American Association of Avian Pathologists Foundation
Kenneth H. Eskelund Preceptorship Poultry Medicine Training Program
The American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP) Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation engaged in charitable, scientific and educational activities. The Kenneth Eskelund Preceptorship Poultry Medicine Training Program was established in 1988 by Dr. Eskelund as evidence of his ardent support of the AAAP.
The purpose of the preceptorships is to enable interested veterinary students to expand their education, training, and veterinary skills through practical experience in their specialized field. The AAAP has solicited the cooperation of its members in establishing a variety of training sites including universities, diagnostic laboratories, poultry production companies and poultry breeding companies. The Foundation annually offers individual awards of up to $1,300.00 to veterinary students to help them defray housing, living and travel expenses incurred while attending the externship. Eligible students must be in the 3rd or 4th year of study at an AVMA accredited college of veterinary medicine located in the U.S.A., Canada, Mexico, or the Caribbean Islands. Students arrange their preceptorships under the auspices of their veterinary medical schools.
The online application and faculty endorsement forms must be completed by December 15, 2015 in order to be considered for the 2015/2016 academic year. Also the applicant's veterinary school transcripts and a letter indicating the applicant's current academic status must be mailed or faxed to the AAAP business office by the December 15 deadline. Applicants selected to receive this preceptorship will be notified by January 31, 2016.
Applicants must then negotiate with the contact person from the provided list of preceptors to determine the exact training period. (The student may propose other preceptors known to them, but they must first be approved by the committee before final approval of the preceptorship.) AAAP must be notified by February 15, 2016 of when and where the applicant will do the preceptorship, providing the name of the contact person and the preceptor.
Final approval for the preceptorship will be when all above items are completed.
Previous scholarship winners may reapply for a scholarship in subsequent years.
A complete online application consists of:
- A completed application form. (See the link below.)
Applicants will need personal information, address/contact information for themselves, their veterinary school, undergraduate school and any other graduate school. Also needed is a contact name, telephone number and email address for the applicant’s Academic Affairs Office and the applicant’s number of completed hours of course work.
- Two completed faculty endorsement forms.
A downloadable faculty endorsement form can be found below. The faculty member should be familiar with the applicant’s interest in poultry medicine. The faculty member will send his/her recommendation to the applicant who will upload the endorsement form as part of the application.
- A transcript of grades and a letter indicating the applicant’s current academic status in his/her veterinary college. Please send to:
Eskelund Preceptorship Scholarship
12627 San Jose Blvd., Suite 202
Jacksonville, FL 32223-8638
Online Application Form
Faculty Recommendation Form
Approved Training Sites
This list of training sites has been approved by the committee. Other sites may also be proposed but they must be approved by the committee.