AAVMC awards inaugural Chewy Veterinary Leaders Cohort


Susan Leigh, Director for Marketing and Communications

Phone: 202/371-9195 x171

Email: sleigh@aavmc.org 

Washington, D.C., March 27, 2024– The American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) is excited to announce the 2024-2025 Chewy Veterinary Leaders Program Cohort. Fifteen third-year students will receive a $20,000 scholarship paid directly to their educational institution through the AAVMC over a period of two years. This program is designed to increase representation within the veterinary profession by collaborating with individuals from underserved groups and communities who may not have access to such resources. This scholarship represents a total funding of $300,000.

In addition to the scholarship, the recipients will participate in monthly cohort conversations facilitated by Chewy partner MentorVet, which will provide them with support and camaraderie as they progress through their veterinary education. During the program, students will have the opportunity to gather at a local Chewy hub for leadership training, networking, and other activities. After graduation, participants will be sponsored to join MentorVet Leap, a six-month mentorship and professional development curriculum for early-career veterinarians. They can also join the Chewy Veterinary Leaders alumni network for ongoing networking opportunities.

“We are excited to offer this scholarship opportunity in partnership with Chewy Health. This funding will be instrumental in helping us further education and representation in the profession as we champion diversity and inclusion in advancing veterinary medicine,” said Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe, CEO of AAVMC. 


About Chewy Health

Chewy’s mission is to be the most trusted and convenient online destination for pet parents and partners everywhere. Chewy Health embodies this spirit with our unparalleled commitment to pets and the people who tirelessly care for them. In response to veterinary care challenges and evolving pet parent needs, Chewy Health is pioneering digital solutions for simple, efficient operations. This leads to more time for hands-on pet care for healthier and happier pets. It is all part of the commitment at Chewy Health to improve the health of every pet by helping to make veterinary professionals’ jobs easier.