The Student American Veterinary Medical Association was created in 1969 as the national organization of students, which has enabled individual Student Chapters of the AVMA to function effectively as a single unit on the national level.
Currently, SAVMA is comprised of 36 student chapters at accredited veterinary medical schools/colleges and one student association organization in the Caribbean (SAVMA @ RUSVM). In total, we represent a total of over 16,000 veterinary student members and associate members.
What are the benefits of SAVMA Membership?
- Automatic free membership to the AVMA for first year following graduation from veterinary school
- Reduced prices for subscriptions to the AVMA journals: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) and American Journal of Veterinary Research (AJVR)
- Networking Opportunities: Legislative Fly-In, Veterinary Leadership Experience, Educational SAVMA Symposium and AVMA Convention; AVMA Mentoring System
- Eligibility for Professional Development Funds (PDF) to travel to externships and conferences
- Scholarships, Externship Stipends
- Reduced rates for AVMA conventions
- Free Liability Coverage provided by AVMA PLIT
- Health Insurance Plans starting as low as $22/month provided by AVMA Life
SAVMA @ RUSVM Officers
Thalita Leite is a third semester student and the SAVMA/SGA President here at Ross University. She is Brazilian-American and trilingual- speaking English, Portuguese and Spanish. She has 2 cats on island, while dogs and chickens patiently await in Florida for her to complete her time here in St. Kitts. Aside from academics, Thalita’s biggest goal is to build professionalism on campus along with the rest of the 2018-2019 Executive Board. Currently our Executive Board is chaired completely by women. She believes this is a strong reflection of how our profession is growing therefore building strong, positive female leaders is imperative. In the future, she do hope to specialize in Ophthalmology to work with both small and large animals one day. She have a lot to accomplish before getting there so currently, she ist embracing the “rush slowly” motto of the island.
Kaitlyn (Kate) Scholl is from East Greenville, PA. She graduated from the University of North Carolina in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and Sport Science. While at UNC, Scholl was a member of the field hockey team and a part of the 2007 DI National Championship team. She then went on to coach field hockey at the Division I level at Villanova University. During her time at Nova, she decided to change careers and pursue her dream of becoming a veterinarian. While coaching, Scholl completed pre-requisite courses earning a Pre-Health Certificate from Villanova, volunteered at animal rescues and shadowed at a veterinary hospital. Although she “took the long road” to vet school, she is very passionate about veterinary medicine and has a special interest in small animal medicine and surgery. Kate is honored to serve as SAVMA Vice President and hopes to make a positive impact in the RUSVM community.
Holly Bates is from Cincinnati, Ohio. She attended The Ohio State University where she earned her bachelors in Animal Sciences and Masters in Public Health, Epidemiology. While at Ohio State, she became a member of a Panhellenic sorority, Alpha Sigma Upsilon. During her time with the sorority she served as the Vice President, Formal Chair, Panhellenic and Service Chair and many more positions. During her graduate career she was a student ambassador for the College of Public Health, maintained an internship working for Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation with the nursing team and at Ohio department of Public Health. For as long as she can remember she has dedicated her life to her dream of becoming a veterinarian. She is happily married with 2 dogs, 2 cats, a leopard gecko, a ball python and 3 turtles. Since at Ross she has delved into 2 research projects and is the co-coordinator for tortoise feeding on campus. She looks forward to working with you all and the community here at RUSVM!
Amber White is from the Gulf Coast of Texas, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science with a Biology minor and Master of Science in Agricultural Sciences from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. While at Sam Houston State she was a Teaching Assistant for the Agriculture department. After graduation, she continued to teach as a high school agricultural sciences educator where she taught veterinary and animal science based courses as well as others. Her time as an educator lead her to following her dream of becoming a Veterinarian. Amber plans to return to Texas after her clinical year and work at a mixed animal practice with hopes of continuing to help FFA and 4-H students with their animal projects. At RUSVM Amber is also involved in AABP and will be representing RUSVM at the AABP Quiz-bowl competition in September and is the Vice-President elect for AASV. Amber is excited to work closely with other dedicated and passionate individuals to continue the excellence set forth by previous board members and improve in any way possible.
