The VIN Foundation’s Solutions for the Profession initiative is an annual essay competition where veterinary students write an essay in an effort to win a cash prize to help with tuition and educational expenses.
The sixth annual VIN Foundation Solutions for the Profession Competition is open to all students worldwide currently enrolled in veterinary school.
Many businesses have been experiencing a shortage of workers. Although COVID has exacerbated the situation, veterinary practices have had great difficulty finding both doctors and support staff since well before the pandemic started.
ALL THREE questions must be answered in the essay submission:
Word Limit: 1,000 words (not including references or titles)
All essays must be submitted in English and in Microsoft Word file format.
This year’s competition is now closed and winners will be announced August 1, 2022.
Three entrants will win veterinary scholarships to help support tuition and education-related expenses:
Judging will be based on how well student essays describe their assessment of the topic, along with the originality and practicality of the suggestion(s) and/or solution(s) offered.
The judging will take place in three rounds. Each essay will be anonymized and read by at least three evaluators in each round. The panel for round one is composed of the VIN Foundation Solutions for the Profession Committee made up of both veterinarians and related professional readers. The second round will be judged by veterinarians with insight into the relevant issues discussed in the essays. The third round will be judged by leaders in the veterinary profession.
Diversity in the veterinary profession:
Essay submissions had to include at least one of the following aspects: What diversity challenges are currently faced by the profession, and what can be done to improve the situation? What steps is your veterinary school taking to address diversity challenges, and what solutions do you think would improve the situation?
Is the veterinary school education you are receiving effective, efficient, and relevant to your career goals?
Due to the impressive nature of the entries for this year, there was a tie for 3rd place. Two runner-ups were also noted for their entries and are published below:
Please describe the current state of practice consolidation (mergers and acquisitions) in the veterinary profession. What are the positive and negative aspects of this consolidation? How do you see this affecting you and the profession, now and in the future?
Now that you are in veterinary school, what do you wish you had known prior to applying to or entering the program? Are there issues you wish you’d been more informed about before applying to or entering school? What could veterinary schools do to better inform prospective students about these issues or decisions? How does your school measure up in helping students understand the realities of veterinary medicine? What programs do they offer? What do you think they could do better?
An Innovative and Implementable Solution to a Current Problem Confronting the Veterinary Profession. The essay should describe the current state of the problem, what factors were involved in creating the problem and propose steps toward achieving solutions to solve the problem.
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TERMS & CONDITIONS
Whether or not Entrant is a winner of the competition, Entrant represents that any essay and other materials submitted as part of Entrant’s entry are the original work of Entrant and not copied from any other source and will not constitute defamation or an invasion of privacy or otherwise infringe upon the rights of any third party, and that the Entrant owns or has the rights to convey any and all right and title in such essay. By entering, Entrant grants to VIN Foundation and its affiliates a worldwide, nonexclusive, royalty-free license to edit, publish, promote, and republish at any time in the future and otherwise use all or part of Entrant’s submitted essay, along with Entrant’s name, photograph, likeness, statements, biographical information, and any other information provided by Entrant, in any and all media (including print and online), provided such use is consistent with VIN Foundation’s current or future mission and attribution is provided to Entrant, without further permission, notice, or compensation (except where prohibited by law). VIN Foundation is under no obligation to publish any entries, and any publication of an entry does not mean that entrant has won a prize.