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The Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics
 

The 2018 SVME WALTHAM

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 2018 VMX Convention, February 3-7, 2018, in Orlando, Florida  to present the winning essay in the SVME Plenary Session. The winning essay will also be posted on the SVME website.  We at SVME take this opportunity to thank 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 2018

Topic:

Burnout, Compassion Fatigue and the Future of our Profession:

Burnout is common in all medical professions but their presence has been growing in veterinary medicine.  It no longer is a problem of the senior veterinarian but is occurring in young veterinarians with less than a decade of practice life behind them.  Coupled to burnout is ethics fatigue and compassion fatigue.  These very serious problems and can be linked to burnout. It effects our ability to be able to treat the patients we see each day.

Question:

What happens to our profession if we do not recognize and seek treatment for ethical and compassion fatigue?



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

Contest Eligibility

The 2018 SVME WALTHAM 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 (see the Journal’s online instruction for authors at the following website address: https://www.avma.org/News/Journals/Pages/javma-manuscript-style.aspx).

7) Essay must be delivered via email attachment as an Adobe ‘pdf’ document to Ms. Beckie Mossor, RVT, Chair of SVME Student Essay Committee (svmestudentessay@gmail.com) no later than December 1, 2017. Use the following title in the subject line of the email: “last name, first name: 2018 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 $1000.00 (US), posting of the winning essay on the SVME website, and $1000.00 (US) maximum stipend for travel expenses to attend the 2018 VMX Convention in Orlando, FL Feb 3-7, 2018, 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, SEC Committee Chair via email at svmestudentessay@gmail.com



                 

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2017 Award Winner

Alice Villalobos Award:   Lisa Uhl (Iowa State Univ., College of Vet. Med)

Veterinary Medical Ethics - A Spectrum of Gray


Previous Award Winners

2015 Emma Svenson, Univ. of Wisconsin (Villalobos Award)
         Christie E. Kershaw, Alfred State College (VTS Award)

2014 Sara K. Shivapour, Iowa State University (Villalobos Award)
 Juliana Marcie, Carrington College (VTS Award)

2013 Kendra L. Bauer, University of Wisconsin
         Marc Taylor, Northern Virginia Community College (VTS Award)               

2012 Michael J. White, Kansas State University

2011 Kristin Willer, Iowa State University

2010 Kristin Tvrdik, Iowa State University

2009 Megan (Watland) Schommer, University of Minnesota

2008 Danielle Irving, North Carolina State University

2007 Christine Ehlers, Iowa State University

2006 Gwendolen Reyes-Illg, University of Florida

 

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