Tuesday, November 11, 2014

New E-Board!

We want to give a big thank you to everyone that came out to our last general meeting and participated in the voting for the new amendment! We also want to welcome the new members of our E-board and Junior Delegate that will start their positions in Spring 2015!

President: Brendan Sullivan
President Elect: Megan Johnson
Vice President: Aki Otomo
Treasurer: Greeshma Hedge
Secretary: Sara Alessi
Senior Delegate: Nicole Crupi
Junior Delegate: Ori Eizenberg

Community Outreach Teaching Excellence Award

The award is intended for students to publicly acknowledge how faculty members, clinicians, and others engaged in the veterinary field have gone above and beyond their responsibilities to interact and make a difference in the local and/or global community as a servant leader. 

The winner will receive $300, complete funding for travel expenses to the SAVMA Symposium in 2015, and an official award that will be presented to them publicly at the farewell dinner during SAVMA symposium. Also, the author of the winning application will receive $125!

The deadline is MONDAY, DECEMBER 1ST! Get your applications in now! Access the application from the Google Docs link below!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

SAVMA Education and Professional Development Committee
Economic Issues Essay Contest

I am pleased to be sending out the Economic Issues Essay Contest prompt for this year from the Education and Professional Development Committee. There are two $250 awards. The essay prompt is a great way to start thinking about how to increase feline traffic at your veterinary clinic, as well as possibly winning some money! Please forward to the students at your school. 

 Submissions are due by Monday, January 5th, 2015. 

Please send them to savma.epdc@gmail.com with Economic Issues 2015 as the subject.  
Vet Gazette Logo Competition and Call for Submissions!
SAVMA Public Health and Community Outreach Committee Grant
The SAVMA Public Health and Community Outreach Committee awards eight $500 stipends each year to SAVMA members who reach out to populations that are underserved in terms of veterinary care.

Four of these stipends will be awarded to SCAVMA members who meet the requirements for an externship carried out between September 1st 2014 and January 31st 2015. Members of our committee will review each application submitted and make a decision based on the application's merit. Once four stipends have been approved, there will be no more available until the next period (i.e. February 1st 2015 to August 31st 2015) when four more stipends will become available.

The stipends are paid in a reimbursement fashion and are not guaranteed (i.e. the stipend is contingent on the successful applicant fulfilling the stated requirements). However, if an application is approved and the  requirements are subsequently fulfilled, the successful applicant will be awarded the stipend within 30 days of the committee receiving all necessary documentation after completion of the externship.

Stipends may be used to reimburse the student for expenses directly associated with service to an underserved population, including but not necessarily limited to travel, housing, and supplies associated with the service.

Here is a link to the online application form:

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine Awards Committee Cordially invites
you and your guest to the SVM Awards Ceremony 
To honor students, faculty and staff for Outstanding Achievement
Friday, November 21, 2014
Bourne Lecture Hall
7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Upcoming Events


When: November 8th @ 10:00 am
Where: Field in front of Taylor Hall

Get together a team of up to 12 players (minimum 8 players) and come play some kickball! This is a friendly tournament pitting Med students vs. Vet students! All proceeds will be going to charity, with this year's charity of choice being the JOSH project!

THE PRIZESThe winning team gets: 2 hours worth of donut water rides, 2 free margarita pizzas at Prickly Bay Marina and a case of Carib courtesy of Prickly Bay Marina
• Each participants gets a free raffle ticket and the raffle prizes include: 
• 2 day long bike rentals from Mocha Spoke worth $ 106 EC
• 2 $75 EC Bananas Gift Cards (alcoholic drinks not included)
• $ 50 EC Gift card to Le Papillion 
• $ 50 EC Gift Card to Cloud 9 
• Gift card for the Greek truck

First game starts at 11am and teams are guaranteed to play 2 games each with a Losers and Winners brackets. We will have 2 games going at once on the field. $150EC entry fee for a team of 12!

Lots of cold beer and drinks! We'll also have the grill fired up for hamburgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers.

Women In Medicine's 5K run will be the same morning and ending on campus at SGU, so we will have both food and drink ready early for all those runners who want to stay and play kickball as well as runner who want to continue the fun as spectators.

Med Teams can use this link to sign their teams up: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1suqUW_BwPIdUNsVADLh-dpoHL-8WWCllpTQVHZuR1IA/viewform?usp=send_form

After you have signed up yourself online, please get in touch with any member of the AMSA board or your term reps to hand over your registration fee of $150 EC.

