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Founded in 1995, the NAVC International Scholarship Program was created to invite attendees from Cuba, Eastern Europe, South America and the Middle East to the annual Veterinary Meeting & Expo (VMX formerly the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) Conference). As a nonprofit association, the NAVC’s Mission is “To provide world-class continuing professional development for the global veterinary healthcare community.” In 2014, the NAVC partnered with the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) in the candidate selection process and in 2015, the program was renamed the “NAVC Colin F. Burrows International Scholar Program.”
The NAVC supports at least three candidates per year, with a focus on each of the three WSAVA Regions:
The WSAVA solicits candidates through its 113 Assembly member association representatives with preference being given to applicants from the WSAVA’s Tier 1 and Tier 2 associations. Nominations beyond these processes are acceptable if the candidate meets the scholarship criteria.
WSAVA Assembly member association representatives are invited to nominate one (1) candidate from their country’s association. Preference will be given to applicants who are active members of their association, and have the potential to develop and support continuing veterinary education in their region.
Selected Scholars receive:
Deadline for submissions is August 1, 2021.
Candidates will be assessed against the following standards/criteria:
Each successful candidate will be contacted by an NAVC representative in early June of the year preceding the upcoming VMX (formerly the NAVC Conference), to explain the details of the award, to arrange details of travel, any necessary visa applications, etc. NAVC will also contact each unsuccessful candidate and encourage them to apply again the following year.
At the VMX (formerly the NAVC Conference), the Scholars will attend an initial orientation and are invited to develop an individual personalized curriculum. This includes:
An exit interview will be conducted with the Scholars on the afternoon of the last day by members of the NAVC International committee and a representative of the WSAVA.