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SCAVMA Supports Volunteer Efforts, Introduces Students to Professional Organizations
The Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA) is the umbrella organization for student clubs and volunteer efforts of students enrolled in the Professional Veterinary Medical Association. SCAVMA is primarily funded through the Hills Pet Food Program, where the company donates pet food that is then sold by SCAVMA students to support the work of the association.
SCAVMA supports 19 student clubs ranging from the Association of Equine Practitioners to the Zoological Medicine Society. While some of the clubs focus more on professional development, others include a community service perspective in their mission. In addition to supporting student clubs, SCAVMA offers a number of community outreach events and a chance for veterinary students to develop a professional affiliation with the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Activities of SCAVMA include:
“The Colorado State SCAVMA is one of the strongest in the nation with 19 clubs and many extracurricular activities that enrich the education of our veterinary students,” said Jensen Stulp, a junior in the PVM program and president of SCAVMA. “A majority of our students do belong to SCAVMA and not only benefit from the activities associated with the club, but also from the professional affiliation with the AVMA.”
For Stulp, who is from Lamar, Colo., and also serves on the Honor Board and Board of Directors for Vet Text & Supply, SCAVMA is an important part of his PVM education.
“I really enjoy being active and helping others,” Stulp said. “SCAVMA offers so many opportunities for volunteers to make a difference not only in our veterinary community but in the larger social community as well. It gets a little busy juggling SCAVMA activities and being a veterinary student, but the rewards are definitely worth it.”
For additional information on SCAVMA, contact Stulp at email@example.com.