Clubs & Organizations
Over 30 student specialty clubs and organizations dedicated to increasing leadership skills, involvement opportunities, service activities, and knowledge of the veterinary medicine profession.
American Animal Hospital Association
The student chapter of AAHA informs and educates students about veterinary hospitals and practice standards.
American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM)
Promotes the specialties of cardiology, neurology, oncolgy, large animal internal medicine and small animal internal medicine through the advancement of knowledge to veterinary medical students.
Avian and Exotic Animal Medicine Club
The Avian & Exotic Animal Medicine Club provides veterinary students with an opportunity to learn about exotic companion animal health, medicine, and surgery and to gain technical skills in working with these species.
Behavior Medicine & Animal Welfare Club
We believe that behavior is a very important factor in veterinary medicine. Our goal is to encourage interest in behavior medicine and to further the education of students interested in this field.
Broad Spectrum: Student Chapter of the LGVMA at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
The Student Chapter of the Lesbian & Gay Veterinary Medical Association (LGVMA) at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine is a professional student organization that fosters acceptance, inclusivity and leadership for veterinary medical students of all sexual orientations and gender identities through community development, professional advocacy, and personal empowerment.
Our mission is to provide members with an expansive social support network through the organization of social events, educational lectures, and networking opportunities with LGBT veterinarian mentors, fellow LGBT veterinary students, and allies of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
A social club designed to promote interaction between veterinary students and faculty/staff in the vet school.
Camelid Medicine Club
The Camelid Medicine Club's goal is to provide experience and education about camelids to veterinary students. The club goes on field trips with local vets to local llama and alpaca ranches to help with tasks ranging from pregnancy checks and vaccination, to sick animal calls and delivering crias. We also hold wet labs on campus to teach students a variety of procedures including, blood collection, catheterization and shearing. Our club also hosts the annual Camelid Medicine Symposium. This is a two day weekend event where speakers from UC Davis and around the country come to speak on many camelid health subjects.
Canine Medicine Club
The Canine Medicine Club (CMC) is an organization run by veterinary students. The club and its members are dedicated to expanding the educational and service opportunities of veterinary students in projects related to canine medicine.
Christian Vet Fellowship
The purpose of the Christian Vet Fellowship is to challenge, empower, and facilitate veterinary students to serve others through their professions byliving out their faith.
The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Doxie Derby is hosted annually by the second-year veterinary student class. The race is held during Picnic Day in the Pavilion at the Activities and Recreation Center located on LaRue Drive.
Equine Medicine Club
The EMC/SCAAEP exists primarily to provide students in the School of Veterinary Medicine with hands-on, extracurricular exposure to equine medicine, surgery and reproduction. We believe in promoting the welfare of the horse through education for future veterinarians.
Feline Medicine Club
Our club is dedicated to advancing feline medicine through education of the public and veterinary professionals. Through our fundraising activities we are able to provide financial support to our sister-group, the Orphan Kitten Project in addition to aid we provide to local shelters. We also provide rounds discussions, special lectures and wetlabs to the veterinary student body.
Fish and Invertebrate Systems Health (F.I.S.H) Club
The FISH club focuses on the veterinary care and husbandry of marine and freshwater fish and invertebrates. We also aim to help veterinary students form connections with the aquariums and fish and invertebrate producers world-wide in an effort to improve the care and understanding of these unique animals.
Food Animal Reproduction and Medicine Club
FARM Club exists to provide extracurricular learning and networking opportunities for students interested in production medicine. We believe in providing utmost care for animals, while working to ensure a healthy, wholesome and safe food supply to benefit the world. We have the unique responsibility to bring sound scientific evidence to our future clients and to educate the consuming public about the food they eat. This mission begins in school and continues throughout our careers as food animal practitioners.
Health & Wellness Club
The Health & Wellness Club provides resources and opportunities for self-care and creates a collaborative community amongst veterinary students to promote physical, mental, and emotional health and well-being.
Holistic Veterinary Medicine Club
This is the Davis chapter of the AHVMA. Their purpose is to advance holistic veterinary medicine and provide veterinary students with educational opportunities in holistic veterinary medicine and related subjects.
