PetSmart Charities® Supports Access To Affordable Veterinary Care And Veterinary Students By Covering Up To $ 50,000 In Tuition

PHOENIX, April 6, 2021 / PRNewswire / – While many people continue to struggle to support themselves such as food and health care, many also struggle to provide for their pets. In fact, one in four pet owners encounter obstacles in obtaining veterinary care. While these barriers can range from geography to culture and language, the main barrier for many pet owners seeking any kind of care is funding – which has likely been magnified by unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of its commitment to making affordable veterinary care accessible to communities in need and supporting future veterinarians, PetSmart Charities announced the second year of the Steve Marton Fellowship in Veterinary Medicine. Named in honor of a former Chairman of the Board of Directors of PetSmart Charities and champion of animal welfare, the award offers up to $ 50,000 for one year of schooling to a veterinary student who has demonstrated an interest in and ability to pursue a career in accessible veterinary care.

“At PetSmart Charities, we believe all pet parents want to provide the best care for their pets, and we want to help them access that care when faced with challenges,” said Aimee Gilbreath, President of PetSmart Charities. “At the same time, we know that students pursue careers in veterinary medicine because they want to help all animals in need, but often find it difficult financially to make their dreams come true. This scholarship allows us to bring these two principles together by funding future veterinarians who are engaged in programs accessible to the community. ”

According to the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), the median annual tuition fees for veterinary schools are approximately $ 53,000 for foreign students and $ 32,000 for students in good standing. The total average student debt of veterinary school graduates in 2016 varied more $ 143,000 to finish $ 167,000, 20% having at least $ 200,000 indebted. Many veterinary students rely on federal, private, and / or personal student loans to fund their education.

Devon mims, the first recipient of the scholarship, is currently a third year veterinary student at the University of Florida and works as a clinical student while volunteering to supervise the cases of disabled and low-income pet parents.

“For me, a career in veterinary medicine has always been about dedication to animals and humans in need,” said Mims. “The support of PetSmart Charities allows me to champion the mission of accessible veterinary care while continuing to engage and uplift individuals from marginalized communities.

Scholarship applications are open via April 28, 2021 first- and second-year veterinary students attending a College of Veterinary Medicine within United States. For more information or to apply, visit:

About PetSmart Charities®
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is committed to finding loving homes for all pets throughout life by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. Through its in-store adoption program at all PetSmart® stores in the United States and Porto Rico, PetSmart Charities helps find homes and families forever for more than 600,000 shelter animals each year. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart charities using PIN keypads on cash registers in PetSmart stores. In turn, PetSmart Charities effectively uses more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to fulfill its role as the primary funder of animal welfare by North America, granting more than $ 450 million since its inception in 1994. Independent of PetSmart Inc., PetSmart Charities is a 501 (c) (3) organization that has received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, a third-party organization that reports on efficiency, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, over the past 17 consecutive years – placing it among the top 1% of charities rated by that organization. To learn more, visit

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