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The 2021 Mars Veterinary Health

Student Essay Contest  

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, it has been pleased to host an annual student essay contest.

The Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition, a division of Mars Petcare, has graciously sponsored the SVME essay contest since 2006. That tradition continues this year. Waltham will be offering for the GRAND PRIZE (Alice Villalobos Student Essay Award) a $1,000.00 cash award and another $1,000.00 for travel expenses for the GRAND PRIZE winner to attend the 2021 VMX Convention, January 16-20, 2021, in Orlando, Florida  to present the winning essay in the SVME Plenary Session. **Note: Should COVID-19 necessitate virtual attendance, we will make adjustments accordingly. The winning essay will also be posted on the SVME website.  We at SVME take this opportunity to thank Mars Veterinary Health, Waltham and, in particular, Dr. Karyl J. Hurley, DACVIM, DECVIM-CA of Mars Petcare Global Scientific Affairs for their continued support of the student essay contest.


       

Student Essay Contest Topic for 2021


Topic:

Even when animal euthanasia is ethically indicated, many veterinarians and vet staff become stressed because they feel like executioners. What might change their paradigm?

 

How and why would this paradigm change improve the mental well-being of veterinary staff members who are prone to depression regarding their role providing euthanasia?

     Winning essay and other essays of significant merit will be posted on the SVME web site. 

Contest Eligibility

The 2021 Alice Villalobos Student Essay Contest is open to any student enrolled at an institution of higher learning (post-secondary) at the time of essay submission.

General Essay Requirements

1) Essay must be an original work of the student that addresses the assigned topic.

2) Essay must be composed in Times New Roman font using the #12 font size, double-spaced, and with 1-inch margins (top, bottom, left, and right).

3) Essay must include a title page that includes identifying information (student name, school, degree program, date of submission, and student email address). All other pages must be free of content that might indicate the author’s identity or institutional affiliation.

4) Not including the title page or endnotes, essay will not exceed 3,000 words in length. Beginning with the first page of text, pages should be numbered sequentially with the page number placed at the top right corner.

5) Essay must be composed in English with attention given to proper spelling, grammar and syntax.

6) A quality essay will critically engage the ideas, viewpoints, and investigations of others who have published on the subject. Quotations and unique facts must be documented using endnotes formatted according to the style used in The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

7) Essay must be delivered via email attachment as an Adobe ‘pdf’ document to Ms. Beckie Mossor, RVT,  SVME Student Essay Committee (svmestudentessay@gmail.com) no later than November 15, 2020. Use the following title in the subject line of the email: “last name, first name: 2021 SVME Essay Contest”

Criteria for Selection

Essays are primarily evaluated using the following criteria:

1) Students should develop a position (pro or con) on the question posed in the Topic (see above) through sound and compelling arguments.

2) Essays should evidence research of the topic and an awareness of opposing views.

3) Length of essay, style, clarity, organization, coherence

4) Formatting, spelling, grammar and punctuation

Awards *

All entries meeting eligibility requirements stated above compete for the GRAND PRIZE (The “Alice Villalobos Student Essay Award”), which consists of a certificate of recognition, a cash prize of $1,000.00 (US), posting of the winning essay on the SVME website, and $1,000.00 (US) maximum stipend for travel expenses to attend the 2021 VMX Convention in Orlando, FL Jan. 16-20, 2021, to present the winning essay in the SVME Plenary Session.

Honorable Mention Essays: SVME may also recognize and post on its website non-winning essays of notable merit. No cash prize is awarded Honorable Mention essays.

* Either award may bypass if submitted entries are judged to be of insufficient merit.

Contact Information

Direct correspondence to Ms. Beckie Mossor, RVT, SVME Student Essay Committee via email at svmestudentessay@gmail.com


                 

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2021 Student Essay Contest Award Winner

To be announced



(Go to the Past Student Essay Award Recipients page for more details on past winners.)

 

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