Again this year, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development is offering a support program for veterinary clinics hiring students for summer employment. The program is designed to assist in providing practical experience for students enrolled in a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree program or in an Animal Health Technology program.
Students must return to their veterinary studies in the fall of 2009. Priority will be given to students who lived in Alberta prior to attending post-secondary school.
“The program provides reimbursement to veterinarians hiring students for the four-month period between May 1, 2009 and August 31, 2009,” says Betty Birch with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, Stettler. “For vet clinics to qualifying, the practice must consist of at least 50 per cent livestock work.
Small animal or pet clinics are not eligible for the program.
Reimbursement rates vary from 30 per cent to 50 per cent of wages, depending on the type of program and years of studies the student has completed.
A clinic hiring a student who has completed their first year of veterinary medicine would be eligible for reimbursement of the wages at a rate of 50 per cent, to a maximum of $1,200 per month. Students entering their final year would qualify for a rate of 30 per cent to a maximum of $750. Clinics employing animal health technology students would receive a subsidy of 30 per cent of wages paid to a maximum of $500 per month.”
Application deadline is April 17, 2009. Forms are available at www.agriculture.alberta.ca.