Student Organizations

Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA)

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

Alpha Psi

Alpha Psi is 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.

American Association of Equine Practitoners (AAEP)

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; several wet labs designed to give students valuable clinical equine experience; and mare palpation.

Christian Veterinary Fellowship (CVF)

The CVF is a student chapter of Christian Veterinary Mission (CVM) that promotes the spiritual growth and professional development of veterinary school students, staff, and faculty. We offer 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.

Companion Animal Club

The Companion Animal Club (CAC) promotes the many facets of small animal veterinary medicine, particularly some of the specialized disciplines not emphasized in the curriculum. Some of CAC's focuses include Exotic Animal Medicine, Alternative Medicine, Nutrition, and Behavior.

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is part of the Companion Animal Club. The purpose of AAHA is to educate the small animal practitioner and to provide its members with information about and insight into small animal medicine not covered in the curriculum.

Food Animal Practitioners Club (FAPC)

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.

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.

Public Veterinary Practice Club

The Public Veterinary Practice Club promotes the many facets of non-traditional veterinary medicine. We provide speakers and experiences to expose the students to public veterinary medicine. The PVP Club has five areas of distinction: Wildlife/Zoo Medicine, Public Health, Corporate Medicine, Veterinary Policy, and International Veterinary Medicine. Our goal is to sponsor speakers throughout the year to cover these five areas of interest.

Student Chapter of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists

The Pathology Club is ideal for students with a serious interest in pursuing a pathology career as well as those who just want to find the answer to “What happened?” The club has histopathology/cytology rounds on Mondays and participates in the hospital’s gross pathology rounds on Fridays. The Pathology Club also facilitates the shadowing of the on-call pathologists by interested club members during weekend necropsies.

Student Chapter of the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association

The student chapter of the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association serves to strengthen the connection between the MVMA and all veterinary students at VA-MD Vet Med and to broaden the educational experience by providing supplemental opportunities for learning about veterinary practice in Maryland.

Student Chapter of the Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Soc. (SCVECCS)

The Student Chapter of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Services was formed to promote small animal emergency medicine and related services at VA-MD Vet Med. The club organizes small animal intensive care at the college for student members and hosts speakers related to emergency medicine.

Theriogenology Club

The Theriogenology Club offers veterinary students an opportunity to learn more about reproductive medicine and technologies outside of the classroom. Meetings and rounds involve both clinicians and guest speakers to broaden the knowledge of students. There is one meeting and one rounds per month. A couple of wet labs are planned per semester to allow students to gain experience with real hands on opportunities such as embryo transfer, ultrasounding and palpation.

Veterinary Business Management Association

The VBMA is a national student-managed organization intent on improving the veterinary profession through increasing business knowledge. We share the belief of many other veterinary professionals; in order to provide the best care for animals, we need to increase our knowledge about subjects outside of the medical realm so that we can better serve our clients through this increased understanding.

Veterinarians as One for an Inclusive Community for Empowerment (VOICE)

VOICE is a national student-run organization that is committed to increasing awareness, respect and sensitivity to differences among all individuals and communities in the field of veterinary medicine. Our goals are to promote the veterinary profession, emphasize the importance of cross-cultural awareness in the profession, and to celebrate diversity within the profession of veterinary medicine.

Virginia Veterinary Medical Association Student Chapter

The Student Chapter of the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association operates out of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, and aims to provide exciting and worthwhile opportunities for the next generation of veterinarians.

Women's Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative Student Chapter (WVLDI)

The Women's Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative Student Chapter supports women in seeking and achieving leadership, policy, and decision-making positions within all areas of professional veterinary activity at the student level, in the hopes of continuing this in their veterinary careers.