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VIN Foundation | Supporting veterinarians to cultivate a healthy animal community | Resources | Solutions for the Profession Veterinary Student Essay Competition

VIN Foundation Announces 4th Annual Solutions for the Profession Competition

Fourth annual essay competition asks veterinary students to suggest ideas to improve their veterinary education experience

The VIN Foundation is excited to announce its fourth annual Solutions for the Profession Competition. This year’s competition asks veterinary students whether their veterinary school education is effective, efficient, and relevant to their career goals. The topic encourages them to assess their veterinary school experience — how their time and money are spent, and suggest ways to improve the education provided by their veterinary school.

 

Each year the competition looks to students for innovative answers to issues in the veterinary profession. The first annual competition challenged students to provide solutions to problems they see facing the veterinary profession. The second annual competition asked students to share what they wish they knew before applying to veterinary school. And the third annual competition requested veterinary students to share their views on the impact of practice consolidation on the profession.

 

VIN Foundation Board President, Dr. Richard Headley, stated “I am excited the VIN Foundation is able to provide veterinary students with an opportunity to share areas in which their veterinary education can be improved to help support a healthy veterinary profession.”

 

Three entrants will win cash scholarships to help support tuition and education-related expenses:
•    First place: $3,000
•    Second place: $1,500
•    Third place: $1,000

 

The VIN Foundation Solutions for the Profession Committee will select the top entries in the first round of judging. These essays will be assessed by experts in the topic area, who will pass the top choices to three well-known leaders in the veterinary profession. These final judges will determine the winners.

 

Learn more about this essay competition and please share with veterinary students!

VIN Foundation | Supporting veterinarians to cultivate a healthy animal community | Blog | Veterinary School Student loan Interest Rates for 2019-20 Academic Year Decreasing

Lower Student Loan Interest Rates for 2019

Rarely do we get good news when it comes to student debt. But interest rates for the federal student loans you borrow for the 2019-20 veterinary school academic will be lower than last year.

Interest rates are updated each year using the high yield of the May U.S. 10-year treasury note.  The high yield plus a factor for your Direct loan and school type sets the fixed rate you pay for the life of those loans received between this July 1st and next June 30th. As a veterinary student, the graduate/professional school Direct Unsubsidized loan interest rate will be 6.08%, down from 6.6% this past year. The Direct Graduate Plus loan rate will be 7.08%, down from 7.6% this past year.

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VIN Foundation | Supporting veterinarians to cultivate a healthy animal community | Solutions for the Profession Competition | veterinary essay competition | 3rd Annual Essay Competition 2019 winners

3rd Annual Solutions for the Profession Competition Winners

Third annual essay competition provides veterinary students an opportunity to offer insight into practice consolidation and its impact on the profession

 

Davis, CA: The VIN Foundation is excited to announce the results of its third annual Solutions for the Profession Competition. Three winners were awarded cash prizes to help with educational expenses.

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VIN Foundation | Supporting veterinarians to cultivate a healthy animal community | Resources | Solutions for the Profession Veterinary Student Essay Competition

VIN Foundation Announces 3rd Annual Solutions for the Profession Competition

Third annual essay competition provides veterinary students with an opportunity to shed light on the impact of practice consolidation within the profession.

The VIN Foundation is excited to announce its third annual Solutions for the Profession Competition. The essay competition this year asks veterinary students to share their views on the impact of practice consolidation, both positive and negative on the profession.

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VIN Foundation | Supporting veterinarians to cultivate a healthy animal community | Blog | Exciting Enhancements to Veterinary Cost of Education Map

Exciting Enhancements to Veterinary Cost of Education Map

Interactive map provides long-desired true-cost view of attending veterinary school

Developed to help pre-veterinary students make better informed decisions when applying to veterinary school, the updated Cost of Education Map collates in one place, in one tool, the information individual students would spend days compiling and analyzing.

 

Most pre-veterinary students apply to multiple schools. Costs vary widely between schools and within schools depending on whether the applicant qualifies for a discounted seat based on residency. The Foundation’s goal in generating this tool is to enable students to apply smarter, seeking the high quality education they desire at the most reasonable cost.

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VIN Foundation | Supporting veterinarians to cultivate a healthy animal community | Blog | ESTIMATE YOUR MINIMUM MONTHLY STUDENT LOAN PAYMENT | Advanced Simulator Setting - Poverty Growth Rate

Estimate Your Minimum Monthly Student Loan Payment

The recently updated 2018 Health and Human Services (HHS) poverty guidelines determine your minimum monthly student loan payment. 

 

Poverty guidelines are used for many different U.S. government programs. One of the most important uses for veterinarians is the Discretionary Income calculation used to generate the minimum monthly student loan payment of federal income-driven repayment plans (IBR, PAYE, REPAYE).  Income-driven student loan repayment plans are extremely helpful for those veterinary graduates with student loan balances greater than their annual incomes.

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VIN Foundation | Supporting veterinarians to cultivate a healthy animal community | Resources | Solutions for the Profession Veterinary Student Essay Competition

Announcing 2nd Annual Solutions for the Profession Competition

VIN Foundation Announces 2nd Annual Solutions for the Profession Competition

 

Second annual essay competition provides veterinary students with an opportunity to provide hindsight into the veterinary school experience.

 

The VIN Foundation is excited to announce its second annual Solutions for the Profession Competition. The essay competition offers veterinary students an opportunity to share what they wish they had known prior to applying to or entering the program.

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My Student Loans

Getting to and through veterinary school takes a long time and a lot of education. Along the way, you can borrow a variety of loan types to finance your education resulting in a complex student loan portfolio. Before you can formulate a repayment plan, you need to understand your student loans.  This short video tutorial will show you how to retrieve and upload your NSLDS file.

 

The VIN Foundation My Student Loans tool will help you make sense of your student loan portfolio. Using your National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) file, My Student Loans will organize your loans by type, date received, interest rate, principal, calculate a weighted average interest rate, and estimate your monthly interest accumulation. This information is crucial for helping you determine which repayment plans you can use.

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VIN Foundation | Supporting veterinarians to cultivate a healthy animal community | Resources | Solutions for the Profession Veterinary Student Essay Competition

Announcing Solutions for the Profession Competition Winners

We are very happy to announce the winners of its first annual Solutions for the Profession Competition. Three creative students were awarded cash prizes to help with educational expenses.

The competition offers veterinary students an opportunity to share an innovative solution to a problem facing the profession. Over one hundred entries were submitted from around the world. Veterinary student debt and mental health were the most common problems addressed.

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