formulate a testable hypothesis, identify specific objectives, conduct research, interpret data and present their findings in the form of an abstract and/or poster. 

Student Eligibility:

Students must have completed at least one year of a DVM curriculum, be currently enrolled, and in good academic standing at their University. Students must commit to attending all training opportunities, including the Merial-NIH Symposium.

Application process:

Students applying for PetSmart Charities Veterinary Scholars program will need to submit the following document to the CVM Office of Research by the application deadline to complete the application process: WesternU CVM Veterinary Research Scholars Application

* The application is a dynamic PDF, if you are unable to see the file upon download, please change your browser settings, as this may be preventing you from viewing your downloaded PDF. Here’s a link that can show you how.  You may also email CVMResearch@westernu.edu for technical support.

Selection process:

Applications for the PetSmart Charities Student Scholar Program will be reviewed and scored by a CVM Selection committee based on impact, scientific merit, feasibility, academic standing, and mentoring. The scoring system used to evaluate these applications is available here. Applicants will be notified of the outcome as soon as possible, after final approval by PetSmart Charities.