HSVMA Outreach to Veterinary Students

The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSVMA) reaches out to thousands of veterinary students every year with our animal welfare-oriented, on-campus activities and field service training opportunities that give students the opportunity to expand their skills and assist animals in need.

Below is a summary of HSVMA student involvement:

HSVMA Student Chapters and Representatives

Western Univ. volunteer day
Western Univ. SCHSVMA members take a break during their annual volunteer day at a local sanctuary.
Shara Brookman
  • Connect students concerned about animal welfare in the veterinary community to like-minded students.
  • Provide opportunities for students to get involved in animal protection issues and direct care programs.
  • Offer advice and financial assistance to promote humane methods in veterinary education, such as Educational Memorial Programs and partnering with local animal shelters for humane surgical training programs.
    • Since 2008, HSVMA and the Kislak Family Fund has provided financial support to the University of Florida’s HAARTS program (Helping Alachua's Animals Requiring Treatment and Surgery), which provides life-saving medical care to local shelter animals and low-income caregivers while providing veterinary students surgical training opportunities to develop skills in procedures they will typically encounter in private practice.
    • HSVMA provides financial support to it’s student chapters for World Spay Day events.
    • HSVMA is represented at most AVMA-accredited veterinary schools by student representatives and the following ten student chapters (with more in the works!):
      • University of Georgia
      • Louisiana State University
      • Michigan State University
      • Mississippi State University
      • University of Pennsylvania
      • University of Wisconsin
      • Western University of Health Sciences
      • University of Illinois
      • Midwestern University
      • University of Glasgow
      • University of Edinburgh
Get more information about the HSVMA Student Chapter and Representative programs»

Rural Area Veterinary Services (RAVS)

RAVS volunteers examine cat
Students examining a cat during a RAVS clinic.
David Paul Morris
      • RAVS combines high quality direct-care veterinary field clinics with clinical training for future veterinary professionals to improve the health and welfare of animals in remote rural communities.
      • Our professional teaching programs include hands-on training for veterinary and veterinary technician students in medicine and surgery as well as community education and recognition of animal health problems in economically disadvantaged populations.
      • Each year more than 250 veterinary students participate in our field programs.
      • Veterinary students from over 30 universities throughout the United States, Canada, Latin America and the U.K. have participated in clinics operated by the RAVS program. Many of these institutions offer academic credit for participation.
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Speakers Bureau presentations and Suture Labs

A Washington State veterinary student receives individual instruction at an HSVMA suture lab.
Stacie Summers
        • Veterinary professionals come to veterinary schools to speak about animal welfare topics, such as veterinary involvement in reporting animal cruelty, feral cat overpopulation, early-age sterilization and puppy mills.
          • Available to all US veterinary schools
        • HSVMA student chapters also have special access to hands-on training through our suture labs.

This experience greatly bolstered my confidence as a
new practitioner and enthusiasm for continuing down this challenging career

- Lauren Prince, University of Wisconsin Class of 2020


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