Back to School for HSVMA

HSVMA's student chapter program is back on campus for the 2009-2010 school year with a new and improved line-up of resources and benefits for veterinary students.

What Does HSVMA Provide?

Dr. Krebsbach speaking to students
Dr. Susan Krebsbach speaks to students at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

HSVMA student chapters connect students concerned about animal welfare in the veterinary community to like-minded students, provide opportunities for students to get involved in advocacy efforts and direct care programs, such as HSVMA Field Services, and offer assistance to effect humane change in traditional veterinary training.

HSVMA allocates student chapters $500 in startup funds, as well as guidance and assistance for projects, events, and animal welfare-related activities.

On campuses where there is no student chapter, veterinary students can serve as HSVMA Student Representatives.

Student representatives help distribute HSVMA communications and arrange HSVMA-sponsored speaker presentations. HSVMA provides a $200 stipend to student representatives.

2009-2010 HSVMA Speakers Bureau

The HSVMA Speakers Bureau brings veterinary professionals to veterinary schools to speak about animal welfare topics.

This semester we are offering the following presentations:

Doing Well Because You're Doing Good: How Helping Animals Can Help Your Bottom Line

There is a growing community concern for animal welfare and increasing client appreciation for positive social impact by veterinarians. This presentation provides case studies of veterinarians who have focused on providing services to animal welfare efforts in their communities and, in doing so, have built their practices into healthy and profitable ventures.

Feline Frenzy: The Veterinarian's Role in Solving the Feral Cat Overpopulation Crisis

This presentation discusses the critical role that veterinarians and veterinary students play in helping solve the nationwide cat overpopulation crisis by participation in trap-neuter-return (TNR) programs of managed colonies.

The Inconvenient Truth about Cosmetic and Convenience Surgeries on Cats and Dogs

Convenience surgeries, such as cat declawing, ear cropping and tail docking, are not commonly taught in veterinary schools and offer no medical benefit, yet they are still performed by many veterinarians. This presentation reviews these procedures and explains some of their negative side effects.

Puppy Mills and Irresponsible Dog Breeding: Fertile Ground for Canine Health Concerns

This presentation provides an overview of welfare concerns associated with the expansive puppy mill industry in the United States and the health problems experienced by dogs adopted or rescued from puppy mills.

Spay Before They Stray: The Benefits of Early-Age Sterilization

This presentation discusses the benefits of early-age sterilization for the individual animal, for the veterinarian, and for the animal population as a whole. It also provides an overview of the surgical sterilization of a kitten and a puppy, including a discussion of anesthesia protocols, surgical techniques, and recovery factors.

How Do I Get Started?

For more information about HSVMA student chapters or to schedule a presentation on your campus, please contact [email protected].