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Josh & Friends Challenge

All paws on board for the Josh Challenge!
Josh and Friends is a wonderful project aimed towards alleviating the stressful
environment that children face during a hospital stay. The book “I’ll Be O.K.”
and the soft plush “Josh” Golden Retriever are a combination to help a child
feel better through the joy of the human-animal bond.
The Josh Challenge is a way to engage your school’s SCAVMA chapter and
help out a good cause! The goal of the challenge is to see which school’s
participating chapter can raise the most money within their community,
enabling more children to receive the Josh and Friends kit. This challenge is
applicable to the current calendar year, and the school that wins is honored
with an award and will be recognized at the following SCAVMA Symposium
Presidents’ Luncheon. This is a fun challenge to not only raise money for a
fantastic cause, but to also contribute in a positive way to the lives of so many
Good luck and have fun!
For more information, check out:

ZOHU September Call


Please join us for the Zoonoses & One Health Updates Call

Brought to you by CDC’s One Health Office

Wednesday, September 7th 2:00 pm ­ 3:00 pm ET



BOTH AUDIO AND VIDEO Please note: this call will NOT be recorded.

For audio: Toll­free number:  800­857­9372    Participant passcode: 9330736                    

A limited number of phone lines are available for each call, thus, if possible we kindly request if there are multiple participants in one location that you dial in on a single line. Thank you for your cooperation.

For video: (Note: you must use a Windows PC for access; this platform does not support Mac computers.)

Participant URL: Conference number: RW5976021

Audience passcode: 9330736

Participants can join the event directly at: 


Tentative Speaker Schedule

News from the CDC One Health Office

Casey Barton Behravesh MS, DVM, DrPH, DACVPM

Captain, U.S. Public Health Service Director, 

One Health Office Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 


Managing Rabies at its Source in the Eastern U.S.

Richard B. Chipman, MS, MBA Certified Wildlife Biologist Rabies Management Coordinator, National Rabies Management Program USDA, APHIS, Wildlife Services


Development of Attenuated Poxviruses as Rabies Vaccine Vectors in Bats

Benjamin Stading DVM, MPH, PhD, Post­Doctoral Researcher, University of Wisconsin – Madison Tonie Rocke PhD, Research Epizootiologist, USGS National Wildlife Health Center;

Take a Bite Out of Rabies! A Global Perspective on the Current Status of Canine Rabies and CDC’s Role in International Control Efforts

Ryan M. Wallace DVM, MPH Rabies Epidemiology Unit Lead, Poxvirus and Rabies Branch Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Disclaimer:  Although  the  content  of  calls  is  directed  to  veterinarians,  physicians,  epidemiologists,  and  related  public health professionals in federal,  state, and local positions, CDC has no  control over who participates on the  conference call. Therefore, please exercise discretion on sensitive content and material, as confidentiality during these calls cannot be guaranteed. 

Next call: October 5th, 2016

Contact for monthly conference call:

For more information about One Health at CDC:


Extracurricular Funding Grant

The SAVMA Education and Professional Development Committee is offering four, $200 grants to veterinary student organizations to provide funding for wet labs or lectures supplementing their college’s curriculum.

Our 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. Four, $200 grants will be offered, and winners will be chosen by the committee by the end of November.

Applications must be submitted by a student who is a member in good standing with SAVMA.  Please limit proposals to no more than 250 words and provide all required information (Budget, date/time, potential impact on students/veterinary professionals/surrounding community).  Alcohol must not be provided at the events, and funding must not be used for gifts to speakers.  Applications that fail to stay within these limits or fail to provide all required information will not be considered for funding at this time.

Guidelines the committee will use when evaluating submissions:

  • Uniqueness of proposed wet lab/lecture
  • Effective supplementation of the veterinary curriculum
  • Brief description of proposed event budget (ie. what the grant money will be used for)
  • Impact the event will have on students who attend
  • 250 word limit

Submissions are due by Monday November 7!  Please email submissions as an attachment to with “Fall 2016 Extracurricular Grant” in the subject line.  Also include your name and SAVMA ID# along with your submission.

Winners will be selected by the end of November. 


Veterinary Leadership Conference

Enhance your leadership skills and expand your professional network! How would you do such a thing, you might ask? By attending the 2017 AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference, of course! VLC provides leadership sessions and networking opportunities for those who want to contribute to and shape the veterinary profession, and develop skills that can be used in other professional and personal pursuits.

New in 2017 - one student from each of the veterinary colleges represented in the SAVMA House of Delegates is invited to participate in the 2017 AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference.

The AVMA will reimburse airfare/mileage and up to three nights shared hotel room and tax.  Registration fees ($340) are not reimbursed by the AVMA.

Below is the link to the application! Applications are due by October 15th at 11:59pm CST: 


AAVMC's Veterinary Health and Wellness Summit Travel Grant

Each year, the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) holds a national summit for veterinary students, veterinarians, counselors, and other professionals in the veterinary industry to gather together & discuss the prevalence of stress, anxiety, and depression in the veterinary profession. The purpose of this summit is to use multiple perspectives to identify early intervention strategies, and develop wellness initiatives that will enhance student, faculty, and practitioner well- being. 

This year, SAVMA's Wellness Committee is providing up to $1000 to help get you to the summit being held at Colorado State University this November 4-6, 2016!  Check out the flyer for event and get working on your application for the travel grant so you can take part in this awesome opportunity.  Applications are due September 15th, 2016!

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