Merna Abdo is from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She graduated from University of Florida with a Bachelor degree in Microbiology and Cell Science. Her desire to work at a veterinary hospital grew more as she gotten older. She worked at a small animal general practice as a veterinary assistant for 5 years before coming to St. Kitts to pursue her dream. She soon joined 5 clubs when she came to the island as a Vet Prep student and her desire for extracurricular activities grew. She is thrilled to represent the student body at Ross University as a SAVMA Activities Director.
Lisa Phelps is from Orlando, Florida. She attended the Florida State University for her undergraduate career where she completed her Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science. Her passion was helping people live healthier, happier, lives. After Florida State, Lisa pursued a Medical Doctor career by taking Masters coursework at the University of South Florida. During this time she was working at a horse farm and was offered a technician position with the local equine veterinarian. She worked for them for a year and her love and appreciation for the veterinary career grew, she decided this career was a better fit for her and she applied to Ross! During her time as one of the SAVMA Activities directors she hopes to promote the mental health and happieness of her fellow student body. She will do this through organizing and improoving the various stress-reliving activities that are organized by SAVMA.
Bronwyn is originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, and received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. During her undergraduate career, she was extremely active in the Pre-Veterinary Medical Association and spent her free time volunteering at the Carolina Tiger Rescue, interning at Skywatch Bird Rescue, and working at the local animal emergency hospital. Officially joining the RUSVM community in 2017, she enjoys participating in on campus clubs, such as SVECCS and SCACVIM, and as a Teaching Assistant. Bronwyn is proud to represent RUSVM on the national level, and excited and optimistic to see what the future holds for the wonderful community she is a part of.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Katelyn graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of British Columbia in 2016. While attending her undergraduate university, Katelyn worked at a small animal veterinary hospital and greatly enjoyed the opportunity to assist with soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries. Taking a special interest in wildlife medicine and in animal welfare, she has had the privilege of completing practicums at both the Wildlife Rescue Association of BC and the Vancouver Aquarium's Marine Mammal Rescue Center, and is passionate about volunteering with a local animal welfare foundation. Having joined RUSVM in August 2016, Katelyn enjoys being active in the Ross community, both as a member of on-campus clubs and as the senior member of the RUSVM SAVMA Executive Board. Katelyn is proud to represent the Ross community nationally on the Student AVMA platform, and has found it particularly rewarding to represent all veterinary students and effect welfare advancements as the 2017-2018 SAVMA Liaision to the AVMA's Animal Welfare Committee. In March of 2018, Katelyn was elected to the National SAVMA Executive Board where she has the pleasure of serving as the SAVMA Veterinary Economics Officer-Elect.
Tori Villafane is originally from New York and currently lives in New Jersey. She graduated the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and a degree in business management. Tori worked in a small animal veterinary hospital for seven years and took special interest in emergency medicine and critical care. She also explored her passion for wildlife and exotics by traveling around Asia and Africa working mainly with elephants, cheetahs and lynx. Tori enjoys working with children and giving back to the community and spent time teaching English at schools in Asia and Africa. That passion has continued here in St. Kitts, where she is the co-chair of RUSVM Wishmakers, a club that is involved in community service and working with children. What she misses most from home is horseback riding and good pizza. Tori looks forward to her new role on the SAVMA executive board getting to work with the student body and hopes to help improve and strengthen the Ross community during her term.
Born and raised in Abbeville, AL, Brina Baker sought out her dream to become a veterinarian and graduated from Liberty University. She continued her education at Fort Valley State University, obtaining her Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Environmental Health. Her goal is to partake in intertwining public health with veterinary medicine around the world. Other than falling in love with animals, she brewed up an obsession for triathlons. With one cat and dog, she refrains from adopting all the pups on this beautiful island she calls home. She is active in V.O.I.C.E club, and loves to reach out to the community. While earning her DVM, she is eager to stand in the gap for the student body and work along with IT department.
Student Wellness Officer
Kaitlyn Schei-Childs is a Pink Semester Narwhal from San Diego, CA. She went to UC Davis for undergrad where she studied Wildlife Conservation Biology and worked as a Unitrans bus driver. Kaitlyn spent many volunteer hours at the California Raptor Center, the San Diego Zoo, Belize Bird Rescue, and SoCal Parrot Rescue. Needless to say, she loves birds. She is also passionate about Wellness and mental health. Kaitlyn is delighted to serve as the SAVMA Student Wellness Committee Liaison, working closely with the Counseling Center and Health Services to support and promote the health and wellness of RUSVM students.
