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Becoming a veterinarian takes time and money: on average for a four-year postgraduate degree. Scholarships are the best way to pay for vet school because you don't have to repay them.
Your school will likely be the best source for this free aid, but you can also earn private veterinary scholarships based on your specialty, where you're from and other criteria. Here are just a few veterinary scholarships to consider.
Funded by AKC Humane Fund, this scholarship supports future veterinary practitioners and researchers. Five awards are provided annually, for a total of $10,000.
How to qualify: This award is intended for students who are pursuing educational programs that focus on the well-being of dogs and responsible pet ownership. You must be enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited school.
When to apply: July. .
This scholarship supports veterinary students intending to enter equine veterinary medicine, and awards are up to $1,500. The scholarship is sponsored by the American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation and The Race for Education, which offers a number of additional equine-focused awards.
How to qualify: You must be in your second or third year of a program studying equine veterinary medicine to qualify.
When to apply: February. .
The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association administers multiple scholarships for veterinary school students.
How to qualify: You must be enrolled in a U.S. college of veterinary medicine.
When to apply: March. .
The APC offers a $1,000 scholarship to any student entering their third or fourth year at an accredited veterinary school.
How to qualify: Applicants must provide two letters of recommendation, write two essays and submit their transcript by the scholarship deadline.
When to apply: December. .
Sponsored by the Ride and Tie Association, this scholarship is open to all veterinary students. The winner will receive $2,000, with runners-up eligible for smaller amounts.
How to qualify: Submit a 1,000-word essay. The winning entry will be published in the Ride and Tie Association's monthly newsletter.
When to apply: January. .
This scholarship supports veterinary students who have graduated from Nebraska high schools. Minimum award amounts are $250, with maximums based on available funding and the decision of the scholarship committee.
How to qualify: You must have graduated from a Nebraska high school, or home school equivalent, and have completed at least two semesters of veterinary school with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
When to apply: October. .
The Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association awards this $2,500 scholarship to graduates of Rhode Island high schools pursuing veterinary careers.
How to qualify: This award is open to third-year veterinary students only. You must have a GPA of at least 2.5 to qualify.
When to apply: September. .
AVMF offers a number of veterinary student scholarship opportunities. Application deadlines range from March through December, so check the for specific details on the following awards.
These scholarships can help pay for your D.V.M., but you'll likely need to take out for your studies. Start by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, to qualify for federal aid. Your vet school will also likely need this form to qualify you for institutional grants and scholarships.
Because veterinarians often finish school with and low starting salaries, federal loans are typically the best borrowing option. These feature income-driven repayment options that can keep payments manageable. Students may also consider private loans. These have fewer protections than federal loans, but may offer a better interest rate depending on your credit.