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Thursday
Nov172016

SAVMA Inclusion Statement

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The following is a message to all members of the Student American Veterinary Medical Association, on behalf of the SAVMA Executive Board.

 

November 17, 2016


Colleagues,

The student veterinary community is a place for all people. It is not, however, a place for all behavior.

Sadly, we’ve seen a dramatic rise in hateful acts following last week's U.S. presidential election. These hateful acts have even reached students at University of Pennsylvania, home to the Penn School of Veterinary Medicine.

The Student AVMA has no stance on federal policy, but we do have a stance on hate: we wholeheartedly denounce it in all forms. Our mission includes supporting all veterinary students, and to not decry discrimination would be a failure in that mission.

We will fight for campus communities to remain places where students can pursue their education free of judgment and concerns for their safety. Our schools, as well as the future of our profession, must be safe for members of all race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion, and political affiliation.

The Student AVMA remains committed to inclusion, diversity, and wellness. At our summer meeting, the House of Delegates formed a Wellness Committee and installed the inaugural Cultural Outreach Officer (Kyle Hohu: savma.coo@gmail.com). If you would like to learn – or have ideas for – how to actively create a more inclusive community, your chapter President or Delegates would love to hear from you.

We end this message the same way we started it, with a reminder that at the end of the day, we all belong to the same community.

Take care of each other,

Matt Holland, President (SAVMAPresident@avma.org)
on behalf of the SAVMA Executive Board

Sunday
Oct302016

2017 SAVMA Symposium Travel Grant

The SAVMA Education and Professional Development Committee is offering funding to veterinary students to attend the 2017 SAVMA Symposium at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX on March 16th-18th.

The SAVMA Symposium is an excellent professional development resource for all SAVMA members. SAVMA knows that financial limitations sometimes prevent students and Chapter Presidents from being able to take advantage of this great opportunity. Therefore, the Educational and Professional Development Committee has started a travel grant program to help offset the cost of attending SAVMA Symposium! Fourteen awards will be given at $250 each. Twelve awards will be open to any SAVMA member and two awards will be reserved for SCAVMA Presidents or President-elects.

Applications are due by by January 23nd, 2017 and you can find them here!

Sunday
Oct302016

SAVMA Wellness Support Fund

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.


In light of the growing body of evidence indicating high levels of stress, anxiety, and depression in the veterinary profession, the committee recognizes that there is a considerable need to transform the culture of veterinary schools into one that is safe, promotes self-awareness, and encourages healthy living habits.  The SAVMA 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 information form here!

Friday
Oct142016

Public Health and Community Outreach Teaching Excellence Award

The SAVMA Community Outreach Excellence Award nomination is intended for students to publicly acknowledge how faculty members, clinicians, and other respected individuals engaged in one of the many veterinary fields have gone above and beyond their own professional responsibilities and duties to interact with and make a difference in the local and/or global community as a servant leader.

Included in the application are some ideas and suggestions to help you with writing your nomination; you are not required to answer every point nor are you restricted to addressing just these issues. This nomination is not intended to be an overly formalized document; you should enjoy sharing your professor’s outstanding qualities and accomplishments within the community!

Nominations will be due December 1st, 2016.  Check out the application for this award!

Friday
Oct142016

Teaching Excellence Award

This award is offered to recognize outstanding teachers in our profession. As we all know, an enthusiastic teacher can make all of the difference in a student’s education. The teacher that is chosen will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2017 SAVMA Student Symposium at Texas A&M University to address the SAVMA House of Delegates and receive an award at the End of Symposium Gala.

A $125 award will also be given to the authors of the winning entry!  Check out the guidelines and application for this award!  Applications will be due December 2nd, 2016.