Benefits of Membership in SAVMA

Student AVMA (SAVMA) Membership is open to any full time student enrolled in a program of study leading direclty to a professional veterinary degree, granted by a school or college of veterinary medicine.  

SAVMA Members are eligible for the following AVMA Benefits:

  • Student AVMA Members receive reduced subscription rates to the Journal of the AVMA (JAVMA) and the American Journal of Veterinary Research (AJVR). Nonmembers pay as much as $255 a year per journal; student members save at least $200 per journal! 
    • JAVMA - $40 for a yearly subscription
    • AJVR - $40 for a yearly subscription

Current student members may log on to the SAVMA Dues website to purchase a subscription.

  • Free advance registration to the AVMA Annual Convention held in July. For the latest up-to-date information, visit the Free advance registration to the AVMA Annual Convention held in July. For the latest up-to-date information, visit the AVMA Convention Web site.
  • The AVMA Veterinary Career Center:
    • Provides job listings that match your resume and allows interested employers to search posted resumes;
    • Lists available post-graduate programs, externships, and preceptorships - private, public, and corporate;
    • Available for use by all Student Chapter and Student Associate Members without charge;
    • Has information on starting salaries and benefits, how to evaluate your first practice position, demographics of the profession, and the variety of veterinary careers;
    • Counseling on "how to negotiate" for salary and benefits.
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Additionally eligible for the following SAVMA Benefits:

  • Annual Student AVMA (SAVMA) Educational Symposium hosted by a local chapter. For the latest up-to-date information, visit the SAVMA Symposium Webpage.
  • Access to the SAVMA Web-page
    • Free subscription/access to The Vet Gazette: the official online journal of the Student AVMA. Published for veterinary students by veterinary students. Includes array of topics, and veterinary student members are encouraged to submit articles and take advantage of the chance to earn a stipend for their effort. Find out more at
    • Committee updates, as well as event information, and provides email links to committee chairs and student delegates by school;
  • Apply for numerous monetary awards offered by SAVMA Committees, for work done related to their respective committee tasks. Current members may view the SAVMA Awards, Competitions and Scholarship opportunities page for more information. 
  • Automatic Conversion to AVMA Membership. Student Chapter of the AVMA and Student Associate of the AVMA members who meet their SCAVMA/SAAVMA requirements to be a member in good standing and have paid membership dues for all years they are in veterinary school at the time of graduation will be granted automatic conversion to AVMA membership upon graduation. No application to file and no dues to pay for the remainder of the year of graduation.
  • Numerous Volunteer Opportunities including AVMF's Our Oath in Action events in your community, and leadership opportunities available to students on the SAVMA Executive Board and Committees.

For further information on any of these topics, please contact Dr. Derrick Hall, Assistant Director of Membership and Field Services at AVMA (800-248-2862, ext. 6681). 

Insurance Benefits:

AVMA | PLIT Protecting you through it allDid you know that even as a student, you can be accused of veterinary malpractice and threatened with a lawsuit? Cover your future assets with PLIT-sponsored student professional liability insurance. Visit for more information. You can also locate the PLIT student ambassador at your school and find when a PLIT Trust Veterinarian will be at your campus for an educational session on how to avoid and manage allegations of malpractice.

  •  AVMA GHLIT (Group Health and Life Insurance Trust) for information call 800-621-6360.

    As a veterinary student, you may need affordable, reliable insurance coverage. Without it, even a minor illness or injury can financially overwhelm you and could jeopardize your veterinary career. That's why the AVMA GHLIT created affordable insurance for veterinary students and their dependents. Disability and life insurance are available for students as well as a variety of guaranteed coverages for graduating veterinarians. Visit for more details, as well as the contact information for the GHLIT agent at your school.