February 2017

SAVMA Symposium 2017
Open registration for SAVMA Symposium 2017 will end on February 2nd, 2017, but don't worry! Late registration lasts from 02/02/17 to 03/03/17!  Check out the symposium website and Facebook page to learn everything you need to know about attending this year's symposium. From lectures to day trips and wet labs to social events, make sure you don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity!

Legislative Fly-In
Veterinary Students on Capitol Hill
As our profession continues to evolve, the veterinarian’s role in the political arena becomes increasingly important. The 9th Annual Veterinary Student Legislative Fly-In seeks to initiate your participation in the legislative process! Over the course of two days, Monday, April 24 through Tuesday, April 25, 2017 in Washington D.C., you will learn about current public policy topics, spend time on Capitol Hill visiting with legislators, and have the opportunity to explore our nation’s capital.

We are fortunate this year that Banfield graciously donated $214 per student and SAVMA has allocated an additional $158 per student. Therefore, a total stipend of $372 per student will be available. Contact your school’s Delegates for information about the application process and how to become a Fly-In participant. For any additional questions, please contact Kelly Mills (

The Vet Gazette
Deadline has been extended!

The submission window for The Vet Gazette is currently OPEN and has been EXTENDED! 

ALL SUBMISSIONS FOR VOLUME 52, ISSUE 2 ARE DUE Friday, February 3rd AT 11:59PM! You can learn how to properly submit your entries to The Vet Gazette by heading to the website!

Grants, Scholarships, Contests & Awards

Policy Education Grant
SAVMA's Governmental Affairs Committee
SAVMA’s Governmental Affairs Committee (GAC) is offering a grant to veterinary students and veterinary student organizations to provide funding for policy related lectures and/or events supplementing the college’s curriculum.

These grants ($500 with a chance of additional funds) will be awarded to the applications best outlining a program that demonstrates innovation, the potential to impact a large number of students, and accurate presentation of a topic(s) related to governmental affairs in veterinary medicine. The GAC hopes that with this grant, veterinary students will have the opportunity for exposure to current and practical topics that may not otherwise be included in the typical veterinary curriculum.

The grant deadline has been extended! Applications are due by February 10th, 2017 and can be found here.
Diversity and Communications Development Travel Grant
SAVMA's Integrated Communication and Diversity Committee
The goal of this grant is to provide financial resources to encourage students to attend conventions, symposiums, or other approved professional development conferences which promote diversity and communication within the veterinary profession. Up to five $200 grants will be given to deserving individuals who have attended or wish to attend a meeting.  You can apply for this grant for upcoming events or retroactively for any event that has already occurred!

Applications are due by February 15th, 2017 and can be found here!
AWHAB Educational Lecture and Project Grants
Deadline has been extended!
The Animal Welfare and Human Animal Bond committee is EXTENDING THE DEADLINE on two grants: The Educational Lecture Grant (4 awards left of $250 each) will be awarded to help defray expenses for special lectures to veterinary students/organizations on topics related to animal welfare and/or the human-animal bond, and the AWHAB Project grant (2 awards left of $500 each) is for sustainable and/or far-reaching projects that demonstrates a clear benefit to the humans and animals involved. Note: Both awards can be applied both retro- and proactively.

The NEW deadline to apply is March 1st, 2017, with winners announced March 14th!
Visit the SAVMA Awards page for more information and the applications!
Cultural Diversity and Awareness Grant
SAVMA's Integrative Communication and Diversity Committee
Cultural differences between veterinarians and clients, and in fact between veterinarians and other veterinarians, are one of many obstacles that the profession must face. To overcome these differences, each of us must approach all clients with an understanding of different values, beliefs, and personal preferences.

The goal of the Cultural and Diversity Awareness Grant is to provide the financial resources to encourage students to develop and support activities or experiences that will increase cultural and diversity awareness within their student body.

