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Student Organizations

Below are brief descriptions of the many clubs and organizations supported by SCAVMA and corresponding contact information.

Alpha Psi (Omicron Chapter)

Alpha Psi is a national professional co-ed fraternity for veterinary students. At the Omicron chapter, we pride ourselves on our community involvement and fun, social events. We also donate a portion of our fundraising money toward the Travis Fund. We host a food drive on Thanksgiving for the Worcester county food bank. Some of our social events include several happy hours a semester, Vet Olympics, chocolate decadence night, our annual kiss a cow contest, beer brewing, and much more. As a member of our fraternity, you gain friends in other classes and even get to meet your professors on a personal level. We also boast having the only on-campus housing available (to members only!).

Contact: Bill Wagner V’16 and Andrew Eitzer V’16


American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP)

The Tufts student chapter of AAEP strives to increase the educational opportunities in equine medicine. Members receive the benefits of talks/panel discussions about important medial and professional issues, financial support to attend conferences, networking with professionals, opportunity to attend Opportunities in Equine Medicine in Kentucky, hands on experience with vaccinating/drawing blood/floating teeth, a farrier clinic on campus, wet labs, and scholarship opportunities. Membership includes subscription to Equus and The Horse magazines.

Contact: Brenna Pugliese V’17
Advisors: Dr. Patricia Provost and Dr. Alfredo Sanchez


American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP)

The AAFP is a national organization for veterinarians and students interested in feline medicine as an important subset of small animal medicine. Student membership includes access to the AAFP member’s only section of the website as well as the organization’s monthly newsletter (e-mews). The club sponsors guest lecturers, wet labs and small group case discussions.

Contact: Kara Kayala V’16
Advisor: Dr. Orla Mahony


American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM)

The mission of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) is to enhance animal and human health by advancing veterinary internal medicine through training, education, and discovery.

Contact: Julianne Richard, V’17
Advisor: Dr. Mary Labato


American Society for Lab Animal Practitioners (ASLAP)

Although ASLAP is a relatively new club at Tufts, it is one of the most active clubs on campus. Events have included trips to visit lab animal facilities around New England, wet labs that introduce students to surgical and clinical techniques on treatment, assessment, and handling of common laboratory animal species. We have also hosted numerous speakers to come and talk about lab animal care, ethical issues, as well as some of the research that surrounds lab animal use. Our goals:

  • To encourage and enlighten the development and dissemination of knowledge in areas related to laboratory animal practice. This includes establishing awareness of lab animal medicine among all fields of the veterinary community.
  • To provide a mechanism for the exchange of scientific and technical information among veterinarians and veterinary students engaged in laboratory animal practice and to develop and nurture relationships between active veterinarians in the profession and aspiring students.
  • To provide training for future veterinarians in the field of laboratory animal practice in order to achieve a higher excellence in the field.

Contact: Colleen Thurman V’16
Advisor: Dr. David Lee-Paritz


Association of Avian Veterinarians (Avian Club)

The Avian Club helps members explore their interests in avian medicine, whether in wildlife, companion bird, or commercial poultry-type practice. Along with a trip to the annual Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV) conference, the club sponsors weekend sessions such as an avian clinical procedures wetlab (including IO catheterization, venipuncture, air sac cannula placement, etc.), necropsy labs, wild bird capture and field technique courses, and other excellent ways to get exposure to avian medicine. We have also run field trips to a local avian rescue organization and the New England aquarium, as well as sponsoring lunch talks on a variety of topics relating to wild and companion birds. Our topics are dependent on member interests – so join us and tell us what you’d like to find out more about!

Contact: Ashley Kramer V’17
Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Graham


Behavior Club

The Behavior Club strives to educate the Tufts veterinary community on the specialty of veterinary behavior. We organize talks with behavior specialists both from the Tufts community and outside. We work closely with shelter medicine club, and other clubs on campus, to relate issues of behavior in all different animal species and settings. We set up wet labs for hands on experience with different breeds, plan field trips, and arrange small group lunch talks that are specifically for members of the club.

Contact: Anna Kirby V’16
Advisor: Dr. Nicholas Dodman


Christian Veterinary Missions

Tufts CVM student chapter is a group of Christian students that meets once a week at 7:30am in the loud study lounge of AVA for a prayer meeting. We read a short passage or prayer to begin and then proceed to share our concerns and praises before praying for one another. Despite being early, it is a wonderful start to the day and allows us to support and encourage one another each week. Additionally, students in CVM often attend an annual weekend conference called Real Life, Real Impact (RL/RI) during the spring semester. RL/RI is a fantastic opportunity for students from various veterinary schools in the region and clinicians from around the country to gather for fellowship, worship, and a time to discuss living a Christian life through veterinary medicine. CVM students from Tufts have also participated in veterinary mission trips both domestically and abroad. There is no membership fee and we welcome any new members, Christian or not.

