VIN Foundation essay competition offers cash prizes

January 22, 2018

Veterinary students who write about solutions for the profession may be awarded up to $3,000.

Photo: Shutterstock.comVeterinary students are being given an opportunity to share what they wish they'd known prior to entering the profession with the VIN Foundation's second annual Solutions for the Profession Competition. This essay competition allows students to provide hindsight into the veterinary school experience, according to a recent foundation release.

In order to help support tuition and education-related expenses, the VIN Foundation will award cash scholarships to three entrants:

> First place: $3,000

> Second place: $1,500

> Third place: $1,000

Last year's competition proved successful, providing innovative solutions to problems facing the veterinary profession, the report states. The winning essays covered areas of gender inequality and mental health challenges, with the winning essay addressing student debt.

“This essay competition provides an opportunity for veterinary students to participate in helping to improve the veterinary school experience with hindsight,” says Richard Headley, DVM, board chairman for the VIN Foundation, in the release. “I am honored the VIN Foundation is able to shed light on how we can collaborate to positively impact the profession for future generations.”

Top entries in the first round of judging will be selected by the VIN Foundation Solutions for the Profession Committee, according to the release. Three essays will be assessed by experts in the topic areas, who will pass the top entries to three well-known leaders in the veterinary profession. These final judges will determine the winners, the release states.

To learn more, visit the competition's web page