SCAVMA - Mississippi State University


Below is a list of all the clubs that fall under SAVMA at Mississippi State University. To contact a club president or any officer, please click on their name.

AABP - American Association of Bovine Practitioners

The American Association of Bovine Practitioners is an international association of veterinarians serving society as leaders in cattle health, welfare and productivity. Our job as the Student Chapter of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners is to promote food animal medicine, to not only those with experience, but to those who have no experience. It is our hope that we can show you all the importance of food animal medicine and spark your interest in a field we hold so near to our hearts. AABP host monthly meetings, where a veterinarian active in cattle medicine, either from the MSU-CVM or those in industry will come and speak with us about their experiences. Each meeting will have a meal provided for those that are paid members. This year we will be hosting a joint meeting with the Theriogenology Club focusing on palpation of the female reproductive tracts, as well as a joint meeting with the Pathology Club on how to conduct field necropsies. Other labs planned for both the fall and the spring are food animal euthanasia, fetotomy and dystocia labs, as well as some nutritional aspects of animal health. Please join us for another great year and learn what you can do to feed the world!

President: Josh Vowell
Vice President: Emily Puliam
Bethany Granger
Advisor: Dr. Brett and Dr. Meiring
Dues: First Year Dues : $25
Returning Members Dues: $20

AAVP - American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists

Parasites can be found in nearly all areas of veterinary medicine. Though many are small in size, their impact on our patients is quite large! So, we have a club dedicated to learning more about these fascinating creatures. The American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists (AAVP) was founded in 1956 and is a scientific and educational organization. Members of AAVP are interested in parasites of companion, food-producing, domesticated animals, and wildlife; some of which are transmissible to humans. We study these parasites to ultimately find new or better ways to diagnose, prevent, treat, or reduce infections in animals and in humans. Members can expect interesting research and case presentations, and activities such as parasite recovery labs, diagnostic labs, and collaborations with other CVM clubs. If the creepy crawlies on your furry friends interest you, or if you want to stay well-informed on the subject of parasitology, join AAVP!

President: Molly McAdams
Vice President: Bethany Granger
Daria Rodriguez
Mary Hannah Lawrence
Advisor: Dr. Varela-Stokes and Dr. Rosser
Dues: First Year Dues : $15

AAEP - American Association of Equine Practitioners

The American Association of Equine Practitioners is the largest professional organization of equine veterinarians. The Mississippi State Student Chapter of the AAEP strives to provide its members with hands-on horse experience and the most up-to-date information on equine veterinary care. Monthly meetings are held on a variety of topics including farrier work, dental care, alternative therapy, infectious diseases, diagnostic techniques, surgery and lameness. Guest speakers from around the country along with clinicians from our hospital are invited to lecture. Field trips or wet labs are also planned throughout the year to give members hands-on experience. This past year we had labs on dental care, hoof trimming, ultrasound, and endoscopy. In 2017-2018, we will feature some of these labs but also hope to add workshops on lameness, surgery, and disaster response. Dues are $35 for National AAEP membership and $25 for Student Chapter membership with the option available to only join the Student Chapter. National Membership grants students eligibility for AAEP specific conferences, wet labs, and scholarships. We have an exciting year planned and look forward to getting to know you! For more information about joining our national chapter please visit .

President: Hannah Finney
Vice President: Nicole Blankenship
Kaitlyn Junkin
Lensey Watson
Advisor: Dr. David Christiansen
Dues: $25

