Steve Haskins Memorial Scholarship 2021
Submissions Closed April 8, 2021

Application to open March 2022

The Board of Directors of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society are honored to offer the sixth annual Steve Haskins Memorial Scholarship in 2021.  Dr. Haskins was a pioneer of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, and his untimely passing remains a huge loss for our profession and society. He was truly an amazing individual who remained a tireless force for the improvement of the lives of animals through advancement of veterinary emergency and critical care.

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide support for eligible VECCS members who may not otherwise be able to attend (due to financial limitations) the International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Symposium. Dr. Haskins was the only individual to have spoken at every IVECCS meeting, and was presented the President’s Award at IVECCS 2013 to recognize his unique contributions to our Society and specialty. This scholarship was first awarded to eight recipients in 2014 as a way for VECCS to give back to our profession, support our members, and promote the VECCS mission: “Improving access and quality of emergency and critical care to every patient in need”.

The details of the award are as follows:

Qualified Individuals:

Two specific groups may apply –

  1. Residents in good standing in the first or second year of an ACVECC-approved residency training program. Must also be a current VECCS member in good standing at the time of application.
  2. Licensed veterinary technicians engaged in emergency or emergency/critical care practice for no less than three years. Must also be a VECCS member in good standing at the time of application.NOTE: If you have received the Steve Haskins award in the past you are not eligible to receive another award with the exception that technician scholarship recipients are eligible to reapply for the award after a period of five years.

Scholarship Details:

  • Scholarship Value: Approximately $1,700 per recipient. Each recipient will receive a $500 stipend to cover travel and incidental costs plus complimentary four-night hotel stay at an IVECCS-approved conference hotel location, IVECCS 2021 registration, and VECCS membership for one year. If you can only attend virtually, you will still receive base registration, but no travel stipend will be offered.
  • Number of scholarships: Four scholarships for technicians and four scholarships for residents will be awarded for 2021.

Application Requirements (see links for forms below):

Submit a completed application form.
Nomination form in support of application emailed from primary supervisor (technician) or resident mentor (ACVECC residents).
Completed application and mentor/supervisor nomination forms in this platform. (When starting your entry, select IVECCS, Awards/ Nominations, then Steve Haskins Scholarships)

Recipients Will Be Determined by Way of a Point System:

Each application will be ranked based on a point system.  The maximum number of points that may be earned is 15 (technicians) and 14 (residents).  The four highest ranked applicants in each category (residents, technicians) will receive scholarships.  A lottery will be used if more than four individuals in each category have maximum point scores.

Method for Awarding Points:

Technicians Point System

  • VTS-ECC certified (2 points)
  • Past IVECCS presentations (1 point for each year with a max of 5 points)
  • Prior work for IVECCS (moderator, technician, etc.) or VECCS committee work (1 point for each year with a max of 5 points)
  • VECCS member in consecutive years prior to scholarship application year (1 point per consecutive year for max of 3 points)

Residents Point System

  • Current 2nd Year (will be 3rd year at time of IVECCS) – (2 points)
  • Current 1st Year (will be 2nd year at time of IVECCS) – (1 points)
  • Presented at prior IVECCS (2 points)
  • Submitted an abstract, poster, case report or resident focus presentation for upcoming IVECCS (2 points)
  • Prior work for IVECCS (moderator, etc.) or committee work (1 point for each year with a max of 5 points)
  • VECCS/ SVECC member in consecutive years prior to scholarship application year (1 point per consecutive year for max of 3 points)

Date Target:

Applications will be accepted through May 15, 2021, 11:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time.  Scholarship recipients will be notified by June 5, 2021.


  • Only the named recipient can use this award for the IVECCS 2021. If you know that you are not able to attend the meeting for 2021 (in person or virtually), please do not apply. If you receive the award and are unable to use the award for 2021 for any reason, your award will be forfeited and the award will be made to the next eligible person from the applicant pool.
  • If you have agreed to participate in the IVECCS 2021 to a level that your travel expenses are already paid to include airfare and hotel, please do not apply for this award.


Congratulations to the 2021 Steve Haskins Memorial Scholarship Recipients:
Bathilda Lake
Kaitlyn Mazzaccari
Kristen Ridder
Rebecca Sepuya
Jessica Shaw
Karen Thurman
Melissa Wilson

DEI Scholarship 2021

Several scholarships are available and are open to:

  • Veterinary students
  • Veterinary technician students currently enrolled in an accredited program
  • Veterinary technicians who have graduated from an accredited program in the past year

The awards will all include:

  • Complimentary IVECCS registration
  • $1000 to cover travel and accommodation expenses
  • Opportunity to moderate IVECCS lecture sessions
  • Admission to the IVECCS Speaker & Moderator reception a great opportunity for early career attendees to network with leaders in the field

Congrats to the 2021 DEI Scholarship Recipients:
Ariana Dickson
Antoinette Ingram
Shumin Li
Adriana Alfonso Castro
Lauren Koester
Rita Wang
Michelle Aponte
Ananya Mahalingam-Dhingra
Melissa Slaughter
Melissa Mello

Royal Canin Scholarships 2021
Deadline for application TBD

Generously sponsored by:

Royal Canin is supporting new veterinarians by offering 20 scholarships to attend the 2021 IVECCS. Scholarship recipients will receive a coupon code which covers a full virtual conference registration to IVECCS September 11-15th.

To apply, please fill out the online form. Applications are chosen on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications must be received by deadline. Once we reach capacity for applications, the submission process will close.


  • Graduated from an accredited college of veterinary medicine in 2011 or later
  • Live in the United States or Canada
  • Must complete application