The American Veterinary Medical Association, along with the AVMA Professional Liability Insurance Trust and the Student AVMA, are launching a two-year pilot program to help fund local student chapter activities in an effort to promote careers in the veterinary industry in a new generation of Americans.

According to the AVMA’s website, the new pilot program, called ALL for Students (ALL standing for Achieving, Leading and Learning), will provide up to $7,000 annually for activities at each student chapter.

“The students who make up SAVMA are absolutely essential in shaping the future of the profession and this association. It would be impossible to find a more worthy cause in which to invest, because today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders and visionaries,” explains Dr. Walter R. Threlfall, vice president of the AVMA. “Unfortunately, during the recent economic downturn, it’s become harder for our student organizations to raise the funding needed to support all of their worthwhile programs and projects. ALL for Students will help ensure each SAVMA organization will be able to continue the activities that provide the foundation for the success of their members.”

The AVMA is trying to encourage more students to consider the veterinary industry as a place to work in the future, but those who are no longer high school or college students, there is still time to work as a veterinary assistant, especially for those with complete the veterinary assistant training program at Milwaukee Career College. The veterinary industry is growing and more veterinary assistants are needed to help meet the growing demand for veterinary care and services.