Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University


Professional Experience Scholarships

These scholarships have been developed to assist Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science students financially whilst on placements. The scholarships open approximately in May and close in June each year. An award ceremony is usually held at the beginning of August. Applications are direct to the school. Contact School of Animal & Veterinary Sciences for further information.

The scholarships are provided by:

Drs Mary & Peter Atkinson ($1,500)

Mary & Peter Atkinson have been in practice in Moruya for over 30 years and have now retired from the business. They met at vet school and run the practice together. Mary runs the small animal and surgical side with Peter specialising in the equine and bovine areas. The practice is now owned by two of CSU's graduates. The recipient for this scholarship shows outstanding academic achievement and a commitment to the veterinary profession. 

Piper Street Veterinary Clinic – Dr Chris Collins (2 x $1,000)

Chris Collins has been in practice in Tamworth for many years. His mixed practice currently has four other veterinarians with him. The recipients for this scholarship have a commitment to rural veterinary practice and aspire to a future serving the farming community. 

Rotary Club of Wagga Wagga ($1,500)

Rotary is a respected organisation known for its initiative in supporting communities worldwide which is reflected in its aim this year of Building Communities/Bridging Continents.  Due to the high standard of applications this year we have joint recipients and they will be invited to address a dinner meeting of the Rotary Club

Wagga Wagga Veterinary Hospital – ($1,000)

The Wagga Wagga Veterinary Hospital is co-located with the Kay Hull Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urana Street. David Golland, principal, has been in practice for more than 30 years and his particular passion is small animal surgery and this scholarship is awarded to the student that shares his interest in small animal surgery.

Kym & Lesley Abbott Travel ($1,000)

Bill and Bonnie Holmesby, Lesley Abbott's parents, were great supporters of the course from the beginning and commenced this scholarship to support students who plan to practice overseas. Since their passing, Kym and Lesley have continued the support. Kym Abbott was the inaugural Head of School for the School of Animal and Veterinary Science.

ScholarshipYearNo AvailableValueCriteria
Drs Peter & Mary Atkinson41$1,500

Based on academic performance in Year 3 and a commitment to the veterinary Profession.

Rotary Club of Wagga Wagga41$1,500

Based on sound academic record in years 1-3, activity in student and/or community affairs, and commitment to rural veterinary practice.  The successful recipient is required to make a presentation to a Rotary Club meeting.

Piper Street Veterinary Clinic42$1,000Commitment to rural Australia, not academic based
Kym and Lesley Abbott Travel Scholarship51$1,000Clinical rotation at an overseas CEMS placement – must complete experience at a veterinary clinic outside Australia
Wagga Wagga Veterinary Hospital51$1,000Demonstrated interest in small animal surgery

For information on general CSU scholarships which you may be eligible to apply for, please see  CSU Scholarships.