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Student Externship Scholarship

COVID-19 Adjustment

Each year, the AAV supports our student members entering their clinical year who intend to complete an externship at avian and exotic animal focused private practices, avian services in veterinary teaching hospitals, large wildlife clinics and zoos. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these externship opportunities are becoming scarce to comply with social distancing.

The AAV also supports teaching activities including large gatherings of students eager to learn more about avian medicine and surgery. These types of teaching events are not possible for the time-being.

Consequently, the AAV has made the decision to roll our 2020 student program and externship funding to next year (2021). Our hope is to resume funding of student academic opportunities at that time. Check and our quarterly student newsletter for updates.

Application deadline:

January 31, MIDNIGHT EST for externships completed within the following 12 months.

Eligible applicants:

All AAV STUDENT MEMBERS entering their clinical year who intend to complete an externship at a veterinary facility that evaluates at least 10 avian cases per week. Facilities that would likely fulfill these criteria include avian and exotic animal focused private practices, the avian service in a veterinary teaching hospital, larger wildlife clinics and zoos, and avian breeding facilities with a veterinarian on staff.   


Read testimonials from past AAV externship scholarship recipients. 




A maximum of $150/week for up to 4 weeks ($600 US). Partial awards may be made depending on available funds.

Payment of the scholarship will only be made after the externship has been completed and the following criteria have been met:

1.     The receiving facility’s externship coordinator must submit a letter confirming that the student has successfully fulfilled his/her externship.  

2.     Student must submit:

o   A log of all observed avian cases that is signed by the supervising veterinarian.  

o   A summary of the externship experience to be included in the AAV newsletter and/or published on the AAV website. This narrative should be written in English, 500 - 800 words in length, and submitted in Word format. 

3.     All supplementary materials must be received within 1 month of the end of the externship or the scholarship is forfeit. 

Complete Application Includes:

The application will require submission of the following details. Please ensure you have all items available prior to beginning your application. 

1.     Complete contact information for both Student and Externship Facility/Coordinator.

2.     Description of the externship including the name and location of the practice/veterinary school/organization, duration in weeks, and method of evaluation (pass/fail, letter grade, etc.).

3.     Brief statement signed by the externship coordinator that verifies the applicant will observe at least 10 avian cases a week and will be under the continual supervision of a veterinarian while observing and assisting with these cases.

4.     Brief description of the student’s goals in completing this rotation including an explanation of how the student believes that the knowledge and skills gained may impact his/her career. (No more than 250 words.)

5.    Explanation of any past or present association the student has with the AAV including but not limited to individual membership, participation in student chapter activities, and conference attendance.

Application due by January 31, Midnight EST. Only complete applications will be considered.


Selection of awardees will be made by the Chair of the Veterinary Student Membership Committee with oversight of the Executive Board within one month of the deadline.

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