Announcing the 2012 SVME Waltham Student Essay Contest


SVME 2012 Student Essay Contest Flyer


Founded in 1994, The Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics (SVME) seeks to promote thoughtful and respectful public discussion on ethical issues arising in, and relevant to, the practice of veterinary medicine. In that effort, The SVME has long recognized the importance of student participation and development in the field of veterinary ethics. And so, with the generous support of The Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition,  The SVME is pleased to announce The 2012 SVME Waltham Student Essay Contest. The contest is open to any student presently enrolled (part-time or full-time) in a graduate or undergraduate degree program at an accredited institution of higher learning. The author of the winning entry will receive

  • $1,000 cash award; and a 
  • $1,000 travel stipend to attend the 2012 annual meeting of the American Veterinary Medical Association for the purpose of present the winning essay at the SVME plenary session.


The topic for this year’s contest is

“On the Question of ‘Human Exceptionalism’ and Its Bearing upon Veterinary Medical Ethics”


Complete instructions, a brief description of the topic, and essay evaluative criteria are posted on the SVME website ( ). Send completed essay via email attachment (Microsoft Word or Adobe ‘pdf’ document) to Dr. Erik M. Clary, Chair of SVME Student Essay Committee at [email protected] Deadline for submission is Saturday, April 14, 2012.



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