Among the hustle and bustle of the 141st AVMA Annual Convention, convention-goers may have noticed the many veterinary students in attendance. What they may not have noticed were the many students representing their respective schools as delegates in the Student AVMA House of Delegates. Representatives from each of the U.S. veterinary schools as well as Ross University and St. George's University assembled for the SAVMA HOD and to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the student organization.
The highlight of the HOD was a unanimous vote to change the terms of the SAVMA Executive Committee officers, as defined in the organization's constitution, manual, and bylaws, to better accommodate students who enter clinical rotations during their third year.
Outgoing officers were Dr. Tim Paul (University of Tennessee), Dr. Amy Poulin (University of Pennsylvania), and Dr. Jennifer Burggraf (University of Illinois).
The 10 standing committees were urged to continue to develop ideas and marketing strategies to promote the many scholarships, grants, and externship opportunities that SAVMA makes available to student members.
SAVMA expressed thanks to (2003-2004) AVMA Vice President Tom Kendall for the support and guidance he has provided to the students during the past two years. Dr. Kendall has been an advocate for the development of a business management program that would cater to the increasing interest among veterinary students. He also encouraged the students to participate in organized veterinary medicine.
New AVMA Vice President René Carlson has some big shoes to fill as she works closely with the students during the upcoming year. Her energy, enthusiasm, and passion for veterinary medicine is readily apparent and will rapidly endear her to the veterinary students.
Incoming members of the SAVMA Executive Committee, who will continue to provide leadership and guidance for the future of the organization, are president, Elysia Schaefer (University of Illinois); secretary, Janine Oliver (North Carolina State University); treasurer, Laura Smith (Purdue University); information technology officer, Melanie Enger (Texas A&M University); Intervet editor, Elise Gingrich (Iowa State University); and international exchange officer, Nikki Scott (Colorado State University).