Thursday, January 31, 2013

SAVMA John Pitts Award

Hey SCAVMA Members - the long awaited award/scholarship opportunities have arrived!  

This one calls for a nomination.  If there is a student who has gone above and beyond the call of duty within the veterinary profession and you think they deserve recognition then see the details below and nominate them for this award!

The SAVMA John Pitts Award for Distinguished Service

Every year, the SAVMA President recognizes one veterinary student that has gone above and beyond in service and dedication to the veterinary profession.  The Award is open to ANY veterinary student who is a member in good standing within the Student AVMA.  The awardee will receive round-trip airfare as well as lodging and registration to SAVMA Symposium 2013 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, March 21-23, 2013.  The award will be presented to the student during the Saturday evening (March 23) closing Gala.

Nomination Details:  
1. Due February 28, 2013 at 5pm MST
2.  A well-written essay not more than 2 pages in length.  Use standard font (Arial, Times New Roman, or similar) at 12-pt size, spacing at 1.5, standard margins.  The file should be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format.
3. LIST at the top of the first page the name and contact information of the individual being nominated, the veterinary school of attendance, and the name(s) and contact information of the individual(s) submitting the nomination.
4.  The essay should address specific examples of the student's service and dedication, and demonstrate how those examples have contributed to the betterment of veterinary medicine.
5.  Submit the nomination to by the due date above with the subject line "John Pitts Award".
6.  The awardee and nominating individuals will be notified by email and/or phone call in early March to allow the awardee ample time to plan their trip to Symposium 2013.

Please direct any questions to

As always,



Changes in AVMA GHLIT Medical Plan

Attention Spring 2013 Graduates & every AVMA member:

The applications of AVMA GHLIT medical plan options will only be accepted until JANUARY 31, 2013. Current Student PPO plans will maintain viability until Dec 31, 2013.

Why is this important, you say?

Because if seniors want to apply for medical insurance after leaving school (graduation) with guarantee issue (no medical questions asked), they must have a current Student PPO plan application in our office by the end of this month. Everywhere they apply for individual medical in the market will look at their medical history and can increase the cost for their premiums based on pre-existing conditions, until Jan. 1, 2014, when the new laws take effect. AVMA GHLIT will guarantee their rates until Dec 31, 2013 and then will assist in helping to guide the member into a new plan by each state exchange requirements or employers plans come January 1.If any senior has a pre-existing condition, will be released off a parents plan at age 26 in the next 11 months, or have a dependent to insure, they will want to talk to someone at AVMA GHLIT quickly.
We can delay the start date on this month’s applications to April 1, 2013, so that new premiums will not be due until then, and then can be transferred into a regular member selection of PPO or HSA plans. If someone is interested in this option, please direct them to your local agent or me.
All other life insurance and disability insurance guarantees will still be offered at time of graduation (no changes).

The detailed file with information regarding this will be posted on the SGU SCAVMA Facebook page Files!!!


Puerto Rico VMA Scholarship

Scholarship Regarding Puerto Rico VMA

The Puerto Rico VMA is officially known as the Colegio de Medicos Veterinarios de Puerto Rico, formed by Law 107 of 1986.  

The AVMA delegates have sent the following information:

In our efforts to promote Veterinary Medicine and help the students, we have established a scholarship for senior students.

Applications are due in January and February for the next academic year). Research Scholarships are also available on a yearly basis. Students can join our Association free of charge and participate in our CE and Convention activities also free of charge.  

Interested students can contact:
AVMA Delegate: José Arce, (LSU ’97)
AVMA Alternate Delegate: Walter E. Colón Lilley,  (KSU ’67)
PRVMA Executive Administrator: Evymarie Miró,


I just received this information - the deadline may or may not have passed already, but eligible students should look into it and see if they can apply for their senior year!  


Saturday, January 26, 2013

Thank you!!!

SCAVMA would like to thank everyone for coming out to the Get Together and After Party at De Big Fish this weekend!!!  We had a great turnout and hope you all had a wonderful time.

Big thank you to our contributing organizations!!
Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA)
Large Animal Society (LAS)
Student Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (SVECCS)
International Veterinary Students' Association (IVSA)
Herpetological Society

Also Thank you to our wonderful DJ Lupa and to De Big Fish for our great venue!

