American Veterinary Society for Animal Behavior (AVSAB)
Student chapter bylaws for AVSAB
AVSAB Web Site
President: Teri Martindale
President Elect: Maxine Koyanagi
Secretary: Rebecca Schuermeyer
Treasurer: Hannah Bigelow
Advisor: Dr. Debbie Barton
Student Chapter Objectives
- To advance the study of animal behavior.
- To provide veterinary students with educational opportunities in animal
behavior and related subjects.
- To make available to student chapter members an affiliation with the
American Veterinary Society for Animal
- To enhance leadership characteristics in its members through organization as
a student club.
- To provide behavior-related educational opportunities to the general public.
ADOPT-A-DOG program in conjunction with the Whitman County Humane Society. This
is a program designed to help teach students about basic animal training and
behaviors. Students work with the shelter animals in order to help make them
The Behavior Information Table, held during the Veterinary College’s Open House
(usually in April), provides behavior and club-related information to the
college and the general public.
- Plans for 2011-2012 include talks on basic animal handling in: Small animal,
Ag animal and Equine practice, common behavior problems you will face as a
veterinarian and how to address these problems. Those interested may learn new
skills and get to participate in the ADOPT-A-DOG training program at the local
animal shelter. The ADOPT-A-DOG program is designed to help future veterinarians
understand the most common behavioral problems encountered in practice and how
to correct them. We also hope to get hands on training sessions to learn how to
prepare for the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test. Our main goal this year is to give
students as much hands on experience as possible!
We sponsor a wide variety of lectures and workshops for club members. Recent
offerings have included temperament testing of shelter dogs, behavior issues in
shelter medicine, and promotion of safe interactions between children and pets
We are planning to get the Therapy Dog Program up and running in the community.
This allows students to get the Canine Good Citizen Certification for their dogs
with hopes to take the dogs out to community venues and teach about safety as
well as provide companionship.
- We will also plan some new fundraisers and try to attend the yearly
American Veterinary Society
for Animal Behavior (AVSAB) conference. Have ideas? We are always looking
for help! Contact us and get involved if you are at all interested in learning
about animal behavior. No experience or background neccessary!
Past Club Activities
Dog training seminar free for AVSAB members.
Common pet behavior problems, a lecture series.
CGC certification training practice.
Membership is open to all students, and we accept members year-round. Club
dues are $8 per year, pro-rated during spring semester. Club meetings are open
to anyone, but some lectures and special events are restricted to dues-paying