The Graham Veterinary Club of Marlborough Scholarship

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Closing date: 30/09/2017   

The Graham Veterinary Club was established in 1943 after Marlborough farmer George Graham bequeathed £4000 which was "to subsidise the services of a veterinary surgeon in the Marlborough province". (There were no veterinary surgeons in the area when the club was formed.)

Today the Club is still committed to ensuring that the Marlborough area maintains ongoing quality veterinary services. With the current shortage of veterinarians available or wanting to join rural mixed veterinary practices in NZ, the Graham Veterinary Club continues George Graham’s original intention, by offering these scholarships.

To attract talented young people who are training to be veterinarians to return to or come to live in the Marlborough region to work.

1. CV including last two years study results and two referees
2. Brief statement (300 words maximum) as to why the applicant wishes to pursue a career in a rural practice and affirming their future career objectives.
3. Details of any other scholarships or awards of which the applicant is in receipt or applied for which may have conflict of interest in regard to the bonding.

To be offered annually under the following conditions:

1. To be applied for at the end of the 3rd year of the BVSc.

2. Duration - Two years

3. Value - $10,000 (Two payments of $5,000, one in February of the 4th year and one in February of the 5th year)

4. Both scholarship payments would be made on the condition that the successful applicant gained sufficient credits to gain entry to that year.

5. Applicants should be intending commencing their fourth year of full-time study towards their Degree of Bachelor of Veterinary Science at Massey University and are intending to practice in New Zealand.

6. Preference will be given to applicants who originate from Marlborough.

7. A preference for working in a rural/mixed practice after graduation and/or for working with production animals would be an advantage.

8. The scholarship shall be awarded by the Scholarship Committee appointed by the Graham Veterinary Club.

9. An interview stage may be required and would include one week of seeing practice at Vets on Alabama in Blenheim during the summer semester break. The Scholarship Committee will conduct a short informal interview with the applicant during this time.

10. The scholarship may be held concurrently with any other scholarship or award, provided this is not considered by the Scholarship Committee to constitute a conflict of interest.

11. The Scholarship Committee may refrain from making an award if there is not an applicant of sufficient merit.

12. If the successful applicant should discontinue their study they would relinquish the Scholarship for the term of the Scholarship not then expired.

13. The successful applicant would be bonded for 2 years after graduation to work at Vets on Alabama, Blenheim. If there are no veterinarian opportunities at Vets on Alabama at the time, then other practices in Marlborough would be approached. If no opportunities exist in Marlborough then the applicant could apply for jobs in other regions

14. An additional $5,000 may be made available for a research project that would be beneficial to the members of the Graham Veterinary Club, at the Club’s discretion. This is to be carried out during the first 2 years after graduating if the applicant is working in Marlborough. The research project would be commissioned in conjunction with Vets On Alabama or the employing practice.


Applications close with: (scan and save as pdf - hardcopy is not required)

ONLY if unable to scan - Post to:
Massey University
Private Bag 11222
Manawatu Mail Centre
Palmerston North 4442

Any queries regarding the scholarship, please email to:
Subject: Graham Vet Club Scholarship [Year]

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