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John L. Pitts Aquatic Veterinary Education Awards Program

A program to assist veterinary students & new veterinary graduates

The John L. Pitts Aquatic Veterinary Education Awards Program is pleased to offer financial support each year to a limited number of veterinary students or recent graduates of recognized veterinary schools, allowing recipients to explore a career in aquatic veterinary medicine through a variety of aquatic veterinary educational activities.  Activities supported include attending aquatic veterinary workshops, giving presentations at meetings, participating in externships, internships, or engaging in small-scale research projects.

Click here to download a flyer that provides information about the 2017 awards.

 

2017 Awardees

2017 John L. Pitts Scholar:

     Shiva Prasad Bhusal; Agriculture and Forestry University (Nepal)

Other Awardees:

     Theadora B'ey; Colorado State University (USA)

     Laura Burns; University of Georgia (USA)

     Christine Casey; University of Georgia (USA)

     Sarah McConnachie; Atlantic Veterinary College (Canada)

     Nicole Nietlisbach; University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA)

     Zachary Ready; Purdue University (USA)

     Courtney Wright; The Ohio State University (USA)

 

Award Intent & Criteria

Awards are intended to assist veterinary students and veterinarians who have graduated in the previous 2 years, to become involved with aquatic veterinary medicine. Upon completion of the activities, award recipients are required to submit a report of their activity for possible publication in The Aquatic Veterinarian (WAVMA's quarterly publication). 

Awards (generally between $250 and $1,000) are intended to support aquatic veterinary activities and educational opportunities, and may be used towards offsetting personal costs for:

  • Travel, accommodation, and/or registration at aquatic veterinary conferences, symposia, and other continuing education and professional development (CEPD) meetings, including on-line aquatic CEPD;
  • Travel, accommodation, and other activities directly associated with externships that expose veterinary students to clinical aquatic veterinary medicine;
  • Equipment and supplies needed for aquatic veterinary research projects not funded by other sources.

 

Program History

This Program was initiated in 2010 to celebrate the contributions of John L. Pitts DVM (1941-2009) to advancing aquatic veterinary medicine, and his dedication to helping veterinary students and recent veterinary graduates navigate their way into a highly rewarding career. His service to the profession began in 1969 as a veterinary student, when he was instrumental in helped form the Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA). John also helped in the formation of the National Association of State Aquaculture Coordinators, the Aquaculture and Seafood Advisory Committee of the AVMA, and worked tirelessly to shape and help pass the Minor Uses and Minor Species Act. To continue John's vision, a committee comprised of individuals representing private practice, academia, past recipients, WAVMA student members, and the Pitts family work to administer the Program. Awards of $250-$1,000 USD have been made to veterinary students and newly graduated veterinarians from around the world.

Click here to learn more about the impacts this Program has had on aquatic veterinary medicine globally.

 

Application Process

Applications are currently closed. Requests for applications typically begin in December or January and close at the end of February. Please check back later for application materials.

For any questions or more information, please contact the Program Admin

 

John L. Pitts Scholars

2017: Shiva Prasad Bhusal

2016: Christina McKenzie, University of Saskatchewan

2015: Austin McConnell, Auburn University

 

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

The Program relies on contributions from WAVMA members, other organizations, sponsors, and others that support a well-trained aquatic veterinary workforce. Donations in any amount help increase the number of students we can help to find their place in aquatic veterinary medicine worldwide. Please check with your tax advisor to determine if your donation would be considered a tax-deductible expense.

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2010-2017 Donors

We gratefully acknowledge donations from the following for their support of this program:

 

Secretariat

Devon Dublin DMVZ, MSc, CertAqV
WAVMA Secretary
132 Lichfield Road
Stafford, Staffordshire ST17 4LE
United Kingdom

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