Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA)
The University of Tennessee SCAVMA provides a forum for its members to interact on a professional and social level. It provides members with the opportunity to gain professional knowledge and an understanding of the medical ethics and conduct and the benefits of organized veterinary medicine. SCAVMA's monthly meetings provide an opportunity for students from all four classes/years to meet and interact socially. SCAVMA organizes dances and parties during the year and sponsors the Annual Awards Banquet in the spring. In addition, students who graduate as members in good standing are automatically eligible for many benefits offered by the AVMA. SCAVMA is dedicated to promoting friendly relations among students and between students, faculty, and the professional community.
To join SCAVMA, a student can come to a meeting and pay dues or contact his or her student SCAVMA representative. To become a member in good standing, it is necessary to actively belong to a committee sometime during the 4 years of veterinary school and be a dues-paying member. All students currently enrolled in the College of Veterinary Medicine are encouraged to become members and add another dimension to their professional education. SCAVMA also acts as a link between the university and the AVMA, making available the many programs and opportunities this organization has to offer.
SCAVMA Class Representatives act as a liaison between classes, SCAVMA, and the college and serve on the SCAVMA Executive Board; collect membership dues and keep the Office of Educational Enhancement informed of SCAVMA activities and actions that concern the college, etc. Time commitment – moderate to considerable.
Class of 2015 Representative: Taylor Lewis
Class of 2016 Representative: Brinn Granger
Class of 2017 Representative: Brittni Jones
SCAVMA Officers (2014-2015 Academic Year):
President: Wesley Siniard
President-elect: Ross Ellis
Vice President: Christine Shepherd
Treasurer: Raelyn Pirtle
Treasurer-elect: Timothy Pearson
Secretary: Laura Bailey
Communications Chair: Jennifer Thomas
Community Outreach Chair: Natasha Tinsley
Co-Event Coordinators: Jennica McGuire and Jayme Weaver
Fundraising Chair: Bernadette Reimer
Technology Chair: Clayton McQuiddy
TVMA Liaison: Matt Asciutto
IVSA Student Rep: Gordon Ehrensing
IVSA Intracollege Liaison: Rebecca Hardman
SAVMA Senior Delegate: Elizabeth Johnson
SAVMA Junior Delegate: Amber Futrell
Student Chapter of ACVIM
The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM), is the national certifying organization for veterinary specialists in large and small animal internal medicine, cardiology, neurology, and oncology. Joining a student chapter of ACVIM is beneficial to those who plan to pursue board-certification after graduation, as well as those who wish to work in a general practice setting. The student chapter organizes monthly educational lunch meetings with board-certified speakers in a variety of specialties, as well as holds an annual wet lab for students to gain more hands-on experience with different diagnostic techniques. For more information contact, Jamie Bishop (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mary Devlin (email@example.com).
Aquaculture and Aquatic Medicine Club
The Aquaculture and Aquatic Medicine Club provides students with an interest in aquatic animal medicine opportunities to learn more about this emerging field and ways to get involved in it. It is also a student chapter of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association (WAVMA). Throughout the year, the organization offers lunchtime lectures, journal and case discussions, opportunities for hands-on experience and learning, as well as planned trips to local aquariums and aquaculture facilities. They also provide a frequently updated list of externships and other opportunities in the field of aquatic animal medicine. For more information, contact Wesley Siniard (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Grace Normann (email@example.com).
Avian, Wildlife, and Exotics (AWE)
AWE provides a forum for students with an interest in all aspects of avian, wildlife, pocket pet, reptile, and zoo medicine. Throughout the year, the organization offers lunchtime lectures, speakers for general SCAVMA meetings, and opportunities for hands-on experience. It also provides a list of externships in exotic animal medicine. For more information, contact Jose Grenet (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Brooke Griff (email@example.com).
Behavior & Alternative Medicine Club
This club was started in 1993 and serves to inform students of the holistic method of treating animals' health problems. Holistic topics include:
· Herbal therapies
· Other alternative modalities
Topics are based on the club members' interests. Speakers include those in the UTCVM, Knoxville veterinarians who use alternative treatments, and once a year, a speaker from another part of the country visits to discuss behavior or alternative medicine.
