OVMA creates program to attract food animal interns
COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) plans to hand out $10,000 in grants this year to food animal practitioners who agree to host a student intern.
The Food Animal Practitioner Internship Scholarship Program, created last month, is intended to facilitate the exploration of food animal medicine as a viable career path among veterinary medical students. It's also designed to assist OVMA food animal practitioners in developing mentorship opportunities as well as potential associate veterinarians.
The goal: to beef up the state's number of food animal veterinarians. OVMA officials seek to combat well-publicized national shortages in the field."We're trying to build interest," OVMA Executive Director Jack Advent says. "We want to hear from practices that want to host this."
The deadline to request a grant is May 1. Applications can be downloaded from the association's Web site, http://www.ohiovma.org/.
How it works
Students tapped for the program must be in their first three years of veterinary education at an AVMA-accredited veterinary institution and in good academic standing.
Grant funds only can be used by the practice as either direct payment or a scholarship to pay stipends of compensation, lodging and food for the student receiving the internship. The student also can use such funds to pay for appropriate clothing and equipment related to the internship experience. If for any reason the internship is not completed, unused funds must be returned to OVMA within 30 days.