The VECCS Gives Committee is pleased to announce the Access to Emergency Care Grant to fund a clinical study that investigates strategies to improve access to care by reducing client costs and/or eliminating barriers to care for common emergent conditions in domestic animals. A total of up to $25,000 US is available, either as a single grant or divided between 2 or more awards.

Researchers are eligible for the grant if the Principal Investigator has a DVM, VMD, or is a certified nurse/technician and works in an emergency or urgent care veterinary hospital. Research mentorship and statistical support are available upon request.

There will be a two-stage process for proposals. The committee invites submission of pre-proposals, following the guidelines below. Pre-proposals will be evaluated by the committee and invitations extended to investigators of the highest-ranked pre-proposals for full proposal submission. Pre-proposals should be submitted via VECCS awards platform at the button below.

Deadline for 2024 Proposals has closed

The Awardee will be required to provide a 6-month report by March 1, 2025, and is expected to either present a poster at IVECCS 2025 (no pre-approval required) OR submit a general small abstract proposal for review in April of 2026 for presentation at IVECCS in September 2026 (if accepted). Interim reports will be required every (6) months until the final report is presented. VECCS Gives should be acknowledged in any presentation and/or publication.

Note: The VECCS Gives Research Grant Program is designed to give preference to clinically oriented projects that utilize clinical cases and subjects to investigate low-cost treatment options for clinically oriented ECC problems. The committee is particularly interested in projects that can be completed within one year. Terminal projects will not be considered for funding.

Any questions can be addressed directly to:

[email protected]
Deborah Silverstein, DVM, DACVECC
Grant Committee Chair, VECCS Gives

The VECCS Gives Community Care Grant assists VECCS members in hosting an event that offers free veterinary care to pets owned by at-risk families in their community.

VECCS members seeking financial support for their event may apply for the VECCS Gives Community Care Grant to cover expenses not offset by donations or sponsorships. 

Grant Criteria:

  • Must be a VECCS member to be eligible
  • Funding up to $2500 (USD) for veterinary supplies used during the event (Receipts and/or evidence of expenses will be required)
  • Structured event planned with a confirmed or anticipated date, place, and time
  • Partnership with a local, community non-profit that serves at-risk or underserved. The partnership should allow pet families to receive ongoing education and support via community resources such as future access to free or low-cost veterinary care, nutritional guidance, and free or low-cost pet food.
  • State licensed veterinarian present at event and authorizing rabies certificates
  • Support from a veterinary practice and veterinary industry. For example; supply donations, financial support, location, volunteers, etc.
  • A minimum of 25 animals to be cared for at the event
  • Care provided must include (at a minimum):
    • Physical exam/evaluation
    • Core canine and feline vaccines
    • Proof of rabies sent with the client (when applicable)
    • Microchip
    • External and internal parasite preventative/control
    • Access to free or low-cost spay/neuter

Applications should be submitted prior to the event, recognizing that approval and disbursement of funds may require up to 60 days.

Planning Assistance Available:

VECCS Gives has experience organizing and running events of this nature and committee members are happy to answer questions and provide mentorship to the applicant, as needed. Members who are not currently planning such an event, but have interest in doing so, may also seek support from VECCS Gives.


Log in or create a free account, then once logged in, click “Start entry”, under program select “VECCS”, then under category select “Scholarships/Grants”, then “Community Care Grant.”

The Board of Directors at the Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society (VECCS) remains dedicated to investing back into the veterinary profession, in alignment with our mission to advance knowledge and uphold high standards in veterinary emergency medicine and critical patient care. In line with this commitment, we are proud to acknowledge the dedication, perseverance, and sacrifices made by individuals striving to attain ACVECC Diplomate or VTS (ECC) status. To support this endeavor, we have established four grants worth $10,000 each, awarded to two new diplomates and two VTS (ECC) who have successfully attained this status within the preceding year.

Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS) Educational Speaker Grants are available to state and local veterinary medical associations, veterinary technician medical associations and other national and international non‐profit groups that organize continuing education courses. This Grant is to be used to provide financial support for speaker compensation for emergency and critical care related continuing education. Individual $600 grants will be awarded to 10 different organizations per calendar year, and will be applied exclusively toward speaker honorarium costs. This Grant is given in support of the VECCS mission, which is to Inspiring excellence in emergency and critical care for animals by cultivating an inclusive community and empowering one another to thrive.

The organization must complete the application. The emergency and critical care topics can be surgical, medical, or practice management related. Speakers must be members in good standing of VECCS. The organization can select the speaker, or request a list of names of VECCS member speakers and topics.

The speaker will be compensated $600 as part of their honorarium, to be paid directly by VECCS and distributed by the organization holding the meeting. Additional honorarium, travel and other associated meeting costs are the responsibility of the conference organizers.


Log in or create a free account, then once logged in, click “Start entry”, under program select “VECCS”, then under category select “Scholarships/Grants”, then “VECCS Educational Speaker Grant.”

The Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS) is excited to announce a scholarship opportunity for technician students graduating from an AVMA or CVMA accredited program. The scholarship is designed to help students with an interest in Emergency & Critical Care gain their credentials by taking the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE). Students must submit proof of application for the VTNE through the AAVSB. Scholarship recipient will receive a $500 stipend and a free 1-year VECCS membership. For more information about the VTNE exam please click here.

Applications open during the following windows:

December 15th – February 15th
April 15th – June 15th
August 15th – October 15th


Log in or create a free account, then once logged in, click “Start entry”, under program select “VECCS”, then under category select “Scholarships/Grants”, then “VTNE Scholarship.”

For more opportunities provided by VECCS through our conference, click the button below.