The deadline to apply is March 1st, 2017.  Head on over to the Vet Gazette for the application and details about how to apply!
2017 AVMA Convention Travel Grant
SAVMA's Education and Professional Development Committee

The SAVMA Education and Professional Development Committee is offering funding to veterinary students to attend the 2017 AVMA Convention held in Indianapolis, Indiana from July 21st - 25th, 2017.

The AVMA Convention is an excellent professional development resource for all SAVMA members. In addition to providing opportunities for students to network and learn about the activities of professional veterinary organizations, the AVMA Convention features a variety of CE sessions that students can attend. Therefore, the Educational and Professional Development Committee has started a travel grant program to help offset the cost of attending AVMA Convention!

Four awards will be given at $250 each and are available to any SAVMA member. Applications are due by by Friday, April 21, 2017, and can be found here!

Wellness Support Fund
SAVMA's Wellness Committee

The SAVMA Wellness Committee is offering funding to veterinary students and veterinary school organizations that wish to promote physical, mental, and emotional health at their college of veterinary medicine. The committee will award up to $2,500.00USD each cycle to student applicants demonstrating the need for assistance with a project, lecture, or event(s) that will foster physical or mental wellness in their respective college, on an as needed basis.

You can download the information form here.

Public Health Newsletter Quiz
SAVMA's Public Health and Community Outreach Committee

Check out this month's PHCOC Newsletter Quiz!  You could win $25 just by reading a short article about methicillin-resistant Staphylococci in food producing animals then taking a short quiz.  What do you have to lose?

Educational & Leadership Opportunities

AVMA Veterinary Career Center Free Webinar
Veterinary Careers in Regulatory and Research Science:
Considering an alternative career path in veterinary medicine? Interested veterinarians are invited to join the AVMA Veterinary Career Center on Thursday, February 16 to explore exciting career opportunities in the field of regulatory compliance. Dr. Stacy Pritt, AVMA vice president and director of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Office at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, will discuss career options available in research administration, research compliance, regulatory compliance and research integrity during the hour-long webinar.

Follow this link to learn more and register for the event!
Call for Abstracts!
AVMA's Convention Education Program:
Have an idea for a poster? The Convention Education Program Committee invites abstract submissions for research posters at the AVMA Convention in Indianapolis, July 21 - 25, 2017. Both students and practitioners are encouraged to submit. More information and a link to submit are available at the AVMA Convention website. (Follow the link and scroll to the bottom.)
Submissions are open now and close on January 31, 2017.
Fix the Debt  Part 2 Live Seminars!
Hosted by Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
The SCAVMA Committee for Educational Debt at the Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine is working to host a series of live lunch webinar presentations to be held March 27-31, 2017. This weeklong event will address several of the key outcomes of the first Fix the Debt Summit held last year and will cover topics ranging from financial literacy and loan repayment to career awareness and professional competencies.  For more information, head on over to The Vet Gazette!
Josh & Friends Challenge
SAVMA's Animal Welfare and Human-Animal Bond Comittee
Every year SAVMA Chapters participate in the Josh and Friends Challenge - a fun project aimed at helping kids in the hospital through the human animal bond.  Learn how your SCAVMA can get involved today.


Public Health Newsletter Quiz
Announcing our January winners!

Congratulations to Katie Krebs from University of California, Davis and Nerisa Riedl from The Ohio State University for winning this month’s SAVMA Public Health and Community Outreach newsletter quiz. They each will receive $25 for just reading an article and participating in a short quiz. For a chance to win some money just participate in the next quiz featured in February’s SAVMANews.

Wellness Support Fund
Congratulations to our Fall Cycle recipients!

Congratulations to last cycle’s winners, who submitted amazing proposals for wellness events at their school: University of Missouri CVM, UC Davis SVM, NC State CVM, University of Illinois U-C CVM, and Texas A&M CVM!

Way to go! We can’t wait to hear how your projects turn out!

The Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) exists to support, empower, and inspire all veterinary students in improving their lives, education, and career, along with securing a better future for our profession through collaboration with our parent organization, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

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