Cultural Outreach Officer
Meghan O’Sullivan was born and raised in Ireland and moved to California when she was 12 years old. She has wanted to be a veterinarian ever since she was a little girl and my goal is to become a surgeon and own my own clinic. As the COO, she wants students to not only come together as a community, but also be able to reach out further to the community around us. Through community outreach, educating others and a couple smiles she believe we can make this a successful year.
SAVMA @ RUSVM Class Representatives
Your elected SAVMA class representatives make up the General Board and have office terms of one semester.
Julie Fithian & Itsaso Kobayashi
Julie is from Long Island, New York! She is interested in aquatic, zoo, exotic (mostly avian) and wildlife medicine. Graduated from Stony Brook University with a Bachelors in Marine Vertebrate Biology and was a member of the all female A Capella group, the Stony Brook Pipettes! She have 2 cats, Maz and Dink, here on island and a Lovebird named Poptart in the states. Her favorite animal is the Penguin and she’s very excited to be one of Red Semesters class representatives!
Itsaso is from northern New Jersey. She attended Rutgers University where she participated in goat behavior research. She gained experience working at an emergency and referral Animal hospital and spent the last 2 years working at a general practice. In her free time she enjoys being outdoors and staying active. In 2015 she completed the NYC marathon and hopes to challenge herself by participating in the Dopey Challenge which is a 5K, 10K, half-marathon, and marathon to be completed over two weekends. One in Disney World and the other in Disney Land within the same year. She aspires to specialize in surgery after graduating Ross. She looks forward to serving as class rep for her second semester.
Clay Hartzoge & Samantha (SJ) Stephens
Raised in Arlington, Texas, Clay is a huge sports fan, both playing and watching. Naturally his favorite team is the Dallas Cowboys. Most of his childhood was spent practicing something, be it baseball, martial arts, or playing the French Horn. He took an interest in the sciences at an early age, and after watching his uncle, a veterinarian in Midland, he was inspired to join the medical field myself. Originally he attended the University of North Texas in Denton, TX to go into human medicine. As the years progressed, Clay realized his passion lied within animal medicine and switched career paths. He graduated from UNT in 2016 with a BA in Biology. After graduating, he took a year off from school to gain experience within the veterinary field. He was soon employed by Banfield Pet Hospital in Allen, TX as a Veterinary Assistant and worked in this position for about a year and a half before being accepted to Ross University. He began attending Ross University in May 2018, and have enjoyed chasing his passion the entire time.
Samantha (SJ) Stephens was a Vet Prepper last semester and was involved in Scuba Club, Surgery Club, Zoo, Exotics and Wildlife Club, VBMA Club, and AABP Club. She has been a Calf Handling Supervisor for AABP (Bovine) Club for 2 semesters now. A small farm in Kansas is where she calls home, sharing the farm with 5 dogs (a Blue Heeler, a Rottweiler, a Doberman, a Jack Russell and a Great Pyrenees), an orange tabby named Gryffindor, a herd of cows and a bunch of chickens. Samantha did her undergrad at Wichita State University in Kansas, where she held officer positions in their university’s Pre-Veterinary Club, Animal Science Club, and Scuba Diving Club. Samantha is interested in Mixed and Food Medicine but Bovine Vet Med has always held a special place in her heart. She is excited to be here at RUSVM to follow her dream of earning her DVM!
Skye Reed & Lindsay Hall
Skye Reed is one of the class representatives for Green Semester. She grew up in Thousand Oaks, California and graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. During her time at OU she served as the Vice President of the Pre-Veterinary Club and volunteered with Hoofbeats for Hope, a horseback riding school and therapy program for people with special needs. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their four dogs, three cats, and three horses. Skye is an active member of the Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) here at Ross and plans to practice large animal or mixed animal medicine when she graduates.
