Student Organizations

CVM Student Organizations

(SC= Student Chapter of a Parent Organization)

American Association of Equine Partners

The WSU Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners is a student organization that provides additional learning opportunities for veterinary students interested in equine medicine. The club offers frequent lunch and dinner lectures on a variety of horse-related topics and puts on wet labs for hands-on experience in topics such as equine dentistry, lameness evaluation, and joint injections. The club also organizes an annual Horse Course, an equine health education day for horse owners in the community.

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American Association of Feline Practitioners

The purpose of the student chapter of the AAFP is to promote awareness of the growing popularity of cats as pets and patients; to supplement the education of veterinary students with feline medical and surgical topics and to offer practical experience in handling cats.  The group hosts speakers, sponsors trips to Cat Tales – a feline wildlife preserve in Spokane, WA, hosts labs for students to gain additional experience working with cats; and cares for the WSU resident blood donor cats.  The group holds fund-raising events such sales of t-shirts, cat nip pillows and handmade greeting cards in order to help fund members' trips to feline-related conferences.

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American Animal Hospital Association

The American Animal Hospital Association is an international organization of active companion animal veterinary hospital owners and practitioners. AAHA is dedicated to serving its members by providing the best possible programs and services, as well as developing and disseminating state-of-the-art information on topics in companion animal medicine, surgery, and dentistry, as well as practice management methods, hospital design, management information, and changing professional and social trends.

AAHA provides services and information through leading edge continuing education, including its JOURNAL and other publications, local, regional, and national conferences and seminars, and videotapes. AAHA provides additional sources of practice assistance through Member Hospital Standards and hospital evaluations, hospital design and planning services, accounting and data collection systems, insurance programs, as well as marketing and public relations programs.

The student chapter of AAHA hosts specialty labs on topics such as suturing, cardiology, neurology and nutrition for students to gain additional experience.  The student chapter hosts the annual Small Companion Animal Wellness clinic in Spokane which provides limited care for pets of homeless and low-income owners.

Small Animal Clinic Group Photo

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American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

The Student Chapter of ACVIM provides students with exposure to the specialties of veterinary internal medicine, including cardiology, neurology, oncology, and large and small animal internal medicine as well as internship and residency opportunities.

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Agriculture Animal Club

The Ag Animal Club is for students interested in any agricultural animal species including cattle (dairy and beef), sheep, goats, swine, and poultry. The club offers members discussions, lunch and dinner lectures, and labs on a variety of topics related to all aspects of Ag Animal medicine, surgery, production and husbandry from academicians, industry representatives and practicing veterinarians. Topics are driven by member interest and strive to fill perceived gaps in Ag Animal education and knowledge gained from the regular CVM curriculum.

Agricultural Animal Club, man riding a horse in herd of cattle

American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior

The AVSAB (Behavior Club) is a group of veterinarians and research scientists dedicated to improving the lives of animals and people through an understanding of animal behavior. Insight into animal behavior can strengthen the bond between owners and pets and enhance the welfare of veterinary patients.

The student chapter provides veterinary students with educational opportunities (lectures and workshops) in animal behavior and related subjects; club members in turn, provide behavior-related educational opportunities to the general public. Activities include the Shelter Training Program in conjunction with the Whitman County Humane Society; a program designed to help teach students about basic animal training and behaviors. Students work train the shelter animals in order to help make them more adoptable. Behavior Club also hosts Pups Parading the Palouse, a program designed to help reactive dogs walk calmly on a leash and to promote positive experiences for leashed dogs.  Students can bring their reactive or non-reactive dog on the weekly walks after attending an orientation to learn about dog reactivity.

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Leo Bustad Forum for Positive Change

This forum was started in the spring of 2007 by a small group of students who were just about to begin their senior year. They wanted to pass along their leadership projects and ideas to new students. The goals of the forum are in keeping with the vision of Dr. Leo Bustad, who said “if an established university is to attain and maintain excellence it must always be actively striving, maintaining flexibility, challenging and demanding more from faculty and students, and adding new faculty.” For a student in veterinary school it can seem overwhelming to try to enact change in addition to attending classes, extracurricular activities, family, and other obligations. Being able to pass along a project means it will carry on after the student has graduated and won’t be lost in the turnover. This website will serve to track the progress that has been made on various projects, so new students can start where a previous student left off. Even if a project lapses for a year or more, the information won’t be lost. This institutional memory also gives students perspective about what has been accomplished, and will hopefully inspire them to pursue new projects.

Canine Club

The Canine Club was formed to promote an interest and knowledge of dogs through education, community involvement, and development of personal interests.

Every year the club hosts an annual Canine Canter. The event is held Saturday of WSU's Mom's Weekend in April  and is open to the public. It is a 5k run/walk that students, staff, faculty and the general public can enter with their canine companions. Early registrants receive a t-shirt on race day featuring a student-designed logo on the front. The race route is on campus which makes participants visible to the high influx of people on campus that weekend.   This event is the club's biggest fundraiser for the year. The club uses the funds raised from this event and others to bring in lecturers from across the country to WSU to provide members with a broad education that supplements our core curriculum. Lectures are focused on topics specific to the interests of our members. Such topics include canine health, nutrition, behavior and training.

