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The Amstutz Scholarship Committee and the AABP announce the availability of scholarships for 2016. These scholarships are funded by the AABP Amstutz Scholarship Fund and AABP member donations. In 2015, seven $7500 scholarships were granted to American and Canadian veterinary students. The Scholarship Committee determines the dollar amount of the scholarships and the number granted each year. Announcement of the scholarship recipients is made at the AABP Conference each September. Funds are presented to awardees in attendance at the Conference but, recipients do not have to be present to win.


Applicants must be student AABP members enrolled in colleges of veterinary medicine in Canada and the United States or the two Caribbean colleges of veterinary medicine accredited by the AVMA Council on Education and whose students undergo their fourth year clinical training primarily at US and Canadian schools, Ross University and St. George's University. Applicants must be in their second year (will graduate in 2018) of the veterinary curriculum at the time of application. Students enrolled in other years of the veterinary program will not be considered for this award.


Completed electronic applications and two (2) electronic letters of reference must be received on the AABP website by May 31.


Applications will be evaluated for the overall interest of the applicant as a veterinarian working in the bovine industries, involvement in bovine medicine and bovine-related extracurricular activities, ability to express oneself in writing, and insightful answers to the essay questions. Grades are considered, but do not make up the majority of the evaluation for selection of recipients. Current student membership in AABP is required.


Applicants should complete the following application which includes the following.

  1. Name, contact information, and veterinary school information.
  2. Your current cumulative school GPA through December, 2015 and your current class rank (i.e. 5th out of a class of 110 should be submitted as 5/110). If GPA is not calculated at your school, rank only will be adequate. PLEASE DO NOT SEND TRANSCRIPTS.
  3. Write a biographical narrative of your background and interest in the cattle industry, animal agriculture, and veterinary medicine. Discuss factors that stimulated your interest and involvement in bovine medicine, your academic background and interests, and your extracurricular activities (2500 characters or less, including spaces).
  4. Describe your plans following graduation from veterinary school (2500 characters or less, including spaces).
  5. List all scholarships/loans/grants you have received.
  6. Answer the following essay question in 2500 characters or less (including spaces):You are a new graduate in a mixed large animal practice in rural America. In becoming integrated into the community, you take the opportunity to engage with young professionals from diverse backgrounds. Many of these young professionals question your involvement with modern agriculture and "factory farms," where the care of animals and food safety is secondary to production and profit (their view). How do you respond to these inquiries?
  7. Answer the following essay question in 2500 characters or less (including spaces): Identify the most challenging issue facing food animal veterinary medicine, justify your selection and propose a solution.
  8. If selected as an AABP Amstutz scholarship recipient how do you plan to use the money from the award? (500 characters or less-including spaces)
  9. No more than two Letters of Recommendation from either veterinarians or faculty members regarding the applicant's worthiness for this award. At least one of the letters of recommendation MUST be written by an AABP member on faculty. Failure to meet this requirement will disqualify the application. Please ask those providing letters of recommendation to submit their letters through this web site by selecting the "Letters of Recommendation" link, then selecting your name to complete their letter electronically by not later than May 31.

Completed applications and letters of recommendation must be received electronically through the AABP web site no later than May 31. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Electronic submission of BOTH student applications and letters of recommendation through the AABP website ( are required.

Previously entered applications can be reviewed or edited here.

Following an electronic submission, you should receive an electronic reply to your e-mail address as indicated in your application confirming electronic receipt of the application. If you do not receive this confirmation within one working day, please contact the AABP Office.

AABP Office
PO Box 3610
Auburn, AL 36831-3610

Phone: 1-800-COW-AABP (1-800-269-2227)
Fax: 1-334-821-9532


This Scholarship Fund is named to honor the unique leadership role of Dr. Harold E. Amstutz in the maturation and development of national and international organizations in the area of bovine veterinary practice. A native of Barrs Mill, Ohio, Amstutz received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from The Ohio State University in 1942. He was awarded his D.V.M. three years later from the same institution. He practiced briefly before becoming an instructor in veterinary medicine at his alma mater, becoming a professor in 1957. In 1961 he became Department Head of the veterinary clinics at Purdue University's new veterinary school. He retired from full-time teaching at Purdue in 1989.

