A Leading College, a Leading Student
Sarah Neuser, ’19, began her work as president-elect of the Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) in March 2017. She will move into the presidency following the induction ceremony in Philadelphia on March 17.
SAVMA aims to support, empower, and inspire all veterinary students in improving their lives, education, and career.
Neuser says that SAVMA gives her the chance to step back from the day-to-day pressures of school and focus on common issues that all veterinary students face. Some particularly pertinent obstacles that Neuser and her peers must navigate include addressing the student debt crisis, student health and well-being, and empowering students to reach their full potentials.
Thankfully, the organization’s growth has meant an increase in student support. "As SAVMA adapts and changes at both the National and chapter levels, students gain opportunities to converse with each other," says Neuser. She is also always sure to note the key role the College of Veterinary Medicine has played in propelling her into leadership roles in SAVMA: "I am thankful to the college's leaders who encouraged me to run for president, and have been there for me when I needed support."
CVM’s decision to value SAVMA comes as no surprise when considering the College’s multi-faceted approach to veterinary medicine. “The commitment to helping us be good vets outside of medicine--in areas such as mental health, communication with clients and staff, and collaborating with each other--is my favorite part about studying at the U,” Neuser says.
As president of SAVMA, Neuser is ready to launch into her new list of increased duties after a full year of preparation. But perhaps most fulfilling of all will be Neuser’s new task to give back to the organization she holds so dear by training the new president-elect.