Empathy for Animals (EFA) Scholarship Award for Veterinary Students 2019-2020 – United States

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The Pet Life Today (PLT) Empathy for Animals Veterinary Scholarship Award (2019-2020) is open to veterinary students enrolled in veterinary studies, animal sciences or a similar undergraduate program at an accredited university, and is awarded annually in the amount of $500.

One of our goals at PLT is to raise awareness of animal cruelty in society and promote the public understanding of research that supports animal empathy and compassion. The EFA Scholarship is one way we can advance this mission, while also helping the next generation of animal advocates and future veterinary professionals reach their academic goals.

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Scholarship Qualifications
Recipient Information
Student Scholarship Criteria
Application Requirements and Deadline
How to Apply
List of Winners

Who can Apply?

Applicants in good academic standing, with extracurricular community experience or demonstrated passion for animal advocacy and an interest in working to fight animal cruelty.

We’re looking for applicants with an educational and personal history of working to educate the public about the mistreatment of animals in today’s society and a commitment to reshaping the treatment of animals in local communities across the nation.

If this sounds like you, we’d love to hear your story.

Scholarship Qualifications

To qualify, applicants must demonstrate both academic distinction in pre-veterinary or animal sciences studies, as well as a financial need. This scholarship will be awarded to students with career interests in clinical veterinary medicine, animal research and related areas.

The award aims to expand the duties of veterinary professionals to encompass fostering dialogue with communities, and participating in educational efforts aimed at promoting public understanding of animal research as well as the ongoing efforts to promote the safety and better treatment of animals.

Through the EFA scholarship award, PLT will identify applicants who have above interests and criteria, and those who have demonstrated efforts aimed to promote broader awareness of the mistreatment of animals and the approaches that can be used to prevent animal cruelty.

Award Recipient

One applicant will be chosen to receive the scholarship award in the amount of $500 each calendar year. This scholarship award program is an equal-opportunity award open to all qualified applicants who meet the eligibility requirements.

Student Scholarship Criteria

  1. Currently enrolled in good standing in an accredited pre-veterinary or animal sciences undergraduate program in the United States
  2. Current overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  3. Proven history of advocacy for animals
  4. Demonstrated community involvement
  5. Demonstrated financial need

Application Requirements and Deadline

The application period for the EFA Scholarship Award begins on October 1, 2019, and eligible students may submit applications through December 31, 2019. Only applicants who submit completed applications in full by December 31, 2019 are eligible for consideration. The recipient of the award will be announced on January 31, 2020; the recipient will be notified via email.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit the following:

  1. First and Last name
  2. Email address
  3. Phone number
  4. Current college or university you attend
  5. Current GPA
  6. Expected graduation date
  7. Current course of study

Also, applicants must submit a 1-2 page essay that explains:

  1. Why you’ve chosen to pursue a career in veterinary medicine, animal research or your related area
  2. What your specific community involvements are or have been with advocating animal empathy and fighting animal cruelty
  3. How you intend to use this award

Finally, please include any pictures you have that demonstrate your animal advocacy efforts.

Submit the information and essay by email to efascholarship [at] petlifetoday.com no later than December 31, 2019. You will receive an email reply within 5 business days to confirm receipt of your application materials.

All applications will be reviewed by our EFA Scholarship Award committee members, who will score each submission and essay on a scale of 1 to 20 based on merit and need factors. The highest scored submission will receive the EFA Scholarship Award of $500. All applicants will be notified by email and the scholarship funds will be disbursed (by check from RKT Publishing, LLC, the PLT parent company) on February 1, 2020.

2018-2019 Award Winner

We’re excited to announce the recipient of the 2018-2019 EFA Veterinary Scholarship Award for the amount of $500:

Rebekah Sartori
School: University of Central Florida
Expected graduation date: December 2019

Major: Biology (BS)- Zoology and Pre-Veterinary Science

2017-2018 Award Winner

We’re excited to announce the recipient of the 2017-2018 EFA Veterinary Scholarship Award for the amount of $500:

Jenna Balk
School: University of Maryland, College Park
Expected graduation date: May 2020
Major: Animal Science Pre-Professional

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For more information on Scholarships, please refer to our website.

Junior Clinical Training Scholarship in Pig Health Management

The Junior Clinical Training Scholarship in pig health management provides an opportunity for new or recently qualified veterinary graduates to obtain post-graduate training in this specialty in preparation for Senior Clinical Training Scholarship programmes (residencies), or for work in specialist farm animal practice. The program is jointly managed by The University of Cambridge and BQP, a trading division of Tulip Limited (“Tulip”), a growing organisation based in Stradbroke, Suffolk, with over 65,000 breeding sows, taking progeny through to slaughter with down stream processing managed by Tulip.

