SAVMA Committees

There are several standing Student AVMA committees which benefit Student AVMA members and represent student views to AVMA committees. A listing of these committees are as follows.


Animal Welfare–Human Animal Bond Committee

The Animal Welfare-Human Animal Bond Committee shall keep abreast of topics related to animal welfare, inform the HOD, and provide information for distribution to local chapters of the Student AVMA. This shall include information on professional ethics as they relate to animal welfare and the human animal bond as well as information regarding domestic, exotic and laboratory animals.

Animal Welfare–Human Animal Bond Committee Member Area


Education and Professional Development Committee

The committee shall serve to encourage the development and refinement of veterinary educational programs at veterinary schools in the United States and other AVMA-accredited institutions, promote education and awareness on current economic issues within the veterinary industry, and provide opportunities for student personal and professional development. The Committee also serves to maintain relationships with the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges and the American Association of Veterinary State Boards. These liaisons shall represent SAVMA, as well as provide accurate and evidence-based information on changes within the veterinary profession as it pertains to education, licensure, and economics to SAVMA and veterinary professionals.

Education and Professional Development Committee Member Area


Government Affairs Committee

The Government Affairs Committee serves as the Student AVMA liaison to the AVMA Governmental Relations Division in Washington D.C.. The Committee informs veterinary students of pending and approved legislation that affects the veterinary profession and its students. The GAC encourages and promotes the involvement of veterinary students in the legislative process.

Government Affairs Committee Member Area


Integrative Communications and Diversity Committee

The Integrative Communications and Diversity Committee seeks to reinforce and enhance communication lines between the AVMA, SAVMA, and the Student Chapters and Student Associates of the AVMA. In addition to promoting exchange of information within the veterinary community, other goals of the ICDC committee include reaching out to sponsor veterinary related projects in the community as well as promoting diversity within veterinary medicine. Two scholarships are awarded by this committee. The first is the Communicating Diversity: The Many Faces of Veterinary Medicine Grant and the second is the Multicultural Diversity Awareness Grant.

Integrative Communications and Diversity Committee Member Area


International Veterinary Exchange Committee

The IVEC promotes the advancement of veterinary education and animal welfare throughout the world. The committee facilitates individual, cultural and educational exchanges through the recruitment of veterinarians and veterinary students to participate in international student exchange programs. The committee also distributes information about the activities of the International Veterinary Student Association and encourages local chapters to be involved in international activities. The committee works closely with the SAVMA International Exchange Officer. The committee also distributes scholarships and grants to promote international exchanges.

International Veterinary Exchange Committee Member Area


Public Health and Community Outreach Committee

The Public Health and Community Outreach Committee aims to educate veterinary students about emerging issues in veterinary medicine, increase veterinary medical service to underserved areas, and encourage youth to consider a career in veterinary medicine.

Public Health and Community Outreach Committee Member Area


Symposium Committee

The Symposium Committee is charged with the responsibility to keep the Student AVMA Educational Symposium rules and guidelines current and to aid in the transfer of information among hosting schools. The Symposium is a major event designed to expose students to areas of veterinary medicine that are not usually covered in their regular curricula and promote friendships among future colleagues. The Symposium is held at a different veterinary school each spring. Schools interested in hosting the Symposium make bid presentations at the spring House of Delegate's meeting two years prior to the year they plan to host the Symposium. The winner is voted on by the House of Delegates.

Symposium Committee Member Area