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New SAVMA Scholarship

A new scholarship from SAVMA's Education and Professional Development Committee (EPDC) was created at this years AVMA convention:

NAVLE Study Package Scholarship: We are offering up to $300 to be used to purchase a NAVLE prep package. This scholarship was created in response to the annual NAVLE Survey, which shows that over 80% of fourth years use digital review services to study for the NAVLE.  To be eligible you must be a current 3rd year or entering 4th year and planning on taking the NAVLE in Fall of 2014. The winner of the award must also complete the annual NAVLE survey following the completion of the exam.


What does “professional development” mean to you? What would you suggest to an incoming first year who had no idea how to begin their veterinary school career? What are some key steps in becoming a successful veterinary professional? (250 words or less)

Time Line

Open Scholarship: March 1st, 2014
Close Scholarship: April 15, 2014
Award Scholarship: May 15, 2014

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University of Wisconsin hosts Oiled Wildlife Clean-up Lab for Veterinary Students and Community Professionals

SAVMA's Education and Professional Development Committee awards grants to student organizations or clubs to design either a lecture and/or wet lab for a topic to which students would not otherwise be exposed. Three $250 dollar grants are offered each year, and winners are hosen by the committee in November. For this and other SAVMA funding opportunites, visit our website.

On April 27th, 2013 the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine sponsored an oiled wildlife cleanup wet lab for the first time in the school’s history. This wet lab experience was organized by students in the Wildlife, Exotic, and Zoo Animal Medicine (WEZAM) club at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine and directed by members of Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research and VMAT (Veterinary Medical Assistance Team) from the AVMA.

Both students and community veterinary professionals took part in a unique wet lab experience where they were exposed to the basics of oiled wildlife clean-up procedures.  Participants were educated in proper handling of oil-contaminated animals, physical examinations with an emphasis on triage, clean-up and bath protocol, and appropriate safety precautions.  Participants gained an understanding of the role they can play as veterinary professionals in responding to oil contamination events and learned that such events can take place outside coastal areas.

WEZAM’s mission is to supplement the traditional veterinary education with subjects in wildlife, exotics, and zoo animal medicine that are otherwise lacking in the curriculum.  In addition to other wet labs such as this, WEZAM sponsors various events, tours, and speakers throughout the year and hosts an annual conference in the field of wildlife, exotics, and zoo animal medicine.  This was the first event held on the topic of oiled wildlife, and the club hopes to hold similar events in the future due to the positive responses after the lab.  We would like to thank Tri-State and VMAT for their help in putting on this great event.  We would also like to thank the US Fish and Wildlife Service for donating the waterfowl carcasses used in this lab.  The lab was made possible by generous funding from the AVMA, the University of Wisconsin SCAVMA and the EPDC Extracurricular Grant awarded by SAVMA. 


EPDC Grant Winner

SAVMA's Education and Professional Development Committee offers a grant to veterinary student organizations to provide funding for wet labs or lectures supplementing their college’s curriculum.  The vision for this grant is for student organizations or clubs to design either a lecture and/or wet lab for a topic to which students would not otherwise be exposed. For a full list of award money SAVMA offers, click here. Read below for how one school used this resource:


Dr. Karen Overall

On April 16th, with the help of a SAVMA EPDC grant, Iowa State's Chapter of Animal Behavior was pleased to welcome Dr. Karen Overall, a leading veterinary behaviorist and author of Clinical Behavioral Medicine for Small Animals.  Dr. Karen Overall spoke to our student and faculty/staff population (over 130 in attendance!) about the importance of behavior in veterinary medicine, and our role as veterinarians in patient behavior.  Dr. Overall is an engaging, well-known speaker and our college population was provided the unique opportunity to learn more about veterinary behavior.  Thank you for SAVMA EPDC grant for this amazing seminar!


2013 AVMA Student Legislative Fly-In

The SAVMA Governmental Affairs Committee and Education and Professional Development Committee are offering a grant to veterinary students and veterinary student organizations to provide funding for awareness of the current financial concerns for veterinary students. Read to see how this grant helped send students to the fifth annual student fly-in, hosted by the AVMA’s Governmental Relations Division:

Sarah Fry, Tayler Foshee, and Stef Bolas
Oklahoma State University
Class of 2015 & 2014

On March 4th & 5th, 2013 we had the opportunity to attend the AVMA Student Legislative Fly-In in Washington D.C. This event occurs annually and allows students to learn about the legislative process. It shows the impact constituents can have on the legislative process and how to communicate with your congressmen to make a positive impact on your community and profession. As well as the alternative governmental career paths that veterinarians can pursue.

On the first day of the event, we learned about current legislation impacting veterinary medicine and what role the AVMA’s Governmental Relations Division plays in representing the veterinary profession on Capitol Hill. Two pieces of legislation were our focus for the Fly-in, the Horse Protection Act Amendment and the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act Amendment. Most of the day was spent preparing for our meetings with our congressmen about these amendments. We also had the opportunity to learn about the AVMA Congressional Fellowship by speaking with a current and past fellow. They answered many of our questions about what it is like to work on Capitol Hill.

On the second day of the Student Legislative Fly-In, we each met with our respective congressional members. Walking through the legislative buildings and the Capitol building was an amazing experience. Before our meetings, we spoke with Representative Kurt Schrader (D-OR) and Representative Ted Yoho (R-FL). They are veterinarians who are currently serving in Congress. They offered their guidance for young people entering the veterinary profession and also shared their thoughts on the legislative process.

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EPDC Grant at work at UC Davis

Editor's note: The SAVMA Education and Professional Development offers a grant every spring to a veterinary school looking to fund an extracurricular activity, such as a wet lab or a lecture.  Last year's winner was UC Davis. Please read on to hear their summary of the event, and if you would like to know more information about funding an event at your own school, email the committee at

UC Davis Students at the Veterinary Pathology Club lab sponsored by SAVMA's EPDC Committee

On May 11th, 2011 the Veteinary Pathology Club at UC Davis held its first cow necropsy lab. The lab started with a small talk about safety during necropsies, common findings during necropsies and incidental lesions found during necropsies. The latter portion of the lab involved students necropsying cows with guidance from residents and a facultly member. Each cadaver was assigned an organ system to be focused on. For UC Davis Students at the cow necropsy labexample, one cow had the reproductive tract removed and the students were debriefed on normal structure, possible abnormalities seen in these organs, and possible findings you are looking for in these organs. The Veterinary Pathology Club will be using the EPDC grant from SAVMA to cover food for the pre-laboratory discussion and lab related expenses for the cow necropsy lab in this May 2012. Thank you SAVMA for your support!