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WAVD Scholarship

The WAVD has a mission to share knowledge in veterinary dermatology with all veterinarians and to provide support for those individuals in every region of the globe. Some key members of the veterinary dermatology community have played a very important role in WAVD. The Association wishes to honour the life and career of Professor Peter Ihrke by offering a scholarship to commemorate his contribution to the discipline of veterinary dermatology. Peter was the Chief of Veterinary Dermatology at the University of California-Davis (UCD) Veterinary School and he inspired the careers of many key members of our global discipline by training and mentoring residents. He was also highly motivated to support the growth and development of veterinary dermatology amongst veterinarians denied the privilege of ready access to continuing education.

In this light, the scholarship will provide the opportunity for an individual from an under-privileged region to attend a two-to-four week externship in the veterinary dermatology service of the UCD Veterinary School. The scholarship will fund a return economy airfare, modest accommodation and meal allowance and professional liability insurance for the successful applicant. The scholarship will be undertaken in 2017 at a date to be determined by mutual arrangement between the successful recipient and the UCD veterinary dermatology service.

1. Must be a licensed veterinarian with at least three years, full-time experience working as a veterinarian. Dermatology residents or interns enrolled in a formal training program are not eligible to apply;
2. Must be able to provide proof of residency in a geographic location with limited access to continuing education opportunities in veterinary dermatology;
3. Will provide proof of adequate ability to write and speak in English;
4. Will provide evidence of interest and commitment to the discipline of veterinary dermatology;
5. Will provide a statement of financial need;
6. Will provide a brief curriculum vitae/resume;
7. Will provide a written reference from a veterinary professional associate or mentor;
8. Will provide a plan as to how their acquired knowledge will be of benefit to other veterinarians and/or veterinary technicians;
9. Will provide a written report (500 words) to the WAVD AC, within 12 months of completion, outlining how the applicant benefited from the scholarship.

Applications must be received by February 15, 2017 by midnight GMT. The application form can be accessed via the WAVD website via the link All applications will be reviewed by the Scholarship Subcommittee and the successful candidate informed by March 15, 2017.