Veterinary & Pre-Veterinary Academic Scholarship

The Dog Fence DIY Scholarship was established to assist pre-veterinary and veterinary students with their education. Grants are untied, and provide the recipient students flexibility in how they use the funds.

Dog Fence DIY is the leading retailer of dog containment and dog training products. Our mission is to help pet owners take better care of their pets through better information.

Award Amount

  • $2,000 (distributed in increments of $500 per semester)
  • To be used at the student’s discretion

Award Criteria and Eligibility

  • Be enrolled in a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program, an undergraduate biology or pre-veterinary studies program, or the equivalent
  • Be enrolled full-time and in good standing at an accredited university
  • Hold a minimum 3.5 grade point average (GPA) or equivalent
  • Undergraduate applicants, must have completed at least the first two years of undergraduate education and be a declared biology or pre-veterinary studies major
  • Submit a 2,000 word essay on How to Be A Better Pet-Owner: Advice from a Veterinary Student

Renewal Guidelines

  • The student must maintain a 3.5 GPA in order to receive each increment
  • The student must maintain full-time enrollment, and must remain in good standing at their institution
  • The student must remain in either a DVM, undergraduate biology or pre-veterinary program, or the equivalent

Application Deadlines

  • June 1, 2013 for students applying for $2,000 award
  • Dog Fence DIY will notify the recipient of the scholarship no later than August 1st, 2013. The winner’s essay will also be posted to this site.

Submission Process

Submit your essay along with your academic and personal details to scholarship@dogfencediy.com. Students should include their name, academic institution, and course of study.

{ 55 comments… read them below or add one }

muluken tekle February 20, 2014 at 10:03 am

As I understand, this programme is very competitive, attracting highly motivated students, but I am convinced that my good record at the University and professional experience give me a strong recommendation for a place at it. Therefore I would be honored if you decide to accept my candidate-ship for Veterinary Science. I have graduated with bachelor of veterinary science with great distinction of CGPA=3.88.
Thanks for the feedback.
Sincerely.

Stephanie February 10, 2014 at 8:22 am

Hello, my name is Stephanie and I am a Senior is high school and I was wondering if i could apply for this scholarship if I am doing an AA degree in Zoology first then going for Veterinary medicine.

Ashley January 27, 2014 at 12:22 am

When will the 2014 scholarship be posted?

Rebecca Cannon October 19, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Hello, I was just wondering whether you were doing this scholarship for next year coming! Thank you.

ADMIN – Hi Rebecca, Absolutely!

jessica August 18, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Has the winning essay been posted?

ADMIN – Hi Jessica, Yes, it has been posted as a blog post on our site. You can reach it by clicking on “Blog” on the homepage menu bar.

Tina August 7, 2013 at 1:09 am

Hello, Has the award recipient been chosen yet? I am just curious. Thanks for the opportunity. Tina

ADMIN – Hi Tina, yes. The winner has been selected.

Pema Thinley July 7, 2013 at 6:10 am

I finished my two years diploma study in animal husbandry which include veterinary medicine, veterinary surgery, epidemiology etc….with 64% from college of natural resources, Bhutan. Am I eligible ?

ADMIN – Hi Pema,

Sorry, the scholarship is only open to students in a four year degree and who are currently in school (or about to go back to school). Good luck with your studies.

Caitlin June 30, 2013 at 6:59 am

Hi from Australia! Thanks so much for offering this scholarship worldwide!

The schooling system where I live is different to the US: we have a five-year undergraduate program (Bachelor of Veterinary Science) for vet students. Would I still have to have completed two years of this degree before being eligible to apply?

ADMIN – Hi Caitlin,

Yes, you will only be eligible once you have completed the first two years of your degree.

Ngetich k. June 12, 2013 at 11:24 am

i am a vet student(BVM),a third year from university of Nairobi Kenya.i was interested when i read about this and i wish you could send me all the requirements so that i may apply for the same.

Sohail khan June 6, 2013 at 5:53 am

Hi. I am Sohail Khan from Pakistan. I have completed my DVM degree program, can I apply now.

ADMIN – Hi Sohail,

No. The scholarship is only available to people who are still in school, it is not available to people who have graduated.

Emma Sutherland June 4, 2013 at 9:31 am

Are postgraduates (i.e. studying for a PhD) allowed to apply if they are studying in veterinary medicine? Are topics such as oncology eligible and is the award restricted to small animals?

ADMIN – Hi Emma,

Yes, PhD student in veterinary medicine are eligible.

Amy May 30, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Hi there, what exactly do you mean by “personal and academic details” ? Will just our name, academic institution and course of study suffice, or is there more that we need to include to be considered for the scholarship? Thank you for your time! Amy

ADMIN – Hi Amy,

We just need the institution, your year, and your major.

