Student Organization Websites
SCAVMA is the main student organization within the College. 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.
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.
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.
The Animal Welfare Club (AWC) is a subcommittee recognized by the AVMA which hosts speakers on a variety of subjects. "Encouraging responsible ownership and humane treatment of all animals" is the AWC motto. The goal of AWC is to improve the lives of animals residing at the vet school as well as those in the Blacksburg community.
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.
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.
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.
(VA-MD Vet Med Intranet members only)The Hill's College Feeding Program is designed to allow you as future veterinarians to experience different types of Hill's products while also providing students with superior nutrition for their pets.
The Integrative Veterinary Medicine Club (IVMC) provides information to students as well as graduates and faculty members who are interested in learning about holistic veterinary medicine. The IVMC delivers educational resources, hands-on experiences, and networking opportunities to individuals in order to further their knowledge in the holistic veterinary medical community. The IVMC also helps students and recent graduates gain professional certification and assist in their search for employment in the area of holistic veterinary medicine.
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.
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.
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.
The student chapter of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians serves to promote the importance of the specialty of shelter medicine in veterinary medicine and to raise student awareness of issues pertaining to homeless animals and pet overpopulation.
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.
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.
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.
Veterinary Students as One In Culture and Ethnicity (VOICE) is a student-run organization that addresses a need for sociocultural awareness that is not part of the current core veterinary curriculum. We are an organized and unified student voice contributing to enhancing the diversity of the profession and the cultural competence of veterinary students.
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.
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.