AAFP - American Association of Feline Practitioners

AAFP (American Association of Feline Practitioners) is a club that is all about our feline friends! Since our curriculum tends to focus more on a canine model for small animal medicine, AAFP serves to provide opportunities to learn more about the feline patient. We aim to cover a broad scope of topics, including some specific feline diseases, feline radiology, addressing common behavior issues, owning a feline-only practice, managing feral cats, and proper restraining techniques. For those interested in exotics, we also look for opportunities to learn about large cats – lions, tigers, bobcats, etc.. In the past we have been involved in a volunteer trip to a local animal sanctuary called Cedar Hill, and this year, we are exploring the possibility of a zoo trip!
Even if you do not particularly care for cats, about 23% of the questions on the national licensing exam (NAVLE) are feline-related, so joining AAFP would be a great opportunity to start expanding your knowledge beyond the classroom, even as a first year! AAFP typically meets once a month for a lecture on an important feline topic. This year, the officer team is also planning on holding a couple of wet labs on feline handling, physical exams, and hopefully a spay/neuter lab using cadavers. Whether you love cats, want to become a feline-only specialist, or would rather they keep their distance, it is important that we all learn about feline medicine. We hope to see you at our interest meeting!
Whether you love cats and want to become a feline-only specialist or would rather they keep their distance, it’s important we all learn about feline medicine and the AAFP is a great club for that. We hope to see you at our first meeting!

President: Mekayla Mekara
Vice President: Tobi Ku
Robyn Beattie
Rachel McKinnerney
Advisor: Dr. Sharon Grace
Dues: $25

ACVIM - American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM), the national certifying organization for veterinary specialists in large and small animal internal medicine, cardiology, neurology and oncology, currently has 26 ACVIM student chapters at AVMA certified veterinary colleges and universities in North America.
There are many advantages of becoming an affiliate of an ACVIM Student Chapter, or establishing a new chapter through an AVMA accredited university or college. Benefits of joining and/or establishing an AVMA accredited university or college chapter include: student affiliates learn how to become a Board-certified specialist, student affiliates will be educated on how the referral process serves as a partnership between veterinarians, animal owners and specialists, the chapter may be involved in the organization of scholarly activities, speaking engagements and symposiums that benefit and help educate the chapter’s student affiliates, all students have open access online to the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, and lastly, students can attend the annual ACVIM Forum at a reduced early registration fee of $35. Travel support and Forum stipends are available to assist for Forum attendance.

President 2016-2017: Scott McMullin
President 2017-2018: None
President 2018-2019: Class of 2022 student
Advisor: Dr. Sherrill Fleming & Dr. Michaela Beasley

Alpha Psi

Alpha Psi is a National Veterinary Fraternity that, Since 1907, has carried on traditions and values of the Veterinary Medical career. Our chapter hosts several socials events including tailgates, bar crawls, Halloween Party, Crawfish Boil, 5K, and more to come. In addition to all the fun, we also participate in several philanthropic activities throughout the year, supporting Safe Haven. As a member of Alpha Psi, you will be able to attend all these events at no extra cost and relax with your fellow classmates. We also provide an excellent atmosphere to build future connections and allow students to enjoy the social aspect of Vet school to the fullest extent.

President: Sara Celec
Vice President:
Aaron Oldanie
Mekayla Mekara
Emily Shotts
Chris Kurtz
Gunnar Dunnam
Social Chair:
Samantha Sanders
Keg Master:
Laura Rottenberk
Advisor: Dr. Ben Nabors
Dues (couple prices apply to a significant other that is NOT a vet student):
1st year dues: $80 single ($120 couple)
2nd year dues: $65 single ($100 couple)
3rd year dues: $35 ($50 couple)
4th year dues: $20 ($30 couple)

ASLAP - American Society of Lab Animal Practitioners

The American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners (ASLAP) is the only organization that directly represents laboratory animal practitioners within the AVMA. The purpose of the Student Chapter of the American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners is to foster educational activities in the veterinary specialty of Laboratory Animal Medicine and to familiarize the members with standards and regulations pertaining to this discipline. The MSU CVM chapter of ASLAP will hold events directed at educating members on ethical issues and concerns in using research animals, exposure to different aspects of the career of a laboratory animal veterinarian, bring speakers from the field, and organize trips to various research facilities. Club members are encouraged, but not required, to join the national ASLAP society as well. We plan to make this club a resource for not only those students interested in lab animal medicine, but also anyone interested in research and animal welfare issues.