Anjali May 27, 2013 at 12:10 am

Hi, I am Anjali from India. I am currently in my second year just about to take on exams. I had a GPA of 7.7(I don’t know how it works your place) or 77%. I would like to ask if I am eligible for this scholarship. i begin my third year from August of this year. When I read this,I was excited as it was an opportunity for me.
So I am asking if I fit the criteria and if yes, what documents would be needed. Thanks.

ADMIN – Hi Anjali,

What program are you currently doing?

We don’t require any documents. To try and keep down the amount of work for students, we are only going to ask for the supporting documents from the winner.

Cassie May 24, 2013 at 9:02 am

Would you like a copy of an official transcript, or is an unofficial transcript okay?

ADMIN – Hi Cassie,

We only need the transcript of the winner.

DVM student May 22, 2013 at 6:51 am

Hello, I would like to reinforce the comments posted by Caitlin and “Vet Student.” As a second year DVM student in the United States, I too believe there is a great difference in a 3.5 GPA in pre veterinary and the DVM program. I believe that treating those that “meet the GPA threshold equally” is not a fair solution and does not address the injustice of the GPA requirements. Please consider choosing an alternative category or standard. As all the other commenters, thank you for your scholarship opportunity; it is very appreciated by all who strive to better the lives our animal friends!

Crystal May 15, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Hi, I’m a senior in undergrad right now, and an incoming first year for vet school. I am currently taking 11 credits since it is my last quarter. Am I eligible for this scholarship?

ADMIN – Hi Crystal,

Yes you are eligible.

Gen Kluver May 6, 2013 at 4:56 pm

I am currently in my third year of vet school in So Cal but will be starting my fourth year in 1 month (June 2013). Can I still apply since I am currently in my third year?

ADMIN – Hi Gen,

Yes, you can apply.

wajid ali khan May 5, 2013 at 11:10 am

Dear sir, I have completed a DVM degree from Pakistan. Now I am an MPhil student of veterinary surgery second semester in the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences in Lahore, Pakistan. I am eligible for this scholarship or not?

ADMIN – Hi Wajid,

Yes, you are eligible.

Jay May 3, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Hi Is this applicable for vet students studying in the UK?

ADMIN – Hi Jay,

Yes, the scholarship is open to veterinary students from the UK.

Kim Souttar May 3, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Hi – I am Scottish and currently just finishing my second year at veterinary school. Is this scholarship open to UK vet students? We don’t have GPA – is that OK?
Regards: Kim

ADMIN – Hi Kim,

The scholarship is open worldwide. If you don’t have a GPA, your class rank, or other equivalent is acceptable.

Lena Provoost April 29, 2013 at 11:48 am

Hello, for the GPA minimum, is that current or cumulative? Thanks!

ADMIN – Hi Lena,

The GPA refers to your last year.

Anna April 23, 2013 at 10:45 pm

Hello, Thank you very much for this scholarship opportunity! I have recently completed my undergraduate course and now hold a Bachelor’s degree and will be attending Veterinary School starting this fall. I would like to apply for this scholarship and was wondering if you require the applicants to mail in their official school transcripts for award consideration? Thank you for your time.

ADMIN – Hi Anna,

You don’t need to mail in transcripts. We only will ask the winner to send us transcripts to ensure compliance with the scholarship requirements.

Beth April 21, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Is this paper more of an opinion piece of should there be peer-reviewed journal papers cited?

ADMIN – Hi Beth,

Think more like advice you would give to non-vet friends. You do not need any citations.

Dianne April 18, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Hi there, when is the application deadline? Thank you!

ADMIN – Hi Dianne,

This year’s deadline is June 1, 2013.

Amy April 17, 2013 at 10:09 pm

Hi there! I am applying to veterinary schools this summer and will graduate with my pre-vet/biology degree this May. Since I’ll technically be already graduated as of this coming fall, I assume I am ineligible? Thought it would be worth checking. Thanks!

ADMIN – Hi Amy,

If you will be attending a veterinary school, you will be eligible.

Sofia April 16, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Hi, I was wondering if I am eligible to enroll your studies. I come from Macedonia. Within a year I will be getting my bachelor degree in Animal Biotechnology. I also have working experience as a vet technician . Thank you

ADMIN – Hi Sofia,

I don’t think our scholarship is a good fit for you, it is intended for students that are studying toward becoming a veterinarian and from your note it does not sound like that is where you are headed. Good luck with you final year of school.

lavinia April 13, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Hi, I m from Romania, and i am a vet student in the final year. am i able to apply for this scholarship. I want to mention , I will have the final exam in July 14. :)

ADMIN – Hi Lavinia,

I am afraid you are not eligible. To apply you have to be attending school next year.

