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Buffalo Academy of Veterinary Medicine Scholarships

The BAVM scholarship program is designed to support veterinary schools and veterinary technician programs and their students. Each year BAVM will award a scholarship to each one outstanding student enrolled in veterinary school and a veterinary technician program. This award will be presented to an individual who has been an active member of their community, providing leadership and contributing to the overall betterment of the Veterinary Medical Profession. The recipient of this award will receive $1000 award to be used to further their educational endeavors and pursuit of licensure.

Preference will be given to students with:

  • Plans to return to the Western New York area following completion of their degree.
  • Historical participation in professional development and continuing education
  • Historical community Service
  • Special Achievements


  • Currently enrolled (or enrolled to begin) in an American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education/ American Veterinary Medical Association Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities accredited school.
    • Western New York native (based on education, employment history or other proof of residency)
  • CV/Resume (including name, address, email, phone number, leadership positions held, participation in professional development and continuing education, community service & other special achievements.
  • Copy of educational transcript
  • 2 letters of recommendation. At least 1 of the letters must be from a BAVM member veterinarian. The second letter may ALSO be from a BAVM letter, or another professional colleague (employer, manager, professor etc).

In addition to the above criteria, students must submit a 350–500-word essay that addresses the topics below:

  1. Why is it important to you to be a member of the veterinary medical profession?
  2. How has the Western New York veterinary community has helped support you in your path to your intended career?
    1. For the Veterinarian scholarship: Many people are not aware of the veterinary staff shortage that the country is facing, and how imperative it is for our profession to maintain licensed individuals in private practice. How would you explain the major impact that this shortage faces to public health and the human animal bond?
    2. For the Veterinary Technician scholarship: Many people are unsure what veterinary technicians do and how important they are. How would you explain the profession and its importance to someone who didn’t know?

The application window opens 1/1/2024. All applications are due by 3/1/2024. The BAVM Executive Board will review all nominations and a majority vote will determine the winners.  The recipient of the BAVM Student Scholarships will be announced at the final (May) lecture.

  • Applications are to be emailed to
  • Applications should be submitted in no more than 3 emails (1 from the applicant including all pertinent attachments, and 1 from each person submitting letter of recommendation).
  • *Students may self-nominate, or be nominated by a peer, professor, etc., but a personal essay from the nominee must be included along with the submission.