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Solutions for the Profession Competition

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

The third annual VIN Foundation Solutions for the Profession Competition is an essay competition open to all students currently enrolled in veterinary school. 


Three entrants will win scholarships to help support tuition and education related expenses:

  • First place: $3,000
  • Second place: $1,500
  • Third place: $1,000


Word limit:  

1,000 words (references not included).



All essays must be submitted in English.


2019 Essay Topic Description:

(All three parts below must be covered in the essay submission)


  • 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?


Essay Publishing:

All submissions may be republished by VIN Foundation for use on VIN Foundation website, social media channels and other VIN Foundation outreach channels. For more details please see the terms and conditions below.



Judging will be based on how well the essay describes the problem, along with the originality and practicality of the solution(s) offered. The judging will take place in three rounds. Each essay will be 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.


Competition timeframe:

Competition opens: November 15, 2018

Competition closes: January 27, 2019 – 11:59pm ET

Winners announced: April 30, 2019



Essay submission is now CLOSED.


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2018 winners:

  1. First place was awarded to Paige Livingston, for her essay on ways to improve student debt education. Paige is entering her fourth year as a student at the University of California at Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine.
  2. Second place went to Cheyenne Cannarozzo for her innovative suggestion to add resilience to the core competency requirements for veterinary students. Cheyenne is entering her third year at the Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine.
  3. Linnea Thraen won third place with her essay highlighting the need for improved business management education in veterinary school. Linnea has just graduated the University of Minnesota, School of Veterinary Medicine.


2017 winners:

  1. First place was awarded to Hanum Wensil-Strow for her thought-provoking essay on the veterinary student debt situation. Hanum is in her fourth year has a student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She is interested in large animal medicine and wildlife conservation.
  2. Second place went to Shannon Finn for her innovative approach to the mental health issues challenging colleagues in the veterinary profession. Shannon is in her fourth and final year at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Canada. She is hoping to go into rural food animal practice upon graduation, but also has interests in public health and regulatory medicine.
  3. Alexandra Ripperger won third place for her inventive approach to gender inequality. Alexandra is in her fourth year as a veterinary student at the University of Minnesota. She enjoys working with small animals, and small ruminants/camelids.



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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.