WVMA Continues to Add Value to Student Membership
As a way of keeping the association green and growing, Student Representatives, Morgan Randall and Danielle Schuld along with WVMA staff have worked to increased student participation during the 2017-2018 school year.
| A student connects with a veterinarian during a Networking Dinner
“By listening to fellow students, we have been able to really target WVMA events to their interests,” says Randall.
During the current school year, numerous events have been held including:
- Vets to Vet School – Held twice a semester, these lunch time talks are given by WVMA members. Student enjoy hearing first hand from veterinarians about different topics and the wide variety of opportunities available within veterinary medicine.
- Student Wetlabs – Held at the Annual Convention and instructed by WVMA members, wetlab topics are selected by student members. Each wetlab gives students a hands-on opportunity to expand their learning.
- Emergency Situations and Client Relations Training – This one-day trip was hosted by Fox Valley Animal Referral Center and consisted of three stations of emergency triage, client interaction and expectations during the hiring process. Students also received an introduction to dog and cat CPR. The day concluding with a panel of veterinarians, clinic staff and a client who were willing to answer a wide variety of questions.
Students learning first-hand from practicing veterinarian at a student wetlab
- Networking Dinner – Hosted by Lodi Veterinary Care, students were able to enjoy dinner while talking with clinic staff about specific areas of interest, the hiring process and any other questions that interested them. Students then toured their newly remodeled clinic. This event is held once a year at a clinic in the Madison area.
- Student Day – Held the first Saturday in February, students were able to learn about topics not always covered in school, such as what a day in the life of a mixed animal practitioner, how to combat Dr. Google, how to become a part of the on-farm team and many more. Students are also able to meet one-on-one with vendors and learn more about different products.
- Blue Coat Ceremony - Held every year in April, the Blue Coat Ceremony celebrates the classes transition from the class room to clinics. Each class personalizes the ceremony by inviting speakers both from the School of Veterinary Medicine faculty and from within their class.
Class of 2017 Blue Coat Ceremony
Having quality events that meet the needs of student members showcases how the WVMA listens to their requests and has something for everyone.
“Students really want to meet veterinarians and make connections,” says Randall. “They see serving on WVMA committees and being at events as an efficient way of doing this.”
The value of working with the WVMA has also been seen when electing new representatives to the Executive Board. This two-year position includes attending all Executive Board meeting and helping staff to organize student activities.
“In past, students were hesitant to volunteer for this position due to the time commitment,” says Randall. “However, in the last three years there have been numerous students running for the position. I think this really shows the value students are seeing in organized veterinary medicine.”
To help create an early understanding of organized veterinary medicine and the WVMA, student representatives give an introductory presentation to the first-year students during orientation.
“Being in front of the students from their first day helps them realize the value of their WVMA membership,” says Randall. “They quickly realize that the WVMA will be there for them in veterinary school and in every part of their career.”
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