Student Organizations

CVM Student Organizations

Students at The College of Veterinary Medicine can choose to be involved in a wide variety of extracurricular activities. There are over 20 student organizations with areas of interest both veterinary and non-veterinary related. Student organizations provide students with leadership experience, opportunites for networking, skills development, and much more.

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Student Leader Resources

Read the CVM Student Leader Resource Guide (x500 required)  

All student organizations within the College of Veterinary Medicine must be officially registered with the University of Minnesota in order to make room reservations, post announcements, and participate in the CVM Student Activities Fair. Visit the Student Unions and Activities homepage, or contact Amanda Anderson, Student Affairs Coordinator, with any questions. 

Need to schedule a room for your club event? Each club has two designated event schedulers. Follow the instructions on the Astra Scheduling Guide to schedule your event on the Astra Calendar. Contact Amanda Anderson for more information. Student leaders should ensure all events scheduled with business partners are in compliance with the CVM Conflict of Interest Policy.

Do you need your event lecture captured? Fill out the lecture capture request form here. Contact Ryan Rupprecht with questions.

CVM Student Groups

Alpha Psi

Alpha Psi

Alpha Psi
A professional social fraternity that offers veterinary students the opportunity to network with other veterinary students in a fun, exciting atmosphere. We are also involved in philanthropy through food/toy collections and working with local shelters. Our professional skills are enhanced through our annual spay/neuter wet lab. We have movie nights, wine tastings, and 4 annual parties, including a Halloween party co-hosted with the canine club featuring a pet costume contest.

Animal Behavior Club

Animal Behavior Club

Animal Behavior Club
Our mission is to promote the application of animal behavior in all aspects of veterinary medicine. We strive to offer veterinary students hands-on experience and resources for animal behavior topics. 

Christian Veterinary Fellowship

Christian Veterinary Fellowship

Christian Veterinary Fellowship
CVF exists to be a support network for those in the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. Our purpose is to encourage and uplift fellow students and faculty/staff in their Christian faith through prayer, service activities, Bible study, and fellowship. 

Jump Start!

Jump Start!

Jump Start!
A student group in the College of Veterinary Medicine which aims to help first year veterinary students acclimate to the academic demands of veterinary school. Jump Start! holds study sessions, practice exams and helps to foster a sense of community between the class years in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Just Breathe

Just Breathe

Just Breathe
A group for veterinary students at the UMN campus focused on health and wellness.

Production Animal Medicine Club

Production Animal Medicine Club

Production Animal Medicine
PAM Club at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine is dedicated to providing education about the food animal industry to its members and our peers. 

Research Animal Medicine Club

Research Animal Medicine Club

Research Animal Medicine
RAM will serve the College of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Minnesota by providing exposure and education opportunities focused on research in the animal medicine world.

Shelter Medicine Club

Shelter Medicine Club

Shelter Medicine Club
Our purpose is to promote interest, improve public involvement and increase the knowledge of veterinarians, vet students, and pre-vet students in the field of shelter medicine. With the help of local shelters, animal controls, and rescue groups, we hope to increase awareness of the homeless animal population and the role we as future veterinarians can play to improve animal welfare. Whether veterinarians are working in private practice or directly in a shelter/animal control, they can make a huge impact in the lives of animals and humans alike by offering resources and knowledge to aid in the reduction of unnecessary relinquishment, abandonment and euthanasia of companion animals.

Sled Dog Medicine Club

Sled Dog Medicine Club

Sled Dog Medicine Club
We hope to provide a network for veterinary students that encourages learning about sled dogs and canine sports medicine, as well as participation on vet teams at sled dog races. Additionally, our club aims to increase public appreciation of sled dogs and to increase education regarding canine sports medicine, especially in regards to health and welfare.

Small Animal Medicine Club

Small Animal Medicine Club

Small Animal Medicine
SAM Club aims to provide lecture, tour, and lab opportunities for our members throughout the year. We will have monthly lectures surrounding canine and feline medicine topics that are relevant currently. We also try to offer at least 2 labs a semester allowing our members to gain hands-on experience with different clinical skills needed in small animal medicine. Finally, we will have tours in some of the labs in the veterinary school as well as outside clinics for members to participate in.

Small Ruminant/Camelid Club

Small Ruminant/Camelid Club

Small Ruminant/Camelid Club
Educational opportunities for veterinary students interested in small ruminants, camelids and cervids.

Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners

Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners

Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners
SCAAEP's mission is to educate students, be involved in the community, and promote equine health and welfare.

Student Chapter of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists

Student Chapter of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists

Student Chapter of American College of Veterinary Pathologists
Pathology Club is not often considered within the context of veterinary medicine, but it is of increasing importance to the maintenance and elevation of public health. Veterinary pathologists monitor for zoonotic diseases in wildlife, food-borne illnesses in production animals, and novel, emerging diseases the world over. Our goal is to promote pathology as a career in veterinary medicine. and to enhance student understanding of pathological concepts by hosting lectures, wet labs, and other activities. 

Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Student Chapther of the American Veterinary Medical Association
SCAVMA's objective is to promote a spirit of friendly professionalism among the students enrolled in veterinary school. It also provides an opportunity for its members to gain professional knowledge and an understanding of professional ethics and conduct.

Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Dental Society

Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Dental Society

Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Dental Society
SCAVDS's mission is to increase awareness of veterinary dentistry and oral surgery within the veterinary student population. To elevate the quality of, and increase opportunities for, veterinary dental education at veterinary colleges. To work cooperatively with other student organizations To work cooperatively with the AVDS, American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC), Academy of Veterinary Dentistry (AVD), Veterinary Dental Educator Group (VDE), and the Foundation For Veterinary Dentistry (F4VD) To increase awareness of the AVDS and to encourage continued membership of students after matriculation from veterinary school.

Student Initiative for Reservation Veterinary Services

Student Initiative for Reservation Veterinary Services

Studnent Initiative for Reservation Veterinary Services
SIRVS is a group of veterinary students who have recognized a need for veterinary services in underserved Reservation communities in Minnesota. Our mission is to train future veterinarians by serving communities in need.

Student Society of Veterinary Surgery

Student Society of Veterinary Surgery

Student Society of Veterinary Surgery
Our aim is to promote knowledge in the field of veterinary surgery by scheduling speakers and participating in surgery specific labs and other activities within the College of Veterinary Medicine. This organization also aims to give the veterinary student an accurate idea of what life is like as a veterinary surgeon and how to get there.

Student Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society

Student Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society

Student Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society
SVECCS is a student organization designed to further foster interest and knowledge of emergency medicine amongst veterinary students. Meetings on special topics or interests in emergency medicine are held during the semester. Wet labs are held so students can be taught and practice emergency procedures and technical skills under guidance.

Veterinary Business Management Association

Veterinary Business Management Association

Veterinary Business Management Association
VBMA
 seeks to advance the profession through increasing business knowledge, creating networking opportunities, and empowering College of Veterinary students to achieve their personal and professional goals. If you haven't discovered already, the veterinary curriculum is bursting at the seams with the advance of scientific knowledge and technology. Competing with the limited time is the fact that many veterinarians go on to be small business owners and managers and require business knowledge and skills to prepare them for practice. The Minnesota VBMA offers opportunities to add to your knowledge and skill base in preparation for your career. Even if you don't intend to own a business someday the VBMA offers great learning opportunities for everyone.

Veterinary Holistic Club

Veterinary Holistic Club

Veterinary Holistic Club
For anyone interested in exploring holistic/integrative/alternative veterinary medicine.

Veterinary Medicine Student Council

Veterinary Medicine Student Council

Veterinary Medicine Student Council
CVM Student Council shall exist for the following purposes: 1. Serve as a liaison between the College of Veterinary Medicine Academic Affairs and the College of Veterinary Medicine students. 2. To provide a forum for both academic & extra-curricular student concerns. 3. To organize philanthropic events for worthwhile veterinary medical student associations. 4. To provide social activities and events for the students of the College of Veterinary Medicine. 

Veterinarians as One Inclusive Community for Empowerment

Veterinarians as One Inclusive Community for Empowerment

Veterinarians as One Inclusive Community for Empowerment
VOICE is a student run organization that addresses a need for socio-cultural awareness that is not part of the current core veterinary curriculum. Therefore, we feel that the veterinary colleges and the profession as a whole will embrace VOICE and partner with our organization to fill this gap in the curriculum. We plan to be an organized and unified student voice contributing to enhancing the diversity of the profession and the cultural competence of veterinary students. We plan to work with the AVMA, SAVMA, and AAVMC in diversity issues as they relate to the veterinary profession.

Veterinary Treatment Outreach for Urban Community Health

Veterinary Treatment Outreach for Urban Community Health

Veterinary Treatment Outreach for Urban Community Health
VeTouch is a program that was developed in the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine that stands for Veterinary Treatment Outreach for Urban Community Health. VeTouch provides basic veterinary medical care to the pets of low-income and no-income residents of the Twin Cities to promote urban community health and enhance the welfare of people and animals in Minnesota.

Zoological, Exotic, Avian, and Wildlife Medicine Club

Zoological, Exotic, Avian, and Wildlife Medicine Club

Zoological, Exotic, Avian and Wildlife Medicine Club
Our purpose is to promote the education of veterinary students in all aspects of zoo, exotic, avian, and wildlife medicine. These areas traditionally are poorly represented in veterinary coursework. Therefore, as a club, we strive to provide many educational experiences through regular meetings and lectures, clinical case presentations, wet labs, and field trips.