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    Elizabeth Forker Awarded 2019 Past Presidents' Leadership Award. see more


    Elizabeth Forker has been named recipient of the 2019 NVMA Past Presidents’ Leadership award.  She was presented with the certificate and $ 1,000 award at the spring awards ceremony by Dr. Dale Grotelueschen (photo at left).

    To be selected as a recipient of this scholarship, a student must demonstrate a dedication to the principles of professionalism and ethical behavior, an ability and commitment to encourage others and to lead by example, and an interest in, and an aptitude for the advancement of organized veterinary medicine. 

    Elizabeth is a second-year student in the Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  During veterinary school, she has served as the president of the UNL Christian Veterinary Fellowship, the American Association of Bovine Veterinarians representative for the Large Animal Club, and the student representative for Boehringer Ingelheim.  Elizabeth is also a student member of the Academy of Veterinary Consultants, Nebraska Cattlemen, Student American Veterinary Medical Association, and Veterinary Business Management Association.  Prior to veterinary school, Elizabeth served as president of the Pre-veterinary Club and was selected to be a Nebraska Beef Ambassador and a National Beef Advocate.

    NCSF/Boehringer-Ingelheim Awards

    Receiving the first annual awards ($ 5,000 each) are three 2019 graduates of Iowa State University.

    • Ben Eilerts
    • Rachael Miller
    • Kara Sutphen

    Ben Eilerts has secured employment with Nebraska Veterinary Services of West Point-Wisner-Howells where he will work with Dr. Steven Hughes, et. al. in their mixed animal practice.  Eilerts’ responsibilities will emphasize the dairy ultrasound/reproduction and embryo transfer work, but also include the other aspects of the practice—feedlot, cow-calf, swine, small ruminant equine and small animal.

    Rachael Miller has secured employment with Drs. Handcock, Voegeli, Covey and Heath at the Animal Clinic in Winner South Dakota.   This large mixed animal practice has livestock clients in several Nebraska Counties and Miller will be doing 90% beef cattle practice with the remainder in equine, small ruminant, swine and small animals. 

    Kara Sutphen will begin her employment in Alliance, Nebraska in June of 2020, following a one year internship at the Idaho Equine Hospital in Nampa, Idaho.  Dr. Clint Kesterson, co-owner of the Alliance Animal Clinic, writes that Kara’s post-graduate training in equine medicine will augment her beef cattle experience and training and better prepare her for the mixed animal practice in Alliance.

    Pre-vet Scholarship Recipients 

    Recipients of the 4 - $500 pre-veterinary scholarships are all sophomore students.

    • Tucker Randall UN-Lincoln

    • Korrine Hansen UN-Kearney

    • Allison Johnson UN-Lincoln

    • Austin Kennedy UN-Lincoln

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    Gifts to the Doster Scholarship Fund Are Welcome see more

    Friends and associates recently gathered to celebrate the career accomplishments of Dr. Al Doster, who has retired after four decades of service to the UNL Veterinary Science Department and Diagnostic Laboratory. Dr. Doster also has served on the scholarship committee and the board of the Centennial Scholarship Foundation.

    In 2010, Dr. Doster and his wife Julie established an endowed scholarship, and each year since, a scholarship has been awarded. NVMA members whose lives have been touched by Dr. Doster are encouraged to consider making a donation to the Doster scholarship fund. Click here for more information and a link to donate online.

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    Also: Scholarship application deadline is Monday. see more

    Take time to recognize the good work of a colleague. Nominations are open for the NVMA Annual Awards program. 

    The NVMA Awards Committee is taking nominations in five categories, and nominations also are being accepted for the NVMA Animal Hall of Fame. The nomination deadline is November 1.

    Click here for information about the awards program and links to nomination forms.

    NVMA Scholarships

    The Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association is pleased to announce again the availability of scholarships to Nebraska veterinary students. The scholarships available are from two separate funds: 1)The Dr. O.H. and Ruth Person Scholarship Fund. Dr. Person was a former State Veterinarian, State Senator, and longtime veterinarian in the Wahoo, Nebraska area. 2) The NVMA Centennial Scholarship Foundation, Inc. which was established following the Association’s Centennial Year in 1996.

    Please review the eligibility requirements when completing the applications.  Any incomplete applications received will not be considered.

    Applications are due October 15, 2018.

    Click here for scholarship information and the application link

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    Application period runs through December 31, 2017. see more

    (Repost from the AVMA@Work blog)

    Please share this post with students who might be interested.

    A veterinary scholarship program that helped 34 students last year will be able to provide assistance to 56 students this year, thanks to a generous increase in funding from Merck Animal Health.

    If you are a second- or third-year veterinary student, we encourage you to apply for one of the many scholarships that will be available through the Merck Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship program, offered through the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF).

    The program provided scholarships to 34 students last year, and that figure will nearly double to provide scholarship dollars to 56 students with the new infusion of funding. For the current 2017-2018 academic year, these awards will be broken down as follows:

    • 10 students with a food animal focus attending schools in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean
    • 32 students with a companion animal focus at schools in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean
    • 14 students (50% companion animal and 50% food animal) who attend select veterinary schools in Latin/South America and Southeast Asia

    The application period opened on November 15,  and runs through December 31, 2017. All veterinary students in the classes of 2018-2019 are encouraged to apply here. Recipients will be notified in March 2018.

