Feb. 22–25, 2018 | Greater Columbus Convention Center | Columbus, Ohio

Many shelters work hard to stretch limited funds to care for as many animals as possible—and little is left over for anything else, including education. That’s why the MVC offers a limited number of scholarships to help offset these costs while allowing shelter workers to gain valuable training.

Scholarship Program


Any veterinary professional who works in an animal shelter or humane society can be awarded a scholarship, including:

  • Shelter veterinarians
  • Shelter technicians
  • Shelter staff and volunteers
  • Dog wardens
  • Humane society personnel

Please note, students are not eligible to apply, as they are invited to attend the MVC for a discounted rate. Learn More


  • A shelter may apply for and be awarded a maximum of two awards.
  • Awards are $300 each.
  • You may use your award(s) in either of the following ways: (1) Apply each scholarship you are awarded to one individual’s registration and use the remainder for travel expenses. (2) Divvy up the funds toward multiple registrations (guests and students excluded).
  • Any leftover funds may be used to cover other MVC-related expenses. Stipend checks, which are issued to the organization (not the individual attendee), can be picked up on site at the attendee assistance counter.
  • Be advised that you will be responsible for covering any expenses beyond the award amount. 

Award Determination

Scholarships will be awarded based on need, essay, and prior receipt of this award.


  • The application deadline is Dec. 29, 2017.
  • Winners will be notifed via email the week of Jan. 5, 2018.


View FAQs or contact program liaison Krysten Bennett.

Special thanks to our sponsors for their support:

The Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust is a private foundation focused on preventing cruelty to animals and promoting the humane treatment of animals, particularly companion animals such as dogs and cats, and other species of animals commonly kept as household pets.

At OAHF, we focus on finding solutions to the problems animals and their caregivers face. A non-profit organization that is affiliated with the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, OAHF’s vision is to improve the future of animal health.

The OVMA is a trusted and valued source of information, not only for veterinarians, but government bodies, academic institutions, and the general public. We represent more than 2,500 veterinarians in a variety of fields and specialties, working in both urban centers and rural communities.

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