Applications are being accepted until Aug. 1 for the 2015 American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation Past Presidents’ and EQUUS Foundation Research Fellows.

These annual scholarships are awarded to AAEP-member veterinarians who are beginning careers in equine research. Each recipient will be awarded a $5,000 scholarship during the AAEP’s 61st Annual Convention, taking place Dec. 5-9 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The AAEP Foundation Past Presidents’ Research Fellow and the EQUUS Foundation/AAEP Foundation Research Fellow, established in 2006 and 2011, respectively, emphasize the importance of equine research while rewarding researchers for their personal contributions.

Acknowledging the increasing need to train future equine veterinary researchers, the foundation created the research fellows to help supplement post-graduate and residency research fellowship salaries and benefits. These scholarships are made possible through the monetary contributions of AAEP past presidents and The EQUUS Foundation.

“Although it is common for veterinary graduates with an equine interest to pursue residency training in a clinical specialty, it is difficult to get them to the next level of pursuing a career in research and teaching mainly due to economic constraints,” said Jeff Berk, VMD, chairman of the AAEP Foundation Advisory Council. “If our knowledge of horse health is going to continue to advance, we must encourage more veterinarians to become researchers. We can’t thank the EQUUS Foundation and AAEP’s past presidents enough for supporting those pursuing careers in equine research.”

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