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American Veterinary Medical Foundation and Pfizer Animal Health Team Up to Award Up to $2 Million in Scholarships to Veterinary Students Through 2012
Date:10/1/2009

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In an effort to help U.S. veterinary students cope with rising school debt while reinforcing the importance of building a diverse profession and addressing a shortage of food animal veterinarians, the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) and Pfizer Animal Health are introducing a new, annual scholarship program that will award up to $2 million through 2012.

The Pfizer Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship Program will be administered by the AVMF and funded by Pfizer Animal Health. It will award $2,500 scholarships to more than 225 veterinary students per year in U.S. veterinary schools accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Applications for the spring 2010 scholarships, available at www.avmf.org, are due by November 13, 2009.

"The American Veterinary Medical Foundation is very pleased to be partnering with Pfizer Animal Health on this exciting new scholarship program which will provide significant impact across the country for veterinary students," explained Michael Cathey, executive director of the AVMF. "Thanks to the generosity of Pfizer Animal Health, this new scholarship program is a tremendous leap forward in not only addressing the rising veterinary student debt but also in addressing diversity and workforce shortages in food animal veterinary medicine."

"Beyond the serious challenge of rising veterinary student debt, Pfizer Animal Health also sees a troubling record of insufficient diversity within the profession, as well as fewer practicing or skilled food animal veterinarians in rural America," said Clint Lewis, president of U.S. Operations, Pfizer Animal Health. "We want to not only help shape the future of our veterinary profession, while
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