All activities associated with students in the professional degree program are coordinated through the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Office of Academic Affairs. These activities include, but are not limited to:
- Assistance with financial aid, obtaining medical insurance, and access to medical care. While these services are provided by other University departments, or sources outside the University, the Academic Affairs Office actively assists veterinary medical students needing these services.
- Counseling services — counseling for both academic and personal issues is provided by the Associate Dean and by graduate students from the department of clinical psychology. These graduate students have an office outside of the Academic Affairs office and all visits are free and confidential.
- Advice and assistance in externship and preceptorship selection.
- Career advice, resume review, and job placement assistance.
- Assistance for students with disabilities (in conjunction with the AU Office of Student Access).
- Assistance for impaired students (in conjunction with the Alabama Veterinary Wellness Program).
Student Clubs and Organizations
Mission of the Colic Team
To instruct first through third year veterinary students in a case-based manner on the diagnosis and treatment of colic through presenting colic cases to the Auburn Large Animal Teaching Hospital. The student will be expected to:
- Take a history from the client in conjunction with the fourth year clinical student and fill out the purple exam form.
- Perform a physical examination of the colicky horse (temperature, mucous membrane color, heart rate, respiratory rate, GI auscultation).
- Assist the clinician, resident, and fourth year students with restraint and examination procedures.
- Observe any surgical procedures that result, and participate in assisting the student resident.
- Present the case at the Colic Team Meeting, provide differentials, and discuss the cause of colic, options for treatment of the case, and possible preventative measures.
Structure of the Colic Team
The Colic Team is led by Dr. Amelia Munsterman, who will organize the colic teams on call and will provide a calendar for the students on call. The students will be placed in groups of 2-4, and will be on call in a rotating schedule. One person will be elected the leader of each group, and the front desk will notify this person (based on the schedule they are provided) when a colic case is due to arrive. This person will notify the other members of his/her team. The group will be expected to arrive before the horse arrives, take a history with the fourth year student, assist in the examination as directed by the student resident, resident, and clinician, and assist in surgery as needed. A detailed account of the case using the colic examination form will be filled out for each case by one student. The student or team will present the case at the colic team meetings once a month. At that time, the case will be discussed with the group in detail, outlining diagnosis, treatment, and description of any surgery involved. If no cases present prior to rounds, Dr. Munsterman will present a case-based discussion on colic in preparation for the National Board Examination. Direct hands-on colic examinations will also be practiced by the students.
Discussion topics will include: colic examination, fluid therapy, acid base disorders, blood transfusion, non-abdominal colic, large intestinal disease, small intestinal disease, and pro-motility medications.
Colic Team Attire and Equipment
The student will wear khakis, a blue scrub top, and solid-toe shoes at all times at the clinic. He or she will be expected to bring clean scrubs for surgery. Additional items which will be useful include a stethoscope and thermometer.
Colic Team Rounds
Rounds will be held monthly. The colic team will not meet during the summer or on scheduled holidays. Cases will be discussed the following week if Dr. Munsterman is involved in an emergency and cannot attend, or a resident may fill in as rounds leader.
Colic Team Membership
Colic team will be open to all first, second, and third year students. Sign up will occur through email provided to all students. Students will be expected to participate for an entire quarter if they choose to join. If at any time a student is unable to participate on the night he/she was scheduled, it is the student’s obligation to provide a substitute and inform the appropriate person (the team leader or the front desk).
The AAEP is the world’s largest professional association of equine veterinarians. “The AAEP’s mission is to improve the health and welfare of the horse, to further the professional development of its members, and to provide resources and leadership for the benefit of the equine industry” (AAEP’s mission statement). We at the Auburn Student Chapter of the AAEP strive to further the educational development of our members so that we may provide superior services and leadership for the equine industry of the future.
Students and faculty from the AUCVM gather together on Wednesdays for food and fellowship. Students enjoy a delicious meal provided by local churches for $1. All of the money that is collected is given to the students to help support their summer mission trips to countries such as Venezuela, Honduras, and Mexico. Along with lunch, students are re-energized by local pastors, professors, and clinicians. They bring encouragement to the students by sharing their testimony, experiences, or how Christ has impacted their professional career.
The Student Chapter of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists at Auburn University seeks to provide veterinary students opportunities to gain experience with all aspects of veterinary pathology. During fall break (October 5-7, 2012), the chapter conducted a three-day field trip that included behind-the-scenes tours led by ACVP diplomates at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the anatomic and clinical pathology programs at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Veterinary Diagnostic and Investigational Laboratory in Tifton, Georgia.
