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Active members


Any candidate for the DVM/VMD degree and who has completed at least 2 years of the professional curriculum, and who meets the following requirements:

  • Acceptable personality, good moral character, and high ideals respecting professional service and conduct
  • Rank scholastically in the highest 10% of their veterinary medical class (3rd/junior year)
  • Rank scholastically in the highest 25% of their veterinary medical class (4th/senior year)


Any veterinarian in possession of a veterinary medical degree for at least 2 years, and who has displayed ability of high order in dealing with one or more phases of the science of veterinary medicine, and who meets one of the following criteria:

  • Enrolled as a graduate student in a college of veterinary medicine and has completed at least 20 semester (30 quarter) hours of graduate credit or has successfully passed preliminary examinations
  • Engaged in an intern or residency program for at least 2 years or has become board certified in his/her specialty
  • Has completed 2 or more years on the faculty of the institution or scientific staff of a scientific institution within commuting distance of the nearest chapter of Phi Zeta and has been involved in veterinary research or service. 

Active members who move from the residence of their chapter may:

A. Become known as inactive members and not subject to payment of dues. 

B. Transfer their membership to another chapter. 

Honorary members


Distinguished veterinarians in possession of their veterinary medical degrees for at least 5 years and who have rendered notable service to their profession.


Persons not in possession of the veterinary medical degree, who have rendered distinguished service in the advancement of the science relating to the animal industry and particularly of animal diseases. Only in exceptional instances shall more than 2 honorary members be elected by any one chapter in any one academic year.(Source: Constitution of Society of Phi Zeta. Adopted July 1986; Editorial Revision Approved July 1989.)