The ICLAS Scholarship Program for Veterinarians has had four awardees since the program began in 2014.
To date the awardees have been:
Dr. Marina Snitcofsky, of Argentina
Dr. Muhammad Rafiq, of Pakistan
Dr. Mariana Abreu, of Brazil
Dr. Maryam Amini, of Iran
A new round of applications may be announced in December of 2018, if sufficient support from sponsors can be secured. ICLAS thanks the generous sponsors for making this education opportunity a reality for veterinarians who would not otherwise be able to obtain specialty knowledge and training in laboratory animal medicine and science. The sponsors include AAALAC, International, the Canadian Association for Laboratory Animal Science (CALAS), the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS), and the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM). ICLAS has also provided some portion of the funding.
Training for veterinarians in the field of laboratory animal science and medicine is difficult to obtain in many regions of the world, particularly in areas with emerging economies where medical research is in developmental stages. For many veterinarians, the time and financial and personal cost of leaving employment and family to attend an established training program in a distant area presents too big an obstacle to overcome.
One option that can minimize these concerns is a program of modular, on-line classes combined with short periods of practical training on accredited programs. There are several such programs in Europe and North America, and programs are being developed in South America and India. These programs are recognized by groups such as FELASA, CALAM, and ECLAM, and provide official certificates of training upon completion.
To offer scholarships to enable veterinarians who live in areas without access to training and who lack the necessary funds to complete specified training programs which meet the following criteria. The program must:
- be affiliated with a formal institution of higher learning (university, veterinary college, training institute);
- have an on-line/modular education format;
- be completed within a short time frame, i.e., 1 to 3 years;
- require only a limited time spent physically at the institution offering the program or affiliated with the program to complete the practical component of the training;
- provide a certificate or degree upon completion;
- be recognized within the laboratory animal science community by national associations;
- be designed so that completion is achievable for students currently employed in a full-time job.
If your course meets these criteria and you would like your course to be considered for inclusion in the ICLAS scholarship program, please click here for an application form.
The following programs meet these criteria and have agreed to participate in the scholarship program:
- Canada: Certificate in Laboratory Animal Medicine (In affiliation with the University of Guelph, Canada). On-line course with a practical component in Canada: www.open.uoguelph.ca
- USA: Certificate in Laboratory Animal Medicine (In affiliation with the University of Guelph, Canada). On-line course with a practical component in USA. (Program only accepts veterinarians with a U.S. license): www.open.uoguelph.ca
- USA: Laboratory Animal Science Master’s Program, Eastern Virginia Medical School: www.evms.edu/las
- Mexico: Certificate in Laboratory Animal Medicine (In affiliation with the University of Guelph, Canada). On-line course with a practical component in Mexico: www.open.uoguelph.ca
- India: Certificate in Laboratory Animal Medicine, Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (In affiliation with the University of Guelph, Canada). On-line course with a practical component in India: http://www.kvasu.ac.in or www.LAM-IN.OpenEd.uoguelph.ca
- Denmark: Post graduate education for designated veterinarians according to EU criteria, University of Copenhagen: http://labveteurope.ku.dk/
- Spain: Master of Laboratory Animal Science and Welfare, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona: http://pagines.uab.cat/anilab/
- Germany: Master in Laboratory Animal Science, Aachen University: http://msc-lab-animal.com/program
Other programs that meet the criteria may be added as they come to ICLAS’s attention and with the approval of the ICLAS Governing Board.
This program is sponsored by:
ICLAS scholarships are awarded to pay two-thirds of the total funds needed; the applicant and/or his or her employer is/are required to provide one-third of the costs. Scholarships may be used to cover tuition, travel, housing, and daily expenses up to a maximum of €6,000 per applicant.
In order to be considered for a scholarship, applicants must:
- posses a degree in Veterinary Science;
- have a desire to participate in laboratory animal science and medicine;
- live in an area in which training in laboratory animal science and medicine is not available;
- lack the funds necessary for tuition, travel and accommodation to study on one of the accredited programs;
- have already been provisionally accepted on one of the programs accredited by the scholarship program and send proof of provisional acceptance of said course to ICLAS;
- be proficient in the language in which the proposed course is presented;
- provide two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the applicant’s employer recommending the applicant and agreeing to allow the applicant the necessary time to complete the coursework, including travel, within the program’s specified time period;
- provide a statement explaining how the applicant will make use of the training in his or her country, including sharing the knowledge with others;
- agree in writing to complete the training within a specified time period, typically less than 3 years.
If you are a qualified veterinarian and would like to apply for a scholarship, please click here for an application form.
ICLAS seeks support from foundations and companies engaged in the LAS field or in educational philanthropy and partners with likeminded associations such as IACLAM to seek funding.
Money received is kept in a fund managed by the ICLAS and disbursed directly to the training programs for specific participants selected by ICLAS.
If you or your organization would be interested in sponsoring an applicant on this program, please contact Cynthia Pekow, acting ICLAS Secretary General, email: email@example.com
A selection committee composed of the chairs of each ICLAS regional committee evaluates the applicants according to a numerical rubric, with points based on stated need, language proficiency, recommendations, and statement of how the training will be used.
Applicants must have already applied to the desired training program, and let the program know that they are requesting financial aid from ICLAS in order to participate.
Applications may be made at any time but are evaluated twice a year, on 15 January and 15 June. Applicants are informed of the outcome within 30 days of these dates.
First ICLAS Veterinary Scholarship Awarded
Dr. Marina Snitcofsky, a laboratory animal veterinarian from Argentina, is the first recipient of an ICLAS Veterinary Scholarship. Dr. Snitcofsky will apply the financial support from ICLAS to her tuition in a Masters of Laboratory Animal Science program at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, in Spain. Her interests and research work have been in the area of neuroscience and animal welfare. However, she found herself increasingly taking on responsibility for oversight of animal husbandry and production, training and supervising animal care personnel, and advising researchers on experimental design, sample size calculation, and animal research techniques. In addition, her university is planning a new research facility, and she was asked to assist with developing the new animal care and use program. Although she has attended workshops and meetings in the field, she felt the need to complete a training program that would provide her specific understanding of laboratory animal science and medicine, to carry out her increased responsibilities. However she could not find a local source for the necessary training. She chose the master’s degree program in Barcelona, because it fit her needs, and as a plus the coursework is offered in Spanish. As neither she nor her home research institute had the resources to pay for her participation, she applied to the ICLAS Veterinary Scholarship Program for support. Upon completion of the program, Dr. Snitcofsky says she is particularly interested in teaching and training others at her own institution, as well as conducting workshops, courses, and conferences with the national laboratory animal science association (ACCyTAL) of Argentina.
AAALAC International to Sponsor the Harry Rozmiarek Memorial Scholarship Award
The Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC), International has generously promised to support two ICLAS Veterinary Scholarships, one in 2015 and one in 2016. The support is given in honor of the late Dr. Harry Rozmiarek, who was ICLAS Secretary General at the time of his sudden and unexpected death in June of 2013. Dr. Rozmiarek was a laboratory animal veterinarian who cared greatly about education in laboratory animal science and medicine. During his long and distinguished career, he took on many leadership positions in national and international organizations that promote the humane treatment of animals in science including AAALAC, AALAS, ACLAM, and ICLAS. To honor and to continue the work that meant so much to him, the AAALAC, International Harry Rozmiarek Memorial Award will allow access to training for veterinarians from parts of the globe in which training in laboratory animal science and medicine is unavailable or difficult to obtain. ICLAS is extremely grateful to AAALAC for supporting the scholarship program, and for memorializing Harry Rozmiarek in this most fitting manner.