Thank you to all the students who applied! We’re reviewing applications and will be back in touch by June 1st.  Winners will be announced soon afterwards!

Veterinary and Graduate Students


Enter ACC&D's Student Contest for a

Chance to WIN a trip 

to a "cutting edge" conference, without the cutting edge 

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What You Win

  • Round trip airfare
  • Luxury hotel accommodations at the Courtyard by Marriott Boston Downtown
  • Complimentary registration to the symposium
  • Meals provided (per diem)
  • Chance to network with a brain trust of leaders in scientific research, animal welfare & veterinary medicine.

Winner or not, join us to learn, network and share your experiences about this exciting field (discounted registration is just $199 for students)

Eligibility for the Contest

Selection will be based on three essay questions focused on your goals, interest, and commitment to contributing in this area.

The contest is open to currently enrolled veterinary and graduate students in relevant fields. Students who are currently active members of SAVMA, ASV, and IVSA are encouraged to participate in the contest. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital or family status, or any other non-merit factor. Applicants must be fluent in the English language.

Application and Qualifications

To be considered, applications must contain the following entry items:


  1. How does non-surgical sterilization fit into the grand scheme of veterinary medicine and improving animal welfare, and how do you forsee this changing in the next ten years? (500 words or less)
  2. How have you demonstrated a commitment to improving animal welfare and control of pet population? (500 words or less)
  3. Why should you be selected as a recipient of a free trip to the ACC&D Symposium? What does this mean to you, and to your future contributions toward improving the welfare of animals and combatting overpopulation? (500 words or less)


Brief cover letter with your contact information and stating your interest in entering our contest.


Current copy of a resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV).


Two letters of recommendation from current school officials, such as professors, or deans. You may also substitute a supervisor’s recommendation if the work experience under that supervisor is related to veterinary medicine, biomedical sciences, public policy or another relevant field. Recommenders may not be related to you. Please have recommendations sent directly to 


Students must be enrolled in an accredited academic institution as a full-time veterinary or graduate student in good academic standing. Students may be asked to submit proof of enrollment (copy of student ID or letter of good standing from school administration/Associate Dean).

For questions please email

How to Submit

  • Contest entries must be emailed or received via mail by midnight April 20th.
  • Or mail documents via United States Postal Service USPS to:

Joyce Briggs, President ACC&D
11145 NW Old Cornelius Pass RD
Portland, OR 97231

Winner Notification

The three selected winners will be notified by email announcements via personal email on or before June 1st, 2018.


2013 International Scholarship Recipient

Ms. Sy Woon

University of Sydney (Australia)

Veterinary Science  Degree 2014

“I thoroughly enjoyed this series of presentations and events, and it was clear that a significant amount of effort and organisation was involved in delivering this wonderful symposium. It has more than inspired my desire to make a meaningful contribution to this important field, especially since - as a soon-to-be veterinarian - my skills will hopefully be of relevance.Thank you all so much for an enriching and inspiring experience.”