Jen April 11, 2013 at 11:00 pm

My school does not use 4.0 GPA, and only supplies final percentage. Class ranking is also not provided. Is there are percentage grade average conversion available?

ADMIN – Hi Jen,

If a class percentile is not available, a percentage grade > 80% would qualify.

Audrey April 10, 2013 at 9:34 am

Hi, I just got accepted to a DVM program that will start this coming Fall but am not currently enrolled in school. May I still apply for this scholarship?
Thanks!

ADMIN – Yes.

adela April 8, 2013 at 7:49 am

Hey, Can overseas students apply for this scholarship also? I am a vet student from Romania. Thank you.

ADMIN – Yes, students outside the United States may also apply.

Vet Student April 5, 2013 at 2:19 pm

A comment about the scholarship GPA requirements:

I think it would be more reasonable to have different GPA requirements for undergraduate and veterinary coursework, since the higher demand of veterinary coursework often means top vet students have a lower GPA compared to top undergrad students. A 3.5 GPA in undergrad is much easier to achieve than in vet school, so as it stands now, this scholarship heavily favors pre-vet students.

Another alternative would be to accept vet students based on class ranking, or allow them to use their undergraduate GPA when applying to remove the pre-vet bias.

Thank you for your consideration.

eby dutan April 5, 2013 at 7:59 am

Hi, I’m a veterinary technician student in Pennsylvania, am I able to apply for this scholarship?

ADMIN – Hi Eby,

The scholarship is open to you if you are pre-vet (i.e. if you intend to complete you degree and go on to graduate school and get a DVM or equivalent).

Kelly April 5, 2013 at 4:01 am

Thank you so much for offering this scholarship. I am currently enrolled in veterinary school in Scotland, at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. May I apply for this despite being at an abroad university? The degree is equivalent to a DVM!

ADMIN – Hi Kelley,

You are eligible. Anyone doing a DVM or the equivalent may apply.

Kate April 3, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Hi, how many recipients will be chosen for this scholarship? Best wishes, Kate

ADMIN – Hi Kate,

There is one scholarship for offer per year.

suenette April 3, 2013 at 8:33 am

Hi, I’m a vet student is South Africa. We don’t work on a GPA basis. Only percentages. How do you convert it?

ADMIN – Hi Suenette,

If you don’t have GPA’s and instead use percentiles, the top 20% of the class would be equivalent.

Abby Soderberg March 29, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Hi, I was wondering where we would find the winner of the scholarship last year’s article? Thank You!

ADMIN – Hi Abby,

This is the first year we have run the scholarship. For future years, we will link to the winners from this page.

Lindsay March 27, 2013 at 9:28 pm

I was curious how many applicants you receive each year? Also, for this essay can it be more then one suggestion on how you can be a better pet owner as long as it is under the 2000 word limit? Is there a word minimum?

Thanks for your time,

Lindsay

ADMIN – Hi Lindsay,

This is the inaugural year for our scholarship, so we don’t know how many applicants to expect. Yes, the essay can contain multiple suggestions. There is no word minimum, if you are concise and can say what you need to say in less than 2,000 words that is a positive as far as we are concerned.

Catherine March 26, 2013 at 11:30 pm

Hi – I’d like to know if you accept applications from people that have a D.V.M. and are now doing a second degree in animal health (such as a M.S., Ph.D., M.P.H., etc.)? Thanks!

ADMIN – Hi Catherine,

We will accept applications from someone doing a second degree in animal health.

Naveed Ahmad March 26, 2013 at 7:33 am

I am the student of 4th year DVM and I have 3.41 GPA can I apply to this ?

ADMIN – Hi Haveed,

I am afraid the 3.5 GPA requirement is strictly enforced.

Jen March 22, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Hi, I’m an American 4th year student studying at the University of Glasgow Veterinary School in Scotland. (It’s a 5 year program over here) We don’t have GPA’s in the university system over here. I’m in good standing and a full-time student. What would I need to do to apply? (regarding the lack of a GPA?)

ADMIN – Hi Jen,

If you are in a country without a GPA system or the equivalent, we will accept applications from anyone in the top quarter of their class.

Alex March 22, 2013 at 12:56 pm

I’m attending the Royal Veterinary College in London was wondering about eligibility – we’re assessed on a PASS, MERIT, DISTINCTION system rather than a GPA system.

ADMIN – Hi Alex,

For college systems with no equivalent to GPA, we will accept applications from the 25% of the relevant class.

Josh March 22, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Hi, I’m a second year vet student from the UK – am I eligible? I’m unsure because veterinary medicine is an undergraduate course over here so I’ve spent just under two years studying. Thanks, Josh

ADMIN – Hi Joxh,

If veterinary medicine is an undergraduate discipline will will accept applications from students who are in their sophomore year (3rd year).