In 1996, the AVMA established guidelines with respect to alternative medicine. This club hopes to open doors for many students with these interests. For more information contact Lindsay Knott (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Averi Simpson (email@example.com).
The Canine Club was formed to provide students with a forum to discuss and learn about aspects of canine medicine, behavior, and other issues beyond those presented in the classroom. The club was organized and began operation as a SCAVMA club in 1997. In 1998, the club took responsibility for organizing and operating the Canine Parade of Breeds portion of UTCVM's Open House. The club holds bimonthly meetings featuring topics of interest to club members concerning canines. Speakers include members of the faculty, invited guests from outside the college, and veterinary students with dog-related expertise. The club is also responsible for one general SCAVMA meeting during the year, which features an authority on a canine-related topic. For more information contact Ashley Randles (firstname.lastname@example.org) or April Parks (email@example.com).
Christian Veterinary Fellowship
Christian Veterinary Fellowship (CVF) is a Christ-centered group that focuses on service. As a club, they meet every Monday during lunch and either have a speaker or hold a Bible study. Outside of that time, the mission is to serve the students, faculty, and community. Some of these services include sending encouraging notes before exams, providing free meals to faculty and students, and serving communities within and outside of the United States that need veterinary assistance such as rural Kentucky, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. For more information contact Larry Bardroff (firstname.lastname@example.org) or James Noblett (Jnoblett@utk.edu).
The Equine Club at the University of Tennessee is a student chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. Bi-monthly meetings are held at noon (everyone is welcome to meetings, not just members!).
Other activities planned for the year include:
Wet labs on endoscopy
Students can also gain clinical experience by becoming a member of the Equine Emergency Team. Members of this team are called upon about twice a month to help with any emergencies that come in after hours to the clinics.
Feline Club has lunchtime lectures about topics in medicine and surgery of domestic cats (and occasionally large cats). The club takes yearly trips to Tiger Haven, a large cat sanctuary in Kingston, TN. This past year, the wet lab experience was learning how to perform declawing on cat cadavers. For more information, contact Erin Felty (email@example.com
) or Katelynn Finney (firstname.lastname@example.org
Food Animal Club
The Food Animal Club is an organization for students who are interested in production medicine of cattle, swine, camelids, small ruminants, and poultry. They hold monthly lunch meetings with speakers and/or case presentations relating to these species, as well as perform hospital case rounds every Wednesday during the lunch hour. They also participate in national organizations such as the American Association of Bovine Practitioners and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians and try to send students to these conferences each year. The club typically conducts a wet lab symposium one weekend during the academic year so that students can gain hands-on experience in several different aspects of production medicine. For more information contact Larry Bardroff (email@example.com) or Victoria Balvin (firstname.lastname@example.org).
International Veterinary Students Association (IVSA)
IVSA is designed for students with an interest in international veterinary medicine. They provide an extensive list of international contacts for externship and volunteer opportunities, work with the international organization in assistance of student exchange programs, coordinate lunch lectures exhibiting a variety of world experiences, and plan a big social mixer every semester to build upon the school's natural cultural diversity. Every year, IVSA also offers a travel scholarship for 1–2 students performing veterinary services abroad! For more information, contact Gordon Ehrensing (email@example.com
) or Rebecca Hardman (firstname.lastname@example.org
Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medicine Association (LGVMA)
The LGVMA is a professional organization that celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2013 and has a long-standing relationship with the AVMA as well as other veterinary associations. It was founded to represent and support those LGBT individuals and allies within the veterinary field. Similarly, the goal of the UT chapter is to serve as an organization that fosters acceptance, inclusion, and leadership for veterinary students, veterinarians, faculty, and veterinary technicians of all sexual orientations and gender identities and their allies through community development, professional advocacy, and personal empowerment. All individuals are welcome and encouraged to join and participate, regardless of sex, gender, sexual orientation, race, religious beliefs, occupation, education, etc. This club's hope is to enhance the UTCVM experience for both LGBT individuals and allies. Meetings, speakers, and events are related to LGBT and allied areas both within the veterinary profession and the community with a focus on enhanced diversity, acceptance, and awareness. For more information contact Kristen Niemann (email@example.com) or Erin Dush (firstname.lastname@example.org).