After the founding of AABP in 1965, Amstutz carried two full loads, one in academia and the other with AABP, excelling in each. He was AABP's first Executive Vice President, previously serving as secretary-treasurer. Though the title has changed through the years, Amstutz's service did not. He was the one responsible for the grunt work of the organization, the details; he provided the glue. He retired from the position on November 1, 1993.

Dr. Amstutz was widely recognized as an authority on bovine diseases with special interest in bovine lameness and respiratory diseases. He presented his work to many national and international groups and served widely as a consultant throughout the United States. He won numerous awards, including the Borden Award in national recognition for outstanding research in dairy cattle diseases and the National Gamma Award from Omega Tau Sigma veterinary medical fraternity. In 1986 the American Association of Bovine Practitioners established the Amstutz-Williams Award in honor of Harold E. Amstutz and Eric J. Williams to recognize the long and distinguished service of the two honorees. Drs. Amstutz and Williams were the first recipients of this award.

Dr. Amstutz was a charter diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, honorary president of the World Association of Buiatrics, past Executive Vice President of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, member of the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Amstutz served a major role in international veterinary medicine. He served the World Association of Buiatrics as first vice president (1966-1972), president (1972-1984), and honorary president (1984-present). He played an important part in organizing eight international meetings of the World Association of Buiatrics.

Dr. Amstutz was chairman of the organizing committee of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine that succeeded in gaining recognition of the Specialty Board by the AVMA on July 17, 1972. He wrote the first draft of the constitution and By-Laws of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and was the first president of the college. His conviction that a broadly-based clinical discipline deserved recognition as a specialty by the AVMA was justified since it currently has the second highest number of active members of the 17 specialty organizations recognized by the AVMA.

Dr. Amstutz was elected secretary-treasurer of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners in 1966 when the membership totaled 250 and the organization's finances were under severe stress. Under his management, the membership grew to 5,000 and the annual budget exceeded $500,000. In 1989 he was appointed the first Executive Vice President of the AABP. Much of the success and growth of the organization was due to the dedication of Dr. Amstutz. He had major responsibilities for the annual meetings, from recommending sites for future meetings to taking care of the myriad of details that arise during the meeting. For over 20 years Dr. Amstutz edited and published a very well respected monthly newsletter for the membership. He was an alternate delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates for the AABP from 1969 until 1994. He was a member of the Editorial Board of the Bovine Practitioner, official publication of AABP.

Dr. Amstutz served on the Board of Editors for the Merck Veterinary Manual for many years. He was editor of Bovine Medicine and Surgery and wrote chapters for many other veterinary texts.

He served unselfishly on many important committees at Purdue, including Admissions and Curriculum. He donated funds in 1988 to the SVM to establish the Amstutz Bovine Proficiency Award for students interested in bovine practice.

Harold E. Amstutz, DVM, was awarded the Alumni Faculty Award at Purdue University for Excellence and retired with the title of Professor Emeritus in 1989. He received the inaugural Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame award in 2011. Dr. Amstutz passed away June 11, 2013 at the age of 93.


Enrichment Opportunities to Promote Bovine Practice Careers

The purpose of the AABP Amstutz Scholarship is to attract well-trained veterinarians to enter food animal practice, in general, and bovine practice, specifically. It is necessary to develop and offer various educational enrichment opportunities to attract students to concentrate in the bovine area of practice and to produce a well-trained practitioner who is prepared to meet the needs of the 21st century. The American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) has established educational enrichment opportunities in honor of Dr. Harold E. Amstutz and to recruit outstanding students towards careers in bovine veterinary practice and to provide them with unique educational experiences to maximize their preparation for bovine practice of the future.

To accomplish the AABP Amstutz Scholarship goals, AABP needs donations from the members and friends. This tax deductible contribution can be made at any time to the AABP office . There is a space on the membership renewal form, as well as the annual meeting registration form, for your voluntary contribution for this important AABP Amstutz Scholarship Fund. A receipt for your donation will be sent from the AABP for tax deduction purposes.


P.O. Box 3610
Auburn, Alabama 36831-3610
Phone: 800-COW-AABP (269-2227)
FAX: 334-821-9532

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