Woman helping with a cat dental procedure at the Best Friends Clinic

Scholarships for Veterinary Student Preceptors and Veterinary Technician Externs

Because of our generous supporters, Best Friends can offer scholarships for the preceptor and extern programs. Once accepted into the program, preceptors and externs are eligible to apply for the applicable scholarships.

Betty Echols Memorial Scholarship

Betty Echols loved dogs, cats and horses. Her family remembers her happy stories about them from Bootsie to Gigi. Although her health prevented her from owning a pet for the last years of her life, she continued to support them financially and spiritually through her local rescue organizations. Betty's family visited Best Friends in her honor in spring 2018. Betty would have loved seeing the sanctuary and spending time at Cat World. She would have especially loved talking to the interns who were dedicating their lives to animal care. Betty's family is establishing this scholarship in the hopes that the recipient will continue her love of animals throughout their lifetime and pay that forward to future animal caretakers and in so doing keep her memory alive forever.

Who may apply: Fourth year veterinary student preceptor or veterinary technician student externs  

Chilliwack Community Animal Project Scholarship Fund

Chilliwack Community Animal Project is an animal rescue organization based out of British Columbia. They have a strong belief that people interested in animal rescue should be able to access educational opportunities specific for work in shelters and sanctuaries. In order to facilitate this, they have created a scholarship for veterinary students or veterinary technicians in Canada, with the main goal to have Best Friend's philosophy, training and information brought back to Canada, ultimately benefiting the animals of Canada. Recipients must be residents of Canada.

Who may apply: Fourth year veterinary student preceptors or veterinary technician student externs (Canadian residents only)

Michael Lopez Ferlin Memorial Scholarship

"To help us honor, remember and celebrate Michael's life of 37 years that sadly ended in 2005, we decided to set up a special memorial fund with Best Friends. We know Michael would have thought this was a wonderful organization, especially since he always said he liked animals much more than people. The fund is called the "Michael Lopez Ferlin Fund." Ferlin, a Lhasa apso, was Michael's favorite childhood dog. Although Ferlin could be quite mean, Michael worshipped that dog and insisted everyone else around him worshipped Ferlin, too!

We chose a scholarship for future veterinarians because instead of the funds we raise going towards helping a few animals short term, we believe that the veterinarians receiving these funds will help animals forever. That is what Michael would have wanted most. We wish all veterinarians receiving the Michael Lopez Ferlin Scholarship a wonderful future and we hope that our incredibly special husband/son/brother/uncle/son-in-law/friend (Michael was all of these) will make a positive difference in your lives and all the animals that you touch."

Candace Lopez (wife of Michael)
Sue Lopez (mother of Michael)
Rhonda, Will, and Jake Abraham (sister, brother-in-law, nephew)

Who may apply: Fourth year veterinary student preceptors

A sincere thank you to the Chilliwack Community Animal Project and the families of Michael Lopez and Betty Echols for their kindness, continued support of Best Friends and helping us Save Them All.

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