The AAVSB Announces Recipients of the Summer 2023 VTNE Scholarship Award

The American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) is pleased to announce the recipients of the Summer 2023 Veterinary Technician National Examination® Scholarship Award. The AAVSB was thrilled to receive such exceptional scholarship award recipients from the American Veterinary Medical Association Committee on Veterinary Education and Activities (AVMA-CVTEA) and Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) accredited veterinary technology/nursing programs.

It is extremely exciting to see so many veterinary technician students with a commitment to leadership who exhibit academic achievement, diversity, and inclusivity. These candidates for the veterinary profession will have an opportunity to be an asset in serving animals and the public in communities of varied backgrounds, community involvement, and/or volunteerism.

Leslie Knachel, Board President of the AAVSB said, "We are happy to be able to support our Technicians through this scholarship opportunity. The AASVB is honored to celebrate, recognize, and support the valuable contributions that veterinary technicians provide to the profession of veterinary medicine.”

The VTNE Scholarship Award is presented to one graduating student recognized by their veterinary technology/nursing program faculty who fosters, cultivates, and preserves a culture of leadership, diversity, equity, and inclusion and treats everyone with respect and dignity. Recipients receive a voucher waiving the fee for the VTNE exam.

Congratulations to the Summer 2023 VTNE Scholarship Award Recipients:




Blinn College

Jaqueline  Yanez

Des Moines Area Community College

Megan Dueker

Hillsborough Community College - Plant City

Daniela Burgos

Madison College (Madison Area Technical College)

Kelly Nicholson

Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture

Ashley Kowalski

Pensacola State College

Jamie Bowling

Purdue University

Nicole Stoltzfus

Ridgewater College

Abagail Ronkainen

Suffolk County Community College

Mande Bellantonio 



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About the AAVSB: The AAVSB is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen the veterinary regulatory community. The membership of the AAVSB consists of 62 jurisdictions representing all of the United States and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and nine Canadian provinces: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Saskatchewan.