Lindsay Nicole Hall, a North Texas native, graduated in 2017 with her Bachelor of Science in Biology. She has worked in the animal field since high school, starting as a kennel tech, and most recently a vet tech/receptionist at a clinic in Arlington, Tx. She has one Border Collie, a Tortoiseshell cat, and a Crested Gecko at home. She currently has 6 outdoor island cats and could be classified as a crazy cat lady to some. Lindsay's dream would be to work in a zoo or wildlife facility. Ross University is one step closer to achieving that dream!!
Alexandra Baughan & Lauren Woodworth
Alexandra Baughan is from a little town in Northern Michigan. She attended Michigan State University for her undergrad (Go Green!) where she completed a double major in Animal Science and Microbiology. During her schooling, she became a member of the University Activities Board, Animal-Assisted Therapy club, and served as the national convention chair in Block and Bridle club. She has experiences with multiple research projects involving pharmaceuticals and genetics, worked on a sheep and beef cattle farm, and as a veterinary assistant in an emergency hospital. Currently, she is interested in pathology and large animal medicine. When not worried about school, you can find her at shipwreck or watching HGTV with her cat.
Lauren Woodworth is from Clifton, VA right outside of Washington, D.C. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a B.S in Animal Science. While at Penn State Lauren was a member of Delta Theta Sigma (DTS), a co-ed professional social agricultural fraternity. She was elected co-historian, secretary, treasurer, and President during her time at DTS. After graduating, Lauren worked as a large and small animal Veterinary Assistant, Receptionist, and Lodging Caretaker at a mixed animal practice in Virginia. She started at RUSVM in May 2017 and during her first semester became a Class Representative for her semester. When she is not studying Lauren is spending time with her husband or skyping with her St. Bernard Mix back home. Lauren is very excited to be a Rossie and loves representing Black Semester!
Isabel Freimuth & Nicole Anderson
Isabel Freimuth is from Dallas in the great state of Texas. In 2016, Isabel graduated from Clemson University with a bachelor’s degree in Pre-Veterinary Science. While at Clemson University Isabel spent her time as part of the NCAA Divison I women’s rowing team. After graduating from RUSVM Isabel isn’t quite sure what she’d like to practice, but she has a budding interest in Pathology! When she’s not studying at the Marriott or the campus library, Isabel is usually at the beach or spending time with her coconut retriever, Remington (“Remi”).
Nicole Anderson was born in Japan and raised in California. In 2015, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science at University of California, Davis. While at UC Davis, she spent her time as an amateur lion dancer. After graduating from RUSVM, she plans to work in a mixed practice. At home, she has 3 dogs, and occasionally spends time with horses. Her other interests include watching Netflix, reading books, and playing video games. Before coming to RUSVM, Nicole did not own any pink clothes, but now she represents her class loud and proud!
Mikalyna Sell & Joseph Bassano
Mikalyna Sell is originally from the wonderful state of Minnesota. In May of 2016 she graduated from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities where she majored in Animal Science with a Pre-Vet emphasis. Mikalyna has had the pleasure of representing Blue semester since her arrival on island last January as a first semester student. Throughout her time here Mikalyna has been involved in SAFE St. Kitts, tutoring multiple classes, playing ukulele at various events, and holding countless fundraisers for her class. She is loving her time as Class Representative and is grateful to be representing Blue Semester during their last year on the island!
Johnny Weiss & Shaylan Meyer
Professional Development Fund
PDF is a program under SGA for current Ross Vet students that rewards performing activities affiliated with Ross Vet, using a points-based system, by providing funding towards professional development opportunities. Professional development opportunities can include, but are not limited to: conferences, externships, foreign education programs, internships, symposiums, or anything deemed for professional or career development.
Students who have completed at least one semester at Ross Vet may apply for funding.
PDF Involvement Sheet
PDF Involvement Sheet Example
SAVMA PDF Checklist
PDF Fund Application
Ross Vet Student Clubs & Organizations
With over 20 active clubs and organizations representing a variety of interests, it will be easy get involved at Ross Vet. Two SAVMA Activities Representatives coordinate the overall activities schedule for students, and are responsible for determining the schedule for both activities and club fundraising.
AABP - American Association of Bovine Practitioners
AABP is the largest organization on campus, we have approximately 250 members and growing! Here on campus we offer a multitude of wet labs including; calf handling, calf watch with our pregnant cows during our calving seasons, dehorning, palpation trips to local St. Kitts farms, body condition scoring and breeding of our campus herd. Additionally we give our members the opportunity to become AI (artificial insemination) certified through Select Sires. We host a burger sale every semester along with our welcome back BBQ. We promote excellence within this field of medicine and help our members to gain exceptional bovine handling skills.
