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Living In Blacksburg

Virginia Tech Blacksburg is a community with a population of about 40,000, situated on a high plateau in southwestern Virginia between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountain ranges.

Through Virginia Tech, the state's largest and most diverse university, Blacksburg residents enjoy a wide range of educational, social, recreational, and cultural opportunities. Movies, plays, dances, concerts, lectures, and sports are offered year-round.

Outdoor recreational opportunities abound. Within minutes of campus are streams, rivers, and lakes which provide fishing, boating, and swimming. A popular summertime diversion is tubing on the New River above McCoy Falls. Nearby Jefferson National Forest and the Appalachian Trail offer some of the most scenic hiking and camping in the eastern United States. The geography of the area creates additional opportunities for caving and rock climbing.


Virginia Tech provides limited on-campus housing in the Hillcrest dormitory for single graduate and professional students, and married professional and graduate students living singly. Information for housing at Hillcrest is available by contacting:

Student Programs
109 East Eggleston Hall
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-6207

Because on-campus housing is limited, most veterinary students elect to live off-campus in Blacksburg or neighboring communities. The Virginia Tech Off-Campus Housing Office maintains current listings of apartment complexes, trailer courts, rooms and houses for rent, and students seeking roommates. This service is available to all students, free of charge. Off-campus information is available by contacting:

Virginia Tech Off-Campus Housing Office
121 Squires
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-3466

Students living off-campus may purchase dining hall tickets on a semester basis. Additional information on meal service is available by contacting the Student Programs office.

Student Organizations

The main student organization within the College is the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA). In addition to fostering social and professional activities, SCAVMA serves as a focus of student opinion and provides a formal liaison between the student body and the administration of the College. SCAVMA not only maintains close ties with the AVMA but also with other student chapters and with the Virginia and Maryland Veterinary Medical Associations.

To see all student clubs and organizations within the College which operate under the umbrella of SCAVMA, click here.

SCAVMA Auxiliary: Open to all men and women who are spouses of SCAVMA members. Provides a way to share the problems and pleasures of being a veterinary student's spouse with people who understand.

American Animal Hospital Association: AAHA is primarily concerned with the education of the small animal practitioner. The purpose of AAHA is to provide its members with information about and insight into small animal medicine not covered in the curriculum. The club sponsors talks by veterinarians from both the college and private sector.

American Association Of Equine Practitioners: AAEP addresses the needs of students interested in all levels of equine medicine. Some of the activities include: monthly meetings with equine medically oriented speakers; weekly rounds on a variety of clinical cases; and, several wet labs designed to give students valuable clinical equine experience. It also sponsors an annual Lower Limb symposium, spring horse show, and fall mare palpation.

Animal Behavior Club: ABC is one of the most recently formed clubs at VMRCVM. It is generally concerned with the behaviors of both large and small animals and how those behaviors affect their interactions with humans as well as the animals' welfare. Events sponsored by ABC include: an annual symposium; monthly lunch case studies; and, meetings.

Animal Welfare Committee: A subcommittee recognized by the AVMA which hosts speakers on a variety of subjects, and operates an "Adopt-a-Pet" program in conjunction with the Montgomery County animal shelter in Blacksburg.

Alpha Psi: A veterinary professional fraternity which offers students a chance to get to know each other outside of the routine of classes and to make life-long friendships and professional ties with members at other veterinary colleges.

Christian Veterinary Fellowship: This club offers a chance to share the trials and tribulations as well as the joys of being in veterinary school with people who care and can sympathize. Activities include fellowship, Bible studies, picnics and potluck suppers.

Food Animal Practitioners Club: FAPC is composed of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American Association of Swine Practitioners, and the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners. Some of the club's activities include weekly rounds, a spring symposium, cow palpation, artificial insemination school, and much more. The club's primary interest is promoting the education of the future food animal practitioners.

International Veterinary Student Association: International Veterinary Student Association revolves around bringing the international flavors of veterinary medicine to our campus. The club sponsors monthly meetings with international veterinary speakers, has international pot luck dinners and sponsors student trips abroad.

Omega Tau Sigma: A national veterinary service fraternity, the Lambda Chapter is open to faculty, staff, and students of the Veterinary College. Service projects include bloodmobile, a "Pets and People" program, and Virginia Mountain Housing.

SCVECCS: The newest club on campus, the Student Chapter of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Services was formed to promote small animal emergency medicine and related services at VMRCVM. The club organizes small animal intensive care at the college for student members and brings in speakers related to emergency medicine.

Wildlife and Exotic Animal Club: WEAC is organized to fill the needs of people interested in exploring further the fields of exotic and wildlife medicine. Activities include: an annual symposium; expert wildlife speakers; raptor and wildlife clinics; wet labs with reptiles, birds, and exotic mammals; and, field trips. Volunteers are also sent to the Wildlife Center of VA and the Mill Mountain Zoo to gain more experience with zoo animals and wildlife.