Vet Candy teams up with AVMA Trust to make veterinary student life easier

Vet Candy Guide to Vet School connects veterinary students with tips and advice from a network of top influencers and experts.

Montclair, New Jersey – Veterinary school is known to be one of the most challenging and demanding professional programs in existence. “Vet school is tough, both physically and mentally,” said Dr. Merrill Simpson, Emergency Veterinarian with Vancouver Animal Emergency and Referral Centre. “I think students need guidance,” says Simpson. Vet Candy and AVMA Trust, representing AVMA LIFE and AVMA PLIT, have teamed up to create the Vet Candy Guide to Vet School.

The Guide focuses on physical, emotional, and financial wellbeing for students entering or already enrolled in Vet School. According to a 2011 study by Kansas State University, veterinary medicine students are also more likely to struggle with mental health issues than their human medicine counterparts, with more than one out of three students showing signs of depression during their first year.

Simpson, herself a recent graduate, contributed to the guide. She says, “I am honored to be a part of this wonderful initiative. I think that having this advice, early on, can help the next generation of veterinary students.” Other contributors include experts Bryan Gum, a Certified Financial PlannerTM, Caitlin Kiarie, a registered dietician and nutritionist, and Dr. Dara Querimit, a licensed clinical psychologist.

“AVMA LIFE and AVMA PLIT are proud to support the wellbeing of veterinary students and veterinarians,” said Rebecca Stinson, DVM and AVMA Trust Student Services Representative, “We hope this guide helps vet students excel in all facets of their lives.”

The guide can be downloaded for free at

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About AVMA Trust:

The AVMA Trust provides students with professional liability and life insurance at no cost while a SAVMA member attending veterinary school within the United States. Additionally, students have the option to purchase disability and rabies prophylaxis coverage designed specifically to meet the needs of professional veterinary students. The AVMA Trust is committed to protecting veterinarians along their entire journey. AVMA Trust provides coverage to over 65000 AVMA member veterinarians with professional liability and license defense coverage and over 25000 with life and disability coverage.

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