Northern Animal Health Initiative Bursary

Northern Animal Health Bursary

As part of its Northern Animal Health Initiative, Veterinarians without Borders/Vétérinaires sans frontières (VWB/VSF) is offering two bursaries, valued at $3500 each, to students or young adults from the Northwest Territories and Nunavut pursuing post secondary education, or practical learning, in a field related to animal health.


  • Two awards available – one for a person from NWT and one for a person from Nunavut pursuing animal-related careers.
  • At least one of the bursaries will be awarded to an Indigenous student.
  • Eligible students/individuals must have attended school in NWT and/or Nunavut for at least two years and their permanent residence is in NWT or Nunavut.
  • Students must be accepted into, or enrolled in, a full-time program of study at a Canadian post-secondary institution – either university or college, or have a confirmed internship or mentorship (see below). Please provide written documentation.
  • Programs may include, but are not limited to, animal/wildlife sciences, environmental sciences, veterinary medicine, and veterinary technology. Applicants from other animal-related fields are welcome to apply. VWB/VSF reserves the right to determine eligibility based on the relevance of the program to the bursary objectives.
  • VWB/VSF will also consider northern young people who have secured non-salaried internships, mentorships, or volunteer placements that may be necessary for enrollment in a post-secondary program or leading to employment in an animal/wildlife-related field. This may include, but is not limited to, internships/mentorships with a vet clinic, SPCA, wildlife officer, animal rescue organization, or a northern business, such as dog musher, where animals play an important role.


Applications will be assessed by a VWB/VSF Bursary Selection Committee based on:

  • Academic Merit
  • Reference Letters
  • Northern experience/connection
  • Intent to work in/contribute to the north
  • Involvement/experience with animals, including skills or knowledge gained through hunting, trapping, and/or living on the land.
  • Must be under the age of 30 on October 4, 2020.

To apply applicants MUST SUBMIT:

  1. A covering letter stating current address, phone number and email address
  2. An essay (maximum of 1000 words) outlining interests, goals and objectives, including, but not limited to:
  • Area of proposed post-secondary study (current or anticipated), or internship/mentorship;
  • Plans after completion of the study program/internship/mentorship;
  • Details related to the applicants personal connection to the north; and
  • Involvement with animals (pets or wildlife) and what animals mean to the applicant.
  1. A letter from the Registrar’s Office of the post-secondary education institution indicating the applicant’s current year enrollment status and program, or a letter from the employer/mentor indicating the nature of the internship/mentorship, as well as the start and end dates of the program.
  2. Two letters of reference: one from a Teacher, Instructor, Professor, or employer/mentor, and one character reference.
  3. Applications will be submitted by e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

DEADLINE: Friday, October 4th, 2020

The Northern Animal Health Initiative receives generous funding from PetSmart Charities of Canada.



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