AAEP - American Association of Equine Practitioners
The Student Chapter of American Association of Equine Practitioner (SCAAEP) at Ross University School of Veterinary is a nationally recognized, affiliate chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. Our mission is to enhance the educational opportunities of the professional students at RUSVM in the field of equine medicine and health, to inform students about veterinary-related problems currently affecting the horse industry and to promote the exchange of professional knowledge among students and practitioners for the advancement of equine health.
AAV - Association of Avian Veterinarians
AAV is a club for students interested in avian and exotic medicine. We provide opportunities to work with birds on campus s well as labs and trips to learn about the different aspects of avian medicine and anatomy. This past semester the club was able to have a trip to a local poultry farm, and additionally cleaned the aviary on campus and practiced physical exams with the birds.
AAVP - American Association of Veterinary Parasitologist
ASLAP - American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners
The mission of American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners (ASLAP) is to advance laboratory animal medicine and welfare through member development and representation in the greater professional community. We achieve this through advocacy, education & collaboration. ASLAP and AVMA work together to support the practice of laboratory animal medicine.
Broad Spectrum Vision Statement:
Broad Spectrum desires greater support and a sense of community for all LGBT+ students and allies throughout veterinary medical education. We actively strive to counter episodes of bigotry and marginalization with positive messages of diversity and inclusion. We have healthy, supportive and encouraging relationships with pre-veterinary, veterinary and graduate students, faculty, staff and administrators. We are known for advocating for the respect and equality of seen and unseen LGBT+ members in the academic veterinary community and beyond. We contribute to the development of safe and welcoming veterinary school environments for pre- and current veterinary students. Broad Spectrum makes veterinary schools more inclusive for all students, especially LGBT+ students. We accomplish this by starting important and courageous conversations about LGBT+ inclusion, in addition to maintaining much needed support for LGBT+ students in veterinary medicine.
CVF - Christian Veterinary Fellowship
FCP - Feral Cat Project
The Feral Cat Project (FCP) at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine is a nonprofit student organization that strives to increase the welfare of the feral cats of St. Kitts. It is a trap neuter release program for the feral cat population as well as coming to aid of injured cats and finding forever homes to the cats more suited for living indoors. FCP provides the student body with many opportunities for hands on experience with participating in monthly spay days as well as provide information to local communities about population control.
Green Initiative: Vets for the Environment
The purpose of this group is to facilitate a democratic discussion amongst the RUSVM community about different ways to promote environmental awareness and implement eco-friendly changes in order to reduce our environmental impact.
Our goals for G.I.V.E. include:
- Providing discounts at Rituals, Spice Shack, and Ital when you bring your reusable mug/container
- Providing reusable grocery bags for sale to decrease plastic bag waste
- Helping to improve current recycling programs on campus and the island as a whole
- Hosting beach clean ups, roadside cleanups, and educational/awareness events, integrating the RUSVM student body with the local community to keep our community clean
Integrative Veterinary Medicine Club
Integrative Veterinary Medicine (IVM) is becoming more and more popular in many regions of the U.S. and worldwide. The club aims to explore the many alternative and complementary therapies as well as the different modalities currently used in veterinary practices. Most therapies require further certification processes, not offered at most veterinary schools. IVM aims to encourage its members and informs students the practices and certification processes of acupuncture, chiropractic, herbal and phytomedicines, nutraceuticals and many more. From time to time, guest veterinarians and other professionals who currently integrate complementary or alternative veterinary medicine into their practice or profession are welcomed to lecture or are flown in by the club to visit us at Ross. Currently, IVMC is working on a herbal veterinary medicine webpage, a collaborative effort from club members to seek evidence-based phytotherapy in order to build a database for future reference when in practice.
