The submission window for The Vet Gazette is currently OPEN!  Stay tuned and visit our Facebook page for the latest updates! 


How to submit your entries to The Vet Gazette: 

Submissions are accepted via email (  Submissions that do not include your name, SAVMA ID, and host school name will not be considered.  You may submit to multiple categories within the same email, but please be explicit about to which category you are submitting. You may submit up to 3 individual pieces per category, any additional submissions will not be considered. Pictures should be in JPEG, TIFF, or GIF format.  Please also include your answer to our trivia question when submitting!   


Which United States president had an alligator while in office? 

Submission Categories 

1. Cases and Abstracts:

Have you worked on a unique clinical case recently? Has your own pet been a puzzling case? Have you been involved with laboratory, clinical, or field research? We’d love to hear about your work! Send us your case report or research abstract - pictures are highly encouraged!  Actual reports will be favored over abstract submissions.

  • 1st place: $100
  • up to 2 honorable mentions: $25 each

2. Photography:

Submit up to three of your best, original photographic works.  Please include a title!  If you're planning on submitting a photo of your pet, please refer to our new category #3!

  • Up to 4 best submissions:  $50, each

3. Cutest Pet Award:

Submit up to three of your best, original photographs of your very own pet.  Please include a title!

  • Up to 4 best submissions:  $50, each

4. Caption This Contest (New Category!):

Can you imagine what animals might say if only we spoke the same language? Send in up to 3 captions for each of the following pictures and a winner will be selected for a cash prize TBD. 

  • Up to 3 best submissions - Cash prize TBD

Photo 1

Lucky is a 12-year-old Chihuahua who belongs to Chantal Girard from Kansas State University. He can be a grumpy old man, but loves his humans no matter what.  His favorite treats are ice cream, bananas, and cheese. Despite being a senior citizen, Lucky still thinks he is a puppy, whether it be running around the house with his rabbit toy or using his big puppy dog eyes to get what he wants. Lucky’s favorite past-times are howling when you leave the room and chasing squirrels that are bigger than he is.


Photo 2
This is Buddy. He is a 13 years old bengal. He belongs to Emma Svenson from UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. Buddy loves sitting on laps, in the sunshine, and obviously in blankets in front of the fireplace.




5. Creative Corner:

Submit up to three of your best, original creative works; including paintings, drawings, multimedia, or other crafts.  

  • Up to 4 best submissions:  $50, each

6. Foot in Mouth Disease

Laughter is the best medicine, so share your funny experiences, jokes, poems, photos, memes, GIF's, or anything else with us.  In this category, ANYTHING GOES.  When submitting memes, photos, or GIF's, please limit them to 3/person.  Original works will be weighted more than pre-existing ones.  If you can make us laugh, we will dish out cash!

  • 1st place:  $100
  • 2nd place:  $75
  • up to 6 honorable mentions:  $25, each

7. Experiences: 

Tell us about some of your best experiences- vet related or not- that have been a meaningful part of your veterinary experience. This could include vacations, externships, employment opportunities, extracurricular activities, and more. How have they helped shape your unique path to a DVM or VMD? Photos encouraged with entries! 

  • 1st place:  $100
  • 2nd place:  $75
  • up to 2 honorable mentions:  $25, each

8. Op-ed:

Have an unusual or proactive opinion on a current issue related to our profession?  We want to hear it!  Please limit op-ed pieces to 700 words.  No awards are given to op-ed pieces, but they have the ability to win "People's Choice Award" (see below).  Feel free to include graphics, illustrations or photos that support your point.  Pieces will be chosen by their strength of writing and timeliness of topic, as well as relevance to the veterinary community.

9. Letter to the Editor:

Have something to say regarding an article or post we've made recently?  Let us know! Please limit letters to the editor to 300 words.  No awards will be given to letters to the editor.  Letters that will be selected for publish may elaborate on the pros and cons of a certain submission, and may be in support or against a particular editorial announcement (look for posts from SAVMA committees or tagged as SAVMA News as a source for your letters).


SCAVMA Chapter Award:

  • The SCAVMA chapter who has the most submissions (EXCLUDING TRIVIA) will receive $300, and if it was a close race, the SCAVMA chapter with the second most submissions will receive $200!

People's Choice Awards:

  • Up to 3 published submissions (excluding those who have already won awards) that receive the most "likes" on Facebook

Facebook Cover Photo Award:

Submissions to our Creative Corner or Photography categories will also automatically be considered for the Facebook Cover Photo Award.  If it is selected, you will receive $50.  A new winner will be selected each month.