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The Dr John Holt Scholarship for Animal Welfare



12 August 2014

Starting in 2015, this Scholarship is for the support of an outstanding student who is committed to animal welfare, and who is enrolled in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program with the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney. This scholarship is a competitive merit-based Scholarship, to defray the costs of accommodation and general living expenses beyond University fees and charges.

Dr John Holt was a pre-eminent veterinarian, widely respected in Australia and internationally, who was renowned for his passionate commitment to animal welfare. Dr Holt's list of achievements is long and impressive, and includes veterinary practice, academia and service to the profession. With his wife Mary, Dr Holt generously supported a wide range of animal welfare organisations. He also became a passionate advocate for animals involved in the live export trade

At the University of Sydney, he has been described as a 'legend', and as 'the elder statesman of veterinary welfare'.

The Faculty will be selecting from a group of students identified on the basis of exceptional academic achievement, and proven leadership ability in issues related to animal welfare. We will be looking for their commitment to animal welfare, their plan to be a leader in this area, and their willingness to help and inspire others regarding animal welfare issues.

The criteria for selection are:

  • demonstration of high level of academic achievement
  • proven leadership in relation to animal welfare issues
  • involvement in extracurricular activities
  • personal characteristics that demonstrate a willingness to help and inspire others on issues related to animal welfare
  • a Commitment Statement regarding the applicant's vision for animal welfare, both in Australia and globally, and their role or plan to be a leader in this area in the future
  • letters from two referees who would be prepared to speak on the applicant's behalf.

The Dr John Holt Scholarship for Animal Welfare will provide the successful candidate with $6,000 per year for each year of the DVM program, a total of $24,000.

Applications close on 30th September, 2014. Download the Application Form (pdf). For more information, please contact Ms Veronica Boulton, Faculty Manager and Sub Dean Admissions.


Contact: Ms Veronica Boulton

Phone: 02 935 16932

Email: 2329261501245039465b193216475c3722043e020a030949115d0356341c