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Student Health Services

Upon payment of the health fee and submission of a completed physical examination form, students are eligible for the services provided by the Schiffert Health Center on campus. Located in McComas Hall, the Schiffert Health Center offers medical care similar in scope to that given by general practitioners. Facilities include an inpatient ward, pharmacy, and x-ray equipment. A professional staff of nurses, technicians, and physicians is available to assist students.

The health services fee paid to the university, however, does not constitute medical insurance. This fee only provides for any minor care administered by the Schiffert Health Center staff.

Mandatory Veterinary Student Health and Accident Insurance

The veterinary profession has a variety of inherent risks such as animal bites, kicks, cuts, accidental injections, etc. In the interest of student health, in fairness to external preceptors providing training for students, and to protect veterinary students and families from excessive medical bills in case of an accident or injury, the college has implemented a policy of mandatory health and accident insurance coverage for all veterinary medicine students.

Students have three options regarding full medical insurance coverage:

  1. Purchase a group plan offered by the university to cover hospitalization or medical treatment received apart from the Schiffert Health Center.
  2. Arrange with parents/family to be included in their plan. The university does not recommend specific policies or insurers; however minimum insurance policy requirements (PDF) have been established to ensure minimum standards are met by all insurers.
  3. Purchase insurance from another company with adequate coverage for minimum insurance policy requirements (PDF).

Note: Non-compliance will result in a "hold" being placed on a student's university record.


Proof of Insurance Requirement for Non-University Group Plan Holders

Students who opt for a plan other than the university group plan must submit a VA-MD Vet Med Proof of Insurance Form (PDF) to provide documentation of a current alternative insurance plan meeting minimum requirements.

Decisions about whether alternative insurance meets the university's requirements are made by the Student Medical Insurance Office.