Population growth, climate change, emerging infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance threaten sustainable livestock production globally.
Veterinarians trained in multi-species medicine, animal science and public health are key to addressing these challenges. However, despite the growing need for this expertise, few funding opportunities exist for veterinary students to gain experience in these research areas.
We partnered with the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) to create a three-month summer fellowship for veterinary students to prepare future veterinarians for research and public service careers. The FFAR Veterinary Student Research Fellowships (FFAR Vet Fellows) provide unique research opportunities focused on global food security and sustainable animal production.
To further career advancement, the Vet Fellows are paired with a qualified mentor to gain hands-on research experience examining urgent issues that threaten animal health.
What we are looking for
- Agricultural economics
- Nutritional security and food access
- Environmental sustainability of agriculture
- Advanced technologies including gene-editing, precision breeding and microbiome/metagenomics in food production
- Zoonotic diseases and pandemic prevention (must have a food and agriculture interface)
- Antimicrobial stewardship and antimicrobial (must have a food and agriculture interface)
This program does not support biomedical research or comparative medicine without a clear connection to food and agriculture.
Stipend support of $10,000 per student is provided for up to 15 students per year to perform research with a qualified mentor and to attend the Veterinary Scholars Symposium. Matching funds are not required.
This program is open to domestic and international students currently enrolled in a DVM or VMD degree programs, including combined degree programs. Students who have already received a DVM or Ph.D. degree are not eligible. Prior research experience is not necessary to apply. Applicants are partially evaluated on how their work contributes to diversity in the agricultural sciences.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
FFAR and AAVMC strongly encourage students from historically underrepresented backgrounds in agriculture to apply. For the purposes of this program, FFAR will use AAVMC’s definition of diversity as encompassing “many dimensions, including, but not limited to gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, cultural background, language, cognitive style, nationality, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, and other forms of differences, both visible and invisible. In defining diversity, it is also incumbent to acknowledge the concept of intersectionality; no single dimension of diversity exists in isolation. We acknowledge that each individual is a reflection of multiple diversity dimensions.
URVM Definition: Historically, AAVMC has identified and recognized the presence of specific historically underrepresented populations in veterinary medicine (URVM) whose advancement in the veterinary medical profession has been disproportionately impacted due to legal, cultural, or social climate impediments in the United States. The specific dimensions are: gender, race, ethnicity (African Americans, Asian Americans, American Indians, Native Alaskans and Hawaiians, Hispanics), and geographic, socioeconomic, and educational disadvantage.”
Advancing UN Sustainable Development Goals
The FFAR Vet Fellows Program supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), 17 global goals to enhance peace and prosperity, eradicate poverty and protect the environment. Specifically, this research bolsters the following SDGs: