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PHOENIX, April 6, 2021 / PRNewswire / – As many people continue to struggle to provide themselves with food and medical supplies, many also struggle to provide for their pets. In fact, one in four pet owners struggles to get veterinary care. While these barriers can range from geography to culture and language, finances are the main barrier for many pet owners seeking some type of care – which has likely been compounded by unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As part of its commitment to bringing affordable veterinary care to communities in need and supporting future veterinarians, PetSmart Charities announced the second year of the Steve Marton Veterinary Student Scholarship. Named for a former longtime chairman of the board of directors of PetSmart Charities and an animal welfare advocate, the award offers up to $ 50,000 for one year of tuition with a veterinary student who has shown interest and aptitude for a career in accessible veterinary medicine.
“At PetSmart Charities, we believe that all pet parents want to provide the best care for their pets, and we want to help them access that care in the face of challenges,” he said Aimee Gilbreath, President of PetSmart Charities. “At the same time, we know that students pursue careers in veterinary medicine because they want to help all pets in need but often struggle financially to achieve their dream. This scholarship allows us to bring these two principles together by funding future veterinarians, who are committed to community-accessible programs. ”
According to the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), the average annual tuition in veterinary schools is about $ 53,000 for foreign students and $ 32,000 for in-state students. The average educational debt of veterinary school graduates in 2016 was between over $ 143,000 to over $ 167,000, with at least 20% $ 200,000 Have debts. Many veterinary students rely on federal, private, and / or personal student loans to fund their education.
Devon Mims, the first scholarship winner, is currently a third year veterinary student at the University of Florida and works as a student clinician while volunteering to monitor cases for parents with disabilities and low incomes.
“For me, a career in veterinary medicine has always meant a commitment to animals and people in need,” said Mims. “Supporting PetSmart Charities enables me to stand up for the mission of accessible veterinary care while engaging and nurturing individuals from marginalized communities.”
Scholarship applications are open through April 28, 2021 to first and second year veterinary students studying at a veterinary university The United States. For more information or to apply, visit: https://petsmartcharities.org/pro/grants/steve-marton-scholarship
About PetSmart Charities®
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is committed to finding lifelong loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leaders that bring people and pets together. Through the in-store adoption program at all PetSmart® stores in the US and Puerto RicoPetSmart Charities helps find permanent homes and families for more than 600,000 pets each year. Every year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the PIN pads on the cash registers in PetSmart stores. In return, PetSmart uses Charities efficiently more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to serve his role as the leading animal welfare funder North America, more than grant $ 450 million PetSmart Charities is a 501 (c) (3) organization that has received the four-star rating from Charity Navigator, a third-party organization reporting on effectiveness, accountability, and transparency from nonprofits for the past 17 consecutive years – this makes it one of the top 1 percent of the charities rated by this organization. To learn more, visit www.petsmartcharities.org.
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