Benefits of Membership
American Veterinary Medical Association
Reduced Subscription Rates to AVMA Journals
Keep abreast of the trends, research, and issues impacting the
profession by reading the Journal of the AVMA (JAVMA) and the American
Journal of Veterinary Research (AJVR). The AVMA provides all SAVMA members a
reduced rate subscription to the printed and online editions of the JAVMA
Journal of the AVMA
Subscription to the JAVMA (24 issues per year) is offered to student
chapter members at a reduced rate (¼ subscriber's cost). Each year's
subscriptions are for 12 months, are requested through the student
chapter in October, and start with the January 1 issue. Only at the
chapter's request in special circumstances will subscriptions be
accepted after the original order has been received. Subscribers should
advise the AVMA headquarters of address changes 3 weeks prior to the
American Journal of Veterinary Research
Student chapter members may also subscribe for a full year to the AJVR
(12 issues per year) at a reduced rate.
2. Complimentary Subscription to Student Chapters
The AVMA will provide, at no cost, a subscription of the JAVMA and
each school's veterinary library. The AVMA also provides 2 free copies of
the annual AVMA Directory to each school's veterinary library and 4 copies
to each Student Chapter.
Student Chapters, SAVMA Executive Committee, Delegates and Alternates
also annually receive complimentary copies of the AVMA Membership Directory
& Resource Manual.
The AVMA Auxiliary has established a student loan fund administered
AVMA Foundation. Loans
are available to junior and senior veterinary
students. The interest rate is 3%. Information is available at
www.avmaaux.org under Student Loan
Fund. Loans are for $5,000 per year (up
to $10,000 maximum).
Student chapter members may purchase medical insurance and group term
insurance through the AVMA Group Life Insurance Trust (GHLIT). The AVMA
Professional Liability Insurance Trust (PLIT) also offers malpractice
coverage for students who are engaged in externship or preceptorship
programs with veterinarians who are insured by the trust. New graduates may
apply for disability, hospitalization, life, and malpractice insurance to be
effective at the same time as their AVMA membership. Chapter membership is
determined for insurance eligibility from the computer listing that is
submitted by the Chapter each fall.
5. Career Development Center:
AVMA Veterinary Career
For student chapter members (especially senior students):
Free to student members, this service allows you to post your resume
have it matched with potential employers who have registered and posted jobs
on the site. This is your primary resource for real time information and
opportunity for current job openings in all aspects of veterinary medicine.
In addition, the Veterinary Career Center office team is ready to
your questions about starting salaries and benefits, as well as emerging
career opportunities for veterinarians.
1-800-248-2862, ext. 6683 for more information.
Web-based AVMA Mentoring Center
Recognizing the need for mentoring throughout our careers, the AVMA
has developed the AVMA Mentoring Center
unique Web-based Mentoring Center powered by Open Mentoring TM is
- Enhance personal and professional growth
- Build support networks
- Invest in the future of the veterinary profession
The AVMA Mentoring Center utilizes Open Mentoring to guide mentees
- Assessing their development needs
- Finding suitable mentors from a dynamic database
- Building relationships with other veterinarians
AVMA and SAVMA members participate as both mentors and mentees,
sharing their knowledge and experience, and learning from others in the
Veterinary Career Center
The Veterinary Career Center (VCC), the veterinary profession’s
premier online employment Web site at www.avma.org/vcc, offers SAVMA
members the ability, at no cost, to:
- Browse through hundreds of current open positions
- Post resumes, making them available to hundreds of employers
- Take advantage of the VCC’s personalized e-mail notification
- Alerts you by e-mail of new job postings that meet your
The VCC is available to students at various veterinary conferences.
At these conferences, students can utilize the VCC’s newest resource–
the Online Career
Fair Module. This tool allows SAVMA members to schedule job interviews
employers who are also attending that particular conference. Finally,
the VCC office
team is ready to answer your questions about starting salaries and
benefits, as well as emerging career opportunities for veterinarians.
6. AVMA Student Chapter Certificates for Graduates
In recognition of their membership, members in their student chapter
graduation, receive a student chapter certificate. Each chapter determines
the students who are to receive the certificates. The AVMA provides the
parchment paper certificates at a minimal cost. Certificates are usually
presented at the final chapter meeting of the year, or at an awards
7. Automatic Free AVMA Membership
Upon graduation, SAVMA members in good standing at their student
will be granted membership to the AVMA at no cost for the remainder of that
year. Additionally, graduates will enjoy the following:
- Two years of reduced membership rates –saving up to $195 over
- A certificate for one free registration to the AVMA Annual
which may be used within 5 years of graduation.
8. Material for Career Days, Field Days, or Open Houses
Most student chapters conduct or participate in annual programs at
college that permit the public to view the training program for
veterinarians. High school students interested in the veterinary profession
often request career information to be used for future reference. The AVMA
has available career material such as the booklet, "Today's
and films such as "Veterinary Medicine: Caring For The Future," "Tomorrow's
Veterinarian," "The Zoo Veterinarian," and others.
9. AVMA - Government Relations Division (GRD) Externships
The GRD is offering 4-week long
student externships for SCAVMA members at
their office in Washington, DC. It offers unique opportunities to learn
about, and participate in, federal legislative and regulatory processes. For
information call April Demert at 1-800-321-1473, ext. 3205, or e-mail:
10. AVMA Student Externship Stipend Program
The AVMA Externship Stipend program offers second through four year
members the opportunity to broaden their educational experiences outside
private practice by participating in externships in public and corporate
employment settings. For an application and additional information, call
1-800-248-2862, ext.6681 or email:
11. Additional Benefits
- Personal Student Chapter membership card that allows student
access to "Members Only" areas within the AVMA web site.
- Eligible to apply for various grants, scholarships, and awards
from the various SAVMA Committees. Refer to the Student AVMA web
page at www.avma.org/savma
or contact your school’s SAVMA Delegates
for more information.
- Automatic membership in the International Veterinary Student
- Access to the Vet Gazette, the SAVMA Online Veterinary
- As a student, free registration to the AVMA Annual Convention
through your 4th year of veterinary school.
From the WSU Student Chapter of the AVMA
- Grants for travel to externship and education related events for
up to $400 per year per student.
- Free cap and gown for graduation.
- Eligible for free travel to SAVMA Annual Educational Symposium.
- Discount of 10% at SCAVMA Student Bookstore.
- Eligible for membership in SCAVMA-approved clubs.