AVMA Opportunities

AVMA Fellowship Program
Deadline for application: February 7, 2020

The 2020-2021 AVMA Fellowship Program, in conjunction with the
American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellowship Program will run from the last week in August 2020 through August 2021. AVMA Fellows: Serve for one year in Washington D.C. as scientific advisors to members of Congress. Receive a stipend of approximately $91,000 to ​offset the cost of living and reimbursement for certain expenses incurred during the Fellowship.
Click here for more details and the application form.

AVMA Future Leaders Program

The Future Leaders Program is unique and takes a holistic approach to leadership development. Its goal is to develop the strengths and talents of veterinarians, promoting their leadership skills for the benefit of the veterinary workplace, society as a whole, and especially our profession through leadership in organized veterinary medicine. To develop those skills, participants get to complete 360-degree assessments and follow their short- and long-term goals with our professional facilitator, Dr. Ken Andrews, while also fostering individual relationships with prominent veterinarians and participating in leadership lectures. Each class of Future Leaders also works as a team to develop novel, useable resources for AVMA members, thus strengthening teambuilding and project management skills.

For the application and more information please visit the AVMA website.


AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference Emerging Leader Application

What: AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference
When: January 7-9, 2021 
Where: Virtual - Online everywhere
Why: Enhance your leadership skills and expand your professional network. 

For more information on the AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference visit the AVMA Website 

Click here for the application to attend.


AVMA Governmental Relations Student Externship Program

The AVMA extern program pairs talented veterinary students together with the AVMA Governmental Relations Division for a four-week program that introduces externs to the breadth of public policy issues facing the profession and provides hands-on lobbying experience with legislators and staffers on Capitol Hill.

Click here for more details.


AVMA Annual Legislative Fly-In

The AVMA Governmental Relations Division (GRD​) is teaming up with the Student AVMA (SAVMA) to host the 10th annual Legislative Fly-in that will bring veterinary students and veterinarians to Washington, D.C. to participate in a two-day legislative workshop.

AVMA’s governmental relations team will spend the first day of the workshop introducing participants to the legislative process and discussing legislation that impacts the veterinary profession. Participants will review the legislative issues they will discuss with Congress and practice their presentation through interactive role playing. On the second day, participants will visit Capitol Hill to meet with their elected officials and advocate on behalf of the veterinary profession.
The most recent AVMA Legislative Fly-In took place on February 3-4, 2020 in Washington, D.C. 

For more information visit the AVMA website.

AVMA Wellness Program Toolkit
The Future Leaders Class of 2015-2016 developed a 5 step "toolkit" that can be used to implement a wellness program at any type of workplace (industry, clinic, lab, university, etc). The program is very easy to start and is no/low cost. The link to the toolkit can be found at www.avma.org/workplacewellness. If you click on the "Countdown to Wellness" box on the right-hand side, you can download the entire program as a PDF. 

Other Opportunities

Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Research Award Program
Boehringer Ingelheim is granting an award to Graduate Student DVMs who have finished or are close to finishing a residency or graduate degree.  I am sure we have some outstanding  recent alumni or almost finished  DVM grad students that could be competitive for this award.  Once you get to the website. Click on Research Awards tab. The deadline is in March 30, 2020 (old info still posted). 

Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Research Award Program for Graduate Veterinarians.  This research award program is open to veterinarians who have completed graduate research or residency programs and provides a $2500 honorarium and the opportunity to present her/his research at the 2020 National Veterinary Scholars Symposium.  For additional details on this research award please go to the Boehringer Ingelheim Scholars Web site at: www.merialscholars.com


IPPE Launches Sixth Annual Young Leaders “30 under 30” Program
The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) is launching the sixth annual Young Leaders "30 under 30" program targeting young professionals who normally would not have the financial resources or opportunity to attend IPPE. The goal of the program is to engage and invest in the next generation of young professionals, between the ages of 21 and 29, who work for companies directly involved in the production and processing of poultry and meat or in the production of animal or poultry feed. 
Interested applicants must apply to the program by Sept. 30, and meet select requirements, including being a member of at least one of the following IPPE sponsors: American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), North American Meat Institute (NAMI) or U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY). No more than two applicants from a single member organization may be nominated. A panel of industry professionals will review the applications, and award recipients will be notified of the panel's decision by Oct. 16. The application and details about the program can be found by clicking here or at www.ippexpo.org.