Don't forget - 
Many clubs are hosting their first meetings of the term this coming week so check out the SCAVMA Event Calendar link at the top of this page for a listing of SGU SVM club meetings (please also check the Facebook announcements on your term pages as I may be missing some info on the calendar).

Good luck with the second week of the term and we look forward to seeing you all in February for the first SCAVMA general meeting.  Details to be posted soon.

As always, questions, comments, concerns can be directed to

P.S. We are still taking applications for our open President-elect and Vice President positions.  See the post below for details on how to apply.


Monday, January 21, 2013

Executive Board Elections Reminder

Hey all - if anyone is interested in running for either President-elect (terms 2-3 eligible) or Vice President (terms 3-5 eligible) please download the application from the Files tab on our Facebook page and send to by this Sunday, Jan. 27th.

The deadline has been extended to SUNDAY, FEB. 3rd

Candidate Application file can be downloaded from the Files tab on our Facebook page (SGU SCAVMA)
SGU SCAVMA Facebook Page

Please direct any questions to Jeremy Redmond,

Vet Get Together & Welcome Back After Party

Hey all, hope your first official day back at school was good and you are all ready to get back into the swing of things.  Big welcome to the new 1st term class - hope you all enjoyed the Bazaar and PAWS!

To get the term started off right we have SCAVMA's Welcome Back Party.  It's a welcome back to the returning students and a meet-and-greet for our new students.  Can't wait to see you all :)

This Friday, January 25th SCAVMA is hosting the Vet Get Together at Black Sand Beach on the True Blue campus and immediately following we will all head over to De Big Fish for the After Party!

Vet Get Together
- starts at 7:30
- 4 legged friends welcome (but please be leashed at all times so as to prevent any potential issues)
- no charge to attend - food/drink will be for sale

Thank you to the following organizations for their contributions to the Get Together -
LAS - drinks
Herp Club - music
SVECCS - dessert
VBMA - burgers/dogs
IVSA - party supplies & games

The After Party
- 10ec cover charge
- buses running every 30mins from 10pm - 2am
- last bus departs De Big Fish at 2am to head back to campus

$6EC Drink Specials at De Big Fish
- rum (Westerhall Superb Light)
- vodka (Ivanoff)
- Carib/Stag
- shots (Limoncello, Whiskey Coffee)

Thank you to the fabulous DJ LUPA (Lorenza for those who don't know) for being our DJ for the night!

Questions, comments, or concerns - email us at

Monday, January 14, 2013

Welcome Back & SAVMA Sign Ups

First, let's welcome your 2013 Executive Board!

President: Jeremy Redmond
President Elect: TBD
Vice President: TBD
Treasurer: Gabe Ordas
Secretary: Stephanie Wardius - that would be me :)
Senior Delegate: Ashley Bredenberg
Junior Delegate: Kirk Kasuya

Hope everyone had a relaxing winter break and you are all back and ready to start the spring term! A big welcome to the incoming class!!!  Hope you are excited to start your life on the rock here at SGU - we can't wait to get you all signed up for SCAVMA.  Our goal is to have each and every one of our veterinary students signed up with dues paid.  That said, with at least 80% participation SGU will have the right to vote in the House of Delegates at the SAVMA Symposium in March.

For those curious, here is more info on the symposium - Click here for info on the symposium

So who wants to join SCAVMA?  All of you right?  CLICK HERE TO JOIN SCAVMA
If you have any problems joining, never fear...your trusty SCAVMA Exec Board will be set up at Orientation to help you sign up (just bring a credit card for the $30 dues - SGU will later reimburse you).

What do you get out of joining SCAVMA? Click here to find out

All SCAVMA members are automatically members in good standing with the Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA,

Access to the SAVMA website where you can find many more loan, externship funding, and scholarship opportunities. 

Reduced subscription rates for the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) and the American Journal of Veterinary Research (AJVR).

Graduating members in good standing (must have been a dues paying member for three years of vet school, one being the senior year) are extended one year free membership with the AVMA and reduced membership dues for the following two years (that's a savings of over $1000 and you will be reimbursed your initial dues fee anyway...what's not to love?)


Questions, comments, or concerns - email us at