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A Bunny Called Bunny

Bunny belongs to Rochelle Camden, a second-year at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. I bet he enjoys playing Nintendo as much as he loves his mom and eating fruit.

Adoption DayEating His Fruits and Veggies


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2019 AAVMC Annual Conference and Iverson Bell Symposium

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for faculty and students to share their work and ideas during the 2019 AAVMC Annual Conference and Iverson Bell Symposium, March 6-10, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Proposals for educational sessions and posters should be submitted no later than August 15, 2018.
The Iverson Bell Symposium is named for the first African-American veterinarian to hold the position of Vice-President in the American Veterinary Medical Association. The Symposium is held every two years and will celebrate its 21st occurrence this coming year. The primary goal of the conference is to promote diversity and inclusion in academic veterinary medicine.
The theme of the 2019 conference is The Science of Building Inclusive Teams.
Proposals will be considered in the following categories.

  • Programming Specific to Diversity and Inclusion Topics — Programming centered on diversity and inclusion issues, whether targeted to diversity officers or broader audiences
  • Other Programming with a Diversity and Inclusion Component — Thematic content centered on another program area, with a diversity and inclusion component. Examples of other program areas might include, but not be limited to:
    • Education
    • Research
    • Admissions
    • Recruitment
    • Mental Health and Wellbeing
    • Organizational Development
    • Leadership Development

The following attributes are encouraged for educational sessions:

  • Presentations that feature interactive learning and/or small group discussion
  • Data-based presentations that address research and survey trends
  • Proposals from collaborative, multi-institutional teams
  • Incorporation of inter-professional perspectives
  • Proposals with an international or global focus

Submittal Instructions
Proposals are due August 15, 2018, and should be submitted using the following website:


AVMA Convention

At the recent AVMA Convention held in Denver, Colorado SAVMA student leaders from all over the country and beyond met to discuss veterinary student issues. One of the biggest topics discussed by SAVMA presidents and delegates was collaboration; collaboration with each other, other clubs, and other schools. These types of collaboration can successfully help benefits reach more students.


There is another year of ALL for Students funding. This money goes towards supporting all SAVMA chapters in Professional Development, Community Outreach, Leadership and Wellness activities. A huge thank you to our sponsors American Veterinary Medical Association, AVMA PLIT, AVMA Life and SAVMA.  


AALAS Student Perspective

68th AALAS National Meeting

October 15th – October 19th, 2017

A veterinary student’s perspective on the yearly conference for laboratory animal care and research

The AALAS (American Association for Laboratory Animal Science) National Meeting is an enormous conference held for laboratory animal care and welfare each year. As a veterinary student interested in laboratory animal medicine, the best way to prepare for a laboratory animal career is to become involved with the field. I was granted the opportunity by Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) to travel to Austin, TX and share our ideas at the 68th AALAS National Meeting.

Experiences such as the AALAS National Meeting increase in value with active participation. This year, I would share a poster presentation with the National Meeting attendees.

Prior to the National Meeting, I worked with RUSVM to develop an SOP Writing Program. An SOP refers to Standard Operating Procedures. These documents are used to detail the care, husbandry and medical procedures involving animals. SOP’s are commonly used in laboratory animal medicine and other veterinary fields.

RUSVM wanted to provide students with the opportunity to write SOP documents during their academic career. The RUSVM IACUC (Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee) teamed up with students of the RUSVM Chapter of ASLAP (American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners) to design a program for students to write SOP documents with faculty or staff mentorship. Feedback was provided through a survey that showed student participants self-reported improved writing skills, confidence and familiarity with SOPs after joining the program.

Early success of the RUSVM SOP Writing Program, allowed for the development of a poster presentation to be shared at the 68th AALAS National Meeting.

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Any veterinary conference is bound to be overwhelming, and the AALAS National Meeting was no exception. The four days of meeting were packed with poster and lecture presentations. One could spend an entire day listening to lectures and presentations from amazing veterinarians, researchers and students from across the country.

It was often necessary to take a break and explore the various sale booths prepared by hundreds of different laboratory animal and research companies. It’s the perfect opportunity to learn about new feed products, caging systems and other developments in animal care and husbandry. As with any conference, it’s also a good time to collect a plethora of company labeled pens.

The RUSVM SOP Writing Program poster presentation proved to be a great success at the National Meeting. As a student, sharing these ideas in a formal environment has given me a greater confidence in my professional abilities. Sharing the results of the SOP Writing Program ideally encouraged other universities to provide similar programs to benefit their students as well.

Being welcomed by the veterinarians and scientific minds contributing to the National Meeting has inspired me to do greater work in laboratory animal medicine as I go forth as a graduating veterinarian in May 2018.

I highly recommend the AALAS National Meeting to any veterinary student interested in laboratory animal medicine, exotics, pocket pets and animal welfare.





Written and Experienced by:

Leeza Hargreaves

Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM candidate 2018

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