2013 AAV ANNUAL
The Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV) is pleased to announce the availability of one paid scholarship (registration AND travel up to $2,000) to assist a veterinarian with financial need from a country outside the United States of America and Canada. A separate scholarship for registration fees only (no travel) is also offered. All applicants must follow the instructions below.
The conference consists of general lectures and practical laboratory sessions and will be held August 3-7, 2013 in Jacksonville, FL, USA. In addition to registration to all conference lecture sessions, up to four practical labs (as available on arrival at conference), and social functions, this scholarship includes up to $2,000 US for economy travel, meals and up to six nights of lodging. Registration to the conference is valued at approximately $900 US; this is not included in the $2,000. The total value of this award is approximately $2,900 US.
The recipient will stay at the headquarters hotel. The hotel bill shall be paid for directly by the AAV Office, and the amount deducted from the $2,000 scholarship account. The AAV Office will pay (with credit card) for economy airline tickets and travel insurance, upon the applicant's acceptance of the award, and the amount deducted from the $2,000 scholarship account. The applicant shall pay for meals not provided during the conference and submit them to the AAV Office for reimbursement. Funds not used from the $2,000 account shall remain the property of the AAV.
Applicants must be veterinarians who are actively involved in avian medicine or aviculture and have demonstrated an interest in conservation.
Applications must be received no later than March 1, 2013. Recipients will be notified via fax or email by April 1, 2013. Scholarships may not be shared.
Applicants must supply the following information in English.
1. Name, address, email address and fax number.
2. Veterinary college and year of graduation
3. Nature of professional activity
4. Organization membership (professional, scientific, conservation)
5. Biography (brief sketch of professional background) and a statement describing how attending the AAV conference will be of benefit to the avian population with which the applicant works
6. Two supporting letters of recommendation from local conservation organizations or current active members of the AAV
Applicants will be ranked based on the following factors: Cover letter, application, resume, supporting letters, outreach potential, English proficiency, practice experience, avian medicine experience, and avian conservation experience. The first place scholarship will receive the full scholarship and others may qualify for the registration fee scholarship.
Within two weeks from the time the successful applicant sends the AAV written acceptance of the scholarship, they shall provide the AAV with a copy of their requested airline ticket itinerary. The AAV will purchase the airline ticket for the recipient of the full scholarship once times and amount are approved by the Executive Director. If the scholarship recipient (a) accepts the award in writing and (b) fails to forward proof of their travel itinerary, the AAV shall designate an alternate individual to receive the award. This is, unfortunately, necessary due to past conference scholarship winners failing to attend to receive their award and keeping others from participating. Please note that all lectures are in English.
Recipients are required to identify themselves to the Executive Director, Debbie Cowen, upon their arrival at the conference and also attend the AAV membership meeting, date and time to be announced.
Applications must be submitted electronically to:
Dr. Miguel Saggese, AAV Scholarship Committee Chair