American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA)
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 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
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.