Contact: Heidi Rivadeneyra V’16
Advisor: Scott Brundage


Dental Club

The dental club has been established to educate students about veterinary dentistry. The club will hold wet labs and lunch time talks throughout the year that will expose the members to dentistry as it is applied in small animals, large animals, lab animals and exotics. The advisors are Dr. Jean Joo and Dr. William Rosenblad.

Contact: Caitlyn Little V’16
Advisor: Dr. Jean Joo


Diversity Council

This umbrella organization includes Veterinarians as One In Culture and Ethnicity (VOICE), the Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association (LGVMA), and the Tufts Student Chapter of the Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative (SCWVLDI).

Veterinarians as One In Culture and Ethnicity (VOICE) & Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association (LGVMA)

We aim to increase cultural and socio-economic awareness within veterinary medicine, as well as to increase LGBT inclusion within veterinary medicine. This organization further seeks to increase cross-cultural awareness to meet the need of a diversifying clientele.

Contact: Abby McElroy V’17 and Arielle Kriegsman V’17
Advisor: Dr. Xuan-Mai Vo

Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative (WVLDI)

The Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative is a national organization, partly supported by the AVMA, aimed at supporting women in seeking and achieving leadership, policy, and decision-making positions in all areas of professional veterinary activity. The Tufts student chapter is under the umbrella of the Tufts Veterinary Council on Diversity and aims to educate veterinary students about the challenges faced by women veterinarians seeking leadership positions and to empower women veterinary students by providing them with the opportunities to learn skills that will help them achieve leadership excellence and an intrinsic self-worth.

Website: http://sites.tufts.edu/tuftswvldi/
Contact: Tess Gannaway V’16 and Clare Flanagan V’16


Gap Junction

Gap Junction is a community outreach education program that allows veterinary students to teach biology-based labs to youth in the Boston and Worcester areas. Every week Gap Junction volunteers help to bring the worlds of science and veterinary medicine into the minds of middle school students. The club hosts different schools from around the area every Tuesday afternoon. Each school comes for a series of four week workshops. In the first two weeks, the children learn about the body systems and about pathology of body systems. In the third week, the children enjoy a mini PBL session, and they end the fourth week with a tour of the farms and clinics. If you like teaching or enjoy working with children, this is the best opportunity for you in veterinary school.

Contact: Stacy Segal-Reichlin V’15
Advisor: Dr. Liz Byrnes


Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSVMA)

This is the Tufts student chapter of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSCVMA). HSVMA is an advocacy and service organization creatd by the combined efforts of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights (AVAR). HSVMA is concerned with such key issues as animal welfare awareness and legislation, stray animal population control, disaster relief, and the humane treatment of large and small animals. The student chapter aims to promote the role of veterinarians and vet students as advocates of animal welfare through organizing lunch-time talks, community service events, and providing the extensive resources of HSVMA.

Contact: Cindy Hopf V’15


Pathology Club

For those interested in pathology, Tufts ACVP chapter hosts monthly lunchtime talks and weekend wet labs for student members. A fall wet lab focuses on histopathology and a spring wet lab focuses on gross pathology. We aim to provide fun opportunities for members to learn more about the field of veterinary pathology.

Contact: Bianca Pfisterer V’17
Advisor: Dr. Perry Bain


Pet Loss Hotline

The Pet Loss Support Hotline at Tufts University was established in 1996 to help support grieving pet owners. It is staffed by volunteers, most of them veterinary students, who are trained in grief response with a special emphasis on pet loss. In addition to offering a supportive ear, we assist pet owners with any questions they may have about the grieving process, euthanasia and other end of life issues.

Contact: Emily Picciotto V’15
Advisor: Dr. Claire Sharp


Shelter Medicine Club (SCASV)

The mission of the Tufts Student Chapter of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians is to advance the practice of shelter medicine and to further veterinary education and research as it relates to animals’ health in shelters. We sponsor lectures with guest speakers and organize hands-on wet labs to educate future veterinarians about the practice of shelter medicine. Some of the topics discussed include: the role of animal control, humane organizations, and veterinarians in shelter medicine; the prevention, management, and control of infectious disease and trauma in the shelter setting; behavioral evaluation, management, training, and rehab; pet sterilization methods; and animal cruelty recognition and reporting. SCASV aims to support local shelters or other related programs designed to help homeless animals. We are also committed to encouraging and assisting students to participate in externships and selectives with practicing shelter veterinarians.

Contact: Cynthia Minter V’16
Advisor: Dr. Emily McCobb


The Simulation Center

The Simulation Center is a place where students can come to self-teach, practice and master veterinary clinical skills. Self-taught exercises are accompanied by video tutorials and/or word documents describing the skill in a systematic manner. The Simulation Center also allows students the opportunity to practice techniques taught and emphasized in the curriculum.