Sabrina March 20, 2013 at 3:45 am

Is there an essay topic/guidelines? I’m sure reviewers wouldn’t want to read an essay on any old topic you fancy… or would they?

ADMIN – Hi Sabrina,

The topic this year is: How to Be A Better Pet-Owner: Advice from a (Pre)Veterinary Student?

Kaitlin March 17, 2013 at 5:25 pm

In response to a comment made on someone else’s post, though I did not receive anything less than a B+ during my first semester of veterinary school, my GPA is still .035 points shy of the scholarship requirement. Does this revoke my eligibility? I, too, would like to ask that the GPA requirements for the two schools be looked at differently. The two are not equivalent. Thank you for making this scholarship available to those who need and deserve it most :)

ADMIN – Hi Kaitlin,

Afraid the GPA requirement is a hard requirement, and you will not be eligible this year. Congratulations on your results, and we hope you will apply next year.

Alejandra Arias March 15, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Hi I am currently a freshman majoring in Animal Science and will be a sophomore in June. Can I still apply? I know it says you have to be a junior but are there exceptions. Thank You

ADMIN – Hi Alejandra,

Afraid you will need to be a Junior. We would love to have you apply next year.

Andrea March 15, 2013 at 12:45 pm

I would love to apply but I do not have a 3.5 GPA. I messed up my first year and I am trying to bring it back up. Wish I could apply though!

ADMIN – Hi Andrea,

Good luck next year!

Caitlin March 14, 2013 at 5:47 pm

In the future, you may want to consider having separate categories for veterinary students and pre-veterinary students. It’s very difficult to “compare” the two, especially when it comes to GPA. As a 2nd year vet student who graduated from an undergraduate pre-vet program Magna Cum Laude but does not meet the GPA requirements for this scholarship with my current vet school GPA, I can tell you that a 3.5 in undergrad is very different from a 3.5 in veterinary school. Just a thought =) Thank you, though, for making this scholarship available to help students who have the potential to rack up hundreds of thousands of dollars in educational debt. You are helping to fill a very real need.

ADMIN – Hi Caitlin,

Thanks for the feedback. You are right that it is very difficult comparing GPA between different programs (and different schools). Our plan is to focus on the essay, and treat everyone that met the GPA threshold equally.

DISHON MULOI March 13, 2013 at 4:58 am

Hi, I am currently in my final year veterinary medicine in Nairobi university Kenya. Am i eligible to get the scholarship?

ADMIN – Hi Dishon,

Final year students are not eligible, unless they are going onto further study in the veterinary or animal sciences field.

Moxie March 12, 2013 at 4:06 pm

I did an undergraduate degree in a non-veterinary field, and returned to finish pre-vet studies as a graduate student. I am a current graduate student in veterinary medical science. Am I eligible?

ADMIN – Hi Moxie,

Yes, if you are currently doing graduate work in veterinary medicine, you are eligible.

Gebawo Tibesso March 12, 2013 at 2:34 am

Hi! my name is Gebawo Tibesso, I’m veterinarian and am from Ethiopia. I am now working in research and I’m very interested to your scholarship. Is it possible for me to apply? I hope you will allow me. Thanks!!

ADMIN – Hi Gebawo,

Candidates from anywhere in the world are welcome to apply.

Mohamed lamine March 9, 2013 at 7:14 pm

Hi, my name is Mohamed and I am Algerian and am a veterinary. I would love to get one of your scholarships so that I could study in the USA where the level of teaching is very high.

Good luck.
:)

irfan haider March 9, 2013 at 10:39 am

i am intrested in pet management.so i want to learn more about pets.

Sarah Scott March 7, 2013 at 7:15 pm

Hi, I am very interested in applying for your scholarship as I am currently and Animal and Veterinary Sciences major with a Pre-Veterinary emphasis at Clemson University. I also have been accepted to Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine beginning this June. I was just having a hard time finding your application on your website here. I see the instructions, but wondered if there is supposed to be an accompanying application to fill out. Thank you and I look forward to hearing back from you!

ADMIN – Hi Sarah,

We don’t require an application form (we don’t want to create extra work for the folks we are trying to help). Just email or mail us the essay.

Mohamed hassan March 7, 2013 at 11:22 am

Hi, my name is Mohamed and I’m a veterinary student in Egypt and I heard about your scholarship and hope to use it to study veterinary medicine in the USA.

ADMIN – Hi Mohamed,

Good luck.

Yamgah Henry Lorrow March 7, 2013 at 8:58 am

I love pets, especially dogs. I undertook a certificate course in veterinary and I now have a B.Ed, Agriculture. My thesis was on livestock. Can I apply?

ADMIN – Hi Yamgah,

As long as you are currently undertaking a relevant course of study or intend to undertake such a course of study you are eligible. You are not eligible if you have finished with your studies.

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