The Canine Club also uses its funds to host "wet labs" for current veterinary students, which provide an extra opportunity to get hands-on training for skills such as performing physical examinations and blood typing patients. In the past, if the funds raised by the Canine Club have been more than what is needed to provide such service to our members, the Canine Club has made donations to the local humane society.

Canine Canter Contestants, people with their dogs

Christian Veterinary Mission Fellowship

The Student Chapter of the Christian Veterinary Mission (CVMF-Christian Veterinary Mission Fellowship Group) includes faculty, staff, and students who meet weekly and pursue activities that encourage growing closer to God, each other, and others with whom we have daily contact. CVMF emphasizes fellowship, personal growth, prayer, and outreach.

The student chapter hosts Real Life/Real Impact weekends which are spiritual retreats for veterinary students to meet Christian veterinarians, talk with CVM's field staff, find out about short-term mission trips, communicate with students from other veterinary schools and much more. The Real Life/ Real Impact Northwest retreat includes students from Washington State University, Oregon State University, Western University (CA) and UC Davis (CA).

Christian Veterinary Mission (CVM) National Site

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Give Now

Our thanks go out to the family of Dr. William and Margaret (Love) McAndrew, who established a fund to support our club activities.

To make a gift by mail:

Please make check payable to the WSU Foundation and send to:
Lynne Haley
PO Box 647010
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-7010

American Veterinary Dental Society

The American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS) was founded in 1976 for the purpose of creating a forum for advancing the knowledge, education, and awareness of veterinary dentistry among veterinarians, students, and the public. Boasting a truly international membership, the AVDS is the largest organization of veterinary dental professionals in the world with more than 1,000 active members.

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American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association

The purpose of WSU-CVM Holistic Club is to educate and provide information about ways to compliment conventional veterinary medicine with alternative therapies. Such therapies include acupuncture, chiropractic, herbs, massage, homeopathy, healing energy, natural diets, etc. The Holistic Club provides resources for interested individuals to further their knowledge and build a network within the holistic veterinary community.

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Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association

The goal of the HSVMA is to raise awareness on animal welfare issues, especially as they pertain to veterinarians and veterinary students. The student chapter of the HSVMA promotes the humane treatment of animals through discussion and presentation of relevant topics, field trips, volunteerism, and other forms of advocacy.   Activities have included lectures on the Gig Harbor Prison Pet Partnership,  Rural Area Veterinary Services, and the Adopt-A-(Pit) Bull Program. The group sells a Mutt of the Month calendar featuring WSU student's adopted dogs.  Proceeds  go to the Whitman County Shelter.

Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, kitten in arms of a Vet

Immunology and Infectious Disease Graduate Student Association

The Immunology and Infectious Disease Graduate Student Association (IIDGSA) is an association of the graduate students of the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health (Allen School) and the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology (VMP) within the School of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University.

The IIDGSA was founded to enhance broader interaction among existing graduate students, and to formally welcome and connect new graduate students and provide support in their academic transition.

International Veterinary Students Association

The mission of IVSA is "To benefit the animals and people of the world" by harnessing the potential and dedication of veterinary students to promote the international application of veterinary skills, education and knowledge. The student chapter assists students in identifying International Exchange Opportunities for Veterinary Students as well as possible sources of funding.

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Orthopedics Club

The Orthopedics Club provides veterinary students with hands-on learning opportunities to increase their knowledge and confidence in orthopedic medicine. We are for anybody who has an interest in orthopedics, surgery, or those hoping to specialize. Ortho Club is the only surgery-focused club at the CVM. Past club activities include bandaging labs, case-based interactive lectures, fracture repair labs, comparative medicine lectures, and many lunch and dinner lectures.

First years, the orthopedics club will provide you with real clinical scenarios in which you will be able to make use of the many anatomical landmarks you will be learning. This will make anatomy come to life and help you remember all of those little bony details. Second years, by participating in the bandaging and fracture repair labs, you will have a great head-start before your third year labs begin. Third years, discussing real cases with clinicians and fellow students will provide you with an experience that will be extremely beneficial in preparing you for your fourth year in clinics.

Pathology Club

The WSU pathology club provides lectures and hands-on activities for vet students simply looking for some fun wet labs and case studies as well as those interested in a career in pathology.  We do several necropsy labs each semester and hold lunch lectures (food provided) for dues-paying members.  Learning about pathology is a great way to tie all of our classes together and remind us that the things we're learning really do matter.