President: Kirstie Harris
Vice President: Caitlin Light
Anika Eidson
Monica Peebles
Advisor: Dr. Lucy Senter
Dues: $20

Broad Spectrum/V.O.I.C.E.
Broad Spectrum Veterinary Student Association’s mission is to connect, support and empower community for LGBTQ+ students and allies across veterinary education. LGBTQ+ will be used as an inclusive acronym for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, Asexual and others who self-identify on the sexual orientation and/or gender expression continuums. The MSU-CVM Broad Spectrum chapter was founded in Spring 2017 by a group of LGBTQ+ and allied students. We welcome all veterinary students, faculty, and staff of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Allies are also welcome! So, if you are ready to make a difference in the veterinary community at MSU-CVM Broad Spectrum may be the club for you!
Veterinary medicine is the least diverse profession in existence in terms of representation by all races, genders, and sexual orientations. As a result, the profession lacks cultural competency, which decreases the quality of client relationships and undermines comradery with colleagues. The MSU-CVM chapter of Veterinarians as One In Culture and Ethnicity helps promote inclusion by visiting area schools, hosting informational lectures, and throwing fun social events. All veterinary students, faculty and staff, and undergrad students are welcome to join! This year we hope to have events relevant to a broad variety of topics, including but not limited to: LGTBQ+ issues

President: Jordan Ziegler

Vice President: Danielle Overton

Beatriz Velez

Treasurer: Clare Brown

Advisor: Dr. Patty Lathan

Dues: Free

CVF - Christian Veterinary Fellowship

Christian Veterinary Fellowship is the student chapter of the Christian Veterinary Mission that promotes spiritual growth and professional development of veterinary students. This organization will provide encouragement for your Christian walk and opportunities to serve Christ as a veterinarian. We meet every Friday at noon for fellowship and a devotional. We also participate in local service projects as well as foreign mission trips. We are also planning several social events as well. The mission statement of Christian Veterinary Mission is: “To challenge, empower and facilitate veterinarians to serve others through their profession, living out their Christian faith.” God Bless!

President/Missions Chair: Brianna Mitchell
Vice President: Tobi Ku
Secretary: Nicole Irizarry
Fundraising/Social Chair: Sydney McConnell
Mekayla Mekara
Advisor: Dr. Skip Jack
Dues: $20

SCACVP- Student Chapter Association of Clinical Veterinary Pathologists

Have you ever wondered how a disease process manifests itself? Well, Pathology Club is dedicated to expanding students’ knowledge in the study of disease through learning and experiencing different processes. In general, pathology can give you the building blocks to practice successful medicine and it will correlate with at least three courses you will take during your time at MSU-CVM. Throughout the year, the club will offer slide reviews, plenty of necropsies, and additional events/trips that only members of the club will get to experience! You will also receive great mentorship and potentially gain additional contacts with other veterinarians. So, if you're into studying disease (and not afraid to get a little messy), then Pathology Club might just be the club for you!

President: Alexandra Frankovich
Vice President: Clare Brown
Aumbriel Schwirian
Robyn Beattie
Advisor: Dr. Alicia Olivier
Dues: $15

SCASV - Student Chapter of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians

Shelter medicine is a unique field of veterinary medicine that is rapidly growing. The Shelter Medicine Club is a student chapter of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians as well as the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association. The mission of these organizations is to improve the health and well-being of animals in shelters through the advancement of shelter medicine as well as to advocate for humane treatment of all animals through educational presentations, community service programs, and other activities. Through this club, you will have the opportunity to hear from some exceptional speakers and discuss with them the multiple aspects of shelter medicine. We will have monthly meetings focused on the control of infectious diseases and trauma in shelter settings, shelter animal behavioral rehabilitation, pet sterilization methods and trap-neuter-release programs, as well as the veterinarian’s role in animal cruelty prevention, recognition, and reporting.

