Founded on December 16, 2003, the Alabama Veterinary Medical Foundation was established to assist veterinary students and veterinary technicians by providing scholarships and endowments. Over the years, the Foundation hopes to develop animal welfare programs, and support various other existing programs that contribute to the well-being of animals and enhance the human-animal bond.
Some of our key programs are below:
ALVMF Spay/Neuter Program
The ALVMA and the ALVMA Foundation introduced the spay/neuter license plate in 2007, in an effort to develop a program to help low-income families with costs involved with spaying and neutering their pets. After an advertising campaign and enough tag pre-sales, the ALVMF initiated the Spay/Neuter License Plate Program in 2009. Through the program, proceeds from statewide tag sales offset the cost of spay/neuter surgeries performed at participating hospitals throughout the state of Alabama. From 2009 - March 31, 2016, 23,176 tags have been sold or renewed; 15,566 surgeries have been performed, and $762,985 has been paid to ALVMA veterinarians in the state. Currently, there are 67 veterinary hospitals participating in this program. A co-pay of $10 per cat or $20 per dog must be paid by the Medicaid recipient, but the remaining balance is paid to veterinarians through a grant supported by the license plate sales. There is a limit of two animals per household per year. Clinics must apply for permit numbers prior to surgeries, and will receive reimbursement from the Foundation by check the last week of each month.
The ALVMF awards two scholarships each year, the Dr. and Mrs. Aaron Groth, Jr. Award and the Dr. M. K. Heath Memorial Scholarship.
The Dr. and Mrs. A. H. Groth, Jr. Scholarship Award was established in October of 1999 by the Executive Board of the ALVMA. Each year, the ALVMF in conjunction with the ALVMA awards $2,500 scholarship to a student from Auburn University and Tuskegee University that is academically in the upper third of his or her class, and has completed the second year of veterinary school, is an achiever of excellent moral character, is active in the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and other programs, and has demonstrated leadership qualities, but not necessarily as an officer. Financial need can be considered but is not a qualification.
The Dr. M. K. Heath Memorial Scholarship goes to an Auburn University sophomore, junior, or senior veterinary medicine student based on scholarship and financial need. The baseline for scholastic consideration is a GPA of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale. The financial need portion is based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid information.