Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development (ARD) values the practical experience that veterinary students gain during a summer work term with a rural veterinary practice. To encourage this work experience, the department will be offering grants to clinics and businesses that hire a veterinary student in the summer of 2022. The grant assistance available is based on the most recent year of study completed by the student at an accredited veterinary college:
- First year student – $6,500
- Second year student – $5,000
- Third year student – $3,500
Who Can Hire Veterinary Students as part of VetSTEP?
Veterinary practices and practitioners licensed to operate an active, large or mixed animal practice located in rural Manitoba are eligible to participate in the program.
Businesses and non-profit organizations operating a livestock operation in rural Manitoba are eligible if they employ or have a service contract with a veterinarian licensed to practice large or mixed animal medicine in Manitoba. The veterinarian must directly supervise the student.
How Do You Advertise Your Interest in Hiring a Student?
If you are considering hiring a student, you can place an online job posting on the map below, click here to be added.
You can also post your position at Summer employment for veterinary students – Western College of Veterinary Medicine – University of Saskatchewan (usask.ca). You can send your job posting as a WORD document (with no images) to the Student Services Manager at WCVM by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each December, Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development sends to WCVM a list of clinics and businesses interested in hiring a veterinary student. To be included on the list, contact VetSTEP by emailing VSD@gov.mb.ca by November 26, 2021.
How Do You Contact VetSTEP and Submit a Grant Application?
For application forms and further information, you can contact VetSTEP by emailing VSD@gov.mb.ca.
Once you and a student agree on summer employment, you can submit your application to VetSTEP by emailing VSD@gov.mb.ca or faxing 204-945-4327 (Attn: Carlyle Bennett). Both the employer and student must sign the application. The application deadline is January 28, 2022.