American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA)
of SCAVMA Chapters
of SCAVMA Membership
Descriptions of Officers
Go online to
http://www.avma.org/savma/default.asp You will reach the
Student AVMA webpage
Click on the blue box entitled "Join SAVMA!"
Towards the bottom of the page, click the blue box entitled
"Join/Renew Now!." Please note that you will pay your SAVMA and
SCAVMA membership fees and any journal subscriptions you choose
during this member registration/renewal process.
Enter in ALL starred information or your
order will not be processed.
Scroll down. Select BOTH the SAVMA dues and SCAVMA dues.
SCAVMA and SAVMA are joint associations, being a member of one
association automatically makes you a member of the other. The
dues have been broken down into individual SAVMA and SCAVMA dues
here to help the AVMA track enrollment.
Enter in your orders for journals at this time if you like.
At bottom of page you will see your total. Proceed with
Print off a copy of your receipt to bring to book pickup AND
email a copy of your receipt to Brittney Spurling at
or Annie Norling
- If you have any problems/questions, please email President
Abby Thomson at
firstname.lastname@example.org or President-Elect Matt
Objectives of the organization
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)
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 meets as a general body once a month during the regular
school year with a key note speaker. The executive board meets once
per month. The executive board is comprised of elected officers and
class representatives. Additionally faculty advisors, GPSA district
representatives, and student bookstore staff also attend the
Since 2002 the WSU SCAVMA has been operating under a newly updated
constitution and by-laws. The new constitution and by-laws are the
result of many months of rewriting and editing. Ultimately, they
will help the organization to run more smoothly and make it easier
to take care of business. These updated documents will more
accurately represent the goals and objectives of the organization.
SCAVMA is represented every year at the Student AVMA Educational
Symposium held in the spring and the AVMA convention in the summer.
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.
2011 59 WSU students attended the SAVMA Symposium at
2010 49 WSU students attended the SAVMA
Symposium at Wisconsin
30 WSU students attended the SAVMA Symposium at Ohio State
- 2008 38 WSU students attended the SAVMA
Symposium at Auburn
- 2007 48 WSU students attended the SAVMA
Symposium at North Carolina
- 2006 at Minneapolis, 56 students attended,
- 2005 at Texas A & M, 49 students attended:
- 2004 at Tennesee,
- 2003 at Georgia,
- 2002 at Colorado, 74 students attended
- 2001 at Iowa, 24 students attended
SAVMA Symposium 2000 winning teams
- in 1999 the symposium was hosted by WSU
Photo Gallery of SAVMA Symposium 1999
- 1998 at Florida, 46 students attended
- 1997 at Purdue, 28 students attended
- 1996 in Oklahoma, WSU sent a total student representation of 25.
- 1995 at Illinois, WSU was represented by 11 educational team competition
At the annual AVMA Convention, WSU's SCAVMA executive board is
represented by the SCAVMA President and the two National
Delegates. The SCAVMA president-elect attends the quarterly WSVMA
Executive board meetings, reporting on behalf of SCAVMA. The future
plans of the WSU SCAVMA are to continue to increase the positive
communications between the Washington State Veterinary Medical
Association and veterinary students through a mentoring program. By
doing this, SCAVMA hopes to increase veterinarians' awareness of
students' abilities and help students make the transition to
professional employment easier. SCAVMA helps organize an annual
Spring open house. Student clubs, vendors and professors set up
educational displays and activities designed for all ages in the
community. This provides a chance for veterinary students to share
some of what they are learning with family, friends and the
community. The WSU SCAVMA is the umbrella organization of all clubs
at the College of Veterinary Medicine. SCAVMA sponsors many club
activities, provides money for special events, operates a student
bookstore and provides scholarships to Veterinary Students every
fall. The overall desire of SCAVMA is to help Veterinary Students as
much as possible in their extracurricular activities and provide a
direct link to the AVMA which it is hoped will foster an
appreciation and interest in organized Veterinary Medicine.