American Veterinary Medical Foundation and Hill's Pet Nutrition partner to offer scholarships for Tuskegee University veterinary students
AVMA (SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) August 21, 2020—Hill's Pet Nutrition and the American Veterinary Medical Foundation today announced a new scholarship program for students at Tuskegee University's renowned College of Veterinary Medicine.
A $45,000 endowment from Hill's will fund the program at Tuskegee, the alma mater of 20 percent of Black veterinarians practicing in the United States. Tuskegee's veterinary scholarship committee will identify the awardees annually, starting with the 2021-2022 academic year, based upon criteria to be developed by the College and the Foundation.
"We are very grateful to Hill's for its vision and generosity, and we look forward to working with colleagues at Tuskegee University to help open doors of opportunity for students seeking careers in veterinary medicine," said Dr. John Howe, chair of the AVMF Board of Directors.
Dr. Jolle Kirpensteijn, Chief Professional Veterinary Officer, Hill's US says: "Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine under the leadership of Dean Ruby Perry has been the veterinary school that promotes diversity within veterinary medicine and all professions associated with our great profession. Hill's Pet Nutrition is proud to support our only HBCU Veterinary College in our commitment to promote diversity and equality all over the world."
"I concur with Dr. Howe and thank Hill's for their support of our veterinary college and students to support the future of veterinary medicine. We at Tuskegee focus on our students being career-ready veterinarians when they complete the curriculum and encourage their pursuits of the vast areas of career choices in the veterinary profession. The generosity of Hill's will help our students achieve this goal," said Dr. Ruby L. Perry, dean of the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine.
The specific number and dollar amount of the scholarships that will be awarded each academic year under the initial endowment will be determined by the College and Foundation, which also will seek to raise additional funds so that in the future, the amount and number of scholarships can be increased. [...]