Vermont Veterinary Medical Association

Vermont Veterinary Medical Association Foundation, Inc.

The application deadline for scholarships from the VVMA Foundation for the 2019/2020 academic year was June 30.  Applications were reviewed and scholarships awarded.  All applicants have been contacted. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact  

The Vermont Veterinary Medical Association Foundation, Inc. (VVMAF) is a non-profit charitable organization whose main mission is to award scholarships to deserving Vermont veterinary students who plan to return to Vermont to practice.  Established in 2011 under the auspices of the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association, the VVMAF is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  It is supported by donations from veterinarians and the New England Veterinary Medical Association.

Since 2012, the VVMAF has contributed $68,000 to Vermonters attending veterinary school.  With YOUR help, we hope to continue to make meaningful contributions to more future Vermont veterinarians!

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the VVMA Foundation scholarship awards to the following Vermont veterinary students for the 2019/2020 academic year.  

Ryan Flannery of Calais is a junior at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.  He was both a farmer and member of the US Coast Guard before deciding to attend veterinary school.  He plans to join an ambulatory medical practice to take his skills to small Vermont farms, treating both large and companion animals.

Brittain Shorter of Colchester is a junior at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.  He plans to return to Vermont to join a small/mixed animal practice working in both emergency and internal medicine as well as with wildlife.

Melissa Trayah of Colchester is a junior at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. She plans to become a radiologist and work in Vermont after going through a radiology residency. She has worked at multiple referral hospitals in the Burlington area.

Our Silent Auction at our 2019 Winter Meeting raised nearly $1,900 for our scholarship program!  Thank you to everyone who donated the items or bought them.   And a special thank you to Dr. Adrienne Snider of Petit Brook Veterinary Clinic for organizing it!

Thank you to these VVMA members for contributing to our scholarship program in 2019!

Millie Armstrong - Petit Brook Veterinary Clinic
Ruth Blauwiekel - University of Vermont
Donald Brown - VT Veterinary Cardiology Services
Janet Carini - Rutland Veterinary Clinic at Castleton Corners

Wayne Evans - USDA APHIS
Kathy Finnie - VVMA
Jennifer Garber - VT Veterinary Cardiology Services
Selina Hunter - The Animal Doctor
Kathleen Marquardt - Paris Hill Cat Hospital
Laurie Schneski - Brattleboro Veterinary Clinic
​Sarah White - Spay ASAP


Why Give to the VVMAF?
The educational debt of 2016 veterinary school graduates was $167,535, and 20% of them had debts over $200,000!  It is difficult for graduates seeking their first job to carry such a large financial burden on top of all their other living expenses.  We want to lessen their debt load and help Vermonters reach their goal of becoming veterinarians.  This is a great opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of future Vermont veterinarians and we hope you'll be a part of it!  Your contribution is tax-deductible.

Here are some present VVMA members who received past Foundation awards as veterinary students!  
Kyle Bushee - Aeolus Animal and Equine Hospital
Emily Comstock - Maple Hill Veterinary Service

Megan Foy - Wood Pond Veterinary Services
Adrienne Snider - Petit Brook Veterinary Clinic 

Please donate now or make your check out to VVMAF and send it to:

88 Beech Street

Essex Jct., VT 05452

Questions? Contact the VVMA at 802-878-6888 or