Human-Animal Bond Club
The Human-Animal Bond Club addresses an underrepresented topic in the field of veterinary medicine. Our mission is to provide veterinary students with resources, experience, and knowledge in the areas of honoring the human-animal bond, supporting clients, and fostering these relationships in our professional and personal lives.
Humane Society Veterinary Medicine Association Student Chapter
Our goal is to provide future veterinary professionals (i.e. students) with the opportunity to participate in care programs for animals in need in our local area and educate the public and others in the profession about animal welfare issues.
Internal Medicine Club
We strive to create educational activities and to promote networking opportunities in the fields of internal medicine, neurology, cardiology, and oncology. We provide supplemental hands-on exposure to club members through rounds discussions, lunch talks, and wetlabs.
International Veterinary Outreach
The purpose of the IVO is to provide veterinary care and education to developing countries while teaching students how to build clinical skills and foster professional relationships.
Lab Animal Medicine Club (ASLAP)
We are an assemblage of veterinary student professionals actively seeking to develop future Laboratory Animal Medicine veterinarians by providing a diverse forum for professional development, networking, and curriculum guidance. First, we provide opportunities for education and hands-on experience in the proper medical care and use of laboratory and teaching animals as well as diverse exposure to the research environment. Second, we expose the student body to an exciting and compelling, yet underrepresented segment of veterinary medicine. Finally, we attempt to prepare each other to successfully address community concerns about the use of animals in research while actively demonstrating our appreciation for the numerous animals whose contributions have truly made vast medical and scientific advancement a reality.
Mercer Clinic for the Pets of the Homeless
This organization is active in supplying veterinary care to the homeless and underprivileged people of the Sacramento area. They function through donation of supplies and food by private practitioners as well as professional companies. The clinic is staffed by volunteers including practicing veterinarians and students from UC Davis.
Orphan Kitten Project
The Orphan Kitten Project is a rescue program run by the Feline Medicine Club at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Orphaned and abandoned neonatal kittens under 4 weeks of age are taken in from the community and given a complete physical exam by the project coordinators.
Radiology club is a new club on our campus that was started with the intention of giving Davis veterinary students more opportunities to hone their imaging techniques. We host small animal radiology rounds on the first Monday of the month and large animal radiology rounds on the third Monday of the month. In addition, our officers are working on creating wetlabs for our members.
Student Chapter of the Association of Shelter Vets
The Student Chapter of the Association of Shelter Vets was officially formed at UC Davis in the Spring of 2003. Since its inception, SCASV has been very active in providing support to our local shelters and organizing animal sheltering seminars open to students, veterinarians, and shelter professionals. In addition to their dedicated volunteerism with area shelters, members of SCASV at UC Davis have a humane education table at Picnic Day each year and organize bi-annual service projects to make raised cat beds and food dispensing toys for local shelters.
Student Chapter (UCD) of the American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA)
SCAVMA is the Student Chaper of the American Veterinary Medical Association and is an organization dedicated to fostering unity among veterinary students within and between the 28 veterinary schools of the United States, 1 school in Canada and 3 schools in the Caribbean. At UC Davis, SCAVMA also provides funding for all university-registered veterinary school clubs, supplies monetary support for student travel associated with educational endeavors, and hosts information sessions on topics ranging from managing finances to finding internships and residencies. These are just a fraction of the services that SCAVMA brings to the school.
Student Chapter of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (SCIVAPM)
The International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management is a multi-disciplinary organization that seeks to promote the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge related to the biology and clinical treatment of pain in animals.
Student Chapter of the Women's Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative (WVLDI)
The student chapter of the Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative (WVLDI) at UC Davis creates a forum to discuss the challenges of being a woman in the veterinary industry and serves as a support system and resource to set our female colleagues up for success. We aim to build networking and mentorship opportunities, provide tools to address biases in the workplace, promote pay equality, and increase women’s representation in positions of leadership in our profession.