Vet students please see your SCAVMA Term Rep for the sign-up sheet!


When: November 20th
Where: Caribbean House

Come out to enjoy a home cooked Thanksgiving dinner! If you bring a side dish that can feed 8-10 people you can eat turkey for free! If you would like to cook a turkey, sign up on the sheet that SCAVMA class reps will be passing around. If you cook a turkey, you and one other guest will get in and not have to bring a side dish :) 

More information coming soon!

Date Auction News

We want to give a tremendous THANK YOU to every person who came out to the Date Auction last Friday, your participation was overwhelming and I hope you all had a great time! It was so much fun hearing the bidding and seeing the camaraderie amongst terms, classmates, and friends.
We also want to give a special Thank You to all the students, professors, and local businesses who contributed to tonight's auction. We had an unbeilevable number of dates submitted this year making the event very exciting! 

Please keep an eye on your emails if you won any of the silent auction items as the contact information will be emailed to you soon...an most importantly, we were able raise over 15,000 EC this year!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Call for SCAVMA Executive Board Positions

APPLICATION FORM - Please complete and email to sgusvmscavma@gmail.com by Saturday Nov. 8th @midnight


  • Contact: Brendan Sullivan, bsulliva@sgu.edu
  • Must currently be in 1st or 2nd term
  • Assist president in all duties including:
  • Speaking at Orientation
  • Preparing agendas
  • Booking events
  • Running EB and general meetings
  • Attend SAVMA symposium (March) and attend AVMA convention (July/Aug)


  • Contact: Aki Otomo, aotomo@sgu.edu
  • Must currently be in terms 2-4
  • Plan upcoming speakers
  • Coordinate and plan events
  • Assist all members of the board
  • Act as social chair
  • Order food for meetings
  • Coordinate raffle prizes distribution
  • Recommended to have reliable transportation

·        SECRETARY

  • Contact: Sorin Greff, sgreff@sgu.edu
  • Must currently be in terms 1-4
  • Maintain SCAVMA website
  • Maintain the SCAVMA event calendar
  • Email updates for paws print
  • Update SCAVMA, SVM clubs and corporate reps contact info
  • Organization of the SCAVMA Gmail account
  • Maintain list of members
  • Take minutes at all meetings

·        TREASURER

  • Contact: Jeremy Redmond, jredmond@sgu.edu
  • Must currently be in terms 1-4
  • Draft budget for each term
  • Handling money for multiple organizations
  • Maintain funding requisition forms and receipts
  • Be responsible for the cash box
  • Provide account balance to board when requested
  • Be available to make frequent trips to the bank
  • Write/cash/deposit checks
  • Submit financial report at the end of each term

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

2nd General Meeting

Tuesday October 14th -- SCAVMA 2nd General Meeting
  • Where: Charter Hall
  • When: 6:00-7:00 pm
  • Topics:

    • Proposal for amendment to our constitution regarding attendance
    • Call for applications for board positions
    • Awarding of SCAVMA funding checks
    • Purchase of SCAVMA merchandise
    • Discussion of what SCAVMA membership means
    • Short presentation on summer externship opportunities (MARVET)
    • FREE FOOD and more!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Bayer Student Rep. position is now open. 
Bayer will be taking applications for the student rep position till October 17, 2014.

Job Description

Application Form

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Save the Date - 2015 SAVMA Symposium
The 2015 SAVMA Symposium will be hosted by the University of Minnesota on March 19 - 21, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Downtown Minneapolis. The SAVMA Symposium Planning Committee is hard at work scheduling speakers, wetlabs and fun activities and night events. Registration for the Symposium will begin in November.
SAVMA House of Delegates meeting to be held March 19 & 20, 2015 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
SCAVMA Presidents meeting to be held
 March 21, 2015 from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Be on the lookout for updates on the SAVMA Symposium Facebook page and keep checking back on the 2015 SAVMA Symposium website at www.savmasymposium2015.com for the most up to date details and information on how to register!

Personal Financial Planning Tool - Track, Plan, Overcome, Succeed!
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Try it out for FREE and start your budget now at avma.org/mybudget.

Monday, September 8, 2014

SCAVMA/IVSA/Hill's Lunch Lecture

Where: Alumni Hall

When: 12:30-1:30pm

SCAVMA, IVSA, and Hill's are co-hosting a lunchtime lecture for students who received funding and/or sponsorship from our organizations to discuss their summer experiences from this past summer.