President: Teresa Chapman
Vice President: Rebecca Cobb
Robyn Jolly
Advisor: Dr. Kimberly Woodruff
Dues: $20

SAVMA - Student American Veterinary Medical Association

The Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) was created in 1969 as the national organization of veterinary students, which has enabled individual Student Chapters of the AVMA (SAVMAs) to function effectively as a single unit on the national level. Currently, SAVMA is comprised of 35 student chapters (30 in the U.S., 1 in Canada, 2 in the Caribbean, and 2 in the United Kingdom) at accredited veterinary medical schools/colleges and one student association organization in the Caribbean representing a total of over 15,000 veterinary student members and associate members. Being a member in Good Standing of SAVMA for all 4 years of veterinary school will allow each student to be automatically converted to the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association). Being part of SAVMA or the AVMA will provide educational opportunities, legal and medical insurances. The AVMA works with federal and local legislatures to formulate legislation that affects students and veterinarians. President: Monica Peelbes
Senior Delegate: Audrey Anne Estess
Fundraising Chair: Megan Wood
Kirstie Harris
Treasurer: Maria Schwartz
Social Chair: Mary Hannah Lawrence
IVSA Liason: Beth Orr
Webmaster/Vet Gazette: Sydney McConnell
Wellness Chair: Sara Amport
Class of 2019 Representative: Sydney Hayter
Class of 2020 Representative: Paige Anderson
Class of 2021 Representative: Sara Amport
Class of 2022 Representative:
Advisors: Dr. Linford and Dr. Grissett

SCDART - Student Chapter of the Disaster Animal Response Team

In this club, students with interests in disaster or emergency response related to wildlife, domestic animals, and the environment will find opportunities to make an impact. Students and faculty, work alongside state and/or federal agencies (MEMA, FEMA, USDA, etc.). New members will be trained in certain aspects of the National Incident Management System (ICS-100, 200, 700), and the group will likely be involved in different training activities over the school year. Members completing the National Incident Management and signed up with MART will have received the training and certificates necessary to assist in emergency or disaster situations, such as the Alabama tornadoes or Hurricane Katrina. Potential training exercises include Ropes Training, Search and Rescue Dogs, and courses offered through FEMA. Members may also have the opportunity to work and train with First Responders (Fire, Police, etc.) on matters such as pet first aid. The Student Chapter-Disaster Animal Response Team (SCDART) teaches students how to handle disaster and emergency situations in relation to both animals and humans alike. Students will have the opportunity to learn from local, state, and/or federal agencies in various training opportunities. Key training will include proper emergency equipment handling, first aid techniques, and appropriate actions in a disaster response. As a member, you will also have access to certification events that could strengthen your future career. For example, members will be able to complete the requirements to become part of the Mississippi Animal Response Team (MART). If MART is deployed, certified members may have the opportunity to aid in the disaster response.

President: Nancy Davis
Vice President: Casey Durfey
Beth Orr
Advisor: Dr. Carla Huston
Dues: $20

Surgery Club

The Surgery Club at MSU-CVM is a student organization for those interested in the field of surgery. As always, our goal is to promote the education of vet students here at Mississippi State and stimulate an interest in veterinary surgery. We will present lectures and provide experiences that introduce you to various surgical topics, techniques and procedures. The Surgery Club combines topics related to both large and small animal surgery, and offers several wet labs that provide great hands-on experience. Planned events include an orthopedic wet lab, a suture lab, and a number of invited guest speakers. This club is a great way to foster those interested in veterinary surgery and facilitate communication and interaction between vet students and vet surgeons here at MSU-CVM. We encourage you to contact any of the club officers and look forward to seeing you at our interest meeting in the Fall.