The programme includes practical clinical experience in all aspects of pig health and production, preventive herd health management programs, experience in teaching clinical students and the opportunity for involvement in research.

For informal enquiries about the scholarship programme, please contact Natalie Wills on nw366@cam.ac.uk

An application form (JCTS1) and information pack can be downloaded from the link below or via the following website: http://www.vet.cam.ac.uk/

Please send a completed application form, curriculum vitae, and covering letter by email to vetmed@hermes.cam.ac.uk

Fixed-term: 12 months.

Closing date: 2 July 2019

Interview date: 23 July 2019

Please quote reference PP19438 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Further information

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Linking spatial movements and social contacts to understand transmission of Tasmanian devil facial tumour disease.

University of Tasmania – Research Project

Linking spatial movements and social contacts to understand transmission of Tasmanian devil facial tumour disease.

Closing Date

30th May 2019

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

The Research Project

Tasmanian devils are threatened by transmissible cancer, devil facial tumour disease (DFTD), which has spread to almost their entire geographic range and has caused more than 90% population decline. A gap in knowledge for wildlife diseases globally, and DFTD specifically, is how the spatial connectivity between individuals at large landscape scales maps onto the social contacts between individuals at a local scale that lead to transmission. To understand how the disease spreads across the landscape requires integrating data on who-contacts and bites-who in the population with finescale information about how individuals move at landscape-scale throughout the year.

The project integrates spatial and social data to understand disease transmission and spatial spread. The field project involves placing collars on the adult population of devils at field sites with different histories of time since disease outbreak. The collars will record both the location of the animals and the identity of any other collared devils that come within close range. The field sites are in remote but beautiful locations in Tasmania. The statistical methods will involve constructing social networks and analysing movement data. The project is part of an international, transdisciplinary research program on evolution in the devil—DFTD host—pathogen system involving ecologists, epidemiologists and genomicists at the University of Tasmania, Griffith University, Washington State University and the University of Idaho, funded by a grant from the US National Institute of Health/National Science Foundation.


The following eligibility criteria apply to this scholarship:

  • The scholarship is open to Australian and New Zealand (domestic) candidates and to International candidates.
  • Research must be undertaken on a full-time basis.
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a first-class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills.

Candidates from the following disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • A good understanding of the field of ecology
  • High level quantitative skills
  • Ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary research team
  • Proven ability to work individually in remote locations including supervising volunteer field assistants
  • Current driving licence, prefer manual and 4WD experience

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Applicants should send a CV and Experession of Interest (one page maximum) to A/Prof Menna Jones before 30th May 2019

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact Menna Jones for more information about this project, or take a look at A/Prof Menna Jones’s research profile here.

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The University of Queensland – Miriam E. Wippell Undergraduate Scholarship

The University of Queensland

Miriam E. Wippell Undergraduate Scholarship

At a glance

Available to: 

Future Student

Current Student

Level of study: 


Year of study: 

1st year


Australian citizens, Australian Permanent Residents and NZ citizens

International student

The purpose of the Scholarship is to support a student entering tertiary study for the first time and undertaking an undergraduate program in the field of veterinary science.

Award value:

$750 (approximate)

per semester


5 years

Applications open: 

18 February 2019

Applications close: 

22 March 2019

The scholarship was established in 1961 and is maintained by the income from a gift from Miriam E. Wippell, to assist students studying in the Bachelor of Veterinary Science.

Number awarded per year: 


Award benefits: 


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Fully Funded Commonwealth Scholarships | MSc Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health and the MSc Livestock Health and Production | Royal Veterinary College | University of London

Applications close: 20 June 2018 – 23:59 (BST).

Commonwealth Scholarships are available for a number of University of London programmes by distance learning:

  • MSc Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health (RVC)
  • MSc Livestock Health and Production (RVC)
  • MA Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies (SAS)
  • MSc Clinical Trials (LSHTM)
  • MSc Demography and Health (LSHTM)
  • MSc Epidemiology (LSHTM)
  • MSc Infectious Disease (LSHTM)

These full fee-waiver awards are for residents of developing Commonwealth countries (see below for details).

You apply for these courses through the University of London. For scholarship applications, please follow only the specific directions below.

Applications for these scholarships are currently open.

A total of nine scholarships for the MSc Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health and the MSc Livestock Health and Production are available.

You must be a national of a qualifying Commonwealth country and hold the standard entry requirements for your preferred MSc course (including any English language requirements).

Qualifying countries

  • Bangladesh
  • Cameroon
  • Ghana
  • Guyana
  • India
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Rwanda
  • Samoa
  • Sierra Leone
  • Soloman Islands
  • Sri Lanka
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Vanuatu
  • Zambia

Source: Commonwealth Scholarships | University of London