Scholarship Info

The Wisconsin Equine Practitioners’ Association Foundation

A memorial was established in 1996 to honor the memory of a fellow WEPA member, Dr Brian Oetjen. Since that time, the fund has come to represent a memorial honoring all deceased WEPA members. The fund bestows three $500 scholarships annually to Junior or Senior University of Wisconsin veterinary students to assist in defraying their costs in attending the AAEP meeting each fall.

Originally established in coordination with and administered by the UW – School of Veterinary Medicine Foundation, in 2006 the WEPA Foundation Inc took over the reins of administering funding, seeking to expand WEPA’s capabilities in offering scholarships to qualified youth pursuing various equine interests. The fall WEPA Inc seminar has been designated as the “Scholarship” meeting, where monies received from industry vendors are specifically set aside for the scholarship fund.

See more information on applying for a WEPA Scholarship.

In addition to the AAEP scholarships, the Foundation awards sponsorship money to the Wisconsin 4-H Horse Association in support of their state horse expos offered during the summer show season.


Equitarian Initiative Scholarships

WEPA Foundation also sponsors students and veterinarians interested in participating in the Equitarian Initiative experiences held annually in domestic and international locations. A non-profit group established by equine veterinarians interested in working to improve working equid health, the initiative works with international and US based professionals and lay people in their endeavors to educate owners on sustainable health care for their service animals.  Click here for more information about the Equitarian Initiative.

WEPA Foundation offers scholarships to offset the expenses of students interested in participating in the Initiative. If interested in applying for an Initiative trip, please see their application page for more information. Inquiries for scholarships to offset your expenses should be directed to Judy Batker, Country View Veterinary Service, W701 Hwy 92, Brooklyn, WI 53521, or email her at


Selectives and Externship Opportunities

A database of WEPA members has been created to assist veterinary students in locating equine clinics interested in hosting students in externship and selective opportunities.

View clinic locations and contact information on a map here.