One Health Club
Vision: Interdisciplinary cooperation for improved health of humans, animals, and the environment.
Mission: To provide students with educational opportunities and practical experience in collaborating with other disciplines to improve the health of individuals and populations.
Values: We believe that the only way to properly treat any human, animal, or ecosystem is to understand the interplay between the three. By approaching health issues as a manifestation of various contributors, we hope to provide better and more successful care long-term.
- engage other clubs (SAVE, IVSA, MPH, WDA) and organize joint meetings
- discuss emerging infectious zoonotic diseases
- organize a mock outbreak so members can see the interplay of various disciplines in that type of scenario
- recruit speakers (USDA vet services and wildlife services, Vanderbilt's Global Health Initiative veterinarian, state veterinarian etc.)
- celebrate world rabies day and provide information to non-member students about current rabies issues worldwide
- provide bat lab necropsy and pathology identification in regard to potential infectious diseases
- connect students with Vets for Pets with Homeless Owners and Companion Animal Initiative of Tennessee to provide exposure surrounding the human-animal bond
- provide informational materials for incoming students about the Masters of Public Health (MPH) graduate program
The Pain Management Club seeks to educate veterinary students on traditional and non-traditional forms of analgesia and anesthesia for small and large animals, as well as exotics. Monthly meetings are held for lectures on various topics, and lunch is often provided. Hands-on opportunities are available once per semester to learn techniques previously lectured on during meetings. For more information contact Mary Devlin (Mdevlin@utk.edu
) or Jamie Bishop (email@example.com
Pathology is the study of the origin and processes of diseases, from the cellular and physiologic level to the whole animal. Pathology is exciting because it unifies all aspects of medicine. Pathologists study all diseases: infectious, neoplastic, metabolic, inflammatory, or otherwise… and study all organ systems, from cardiology to neurology to dermatology and more. Pathology is fascinating, pathology is important, and pathology is beautiful!
The Pathology Club at UTCVM stimulates student interest in clinical and anatomic pathology. It offers many fun activities and great ways to get involved!
PAWsitive Impact is a service-centered wellness club focused on addressing the prevalence of poor wellness within the veterinary community. PAWsitive Impact's mission is three fold: to promote veterinary wellness within UTCVM and the public through service and education, to educate members on recognizing and preventing poor wellness, and to improve wellness among its own members. Meetings include lunchtime lectures, service projects, and de-stressing activities. "Wet labs" include continuing education such as suicide prevention training and canine and human CPR training. For more information contact Bernadetter Riemer (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Hannah Kartzinel (email@example.com).
SAVE is a club that shares and holds true to the principles of our parent organization Alliance of Veterinarians for the Environment (AVE). This organization is for veterinarians and others interested in building upon the connections between animal health and well-being and environmental and ecosystem health. They are dedicated to promoting environmental health and the conservation of nature through education and research within the veterinary profession. Throughout the year, the club offers informational meetings with unique speakers for topics that are rarely thought of or covered during course lectures, such as “The Importance of Honeybees & Our Civilization” and “The Human Impact on the Salamanders of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.” The club is geared toward raising awareness of our impacts on our environment as veterinarians. To help relieve students’ stress, they also have outings such as paddle boarding, hiking, and social events. For more information contact Lauren Hendersen (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Bree Dell (email@example.com).
Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (SCAAEP)
SCAAEP provides opportunities for students interested in equine medicine and surgery. The club offers lunch and dinner meetings with a variety of equine-related lecture topics throughout the year. Wet labs for each class year, as well as an AAEP-sponsored lab are organized for students. Additional opportunities include attending conventions, volunteering at nearby equine events, and other ideas members may have that pertain to their particular interest area in equine practice. For more information contact Blake Everett (firstname.lastname@example.org
) or Preston Morris (email@example.com
The Shelter Medicine Club is open to all veterinary students, especially those who are interested in small animal medicine, spay and neuter surgery, and animal sheltering issues. We are a chapter of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians, which means that students can apply for scholarships to attend national conferences and other national opportunities through our club. The club works closely with the Companion Animal Initiative of Tennessee helping them with fundraising for their projects and educating the general public about animal shelters and spay/neuter at the UTCVM Open House every year. Each fall they organize a wet lab where members of the club learn the high-volume, high-quality spay/neuter method from local veterinarians from Young-Williams Animal Center. Students watch a demonstration and then have the opportunity to practice surgical techniques on euthanized cadavers donated from local animal shelters. In the spring they have traditionally held a fundraiser selling personalized lab coats for students, faculty, and staff, and the proceeds have been donated to animal shelters and rescues.
Every month they have a lunch meeting and have had a variety of interesting speakers, including Dr. Debolt, the veterinarian at Young Williams Animal Center, and Dr. Michael Blackwell, President of the Humane Society and former UTCVM dean. Once a year, students who participated in the HSVMA Rural Area Veterinary Services mission trip over the summer talk about their personal experiences. For more information contact Theresa Cannon (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Amanda Steffen (email@example.com).
Student Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (SVECCS)
The SVECCS is a student-run organization that was re-introduced to the university in 2013 after a hiatus. We are a chapter of the national organization VECCS. The purpose of this club is to promote the education and involvement of veterinary students in all aspects of emergency and critical care medicine. Our club has informative lunch meetings with doctors in the emergency/critical care field, promotes involvement by allowing students to volunteer in the critical care unit throughout the semester, and holds wet labs. For more information contact Amanda Steffen (firstname.lastname@example.org
) or Brooke Griff (email@example.com
Small Animal Surgery Emergency Team (SASET)
SASET is a group of students interested in surgical treatment, care, and support of patients presented to the Small Animal Clinic for emergency surgical procedures. Students belonging to this team have an opportunity to observe, assist, and participate in the emergency surgeries of patients presented to the Small Animal Clinic. The major objective of the team is to provide an opportunity for students to increase their knowledge about the science and art of small animal surgery with emphasis on preparation, participation, recovery, and emergency care of surgical patients.
The Theriogenology Club serves as a way for members to gain experience in theriogenology of various species. Guest speakers and wet labs provide insight, information, and training in all aspects of this facet of veterinary medicine, including artificial insemination, embryo transfer, gestational management, parturition assistance, common reproductive problems and diseases, pregnancy detection, estrus synchronization, etc. Students with interest in both small and large animal theriogenology are given the opportunity to learn more about these topics in their fields of interest. Lunch meetings are held monthly, and there is normally a wet lab for students each semester, along with various events coordinated with both Food Animal Club and SCAAEP at UTCVM. For more information, contact Margaret Conley (firstname.lastname@example.org
) or Brittni Jones (email@example.com
Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA)
VBMA is a student-driven organization dedicated to advancing the profession through increasing business knowledge, creating networking opportunities, and empowering students to achieve their personal and professional goals. VBMA aims to expand student awareness and knowledge by scheduling speakers for meetings and organizing seminars to cover relevant topics to veterinary practice that lie outside the current veterinary medical curriculum. By networking with professionals within and outside our discipline involved with business management, finance, leadership, marketing, law, and communication, VBMA ensures quality and relevant information for students in the way of financial affairs, entry into the job market, personal management skills, and opportunities that are available to persons with a DVM degree. VBMA also offers a nationally recognized Business Certificate Program as an additional membership to those willing to participate that consists of attending meetings for an allocated total of business education hours. Completion of the program then rewards students with validation by certification to present to future employers for increased hirability, not to mention in the process, giving each individual more opportunity for priceless networking with peers and professionals in the industry, and a more successful future in our profession. For more information contact Melissa Maddux (firstname.lastname@example.org
) or Ginny Shaul (email@example.com