    Additional scholarship opportunities

    The Merck Student Scholarship program is just one of many scholarship opportunities the AVMF makes available to students to help offset the cost of veterinary education. The 2nd Opportunity Summer Research Scholarship is another excellent option for students who have previously conducted a summer research project and are looking to gain a second summer of research experience. This award offers up to five students a $5,000 research stipend, plus $1,000 to travel to the 2018 National Veterinary Scholars Symposium at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. The deadline for applications is January 12, 2018.

    Other AVMF student scholarship programs will begin accepting applications in January and March 2018. Visit the student scholarships page on to learn about all AVMF scholarship opportunities, including application directions and deadlines.

    Giving to the AVMF

    AVMF scholarships are an important investment in the future of the veterinary profession. These financial gifts recognize and reward students who have made extraordinary accomplishments in their education, empowering them to achieve their goals in veterinary medicine. We encourage you to consider making a donation to AVMF student scholarships or other programs that support veterinarians and our profession.

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    Online giving and other resources are located here. see more

    The NVMA's Centennial Scholarship Foundation manages the Association's philanthropic activities, and Foundation resources and information are located at the Foundation link on the NVMA Home Page. 

    This cache of information and tools includes:

    The Foundation seeks ways to make it easier for generous donors to make their gifts, including online means. The Ways to Give link includes a link to a newly a configured online form and giving gateway for the Pet Memorials program. When the death of an animal occurs whether your own animal, a relative's, or a friend's, you may make a pet memorial contribution to the NVMA Centennial Scholarship Foundation, Inc., as a tribute to the memory of the companion.

    The form and a donation button to facilitate your gift are located at the Pet Memorials page. The Foundation thanks all who have given and encourages you to share these online resources with other generous individuals who wish to express their gratitude and honor beloved pet companions.

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    Endowed by Dr. Dale and Liza Grotelueschen. see more

    The NVMA Centennial Scholarship Foundation has announced the establishment of the Dr. Dale and Liza Grotelueschen Scholarship for Graduate Studies.

    The scholarship fund was endowed by Dr. Dale and Liza Grotelueschen. Dr. Grotelueschen is director and professor at the Great Plains Veterinary Education Center in Clay Center, Nebraska.

    The scholarship announcement was made by Dr. Robert Stout of the Centennial Scholarship Foundation on June 13, 2017, during the NVMA Summer Meeting in Columbus, Nebraska. 

    View the scholarship announcement on NVMAVision

    Here is a link to more information about the new scholarship for graduate studies.

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    Downloadable forms are available. see more

    It is tough to lose a beloved pet. 

    You can show your care and concern, and at the same time provide support to students pursuing veterinary careers, who often experience their own tough times.

    The Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA) Centennial Scholarship Foundation exists for the purpose of making available academic scholarships for veterinary students.

    Your tax-deductible Pet Memorial donations help fund this scholarship program. Click here for more information and forms.  

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    Total of $356,000 awarded since inception of program in 1996. see more

    NVMA Centennial Scholarship Foundation endowed funds exceed $472,000, Foundation Treasurer Robert G. Stout, DVM, reported during the NVMA's Winter Meeting and Annual Conference in Lincoln.

    The Foundation has awarded $356,000 in scholarships since its inception in 1996, Dr. Stout told those attending the Conference luncheon on Friday, January 27. The Conference at the Embassy Suites-Lincoln wrapped up on Saturday, January 28.

    Dr. Stout also reported on new Foundation Fellows and the establishment of new endowed scholarship funds. Here are video highlights of the Foundation's 2016 Annual Report:


    Click here to view the Foundation report video on the NVMAVision YouTube channel.

  • Sasha Honig posted an article
    Three new scholarships to be awarded. see more

    The NVMA Centennial Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce three new scholarships will be given this spring.  The scholarships for $5,000 each will be awarded April 15.  Applications are due March 4, 2019.

    In September of 2017, Dan Wolfe, account representative with Boehringer-Ingelheim, approached the board with the idea that his employer might be willing to fund scholarships through the NCSF for the purpose of helping Nebraska large and mixed animal practices recruit new veterinarians to the state. The board was delighted and has worked with Dan since that time to bring an idea to a reality.

    In 2018, Boehringer-Ingelheim donated $15,000 to NCSF to fund the first scholarships. It is anticipated that this will be become a perennial scholarship.

    The criteria for eligibility are:

    1. Senior student, on track to graduate in May of 2019 from an accredited veterinary college
    2. Applicant is a Nebraska Resident, and graduate of a Nebraska High School
    3. Applicant has a cumulative professional school GPA of 3.0 or greater
    4. Applicant has accepted a contract or has a contract pending with a Nebraska practice that is either a food animal practice or mixed animal practice that is predominantly food animal.
    5. The job description must stipulate that the applicant will primarily be practicing food animal medicine and surgery.

       For more information and details about the scholarship application go to this page (click).