Veterinary Association of Namibia
Veterinary Bursary

PLEASE NOTE: The VAN bursary is currently filled. We are not accepting new applications until our current student has graduated.

Imasiku Venancia Mpambo

My name is Imasiku Venancia Mpambo. I am 23 years old and currently enrolled at the University of Namibia (Neudamm campus) for Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine. I am currently, in 2022, in my third year of study.

Ever since I was in high school, I have always wanted to do a medical related form of study and to have a chance to promote the health and welfare of animals. By looking at my interests, I considered the Veterinary medicine path to be the most suitable for me.

Before Veterinary medicine, I pursued a diploma in Animal Health, which is a paraprofessional level of Veterinary medicine. After all these years of involvement in this career path I am still learning and improving my skills and ability to help animals.

The absolute best part of this profession is that it allows me to make a difference. Whether it is preventative health care to keep animals healthy or helping a new life enter the world, I get to make a difference every single day.

What better way to spend your life than doing something you love and in line with your potential.

Margareta Kankono

Dear Veterinary Association of Namibia family

I, Margareta Kankono, fifth year student pursuing a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Zambia (UNZA), am writing to express my sincere gratitude for being the recipient of VAN bursary since 2015/16 UNZA academic year. I appreciate you so much because your financial assistance has changed my life for the best and the prognosis for my dream career is better than I could ever imagine, thanks to you the VAN family; words are not enough to express my gratitude.

I am greatly honored and humbled to be the recipient of the VAN bursary for the past three years now, well, in short, it has been my lifelong dream to attend veterinary medical school since high school although by that time, I thought being a veterinarian is all about dogs, syringe and needle. Little did I know that the profession is much more than what I thought then. I was taught the fact that we play a major role in eliminating zoonotic diseases, and it has been postulated that 75% of all human diseases are of animal origin, meaning the lives of Homo sapiens are dependent on Vets, through their direct and indirect contributions to human health and welfare. Studying different species has amazed me from the core of my heart.

To all VAN members out there thank you so much for your support. And to the previous VAN treasurer, Dr Adrian Adank, thanks for making the payments on time and my sincere apology for troubling you to make the transaction before the exam, beside your busy schedule, you always find time and make extra effort. The VAN family should rest assured that I will work extra hard and smart towards my paper and that I am not going to stop here.

Regards (Margareta Kankono,)

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