The following are considered to be the top veterinary tech scholarships. Several awards are available from the National Association of Veterinary Technicians, but there are also private awards available. If you are passionate about animals and want to begin a career as a veterinary technician, these scholarships can help you pay for the education and training to achieve your goals:
American Kennel Club and Hartz Veterinary Technician Scholarship Program: This scholarship is available to full time students currently enrolled at veterinary schools that have been accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. You must also be a student member of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians or a NAVTA Student Chapter member. Small animal and exotic activities, research, academic achievement and NAVTA or SCNAVTA activities are all considered for the selection of these awards.
American Kennel Club Veterinary Technician Student Scholarship: Along with the NAVTA and Bayer K9 Advantix, the American Kennel Club provides several scholarships to veterinary tech students each year totaling $25,000. You must be a NAVTA member to qualify. The application requirements include a brief essay explaining your interests, education, research and work experience, as well as recent college transcripts submitted by April each year.
Oxbow Exotic Animal Interest Scholarship: Every year this exotic rodent pet food manufacturer provides two $500 scholarships for veterinary technicians. In order to qualify, you must show interest in working with fur-bearing mammals such as chinchillas and prairie dogs, reptiles, snakes or other exotic animals. The application, which is due each May, includes a brief essay, letter of recommendation, college transcripts and professional résumé.
Sue Busch Memorial Award: Each year three lucky students receive this award thanks to the Pet Care Trust, which is a nonprofit organization granting scholarships in the memory of Sue J. Busch. Colleges and schools in North America can submit nominations for students entering their final year of study who are interested in working with companion animals for disabled and elderly people. Busch was the president of H.H. Backer Associates Inc., the publisher of Pet Age magazine. Companion animals were a passion of hers.