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Policy Education Grant

SAVMA’s Governmental Affairs Committee (GAC) is offering a grant to veterinary students and veterinary student organizations to provide funding for policy related lectures and/or events supplementing the college’s curriculum.

These grants ($500 with a chance of additional funds) will be awarded to the applications best outlining a program that demonstrates innovation, the potential to impact a large number of students, and accurate presentation of a topic(s) related to governmental affairs in veterinary medicine. The GAC hopes that with this grant, veterinary students will have the opportunity for exposure to current and practical topics that may not otherwise be included in the typical veterinary curriculum.

Applications are due by January 17th, 2017 and can be found here!


Economic Issues Essay Contest

The Education and Professional Development Committee is offering two $250 awards to write an essay about what it means to be a modern and altruistic professional in the veterinary field. Acts of altruism do have economic value, both positive and negative, for students, practitioners, practices, and the community. We’re looking forward to hearing how you think corporate social responsibility will could affect the veterinary community!

Prompt: Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a growing concept which has been widely accepted by companies of all sectors. Do we as veterinary students, veterinarians, and practices have a moral obligation to give back to society? If so, what could we implement or do to give back to the community effectively and how would taking on such tasks affect individuals and practices economically?

Applications are due by by January 2nd, 2017 and you can find the application form here!


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


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: 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 (
on behalf of the SAVMA Executive Board


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!