Pathology Club members looking through microscopes

School of Molecular Biosciences Postdoctoral Association


The School of Molecular Biosciences Postdoctoral Association recently expanded to the College of Veterinary Medicine Postdoctoral Association (CVMPA). The CVMPA aims to support postdoctoral fellows in all aspects of their professional training and career development. The CVMPA will represent the interests of the postdoctoral scholars to the department, College of Veterinary Medicine and the University at large. The CVMPA will strive to promote interaction among postdoctoral scholars to exchange research ideas and expertise, provide feedback to improve professional skills and network both within and outside of WSU. This will be accomplished through hosting events such as research talks, grant review panels, invited speakers and social gatherings.


All postdoctoral scholars in the College of Veterinary Medicine are eligible for membership in the CVMPA. Here a postdoctoral scholar is defined as “a person who has recently earned a Ph.D., M.D., D.V.M. or equivalent doctoral degree and performs academic research full-time under the supervision of a member of the faculty in the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. The position is meant to provide additional research and or scholarly training in preparation for a position in academia, industry, or government.” Membership in the CVMPA is automatic upon joining the College of Veterinary Medicine and all postdoctoral scholars are encouraged to attend CVMPA meetings and events.

The efforts of the Association are based entirely on the interests and commitment of individual postdocs volunteering time and enthusiasm in the organization of and participation in our events.

General questions can be addressed to:

Radiology Club

Radiology is one of the most critical diagnostic tools we have at our disposal.  This club strives to provide additional resources and information on various topics in radiology including information on advancements in the field, radiologist guided case presentation and labs that help reinforce pattern recognition when reading radiographs.

Association of Shelter Veterinarians

The Shelter Medicine Club is the Student Chapter of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians ( (SCASV). The SCASV serves as an advocate for the profession of shelter veterinary medicine, and the Association's mission is to advance the practice of shelter medicine and to further veterinary education and research as it relates to animals' health in shelters. The Shelter Medicine Club's activities include spay and neuter wet labs, lectures with shelter veterinarians and behaviorists, and volunteer work with Whitman County Humane Society. The club assists the Cat Management Coalition, whose monthly events at Blue Mountain Humane Society are designed to help with feral cat management and to provide low-cost cat spay and neuter options in the Walla Walla area. The Shelter Medicine Club also helps to support and advocate for the Shelter Training Program at Whitman County Humane Society. This program works to socialize and train shelter pets to improve their chances for adoption into forever homes.

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Small Ruminant Club

The Small Ruminant Club focuses on caprine, ovine, and camelids. Our goals are to generate interest in small ruminants, offer hands-on opportunities that will supplement the CVM curriculum, and provide skills that will be beneficial to members both now and in the future. We plan several lunch-time lectures on animal husbandry and diseases every semester. Wet lab topics include but are not limited to reproduction, hoof trimming, animal handling, industry topics, and necropsy.


Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA)

The WSU VBMA chapter, along with its Utah and Montana branches, ranks #1 at the 2014 National Meeting in Orlando Florida for the second consecutive year in a row. Chapters are ranked based on a metric system that measures performance indicators including: member numbers, chapter activity, quality of the business certificate program (BCP), fundraising and program diversity. The BCP has four main pillars of education: Business Finance, Business Operations and Management, Business Leadership, & Personal & Career Development.

Unique to WSU VBMA students are required to complete a capstone project to obtain their gold certificate. Capstone’s offer students the opportunity to display their knowledge gained in the business certificate program & explore in more depth different aspect of veterinary business. We are so proud of our chapter officers past and present and our members for achieving this recognition. 

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Veterinary Emergency Critical Care Society

The WSU Chapter of SVECCS was formed to promote student participation and interest in veterinary emergency and critical care medicine through lectures, guest speakers, and the opportunity for members to obtain hands on experience in emergency procedures. 

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World Association of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine

The World Association of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (WATCVM) mission is to unite the global TCVM community through the promotion and publication of research in all aspects of TCVM, develop guidelines for TCVM practice which includes standardization of acupuncture points and channels as well as herbal medicine dosages and usage, and to raise funds through WATCVM Foundation to financially support research and scholarships for veterinary students and faculty members to enable further education in TCVM.

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Society for Theriogenology

The objectives are to provide veterinary students with additional knowledge in the areas of normal and abnormal reproductive systems, reproductive management and therapy, and new reproductive technology and research through hands-on laboratories and clinical rounds; and to increase public knowledge and awareness as to the importance of theriogenology.

Zoo, Exotics, and Wildlife Club

We are a club for vet students interested in zoo, exotics, and/or wildlife medicine. We hope to offer students the opportunity to learn about ZEW medicine and get some hands-on experience.

Activities throughout the school year may include stand-alone events as well as:

  • Reptile/Amphibian Week
  • Fish Week
  • Bird Week
  • Pocket Pet Week

These themed weeks will often include lunch lectures, movie night, necropsy, discussions and/or live animal handling labs.

ZEW Club also organizes a trip during the first weekend of Spring Break to a nearby city to visit zoos, aquarium and other animal facilities. These trips rotate between Boise (2015), Seattle (2016), and Portland (2017).

albino boa being held by 3 women
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