[caption id="attachment_14225" align="alignright" width="400"] Left to right: Jessica Carie, SAVMA president; Libby Wallace, AVMA GHLIT chief executive officer; Dr. Janet Dee Donlin, AVMA PLIT chief executive officer; Denae Campanale, University of Florida SCAVMA president; Dr. Rebecca Stinson, AVMA vice president; Jonathan Ferrari, University of Pennsylvania SCAVMA president[/caption]
The AVMA has teamed up with the AVMA Group Health and Life Insurance Trust (GHLIT), AVMA Professional Liability and Insurance Trust (PLIT) and Student AVMA (SAVMA) to provide continued financial support for SCAVMA chapters through the Achieving, Leading, Learning (ALL) for Students program in the 2015-2016 academic year. The ALL for Students program began in 2013 as a joint initiative of the AVMA, AVMA insurance trusts and SAVMA to provide financial support to the SCAVMAs in the categories of professional development, leadership, wellness and community outreach.
The AVMA, AVMA GHLIT and AVMA PLIT will each contribute $100,000 to the program while SAVMA will contribute $33,000, for a grand total of $333,000. The funding will be distributed among the 35 Student Chapters of the AVMA (SCAVMAs) and one associate organization in the SAVMA House of Delegates.
The AVMA recognizes the time and effort veterinary students put into their education, and we strongly believe in providing support to students to help ensure a solid start to their career. In addition to ALL for Students funding, the AVMA supports student chapters in a variety of other ways, including: by providing AVMA staff support to SAVMA and the SCAVMAs; by providing funding for the SAVMA Educational Symposium and the SCAVMA Leadership Conference; and by supporting the AVMA vice president on visits to the student chapters at accredited colleges and schools of veterinary medicine.
SAVMA was created in 1969 as the national organization of veterinary students, which has enabled individual SCAVMAs to function effectively as a single unit on the national level. SAVMA’s objectives are to introduce veterinary students to the concept of organized veterinary medicine; to promote, enhance and support professionalism and veterinary medical education; and to encourage the development and empowerment of students as leaders in the profession of veterinary medicine and the community as a whole.