One Health Club
Our mission is to promote the concept of One Health to the student body of RUSVM. The One Health Club believes that in improving the welfare of animals, society, and the environment, that the world as a whole will be a better place to live in. The club has goals to first inform our members on the opportunities in Public Health and the impact that we can make, and second to help the community in Saint Kitts & surrounding islands in the future. We would like to provide our members with the resources to expand their knowledge in One Health, whether they would like to pursue research, Public Health, epidemiology, disaster relief, or any of the other division. Our club activities includes bandage labs, opportunity to complete FAMACHA certification, volunteering in research and visiting farms in St. Kitts with our club advisors.
RUSVM Pathology club is an on-campus organization dedicated to exploring all realms of pathology. This can mean performing post mortem exams, looking at histology slides, or attending meetings on Thursdays. If you are interested in pathology, check out our page and attend one of our weekly meetings. Remember, to take advantage of our amazing opportunities, you must be a dues paying member.
American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners
Ross University American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners provides Veterinary students of all experience levels the opportunity to participate in activities in order to gain exposure to working with small ruminants. We offer hands on experiences which have included but are not limited to sheep and goat farm visits, sheep physical exams, sheep and goat ultrasounds, fecal examinations, hoof trimming, blood draws, and FAMACHA certification. This club provides members with an opportunity to increase knowledge in husbandry and veterinary care of small ruminants.
SCAVSAB - Animal Behavior Club/Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior
Each semester, Animal Behavior Club (ABC) presents an 11-lecture long series on various topics relating to animal behavior and training as well as Dog Sports Day, Weight Pull and a Hot Dog lunch bake sale. Dog Sports Day is an event for students that helps to introduce them and their dogs to the world of dog sports. Weight Pull is a community event that helps to raise awareness that dogs can be competed in a way that is not harmful to them. ABC also works closely with Kennel Companions to provide Sunday training classes for the RUSVM colony teaching dogs. Private training classes (3 classes in groups of 6-8) are also offered each semester for Ross students and faculty with their personal dogs. ABC also provides free behavior consults for problem behaviors to members of the RUSVM community.
Shelter Medicine Club
The Shelter Medicine Club is an organization dedicated to educating students at Ross University in various aspects of shelter medicine. Our goal is to provide interactive learning experiences while supporting and strengthening the animals within the community of St. Kitts and Nevis.
SCAVDS - Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Dental Society
Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Dentistry Society (SCAVDS) is committed to supplementing your veterinary education in dentistry, with the primary focus being on hands on skills necessary for any practicing veterinarian, which is not currently provided as part of the curriculum. SCAVDS strives to encompass all species through our wetlabs and lectures.
SCAASV - Student Chapter of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians
The mission of Ross University of Veterinary Medicine Student Chapter of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (RUSVM AASV) is to provide students swine experience, help St. Kitts swine producers create a more sustainable industry, and give students in swine medicine connections to other students and veterinarians. AASV provides multiple hands-on experience opportunities through our connections with the local St. Kitts farmers. These opportunities include: piglet processing, ivermectin injections, ultra-sound practice, and communication with our farmers. We strive to help students grasp the concept of herd health and to teach our farmers about biosecutrity and better management practices.
SCAAVN - Student Chapter of the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition
RUSVM Student Chapter of American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition (SCAAVN) promotes greater veterinary student interests in and better understanding of the current developments in animal nutrition. In addition, SCAAVN also strives to create a cooperative relationship with students and the public as we all share the common goal of promoting adequate animal health and development through proper nutrition.
The main purposes of the Veterinary Surgery Club are to: further the students’ knowledge in the area of veterinary surgery with emphasis on small animal surgery and some emphasis on large animal and equine surgery, to provide information about specializing in the field of surgery within the veterinary profession, and when possible, organize hands on opportunities for the members of the club.
SVECCS - Student Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society
SVECCS is the student chapter of the Veterinary Emergency Critical Care Society. We are an active chapter that not only offers labs, guest speakers, and trips to the conference (IVECCS), but also we offer hand on experience to members. They have the opportunity to volunteer for shifts at the Ross University Veterinary Clinic, because we cover the shifts for 7th semesters the night before an exam. Non-member fan page: Ross SVECCS National Facebook group: SVECCS
VBMA - Veterinary Business Management Association
The Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA) is one of the largest student-run organizations in the United States, dedicated to fulfilling the need for a business education to enhance success in a student's professional career. The organization offers scholarships, networking opportunities, internships, jobs, and other unique members-only opportunities. Students can choose to opt-in to the Business Certificate Program, where they can be formally recognized for their commitment to business learning in areas such as personal and business finance, employee & practice management, and career preparation and planning. Check out www.vbma.biz for more information.
