Become an AVMA Fellow

AVMA Fellowship Program

From recent veterinary school graduates to veterinarians with years of experience, every veterinarian possesses the skills needed to make a difference. The AVMA Fellowship Program is an unparalleled opportunity to shape public policy while enhancing your knowledge of the political process.​

AVMA Fellows:

  • serve for one year in Washington D.C. as scientific advisors to members of Congress.
  • play pivotal roles in shaping and influencing key legislation affecting the veterinary profession, and the health and safety of our nation.
  • receive a stipend of approximately $87,000 to ​offset the cost of living and reimbursement for certain expenses incurred during the ​Fellowship.
  • receive up to $6,000 to offset the cost of health insurance premiums.
  • represent the veterinary profession in the legislative branch of government.
  • use science-based decision making in public policy development.
  • influence important public policy discussions.

What Does It Take To Be A Fellow?

  • Must be an advocate for veterinary medicine
  • Have an interest in public policy and/or politics
  • Demonstrate competence in an area of veterinary medicine
  • Exhibit an interest in applying scientific knowledge to address societal/public policy issues
  • Analyze, identify, and easily explain core scientific issues to a variety of audiences
  • Be able to write persuasively and convincingly
  • Must be an AVMA member and U.S. citizen
  • Possess the ability to pass a government background investigation


The 2018-2019 AVMA Fellowship Program, in conjunction with the American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellowship Program, will run from the last week in August 2018 through August 2019. 

The deadline to apply for the 2018-2019 AVMA Fellowship Program is Feb. 9, 2018. Please visit the AVMA website for more information or to apply.