College of Veterinary Medicine

Student Organizations

American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA) 

Executive Officers

Class Position Email
Matt Sammons 2016 President      
Nashua Compton 2017 President-Elect      
Jacob Brandvold 2016 Vice President      
Samantha Zuck 2017 Secretary      
Allison Durand 2016  Budget Chair      
Marie Salazar 2017  Treasurer      
Chelsey Slosar 2016 Sr. National Delegate      
Vaughn Fish 2017 Jr. National Delegate      
Carolynn Fitterer
Rebecca Schuermeyer
2016 Sr. Community Service Officers
Jessie Holley 2017 Jr. Community Service Officer      
Christina Green 2016 IVMA Representative      
Alicia Ewing 2014 Class Representative      
Kristine Kamphius 2015 Class Representative      
Erika Larsonberg 2016 Class Representative      
Jourdan Brune 2017 Class Representative      
 Annie Norling 2016 SCAVMA Bookstore Manager      
Salena Hubacker 2017 SCAVMA Bookstore Asst. Manager      
Andrew Wicklund 2015 GPSA District Representative      
 Eva Denka 2017 GPSA District Representative Elect      
Audrey Raby 2016 USU Delegate 2016      
Ashley Coll 2017 USU Delegate 2017      
Dr. Cheryl Dhein   Faculty Advisor
Dr. Tamera Grubb   Faculty Advisor      
Dr. Richard DeBowes   Faculty Advisor      

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). 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 " 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:
  1. To promote a spirit of friendly relations among veterinary students.
  2. To provide additional opportunities for the members to gain professional knowledge and an understanding of professional ethics and conduct.
  3. To demonstrate the virtues of organized effort.
  4. To promote an attitude of professionalism, fairness and honesty among veterinary students in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
  5. To develop characteristics of leadership through training received in conducting chapter affairs.
  6. 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 meetings.


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.
  • 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.
  • 2011 59 WSU students attended the SAVMA Symposium at UC Davis
  • 2010 49 WSU students attended the SAVMA Symposium at Wisconsin
  • 2009  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, Winning Teams
  • 2005 at Texas A & M, 49 students attended: Winning Teams
  • 2004 at Tennesee, Winning Teams
  • 2003 at Georgia, Winning Teams
  • 2002 at Colorado, 74 students attended SAVMA Symposium 2002
  • 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 members
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.
Last Edited: Apr 17, 2014 8:34 AM   

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