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WesternU CVM Veterinary Research Scholars Program – PetSmart Charities Sponsored Program

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Application due dates for the 2020 PetSmart Charities VSP will be announced soon– please check back regularly for updates.

Program Mission:

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This program gives veterinary students hands-on exposure to veterinary medical research aimed at improving the health and welfare of shelter animals.

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 2020 BI-NIH Symposium (NVSS) will be hosted by WesternU and UCSD (held at UCSD). 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 documents to the CVM Office of Research by the due date (please check back for updates) to complete the application process:

  1. A completed WesternU CVM Veterinary Research Scholars Application
  2. A completed Research Proposal Form. Instructions to assist with this plan can be found here.
  3. A letter of support from the proposed mentor. The letter must discuss:

    – The source of funding that will cover consumables and supplies.
    – List any funds available to support student’s stipend
    – A description of the availability of the mentor to work with the trainee during the duration of the program.

    The mentor is required to provide a statement identifying the student’s role in the research. Mentors should also commit to ensuring participation of their scholar to all group training sessions.

  4. For projects involving animals, an IACUC/Owner’s consent form must be attached to the application. The protocol MUST be approved prior to the start of the project and release of funding.

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.