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AWHAB Project Grant

AWHAB Project Grant
SAVMA's Animal Welfare and Human-Animal Bond Committee

The purpose of this grant is to recognize projects that meet the following criteria: to present a sustainable and/or far-reaching project that demonstrates clear benefit to the humans and animals involved, enhance the education of veterinary students in tangible ways (i.e., providing more clinical experience, client interaction, etc.), provide a platform for veterinary professionals to be involved meaningfully in the local community, and to benefit as many SAVMA members as possible. This grant is not intended to fund individuals, and not intended to fund travel expenses.

Four winners of $500 each will be selected.  (This is subject to change based on applicant numbers and quality of projects.) This award can be used proactively or retroactively for projects carried out within the past 12 months. 

Submissions are due by 11:59 PM CST on Wednesday, November 14 and can be found 
HERE. You must be a SAVMA member to apply.


Caption Contest Winner!

 "Hey, I'm Pax. My full name is Paxil (my brother is Prozac - or "Zac") but my mom doesn't call me that for some reason. I enjoy sitting on my mom's shoulders, running around the apartment with my brother, and playing with pipe cleaners. In my free time I like to lick droplets out of the sink, take down anything that hangs from a wall, and spend ample time with these stretchable circular toys that my human puts in her hair."





And the winning caption is: "When your mom brings you catnip and pipe cleaners in the same day."

Bianca Le from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine submitted the winning caption for this picture submitted by Becca Haber from University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine.


An Incidental Finding

Adam Eggleston
University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine

This case involves my own dog ‘Eimeria’.

She was my group’s second sophomore surgery canine which was performed in March of 2016. I was on anesthesia while two of my classmates who were in the role of surgeon and assistant performed the spay. After the routine spay, I decided to adopt the stray and named her Eimeria.

In December 2016 while getting ready for my Zoo medicine rotation, Eimeria began vomiting, urinating, defecating, and became laterally recumbent. I brought her into our ECC where she began to have hemorrhagic diarrhea. An AFAST was performed which showed a large, anechoic cystic structure in the right cranial abdomen with the right kidney not being visible. An ultrasound was performed indicating severe thickening of the gall bladder wall and a large fluid filled structure in the region of the right kidney, hydronephrosis was suspected.

One month later and I was able to watch a nephrectomy being performed on Eimeria. Her right kidney and a ureter with one of the best strangle knots I have ever seen, are currently sitting in a jar of formalin on my shelf. It turns out that Eimeria’s unknown anaphylactoid reaction was a blessing in disguise which allowed the incidental finding of severe hydronephrosis due to a ligated ureter.


The Flower That Blooms in Adversity is the Most Beautiful of All

Check out these awesome pieces submitted by Kristin Reichert from the University of Wisconsin-Madison!









Communicating Diversity within Veterinary Medicine Grant

Communicating Diversity within Veterinary Medicine Grant
SAVMA's Integrative Communications and Diversity Committee

Are you passionate about creating a more culturally intelligent veterinary profession? The goal of this $250-$500 grant is to encourage veterinary students to engage in dialogue about diversity and inclusion among all members of their school and beyond through various activities and programs. Up to five grants will be awarded to deserving individuals or groups who host a diversity-based activity that facilitates conversation and awareness about diversity and inclusion in veterinary medicine. To apply, please write a 300-­500 word essay briefly describing the activity, how dialogue was encouraged, and the projected impact and continuity of the event. In order to qualify for the grant, no fundraising component can come from the activity. If possible, please include any photos of the event and any notes, posters, or pamphlets given at the event. 

Applications are due 
November 15th, 2018 at 11:59pm EST. For more information and the link to apply, click HERE. Must be a SAVMA member to apply.

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