President: Danielle Overton
Vice President: Maria Schwartz
Rebecca Cobb
Sara Amport
Advisors: Dr. Diana Eubanks and Dr. Ryan Butler
First Year Dues: $25
Second Year Dues: $20
Third and Fourth Year Dues: $10

SVECCS - Student Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society

We are the Mississippi State University chapter of the Student Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. SVECCS partners with our parent organization (VECCS) in order to give veterinary students the opportunity to learn what it means to be in the exciting field of emergency medicine. Emergency and critical care is highly diverse and encompasses many aspects of small animal, large animal, and exotic animal medicine. We aim to provide lectures and wet labs that will expose students to some of what they could see in real world practice, even if they do not envision a career in emergency medicine. Our wet labs provide fun, hands-on learning experiences taught by ICU clinicians that allow students to move out of the classroom and practice procedures that they will encounter in their 3rd and 4th years. Come join us and feel the rush!

President: Brian McCoy
Vice President: Kasey Rito
Nancy Davis
Aaron Oldanie
Advisor: Dr. Brittany Thames
First Year Dues: $25
Second Year Dues: $20
Third & Fourth Year Dues: $15

Theriogenology Club

Theriogenology Club is an organization designed to bring future veterinarians together that have an interest in reproductive physiology. From companion animals to livestock and equine, this club covers it all. Our officers work to ensure this organization is active and our members get the hands on experience we need to put us one step ahead for the classroom, clinics and one day, practice. We coordinate with experts in this field to balance presentations in the lecture room with wet labs. From palpation labs out at the farm, to artificial insemination of both small and large animals, this club aims to keep its members as active as possible. Whether you have never been exposed to reproductive physiology and only have a slight interest, to an avid cattle or dog breeder, Theriogenology Club is for you!

President: Hannah Simmons
Vice President: Haley Brazell
Natalie Denton
Advisor: Dr. Kevin Walters
Dues: $20

VBMA - Veterinary Business Management Association

The Veterinary Business Management Association is a national, 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. The business-side of veterinary medicine is not heavily emphasized in the academic curriculum, and we want to ensure that every student has the chance to learn the business skills that will maximize their financial success through their medical skills. The VBMA now offers two business certificate programs: silver and gold levels. Both are nationally recognized by employers and will give students an advantage when job searching or owning private practice. These programs supply students with a vast amount of knowledge in the many facets of veterinary business management. Our annual dues are $40.00/year with the option of paying $90.00 upfront for a four-year membership with the special perks of receiving free personalized business cards and a gift from the VBMA upon graduation. We believe that VBMA gives us, as students, valuable knowledge and contacts that will benefit us in our future careers. Upperclassmen are eligible to be grandfathered in at the previous dues, but please contact the president for more information.

President: Leslie Reed
Vice President: Megan Wood
Treasurer: Tobi Ku
Secretary: Kara Majors
Sponsorship Chair: Maria Schwartz
Advisor: Dr. Joey Burt
Dues: $40/year, $90/4 years with free business cards

WEEZAM - Wildlife Exotic Zoo Avian and Aquatic Medicine

The purpose of the WEZAAM (Wildlife, Exotic, Zoo, Avian, and Aquatic Animal Medicine) club here at MSU-CVM is to expose members to a variety of animal species that do not receive much class or rotation time. The club informs students about veterinary medicine with respect to the world of exotic animals and provides a way for those interested in wildlife and exotic medicine to pursue their passion. Club dues cover guest lecturers, food, wet labs, and field trips throughout the school year. Field trips and labs include: a behind the scenes tour of the Memphis Zoo, a trip to Cedar Hill Cat Sanctuary, and a chemical immobilization delivery lab plus we are looking to expand this coming year! If you have any interest in or would like to expand your knowledge of exotic animals this club is a great opportunity.

President: Lindsey Elswick
Vice President: Kirstie Harris
Savannah Matthews
Anika Eidson
Advisor: Dr. Jeb Cade
Dues: $20 (new members), $15 (returning member)


Below is a list of all the clubs that are not affiliated with SCAVMA at Mississippi State University. To contact a club president, please click on their name.

Homeward Bound

Mission statement- The Homeward Bound Project of MS is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization operating since 2007 in Starkville, MS. Homeward Bound is run entirely by volunteers, most of whom are attending or working at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. They work with shelters in Mississippi to transport adoptable dogs and cats to adoption guaranteed rescues in the Northeast, thereby giving them a chance at a better life. Homeward Bound volunteers are incredibly passionate about the work they do and we welcome you to find that passion too! We have no dues and are not a SCAVMA club but you can get SCAVMA points for volunteering.