VIDA, St. Kitts
RUSVM Volunteers for Intercultural and Definitive Adventure (VIDA) is a branch of VIDA a non-profit organization. RUSVM VIDA provide free basic veterinary care to the pets of St. Kitts whose owners cannot afford it. Members of VIDA reach out to the community to teach and instruct locals on the proper way to care for and maintain the health of their animals. This way, RUSVM students get valuable hands-on experience while at the same time helping those who really need it. Our free clinics take place on different Saturdays throughout each semester.
VOICE - Veterinary Students as One In Culture and Ethnicity
VOICE (Veterinary students as One In Culture and Ethnicity) is a national student run organization that is committed to promoting cultural competency and awareness in veterinary medicine. The Ross University chapter members accomplish this through arranging guest lecturers, promoting Children’s Home visits, and holding fundraising events such as food and item sales. VOICE encourages acknowledgment, understanding, and respect of cultural differences to enhance personal and professional growth of individuals within the field of veterinary medicine.
WAVMA - World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association
RUSVM's student chapter of World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association (WAVMA). The goal of WAVMA is to help students on their path to practicing veterinary medicine with aquatic animals. WAVMA presents lectures and web labs in topics related to aquatic medicine from beginner to advanced levels to accommodate various experience level for their active members. To join the RUSVM chapter of WAVMA, sign up as a national member of WAVMA and present confirmation page to RUSVM WAVMA. National dues include the student chapter dues so there are no additional club fees once annual national dues are paid online at www.wavma.org and become a member. RossWAVMA@gmail.com Facebook: RUSVM Aquatic Veterinary Medicine Club
WDA - Wildlife Disease Association
Wildlife Disease Association (WDA) is the RUSVM student chapter of the professional organization Wildlife Disease Association that has members all over the world. WDA focuses on educating students in wildlife conservation, diseases, and research. RUSVM professors and visiting guest speakers give wildlife lectures throughout each semester and we provide opportunities for students to become involved in wildlife research on campus along with networking between students, veterinarians, professors, and future colleagues.
ZEW - Zoo, Exotics, and Wildlife Medicine Club
The ZEW club serves to provide RUSVM students with hands on experiences and further education in the field of exotic medicine. We organize annual externship experiences available to club members at the Belize Zoo and host guest speakers to address zoo, exotic, and wildlife medicine. We continue to care for the animals at the local zoo and provide wet labs working with exotic animals.Last semester we had an animal enrichment wet lab where we explained the importance of enrichment items/activities in zoological medicine, discussed species appropriate items, and created reusable and disposable toys for the animals at the local zoo. We had a wet lab visiting SNAPPER where we were shown how to manage large populations of local fish. We were informed about water quality testing, the making of feed, and the general care and sexing of fish. We were also given a presentation about local sea turtles and were able to assist in the feeding of the turtles. The ZEW Club is responsible for providing daily care and feeding at Zach Nisbett's zoo and does an extensive clean up once a semester. We had a monkey darting wet lab at the zoo, as well. Club members learned proper handling techniques of Green Vervet Monkeys, were able to assist in darting them, administered shots and medication, and completed physical exams on the monkeys. We arranged for Dr. Lou Cornicelli to visit RUSVM and give a presentation on big game capture in the Midwest. We participated in three pudding dirt cup bake sales. Finally, we hosted our night volleyball tournament to raise additional funds for the club.
SGA (Non-SAVMA) Recognized Clubs at Ross Vet
Country Western Dance Club
Artistry is the center of attention at Creativity club. At creativity club, students are encouraged to express their passions through paintings, drawings, writing, photography, culinary arts, or music. Our organization inspires students to share with one another and be surrounded by people with a full appreciation of creativity. The club also provides an outlet for students to de-stress in a healthy environment.
RUSVM Kennel Companions
The RUSVM Kiteboarding Club is a sports club that provides students access to internationally certifiable water sports courses (primarily kiteboarding but also associated board riding and wind powered watersports). By making the connection Kiteboarding Club hopes to let students know what unique opportunities are available here in St Kitts. The club would like to encourage participation whilst maintaining our injury free track record in these thrilling sports by creating a FUN and SAFE environment for our students to experience St Kitts.
