Applications are being accepted until Aug. 10 for The Foundation for the Horse, AAEP Past Presidents’, and EQUUS Foundation Research Fellows for 2022.
These annual scholarships are awarded to American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) member veterinarians who are beginning their careers in equine research in graduate school. Each recipient will receive a $5,000 scholarship during the AAEP’s 68th Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas, Nov. 18–22.
The Foundation for the Horse, AAEP Past Presidents’, and EQUUS Foundation Research Fellow, established in 2021, 2006 and 2011, respectively, emphasize the importance of equine research while rewarding researchers for their personal contributions.
The Foundation for the Horse created the research fellows to acknowledge and support the increasing need to train future equine veterinary researchers.
“Companion animals—dogs, cats, and horses—play a central role in our quality of life,” said Jenny W. Belknap, chair, EQUUS Foundation. “Horses thrill us as athletes, grace our lives as companions, instill confidence and teamwork in equestrians of all ages, and perform miracles for people with special needs. The impact of horses on our well-being is significant. It is crucial now, more than ever before, that we continue to improve their health and welfare.”
These scholarships are made possible through the monetary contributions of AAEP past presidents and the EQUUS Foundation.
“As all practitioners are aware, new equine graduates are in short supply, partly because of economic constraints,” said Anthony Blikslager, DVM, Ph.D., DACVS, Chair of The Foundation for the Horse’s Research Working Group. “Coupled with this is an increasing need to better understand equine pathophysiology so that we can ensure equine practice is as progressive as possible. We are therefore exceptionally proud to partner with the EQUUS Foundation and with AAEP’s past presidents to offer scholarships to equine veterinary graduates wishing to pursue a career in research.”
Ideal candidates for the research fellows are graduates of an AVMA-accredited school/college of veterinary medicine who have experience conducting equine research and are nearing completion of a residency or doctoral program. Applicants who are seeking funding for their research project or have secured funding from other organizations are eligible to apply, as the scholarships focus on supporting the researcher, not the project.
The scholarship descriptions and applications are accessible on The Foundation’s website. Applicants need only apply once to any Fellow program to be considered for one of the three awards.