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.
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 and Student Associates of the 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. The AWHABC chair or chair's appointee shall act as a student representative liaison to the AVMA Animal Welfare Committee.
Animal Welfare–Human Animal Bond Committee Member Area
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
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. The GAC chair or the chair's appointee will serve as the student liaison for the AVMA/SAVMA Legislative Day Fly-In. The LAC, PAC and SAC positions will serve as student liaisons for the AVMA Legislative Advisory Committee, AVMA Political Action Committee and AVMA State Advocacy Committee respectively.
Government Affairs Committee Member Area
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. Three scholarships are awarded by this committee. They are the Communicating Diversity: The Many Faces of Medicine Grant; the Multicultural Diversity Awareness Grant; and the Communications and Diversity Travel grant which is offered biannually. Visit our member area for more information..
Integrative Communications and Diversity Committee Member Area
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 Experience Committee Member Area
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. The committee works closely with the Global and Public Health Officer and Officer-Elect on the SAVMA executive board.
Public Health and Community Outreach Committee Member Area
The Symposium Committee is charged with the responsibility to keep the Student AVMA 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 networking and camaraderie among future colleagues. The SAVMA Symposium is held at a different veterinary school each spring. The host school is selected by the House of Delegates based on bid proposals from interested schools two years prior to hosting the symposium.
Symposium Committee Member Area
The SAVMA Wellness committee was created as a continuation of the SAVMA Wellness Task Force after a growing body of evidence showed that veterinary students experienced high levels of stress, anxiety, and depression. The committee serves to promote student physical, mental, and emotional wellness at
veterinary schools in the United States and other AVMA-accredited institutions in an
effort to contribute to the enhancement of wellness within the veterinary profession. The committee encourages Student Chapters of the AVMA to become involved in student
wellness initiatives at their respective schools and colleges.
The committee facilitates and shares wellness programs and/or opportunities within the
veterinary student community between all veterinary schools, and AVMA-accredited institutions and communicates SAVMA member wellness-related affairs to the HOD.
SAVMA Wellness Committee Member Area