Maine Veterinary Education Foundation Scholarship Program

The Maine Veterinary Education Foundation is a private foundation that awards scholarships to Maine students that have completed at least one year of veterinary or veterinary technology programs.

Veterinary scholarship applications for the 2016-17 academic year will be due by May 31, 2016.  Funds will be sent directly to the veterinary college to offset tuition charges.  Application requirements include a completed application form, official transcript from the veterinary school, and a one page letter describing your ties to Maine, your special interests in veterinary medicine and your future plans.  The form will be available in early 2016. Veterinary Scholarship Form

Veterinary technician applications are due by May 31, 2016 for Spring 2017 tuition assistance.  Application requirements include a completed application form, transcripts from the veterinary technician program and a one page letter describing your ties to Maine and special interests in veterinary medicine. Technician Scholarship Form


In 2016 our Foundation awarded a total of $30,000 in scholarship support to these outstanding students:

Luke Chaloux is currently a veterinary assistant at Lewiston Veterinary Hospital and is enrolled in the four year Veterinary Technology Bachelors program at Mount Ida College. He states that “my only obstacles are the financial loan payments…that burden is quite overwhelming.”

Shannon Emmons, entering her final year at Atlantic Veterinary College, is a graduate of Marshwood High School in South Berwick and the University of Vermont. Her first job, in high school, was as a kennel assistant. She has continued to work at TNT Equine in Berwick and Eliot Veterinary Hospital and plans to return to Maine to start her veterinary career.

Ericka England is enrolled in the UMA Vet Tech Program and hopes ultimately to become a certified Canine Rehabilitation Technician. She works part time at a Dairy Queen in Bangor which “requires me to work long hours to be able to keep up with all of my expenses, which in turn cuts into studying time for school.”

Kate Petersen will be graduating from North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine next year and has a special interest in shelter medicine. While in high school she alternated between “shadowing my childhood veterinarian at Boothbay Animal Hospital and working as an organic milkmaid at Straw’s Farm in Edgecomb.” She plans to actively pursue job openings in midcoast Maine animal hospitals.

Nina Petersen grew up on Mount Desert Island, attended Bowdoin, and will be graduating from Tufts Cummings in 2018. She will be returning to Maine to practice large animal medicine in underserved areas and in that regard will be receiving loan forgiveness support from the State of Maine’s Veterinary Loan Program. Her award from our Maine Veterinary Education Foundation is therefore quite modest, but the Awards Committee wanted to recognize Nina’s commitment and ability.

Sarina Selleck shadowed Dr. Susan Chadima at Androscoggin Animal Hospital and Dr. Lila Solomon at Equine Veterinary Hospital in Gray while in high school. She attended the University of Vermont and will graduate next year from Tufts Cummings, where she has posted outstanding grades. She is receiving the largest scholarship award made this year by our Maine Foundation. She would like to return to Maine and work to establish One Health programs here.

Christian White, from Gardiner, attended UPEI as an undergraduate and “walked across the campus to attend the Atlantic Veterinary College”, from which he will graduate in 2018. He owned a horse when growing up, and then worked with Dr. Pete Caradonna on ruminants. While in college he had jobs at the Animal Emergency Clinic and Cats on Call in the Portland area. He is currently president of AVC’s chapter of AAEP and would like not only to practice equine medicine in central Maine but also establish an equine internship program for Maine students.