The Association of Zoo Veterinary Technicians (AZVT) was established in 1980 as a means for veterinary and medical technicians employed in zoos to communicate and share their specialized veterinary knowledge. The Association publishes a quarterly newsletter in addition to sponsoring the annual conference, a grant program, and the scholarship competition. The Laurie Page-Peck Scholarship was instituted in 1993 to honor the memory of Laurie Page-Peck, senior veterinary technician at the North Carolina Zoological Park, who succumbed to cancer at the young age of 37 in August of 1992. Laurie worked at the zoo for 12 years, dedicating herself to the care of exotic animals, and was a member of AZVT from 1986 through 1990.
The scholarship competition is open to any student currently enrolled in an accredited veterinary or medical technician program, as well as, students that have graduated within six  months of the abstract deadline. The Laurie Page-Peck Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established to allow a deserving veterinary or medical technology student with an active interest in zoo veterinary medicine to attend the annual conference of the Association of Zoo Veterinary Technicians.
The winner(s) of the scholarship must write a scientific paper for presentation at the Association's annual conference. The scholarship fund will pay expenses (up to $1,500 USD) in order for the student(s) to attend the AZVT conference and present the paper.
The information provided on this page is designed as a guideline to assist you as you prepare and format your submission for the AZVT Annual Conference Proceedings. The AZVT Proceedings have become a source of information and ideas for zoo technicians to refer back to in their day-to-day practice. It is, essentially, the journal publication of the Association.
2023 LPP Scholarship Deadlines
Students submitting papers for the scholarship must be enrolled in a veterinary technician or medical technician program. If the student is enrolled in a veterinary technician program within the U.S., the program must be accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Proof of enrollment status may be required upon request. Students participating in internships associated with a zoo or in other veterinary technology internships are encouraged to compete as well.
The paper must be written by the student(s) submitting it. More than one student may co-author a paper. However, the allotted honorarium must be shared between students.
The topic selected by the student(s) MUST pertain to zoo veterinary technology. The topic should be medically oriented and not limited to husbandry. Broad categories may include: a case report, retrospective study, clinical pathology of zoo animals or wildlife, hospital procedures/diagnostics, innovations and updates in veterinary medicine, or other prominent material as determined by the scholarship committee.
Students must submit topic proposals, in abstract form, to the scholarship committee for approval. The purpose of an abstract is to provide a clear, concise summary of the information to be presented in greater detail in the paper. An abstract contains some of the major components of the paper, in 200 words or less.
The abstract format is as follows: All abstracts must be submitted in English. The title of the paper should appear in CAPITAL LETTERS, at the top of the abstract page (not as a separate title page). After a double space, the name(s) of all authors should follow along with school affiliation and current address where they may be reached. Include home phone number and email address. Follow with the body of the abstract.
The title is important and should convey, as concisely as possible, the subject to be discussed. The body of the abstract begins with the objective, and should be stated in one or two sentences. The abstract should end with conclusions drawn from the paper. The conclusion should be no longer than three sentences. Abstracts should be unified, coherent and logical in their progression.
Information for Scholarship Winners
In 2011, AZVT became an approved American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) provider of Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) credits. Since then, the Program Chairs have sought RACE approval for the continuing education credits provided at the annual conference, benefiting those technicians that must have RACE-approved CE for their annual licensing requirements.
Recipient(s) of the scholarship will be notified in writing. Arrangements will be made for the winner(s) to present the paper at the AZVT Annual Conference. The student(s) who writes the paper must present it.
Please Note: A curriculum vitae (CV) is now preferred over the Bio Information Form. The CV should include relevant financial relationships and any publications that may help showcase your qualifications as a speaker. If you do not have a CV, complete the Bio Information Form and follow the submission instructions contained within.
This packet contains information on formatting the abstract and paper, as well as citing references. Pay attention to this information.
Conflict of Interest
An area of growing concern in publications is conflict of interest. RACE standards require that all authors indicate any conflicts of interest with regard to their presentations. These conflicts are of concern when a presentation appears to endorse "a specific drug, product, or service." Presentations that endorse specific products must be indicated as "Promotional" to the RACE committee. If we do not indicate these conflicts of interest, we jeopardize our RACE-approved provider status.
Please indicate any conflict of interest you might have.
Presentation Time Requirements
As a RACE-approved provider, AZVT must follow the presentation time requirements. The minimum time permitted for a presentation is 30 minutes. Please keep this in mind as you are preparing your talk. The 30 minutes does not include time for questions. There will be time built into the schedule for questions and the switching of presenters.