Contact: Sirrika Samuels V’16
Advisor: Dr. Angie Warner


Student Livestock Organization (SLO)

The Student Livestock Organization (SLO) is the parent group for the AABP (bovine), AASRP (small ruminants), and AASV (swine). We organize several practical labs each year and monthly rounds with our ambulatory vets. Our goal is to help students gain experience working with various types of livestock. Among other activities, this past year we sponsored a poultry-handling lab on campus, a full day of hoof trimming at a local sheep farm, and an AI certification lab. We also helped cover the costs for students interested in attending the Large Animal Symposium at Cornell University. We are always looking for new ideas for our members so we would be happy to hear from new members if there is something you would like to learn or teach. Look for posters during the first week of school to learn more about the club.

Contact: Jeniffer Bedoya V’17
Advisor: Dr. Kevin Lindell


Student Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (SVECCS)

SVECCS works to promote the education and involvement of veterinary students in all aspects of emergency and critical care medicine. We sponsor clinical case presentations by interns, residents and faculty, wetlabs that teach fundamental technical skills needed by all veterinarians, and offer pet first aid seminars to local groups.

Contact: Rebecca Bishop V’17
Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Rozanski


Student Veterinary Surgical Society (SVSS)

The Student Veterinary Surgical Society (SVSS) aims to allow students the opportunity to explore their interest in the surgical field as well as begin cultivating their surgical skills from the very beginning of their veterinary careers. This club is open to students interested in small animal, large animal and wildlife surgery, since the skills necessary for a surgeon and the steps we take to reach our end goal are universal.

Contact: Sirrika Samuels V’16
Advisor: Dr. Michael Kowaleski


Veterinarians for Global Solutions (VGS)

Veterinarians for Global Solutions (VGS) is a student organization committed to advancing the role of veterinarians in interdisciplinary work designed to improve ecosystems worldwide. Members of VGS are interested in international livestock production and development, diseases of zoonosis and international importance, conservation medicine, public health, animals in humanitarian assistance, socioeconomic aspects of animal health and production, and one health. VGS provides a network for students interested in all aspects of international veterinary medicine and helps members set up veterinary exchanges worldwide. VGS awards scholarships for these exchanges annually with funds raised by an annual “International Dinner & Drinks Night.” VGS also hosts lunch talks and potlucks regularly to introduce students to opportunities in international veterinary medicine.

Website: http://sites.tufts.edu/veterinariansforglobalsolutions/
Contact: Sarina Selleck V’17, Mariah Lancaster V’17, and Mallika Prabhakar V’17
Advisors: Dr. Felicia Nutter and Dr. Chris Whittier


Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA)

The Veterinary Business Management Association is a 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. Please see our website, www.vbma.biz, for more information.

Contact: Simone Palladino V’16


Veterinary Disaster Response Club

The veterinary disaster response club was formed in response to growing realization of the importance of including animals in disaster plans. With several recent large-scale natural disasters involving large numbers of domestic animals, the critical role of veterinarians in disaster relief has become immediately apparent. We aim to introduce students and faculty to the role they might play in disaster response as well as educate the community in ways to prepare for and take care of their families and pets in the event of a disaster.

Contact: Kate Taikowski V’16
Advisor: Dr. Steven Rowell


Veterinary Nutrition Club

The Veterinary Nutrition Club is the student chapter of the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition (AAVN) at Tufts. The goals of the club are to provide resources to students and faculty about the field of nutrition, promote greater veterinary interest in nutrition, facilitate research, help students gain professional competency regarding nutrition and assist in the search for veterinary nutrition employment. The club is unbiased and eschews affiliation with private companies or organizations that would hinder its independence regarding these goals.

Contact: Caroline Barr V’16
Advisor: Dr. Deborah Linder


Wildlife, Aquatic, Zoo Animal, and Exotic Medicine Organization (WAZE)

W.A.Z.E. (Wildlife, Aquatics, Zoo, Exotics) is the largest student organization at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. The goal of WAZE is to provide veterinary students with access to the most current information regarding the medicine and conservation of wildlife, aquatic, zoo and exotic species. These are species of increasing interest and concern in the veterinary community and can only be covered briefly in the Tufts curriculum. WAZE promotes education in these fields through a variety of lunchtime lectures, workshops, field trips and rounds throughout the year. Furthermore, WAZE offers continuing education credit to veterinary professionals. WAZE is sponsored in part by the Annelisa M Kilbourn Conservation Medicine Fund and Dr. Scholl’s Foundation.

Annually, the WAZE society holds a Spring Symposium, which brings in speakers from around the country to discuss current events and issues specific to the year’s topic. The Symposium is open to all members of the campus and community. Recent Symposium themes included:

  • A One Health Approach to Global Climate Change
  • On the Frontline: Overcoming the Challenges of Conservation
  • Alone in the Wild: Ingenuity and Advances in Wildlife Medicine and Research
  • The Human Impact on Wildlife and Exotics: The Good, the Bad, and the Unknown

Contact: Alexa Ortiz V’17
Advisors: Dr. Maureen Murray and Dr. Mark Pokras