Homeward Bound Dogs
Foster Coordinator : Teresa Chapman
Adoption Corrdinator : Nicole Irizarry
Volunteer Coordinator:
Hannah Finney
Medical Records Coordinator:
Kaitlyn Junkin
Homeward Bound Cats
Kitten Adoption Coordinator:
Dallas Riley
Kitten Foster Coordinator:
Charlee Mulligan
Kitten Medical Records Coordinator:
Marguerite Yelverton
Terri Snead

WAVMA - World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association

The World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association was established in 2006 with the purpose of catering to the growing field of aquatic veterinary medicine, and the MSU CVM WAVMA chapter is one of only 10 student chapters in the country. The goal of the club is to expose veterinary students to the many opportunities within the field of aquatic medicine. This year our main project will be assembling a dolphin skeleton for display at the school. In addition to this project, we plan to take trips to the Tennessee Aquarium and the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies, have wet labs for electrofishing and fish dissections, and hear from speakers who have experience in different aspects of aquatic medicine. This club is a great opportunity for anyone already wishing to pursue a career in aquatic veterinary medicine, as well as anyone who would like to learn about the possibilities within the field!

Kara Cobun

Vice President: Nicole Baker

Sara Celec

Advisor: Dr. Baumgartner

Dues: $25 1st year / 20$ 2nd year / 10$ 3rd & 4th year

SRSP - Small Ruminant, Swine, and Poultry Club
The Small Ruminant, Swine, and Poultry Club is a relatively new club here at Mississippi State. SRSP caters to students that want to further their veterinary knowledge and skills in the realm of food animal medicine. SRSP will be hosting a number of different lectures and animal handling wet labs. Past experiences have included visiting to local dairy goat farms, FAMANCHA certification wet labs, poultry industry lectures from professionals and much more. SRSP is a great way to get hands on experience with non-traditional teaching species. Additionally, SRSP exposes student to unique fields of veterinary medicine. We hope to see you at the career and because we know you were wondering… SRSP is free!

President: Lensey Watson

Vice President: Katelynn Nelson

Nicole Baker

AAAP (Poultry) Rep:
Blair Bennet

AASV (Swine) Rep:
Will Crosby

AASRP (Small Ruminants) Rep:
Nicole Irizarry

Advisor: Dr. Sherrill Fleming
Dues: N/A

IVSA - International Veterinary Student Association

The International Veterinary Students’ Association (IVSA) aims to connect veterinary students around the world through international exchanges and meetings. If you wish to travel abroad for a veterinary experience, IVSA is here to support you. Traveling internationally will not only enhance your knowledge and network for your future career, but will also expand your cultural awareness. Through SAVMA dues, all students have access to the benefits of IVSA. The overall mission of MSU-CVM IVSA is to provide contacts and funding resources for our students to successfully achieve their international experience goals. Throughout the year, various members of the MSU-CVM community will share their cultures and experiences abroad with us. If enough interest is present, we can also hold fundraisers to internally aid in student travel as done previously.

IVSA Liaison: Beth Orr



President: AudreyAnne Estess
Vice President: Andrew Cox
Secretary/Treasurer: Travis Noto
Fundraising Chair: Katelynn Nelson
SAVMA Representative: Sara Amport
Honor Court: Kaitlyn Junkin and Aaron Oldanie


President: Anne Elise Hertl
Vice President: Austin Whitmon
Secretary/Treasurer: Becca Leach
SAVMA Representative: Paige Anderson
Honor Court: Bastiana Rodebaugh and Alexis Tentler


President: Will Moorehead
Vice President: Peyton Williams
Secretary/Treasurer: Amanda Kline
SAVMA Representative: Sydney Hayter
Honor Court: Madeleine Hendrix and Caroline Andrews

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