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Wednesday
Feb012017

Fix the Debt Live Webinars

The debt-to-income ratio is high in many professions, but is particularly high in veterinary medicine. It currently stands at about 2:1, representing debt at twice the starting income. According to the 2016 Report on the Market for Veterinary Education by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) and the AVMA, the mean full-time starting salary accepted before graduation in 2015 was $70,117. However, the total median educational debt for veterinary graduates that same year was slightly more than $156,000.

The SCAVMA Committee for Educational Debt at the Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine is working to host a series of live lunch webinar presentations to be held March 27-31, 2017. This weeklong event will address several of the key outcomes of the first Fix the Debt Summit held last year and will cover topics ranging from financial literacy and loan repayment to career awareness and professional competencies. The event will be a broadcasted live to all veterinary schools across the country and also saved on an internet database for veterinary students to access at any time. The goal of this will be to educate and empower veterinary students all across the country to come together to find solutions and start taking actions to alleviate the debt to income disparity.  We also hope to create a sustainable and thriving veterinary profession for the future.  Further details regarding the speakers and topics will follow in the March SAVMA newsletter

Wednesday
Feb012017

Wellness Support Fund Update

The SAVMA Wellness Committee is offering funding to veterinary students and veterinary school organizations that wish to promote physical, mental, and emotional health at their college of veterinary medicine. The committee will award up to $2,500.00USD each cycle to student applicants demonstrating the need for assistance with a project, lecture, or event(s) that will foster physical or mental wellness in their respective college, on an as needed basis.

You can download the updated information form and application here.


Congratulations to last cycle’s winners, who submitted amazing proposals for wellness events at their school: University of Missouri CVM, UC Davis SVM, NC State CVM, University of Illinois U-C CVM, and Texas A&M CVM!


Way to go! We can’t wait to hear how your projects turn out!”

Monday
Jan302017

2017 AVMA Convention Travel Grant

The SAVMA Education and Professional Development Committee is offering funding to veterinary students to attend the 2017 AVMA Convention held in Indianapolis, Indiana from July 21st - 25th.

The AVMA Convention is an excellent professional development resource for all SAVMA members. In addition to providing opportunities for students to network and learn about the activities of professional veterinary organizations, the AVMA Convention features a variety of CE sessions that students can attend. Therefore, the Educational and Professional Development Committee has started a travel grant program to help offset the cost of attending AVMA Convention! Four awards will be given at $250 each and are available to any SAVMA member. Applications are due by by Friday, April 21, 2017!

The application and information on how to apply can be found here.

Monday
Jan302017

Diversity and Communications Development Travel Grant

The goal of this grant is to provide financial resources to encourage students to attend conventions, symposiums, or other approved professional development conferences which promote diversity and communication within the veterinary profession. Up to five $200 grants will be given to deserving individuals who have attended or wish to attend a meeting.  You can apply for this grant for upcoming events or retroactively for any event that has already occurred!

For more details, you can find the application form here!

Monday
Jan302017

Cultural Diversity and Awareness Grant

Cultural differences between veterinarians and clients, and in fact between veterinarians and other veterinarians, are one of many obstacles that the profession must face. To overcome these differences, each of us must approach all clients with an understanding of different values, beliefs, and personal preferences.

The goal of the Cultural and Diversity Awareness Grant is to provide the financial resources to encourage students to develop and support activities or experiences that will increase cultural and diversity awareness within their student body.

You can find the application here, including information about how to apply.