Join the Student AVMA (SAVMA)

Join the Student AVMA (SAVMA)

Enhance your opportunities for success

Become a member of the Student AVMA (SAVMA) to access exclusive benefits that enhance your opportunities for success. SAVMA members reap significant savings on AVMA products and services, and gain access to member-only tools and resources, in addition to networking and leadership development opportunities.


Member benefits



Insurance products

Professional liability insurance from AVMA PLIT Free Not available
Group term life insurance from AVMA LIFE Free ($25,000 policy) Not available
Disability insurance from AVMA LIFE Varies Not available

Tools and resources to manage your finances, career, and wellbeing Free Limited access

Economic and financial resources

Salary estimator for veterinary students Free Free
Personal financial planning tool Free Not available
Economic State of the Veterinary Profession report Free $125

Professional publications and scientific information

JAVMA online Free $325
AJVR online Free Free
Vet Gazette online student journal Free Free
Clinical and policy resources Free Limited access

Career services and opportunities

Eligibility for AVMA externships Free Not available
International exchange opportunities Varies Not available
Externship locator Free Free
Career webinars on AVMA Axon Free $25

Awards and scholarships

Eligibility for SAVMA scholarships and awards Free Not available
Eligibility for AVMF scholarships Free Not available

Education and networking

SAVMA Symposium Varies Not available
AVMA Convention (veterinary student registration) Free Free
AVMA Convention (one complimentary registration within five years of graduation) Free 550
CE webinars on AVMA Axon Free or discounted $25
Online certificate programs Discount varies  
Online member directory Free Not available
Scholarships to attend CE events Varies Not available
Opportunities to serve on AVMA committees and councils Free Not available

Discounts on products and services

Member Edge Discount varies Not available

Wellbeing resources

QPR suicide prevention training Free Not available
Workplace Wellbeing Certificate Program Free $75

AVMA membership

First-year AVMA membership (automatic conversion upon graduation for the remainder of the year) Free Varies
Discounted membership for recent graduates (two years following graduation) $180 $360

Advocacy to support and protect veterinary students and veterinarians

Regulatory, legislative, and business advocacy Invaluable Invaluable
Protecting veterinarians’ ability to provide services Invaluable Invaluable
Promoting the value of veterinarians and our teams Invaluable Invaluable

In addition to the individual benefits you get for being a SAVMA member, the AVMA also works on your behalf to protect, promote, and advance the veterinary profession. For example:

How are my membership fees determined?

When you join, you will pay your local SAVMA chapter membership fees and your national SAVMA membership fees at once. Each SAVMA chapter determines its own dues, so fees vary based on the veterinary college you attend.



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Free AVMA membership

SAVMA members graduating in good standing with your chapter automatically get free AVMA membership for the remainder of the year.

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My Veterinary Life

Resources for students and early career veterinarians is AVMA’s website dedicated entirely to students, recent graduates, and early career veterinarians. Access free tools that help you manage your financial health, wellbeing, and career as you prepare to make the transition from student to working veterinarian.

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