Graduate Scholarships: Online Shelter Medicine Certificate
ASPCA®, Nestlé Purina PetCare Company & PetPoint Solutions Tuition Reimbursement Scholarships
The University of Florida, through grants from the ASPCA®, Nestlé Purina PetCare Company and PetPoint Solutions, is proud to offer tuition reimbursement to selected students after successful completion of one course within the University of Florida’s Online Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine.
The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine has expanded its shelter medicine program to allow veterinarians and veterinary students around the world to earn the Maddie’s® Online Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine. This three course, 9-credit online program imparts the knowledge and skills veterinarians need to care for large numbers of dogs and cats. It teaches how to manage the infectious diseases not usually seen in well-cared for pets; how to prevent behavioral problems that could keep homeless animals from being adopted; and how to improve the welfare of sheltered animals.
The objective of the scholarship is to support and encourage the professional development of veterinarians and veterinary students interested in shelter medicine.
Criteria for Selection of Scholarship Recipients
Criteria for selection of students who will receive tuition reimbursement are as follows:
Strengths of Letters of Recommendation
High scores are given to applicants who: are described as dedicated to the field of Shelter Medicine by someone with standing in the discipline (e.g., Shelter Director, Professor of Shelter Medicine, colleague in Shelter Medicine); and receive enthusiastic descriptions of the individual as a whole.
Commitment to Field of Shelter Medicine
Scores for commitment to the field of Shelter Medicine are based on the applicant’s prior experiences in Shelter Medicine and statements from the letters of intent and recommendation describing his or her future potential for involvement with Shelter Medicine.
Reason for Pursuing Advanced Training
Applicants who indicate a need for additional education in Shelter Medicine due to lack of access to the education and who express need to enhance specific knowledge and skills are given higher scores.
Likelihood to Enhance Professional Development
Scores are based on the applicant’s current experiences and position in his or her career. Applicants with less formal training or experience in shelter medicine receive higher scores.
Potential to Impact Animal Welfare
Applicants are scored on their potential to impact welfare for the greatest number of animals. Applicants who work or intend to work with high intake shelters are given higher scores. Because practicing veterinarians already work with shelter animals, scores are weighted toward graduate veterinarians more than veterinary students as scholarship awardees.
Previous Scholarships Awarded
In order to support as many students in need as possible, preference is given to those applicants who have not received this scholarship in previous terms.
We select applicants that represent a wide geographic range and diversity of community settings.
Statement of Financial Need
Preference is given to applicants with the greatest financial need and who state they have no other source of financial assistance, such as employer-funded continuing education benefits.
Those selected to receive the scholarship must enroll in one of Online Shelter Medicine classes offered in the spring, summer or fall of 2013. Scholarship recipients must complete the class with a grade of B or higher before tuition reimbursement will be made. Please note this is for a tuition reimbursement, so all courses tuition and fees must be paid in advance and will be reimbursed to the scholarship recipients upon successful completion of the course.
You must submit:
- Your resume or Curriculum Vitae
- Two letters of recommendation from professionals with knowledge of your experience in shelter medicine.
- A letter of intent (limited to 500 words) describing your previous experience and reasons for pursuing advanced training in shelter medicine.
- A statement of financial need (limited to 500 words).
- Spring 2014 applications: Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 at 5pm (EST)
This scholarship is available to practicing veterinarians and students of veterinary medicine. The scholarship is available only once during enrollment in the Certificate program, and late applications will not be eligible.
Number of Awards
A total of six students will have their tuition reimbursed upon successful completion of one 3-credit graduate class during the spring, summer or fall semester of 2013.
Notification of Awards
All applicants will be notified of the selection decision prior to the enrollment deadline for the semester.
Submission of Application Materials
Please complete the online application and upload all documents through this website.
This scholarship opportunity is made possible by a generous grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA®), Nestlé Purina PetCare Company and PetPoint Solutions.