National DHIA offering $1,500 scholarships to veterinary students


The National Dairy Herd Information Association is offering $1,500 scholarships to third-year or fourth-year college of veterinary medicine students. Applicants must be enrolled at a college that is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education.

Judges will evaluate applicants based on overall interest as a veterinarian planning to work in dairy, involvement in dairy medicine and extra-curricular activities, and interest in using dairy software and dairy records to aid in dairy management and in improving animal health.  Applicants must be in their third or fourth year of the program and must have declared a track or emphasis area. 

To apply for a National DHIA Scholarship for Veterinary Students, applicants must submit a letter of application and two reference letters. The letter of application requires applicants to submit information regarding their area of interest/specialty, academic background, experience using DHIA data, career plans, issues challenging dairy veterinary medicine, and solutions to address those challenges. For more information, contact Elizabeth “Liz” Straw, National DHIA scholarship chair, at

Specific application requirements are posted on the National DHIA website. Applications are due Dec. 31, 2019. Recipients will be announced at the 2020 National DHIA Annual Meeting, March 3 to 5, in Savannah, Georgia.


  1.  Include your name (for all documents, please refer to the same last name), contact information, name of the veterinary school you are attending, and your declared track or area of interest or specialty.
  2. Include a brief story of your related life experiences and interest in dairy, agriculture, and veterinary medicine. Please include academic background and extra-curricular activities. Also, include any experience using DHIA data academically and what role you envision for DHIA testing and data in your future practice.
  3. Your plans after graduation from veterinary school.
  4. Briefly, identify the issue that has the greatest impact facing dairy veterinary medicine and what solutions or actions you suggest and would be interested in addressing.
  5. Please include two letters of recommendation (electronically) from veterinarians, faculty members or dairy producers. These should be sent from the writer to Liz Straw at the above e-mail address.
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