Students for One Health (SOH)
Students for One Health is a medium for students from diverse professional and graduate backgrounds interested in collaborative medicine and global health to share their ideas and a forum for open dialogue between the different student bodies. We hope to build long lasting partnerships between the diverse groups and to equip students with the interpersonal skills that will be necessary to work in a dynamic setting. Amongst an array of seminars, workshops, fundraising events and networking opportunities, we have two larger student-run projects within our club. Knights Landing One Health Clinic is a local collaboration between veterinary students and medical students, who are working together to bring a holistic approach to the health care of under-served communities. The Nicaragua Project is a sustainable partnership between veterinary, medical, public health, agriculture students and the rural Nicaraguan community of Sabana Grande. The project is designed to improve local animal, human, and environmental health through individual empowerment, educational engagement and cultural exchange.
Student Veterinary Emergency Critical Care Society (SVECCS)
Student Veterinary Emergency Critical Care Society (SVECCS) strives to bring students into the diverse and exciting field of emergency and intensive care medicine. We support both the small and large animal services, and we aim to provide continuing education to local practitioners and technicians.
The club aims to offer a variety of opportunities to our student body, guided by the UC Davis faculty, residents, and interns, to aid students in applying the knowledge gained in the classroom to real world situations. Examples of the opportunities we aspire to bring to our student body are case rounds, volunteer shadowing in the small animal emergency department, journal article discussions, and guest speakers.
The mission of School of Veterinary Medicine Surfing Club is to promote and foster the sport of surfing with emphasis on good sportsmanship, citizenship, wellness and improving the public image of the surfing community and supporting the conservation of the coastal environment. Our goal is to plan, create, sponsor and hold activities related to the beach and surfing and stimulate public interest in all aspects of these activities, including the history of the sport & beach and ocean conservation.
Increases the knowledge of and opportunities for students in the reproducation of different species.
Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA)
The UCD School of Veterinary Medicine's chapter of the VBMA is dedicated to increasing business acumen and providing networking opportunities to veterinarians and veterinary students. Through their involvement in this organization, veterinary students develop communication, customer service, negotiation, leadership, and managerial skills that enable them to elevate their careers and our profession as a whole.
Student Veterinary Emergency Response Team (sVERT)
As the members of Veterinary Emergency Response Team (VERT), we strive to be educated, trained, and experienced in the art and science of emergency animal rescue. We work to master the skills that enable us to respond and assist emergency agencies in the event of an animal emergency or natural disaster. We look to educate the public to the complex nature and need for animal-rescue training though public demonstration and community education. We understand the value of training, recognizing that we are only as effective as we are trained; there is no substitute for training or education. Finally, we are committed to taking these skills with us into our veterinary careers to further train and develop colleagues and future veterinarians with skills as valuable in an emergency as they are in a clinical environment.
Veterinary Medicine Surgery Club
The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Surgery Club is an organization run by veterinary students. The club officers are dedicated to promoting the education of veterinary students in the field of surgery. We host lectures pertaining to the knowledge of surgical procedures and techniques, and we also provide information about externship and intership opportunities.
VOICE Veterinarians as One Inclusive Community for Empowerment
Increase awareness and sensitivity to socio-cultural issues in the field of veterinary medicine; celebrate multiculturalism within the profession of veterinary medicine; provide a campus environment that embraces diversity; promote the importance of cross-cultural awareness in veterinary medicine in order to meet the needs of our diversifying clientele; to promote the veterinary profession, provide LEADERSHIP and MENTORSHIP to any youth.
Veterinary Pathology Club
The Veterinary Pathology Club (VPC) promotes interest in and advancement of the field of pathology by exposing veterinary students to different aspects of pathology.
Veterinary Public Health Organization (VPHO)
The Veterinary Public Health Organization was established in 2006 at the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis to address the growing interest in public health, veterinary medicine, and research. A team of devoted students and supportive faculty advisors pioneered the development of this organization.
Veterinary Student Outreach Club (VSO)
Veterinary Student Outreach Club at UC Davis functions to generate and propagate interest in various fields of science, including but not limited to veterinary medicine, for audiences of all ages. Our goal is to educate our audiences; as well as help participating club members develop communication and organizational skills vital to a successful veterinary career.
Wildlife and Aquatic Animal Medicine Club (WAAM)
The Wildlife and Aquatic Animal Medicine Club promotes interest and learning opportunities for veterinary students in the fields of wildlife, zoological, and aquatic animal medicine by interacting with faculty and professionals and by exposing students to the different aspects of these diverse fields through hands on learning events, internships, and field trips.