UPAV Scholarships


The Unusual Pet and Avian Veterinarians Group has a variety of scholarships available. Please find more information about each scholarship and how to apply in the drop-down menus below.

What is the Wildlife Bushfire Relief Scholarship?

The Wildlife Bushfire Relief Scholarship is offered by the Unusual Pet and Avian Veterinarians (UPAV) Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Australian Veterinary Association, and funded by the generous donations of international colleagues.  After seeing the effects of the horrific bushfires of 2019/2020, Dr Todd Driggers (US) spearheaded fundraising to provide assistance to Australian veterinarians on the frontline of dealing with burnt and injured wildlife.  The amount donated will cover 3 years of wildlife scholarships, as well as workshops. 

The Wildlife Bushfire Relief Scholarship aims to encourage veterinarians to share their experience and clinical skills, gained throughout the bushfires of the 2018/2019 summer season, with the UPAV community via the Annual Conference.  The hope is that this will store and archive the lessons learned, leaving the information available for those dealing with subsequent bushfires.  The applicants will gain experience in conference presentation skills and professional development, while adding to their professional and social network.  This is particularly useful for more rural colleagues. 

What does the scholarship provide?

The Wildlife Bushfire Relief Scholarship provides:

  1. One x FREE UPAV Annual Conference registration ticket.
  2. $1,000 stipend for contribution to travel and accommodation expenses to attend the UPAV Annual Conference.
  3. Conference paper presentation opportunity.

What is the eligibility criteria?

Applicants for the Wildlife Bushfire Relief Scholarship must:

  1. Be a currently registered Australian Veterinarian at the time of application.
  2. If successful, agree to present the submitted conference paper at the next available UPAV Annual Conference.
  3. If successful, agree to include the conference paper in the conference proceedings.

Note:  Preference will be given to submitted presentation papers on a wildlife topic relating to bushfire or injury.  Papers discussing the mental health impacts of the situation will also be highly regarded.

How do I apply?

  1. Complete the application e-form below - questions marked with an asterisk are mandatory.
  2. Upload your conference manuscript in Microsoft Word format. Your presentation format is to be approximately 15 minutes duration, with the manuscript not exceeding 2,000 words. 
  3. Upload your current Curriculum Vitae (CV).

Applications close:  15 July

Apply here

What is the Anne Martin Memorial Scholarship?

The Anne Martin Memorial Scholarship is offered by the Unusual Pet and Avian Veterinarians (UPAV) Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Australian Veterinary Association in memory of Dr Anne Martin.  Anne was one of the initial members of the UPAV SIG, and was passionate about ongoing education.  She was a dedicated wildlife veterinarian, with monotremes and amphibians being her favourite groups of animals.

The Anne Martin Memorial Scholarship aims to encourage veterinary student participation in the UPAV Annual Conference through providing an opportunity to gain experience in conference presentation skills, professional development, and networking opportunities

What does the scholarship provide?

The Anne Martin Memorial Scholarship provides:

  1. One x FREE UPAV Annual Conference registration ticket.
  2. $1,000 stipend for contribution to travel and accommodation expenses to attend the UPAV Annual Conference.
  3. Conference paper presentation opportunity.

What is the eligibility criteria?

Applicants for the Anne Martin Memorial Scholarship must:

  1. Be currently enrolled in an Australian Veterinary Science program of study at the time of application.
  2. If successful, agree to present the submitted conference paper at the next available UPAV Annual Conference.
  3. If successful, agree to include the conference paper in the conference proceedings.

Note:  Preference will be given to submitted presentation papers on a wildlife topic, preferably on a monotreme, reptile, or amphibian topic.

How do I apply?

  1. Complete the application eForm below - questions marked with an asterisk are mandatory.
  2. Upload your conference manuscript in Microsoft Word format. Your presentation format is to be approximately 15 minutes duration, with the manuscript not exceeding 2,000 words. 
  3. Upload your current Curriculum Vitae (CV).

Applications close:  15 July

 

Apply here

What is the Stephen Ross Memorial Scholarship?

The Stephen Ross Memorial Scholarship is offered by the Unusual Pet and Avian Veterinarians (UPAV) Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Australian Veterinary Association in memory of Dr Stephen Ross.  Stephen was our first UPAV (known then as UEP, Unusual and Exotic Pets) newsletter editor.  He had a small animal/wildlife practice in Mackay, with diverse interests in practice and conservation.

The Stephen Ross Memorial Scholarship aims to encourage veterinary practitioners to participate in the UPAV Annual Conference through providing an opportunity to gain experience in conference presentation skills, professional development, and networking opportunities

What does the scholarship provide?

The Stephen Ross Memorial Scholarship provides:

  1. One x FREE UPAV Annual Conference registration ticket.
  2. $1,000 stipend for contribution to travel and accommodation expenses to attend the UPAV Annual Conference.
  3. Conference presentation experience.

What is the eligibility criteria?

Applicants for the Stephen Ross Memorial Scholarship must:

  1. Have graduated from a Veterinary Science program of study within the previous four years (at the time of application) OR be a Veterinary Science student who has not previously presented at an UPAV Annual Conference.
  2. If successful, agree to present the submitted conference paper at the next available UPAV Annual Conference. Note:  Manuscripts must not have been published elsewhere.
  3. If successful, agree to include the conference paper in the conference proceedings.

Note:   Preference will be given to case reports written from a personal experience.  Literature reviews may be accepted, however must include appropriate acknowledgement.

How do I apply?

  1. Complete the application e-form below - questions marked with an asterisk are mandatory.
  2. Upload your conference manuscript in Microsoft Word format. Your presentation format is to be approx. 15 minutes duration, with the manuscript not exceeding 2,000 words. 
  3. Upload your current Curriculum Vitae (CV).

Applications close:  15 July

 

Apply here

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