The Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine's Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association is 1 of 28 chapters from United State's and Canadian Veterinary Colleges that comprise the Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA). The Student American Veterinary Medical Association's goals are modeled after it's parent organization, The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). The AVMA's objectives are "...to advance the science and art of Veterinary Medicine, including it s relationship to agriculture and public health." SAVMA was formed in 1969 and today is comprised of over 8,000 veterinary medical students at 28 schools. The goals of the WSU Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA) are:
- To promote a spirit of friendly relations among veterinary students.
- To provide additional opportunities for the members to gain professional knowledge and an understanding of professional ethics and conduct.
- To demonstrate the virtues of organized effort.
- To promote an attitude of professionalism, fairness and honesty among veterinary students in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
- To develop characteristics of leadership through training received in conducting chapter affairs.
- To make available to the students, the opportunities offered by the AVMA to it's student chapters.
SCAVMA is represented every year at the Student AVMA Educational Symposium held in the spring and the AVMA convention in the summer.
- The 2014 SAVMA Symposium was hosted by Colorado State University, and was attended by 36 students from WSU. 8 of those students were from our Utah State University campus. There were many great wet labs including equine reproduction, small animal surgery, emergency preparedness, and sports medicine. One of the many highlights were lectures by Temple Grandin. Students were able to enjoy a taste of old town Fort Collins’ food, dancing and night life. WSU had many great teams compete in several different events, placing 1st in Volleyball, 1st in Radiology, 2nd in Tug-O-War, and 4th overall in team school competition. WSU was well represented by the students that attended.
- 2013 symposium held at Louisiana State University was attended by 26 students. Events included a tiger tailgate, and a crawfish boil. Over 1300 students from veterinary schools across the U.S were in attendance. The WSU team took 2nd place in the SAVMA Challenge competition and received recognition for being 1 of 6 schools with 100% conversion from SAVMA/SCAVMA to AVMA membership.
- 2012 symposium was hosted by Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine located in West Lafayette IN. 15 students were able to attend where activities consisted of amazing wet-labs, fun day lectures and even a St. Patrick's day celebration. The closing Gala on the last day of symposium featured Temple Grandin who helped to present SAVMA awards and who gave a short speech on the role her work has played in veterinary medicine.