Animal Welfare: Students

This page provides information about opportunities for veterinary students that can help them prepare for leadership in the field of animal welfare.

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The 14th Annual Intercollegiate Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment Contest will take place November 22-23, 2014 at Michigan State University, East Lansing Michigan. We hope you will join us for this unique, interactive event. To learn more, visit the Contest website:


Join SAVMA (Student AVMA)

Veterinary students are eligible to join the Student AVMA if they are enrolled in a full-time program of study leading directly to a professional veterinary degree, granted by a school or college of veterinary medicine.


Student Externships

If you have a special interest in animal well-being and/or the human-animal bond, then you may enjoy being an extern in the Animal Welfare Division (AWD) of the AVMA. The AWD assists the AVMA in meeting its strategic goal to be “a leading advocate for, and an authoritative, science-based resource on animal welfare.”  


Intercollegiate Animal Welfare Judging/Assessment Contest (IAWJAC)    

The Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment Contest (AWJAC) aims to provide a unique educational experience while strengthening reasoning and communication skills. The AWJAC teaches students to assess the welfare of animals in a variety of settings using a science-based approach. Students are given the opportunity to weigh evidence and present sound evaluations. This contest ensures that tomorrow's leaders in veterinary medicine and the animal sciences enhance their knowledge of animal welfare and are able to convey information about it effectively.