Musical Theater Club
The purpose of the Musical Theater Club is to bring the Ross community together (all students, faculty, and staff) to host one musical theater production each semester. The purpose of these productions would be serve as a creative outlet for students, encourage teamwork, help students with their public speaking skills, and allow an opportunity for students to work together with faculty and staff.
PAWS - People for Animal Welfare in St. Kitts
Established in 2000, People for Animal Welfare on St. Kitts (P.A.W.S.) runs a successful rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming program for unwanted, stray, and abused animals on St. Kitts. Along their foster program, P.A.W.S. also promotes education of pet ownership in the community, frequently participates in school visits, and hosts animal awareness days regarding companion animal husbandry. P.A.W.S. is also in the building stages of Basseterre Animal Rescue Center (BARC), which will be the island’s first animal shelter.
ROSS TALK is a public speaking club that allows students, faculty, and staff the ability to share whatever they are passionate about in efforts to educate their campus and community! Membership is free and no fundraisers are being held for this club as the club's number one priority is to work on communication. ROSS TALK holds weekly meetings where members of the club will be given the opportunity to speak and receive constructive criticisms to make improvements. In addition, the club offers workshops in public speaking and PowerPoint Presentations as well as client- doctor simulations for students to practice communication skills. Stop by a talk by one of the club members and be inspired by their speech or present your own to inspire those around you in a judgment free environment!
S.A.F.E. - Saving Animals From Emergency
S.A.F.E quite literally does as its name suggests – Saving Animals From Emergency. S.A.F.E. St. Kitts takes in animals in emergent need. The animals that are taken in are starving, injured, sick, surrendered, or abused. S.A.F.E. provides the animals the medical care they need to recover, and almost as important, the club gives them the love and kindness they thrive on. Once rehabilitated, S.A.F.E. adopt them to permanent and loving homes. Forever transformed are the lives of the animals who enter the program.??S.A.F.E. St. Kitts is also a resource for those who seek to help island animals. S.A.F.E. has created a donation bank, the first of its kind here in St. Kitts. For those who find a street animal they wish to help, S.A.F.E. offers free supplies to make the rescue easier. In addition, S.A.F.E. provides collars, leashes, blankets, toys, bowls, and many other things for those who are taking in a stray in need. S.A.F.E. also offers assistance in getting the animals back to health, such as transportation to the local vet, and help with basic grooming. S.A.F.E. believes by empowering others to rescue, an even bigger impact can be made here in St. Kitts.
RUSVM SCUBA Club is the largest student run organization on campus. As a club, we organize PADI SCUBA certifications with local dive shops for members wanting to start diving or advance their SCUBA skills. The club also organizes multiple SCUBA diving trips each semester with local dive shops and a midsemester break diving trip. Our recent midsemester break trips include, Saba a Dutch Caribbean island that is surrounded by a marine conservation park, St. Eustatius and local hard to reach reefs around St. Kitts. Along with diving, SCUBA club gives back to St. Kitts through beach clean-ups and Reef conservation fundraisers.
FFP - Future Feline Practitioners
FFP aims to give students the opportunity to learn about feline medicine. We offer wet labs that let students work hands on with cats performing physical exams and have guest lecturers give presentations on feline medicine and practice. Our goal is to make every student at RUSVM comfortable handling cats in a clinical setting and to introduce them to the field of feline medicine.
Club Funds Request
Twice a semester, in weeks 5 and 9 at the weekly SAVMA meetings, student organizations/clubs are allowed to request funds from the Student Government Association (SGA). Meetings in weeks 5 and 9 are designated as Budget Meetings for this purpose. As such, each club requesting funds must follow the guidelines, which are available for download below, and complete the budget proposal forms, as well as, any supplementing documentation necessary before the Budget Meeting begins.
Organizations/Clubs may request funds for general assistance or to bring speakers to the University. Requests will be taken into consideration, deliberated upon within the SGA, and a decision reached. The organization/club will be notified of the decision via email.
Budget Meeting Guidelines (PDF)
Budget Proposal Form (EXCEL)
RUSVM SGA Handbook (PDF) Updated January 2018