Lunch will be provided by Mocha Spoke. Drinks will be provided too.

Hill's will have raffles for prizes! See you there!

What is being discussed at the meeting:
• World Vets in Nicaragua
• Humane Society VMA-Rural Area Veterinary Services
• LeaderDogs Externship
• NicaVets Trip
• MARVET Mexico 2014
• IVSA Student Exchange Madrid, Spain
Alumni Relations Officein conjunction with the
School of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Association
Alumni Grand Rounds: Lunch-time Lecture
Alumni Hall, Tuesday September 9th, 12:30 - 1:20 p.m.

Audience: SVM Students; Faculty
Presenters: Dr. Angela Muoio, SGUSVM 2004; Dr. Michele Consiglio, SGUSVM 2004 & Dr. Janet Weistock, SGUSVM 2004
FormatThere will also be open discussion about the experience of the alumni at St. George's University, the progression from Basic Sciences to the Clinical Years and beyond, their current practice and area(s) of interest.

Questions are strongly encouraged.
Pizza lunch will be provided!

Monday, September 1, 2014

1st General Meeting

When: Tuesday September 9th @ 6:00 pm

Where: Charter Lecture Hall

Come on out and hear what SGU SCAVMA and the AVMA are all about as well as all the great events we will be hosting this term!

We will also be selling SCAVMA Gear! Totes and duffle bags :) Bring your $

In the meantime here is the latest SCAVMA brochure with more info about SCAVMA and the AVMA https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6Bn7uYbgM_xMDhKUFpyWmF6dFU/edit?usp=sharing

Sunday, August 31, 2014

SVM White Coat Ceremony and VSL Renaming Ceremony

On Monday September 1st, there will be two exciting ceremonies for students and faculty to attend and show their support!

At 5:30 pm in the VSL courtyard, will be the Renaming Ceremony of the Veterinary School Lecture Hall in honor of the past SVM Dean, Dr. Raymond Sis and his wife, Jan Sis. Students are encouraged to attend and show their support for everything the Sis's have done for SGU School of Veterinary Medicine!

At 6:30 pm in Charter Hall, will be the SVM White Coat ceremony to welcome the new Term 1 students in to the veterinary medical profession. The white coat will symbolize their commitment to uphold the duties of the profession and they will take the Veterinarians Oath.

Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine,
 I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society 
through the protection of animal health and welfare,
 the prevention and relief of animal suffering,
 the conservation of animal resources,
 the promotion of public health, 
and the advancement of medical knowledge.

I will practice my profession conscientiously, 
with dignity, and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics.

I accept as a lifelong obligation 
the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

1st General Meeting

TO BE RESCHEDULED due to scheduling conflict......

Our first general meeting this term will be held at 12:20pm at Bourne Lecture hall on Thursday August 28th.

Come on down to learn more about SCAVMA and the AVMA and to hear what awesome events we will be hosting this term! We will also be announcing which SCAVMA E-board positions will be available for the Spring/Fall 2015 year!

Food will be served after the meeting around 1:15pm. (Glover's pizza)

In the meantime here is the latest SCAVMA brochure with more info about SCAVMA and the AVMA https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6Bn7uYbgM_xMDhKUFpyWmF6dFU/edit?usp=sharing

Friday, August 22, 2014

Hey everyone! Come out to Black Sand Beach on campus at 6:30 - 9:30 for our Welcome Back Get Together! Meet some of the SVM clubs, get some merchandise, food, drinks, pastries and mingle! Cold drinks and hamburgers, hot dogs, and veggie burgers will be provided! Dogs are welcome too!

After the BBQ we will be having an after party at Woody's starting at 10:00. Everyone deserves a break after the first week of classes :)  The busses will leave from the campus bus stop and run from 10:00-1:00 every 30 minutes and every 15 minutes from 1:00-2:00am. 

10EC cover with profits going to IVSA (International Veterinary Students' Association). 

Please also bring SGU ID for entry.

DRINK SPECIALS! $5EC for beer, $10EC for Rum punch or any rum mixed drink.

FOOD SPECIALS! $10EC for burgers, $20EC for wings. Fries both small and large portions will be sold as well!

Thanks and see you all there!!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

SCAVMA Welcomes Dr. Gibson and Dr. Peterson as Faculty Adviser

We would like to announce and welcome Dr. Kathryn E. Gibson and Dr. Ross Peterson as the new faculty advisors for SCAVMA. We look forward to working with them this year!