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Dr. Augustus Nathaniel Lushington
Impact Award for Black Excellence

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We are excited to present the Dr. Augustus Nathaniel Lushington Impact Award for Black Excellence! This award recognizes exemplary veterinary students that are making a real difference for the Black community. Open to Veterinary Technician and Veterinarian Students, winners of the Dr. Augustus Nathaniel Lushington Impact Award for Black Excellence will receive up to $5,000 to help them in their student journey.

About Dr. Augustus Nathaniel Lushington, VMD

Augustus Nathaniel Lushington, VMD, became the first black person to earn a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (VMD) degree in the United States. Dr. Lushington was a dedicated student, a lifelong teacher, and a superior practitioner. He faced enormous odds to fulfill his dreams, and many challenges throughout his life. Still, he believed in working together to improve the lives of all. We thank Dr. Lushington for his contribution to the profession.

To honor his legacy, UVC is pleased to announce the Augustus Nathaniel Lushington Impact Award for Black Excellence!

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2022 DR. AUGUST NATHANIAL

2022 Award Winners

How to Participate

In your video essay, please be sure to share why you are inspired to pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine, what you are doing/aspire to do to improve the lives of all pets and people, and what you are doing/aspire to do to make our profession more accessible to the Black community. Be creative. Be inspiring. And most importantly, be you!

Upload your video essay to YouTube and email the link to

Important Information & Dates
  • Open to all Black 3rd & 4th-year Veterinary Students and all Black Veterinary Technician Students

  • One $5,000 Award for Veterinary Students

  • Two, $2,000 Awards for Veterinary Technician Students

  • Video essay applications will be accepted from February 11 - May 31, 2022

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing all of the wonderful things you are doing to make our world better! Please share this with any veterinary or veterinary technician students that you feel may qualify. 


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Applications are closed! Winners will be announced on Juneteenth - June 19, 2022.
Information coming soon!

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