The student chapter of the AVMA should promote a spirit of friendly professionalism among students enrolled in veterinary school. It should provide an opportunity for its members to gain professional knowledge and an understanding of professional ethics and conduct. It should demonstrate the virtues of organized effort, and build character through commending worthy deeds and discouraging unworthy actions of its members. It should develop the characteristics of leadership in the conduct of the chapter’s affairs and make available to the students the services offered by the American Veterinary Medical Association.
- Rounds at the Lee County Humane Society
- Surveillance at the Lee County Humane Society
- Events and Fundraisers
The Auburn University Veterinary Business Management Association is a student-facilitated organization designed to promote business knowledge and networking to foster competitive graduates in a business-driven world.
Each semester we host 10-15 events geared to increase student knowledge in business finance, business operations, leadership, and career and personal development. The Business Certificate Program, available to all club members, is designed to engage students in pursuing their business and financial education and offer an additional competitive edge to these graduates.
Below you will find a summary of our accomplishments from the previous semester.
If you would like to get in touch with the AU VBMA, please contact one of our officers or visit us on Facebook (Veterinary Business Management Association Auburn Chapter) or Twitter (AuburnVBMA).
Margaret Williams – President
Ashley Pott – Vice President
Lacey Lamb – Treasurer
Janine Smothers – Secretary
Kristin Wuellner – Event Coordinator
Felicia Lawrence – Sponsor Relations Coordinator
Welcome to the Auburn University student Society for Theriogenology Chapter, and fear not: if you don’t know what the word “theriogenology” means, then you are not alone! Theriogenology is the study of animal reproduction. Etymologically, Theriogenology is derived from the ancient Greek words ‘Therio’ (meaning beast or animal), ‘Gen’ (meaning genesis or creation), and ‘ology’ (meaning the study of).
The Society for Theriogenology is an organization of veterinarians dedicated to animal reproduction, whose mission is to promote standards of excellence in reproductive medicine, to provide outreach and education to veterinarians, and to foster continual improvements in theriogenology.
What We Do
At Auburn’s student SFT chapter, we strive to put the national SFT mission into action by providing hands-on educational opportunities for our members that go above and beyond what students will learn in the classroom. These include lectures over a wide range of topics, and wet labs that cover semen collection, rectal palpation, artificial insemination (AI) techniques, and more. Our most popular activity is foal watch. Foal watch allows students to get hands on experience with the very complicated process of equine parturition and foal handling/training. Teams are put together every spring semester, and all interested individuals are eligible to participate.
Auburn University CVM was represented with esteem this past summer by those active in the AUCVM student chapter of the Society for Theriogenology (SFT) as the chapter was voted the Student Chapter of the Year (SCOTY) by the SFT board of directors. In winning the award, the AUCVM student SFT chapter also won $1,400 in scholarship money, which is to be put towards activities in the coming year. Officers are enthusiastic about using the scholarship money to provide a diverse range of activities for their student members. So, if you see a student SFT chapter member in the hall, congratulate them, and ask how you can join the club today!
Erin Aufox: President (email@example.com)
Drew Hestad: Vice-President (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Shelby Ritten: Secretary (email@example.com)
Kate Davis: Treasurer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Alicia Naulty: Historian (email@example.com)
Club Mission Statement:
To provide the students of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine with a structured opportunity to gain education and hands-on experience with zoo animals, exotic pets, and wildlife above and beyond that covered in the curriculum through an organization dedicated to facilitating lectures, wet labs, and mentorship.
The ZEW Club was formed to help students gain knowledge and experience with those unusual species not typically covered in the veterinary curriculum. ZEW Club is the result of the merger of AAZV and ECAS, as well as the Turtle and Raptor Rehabilitation volunteer programs. As one combined organization with a congruent mission, we hope to provide the best possible opportunities for students without the conflict of two separate organizations. You will get the best of both worlds, in one convenient place!
ZEW Club is open to all students of the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dues are $25/semester, or a discounted rate of $40 for a full academic year. Contact an officer to join today!
Events and Opportunities
Would you like to learn more about zoo animals? Exotic animals? Wildlife? Whether you have a direct interest in these animals or you just don’t want to be the vet afraid to do a physical on a rabbit, everyone can benefit from knowledge about non-traditional species! And what better way than by gaining HANDS-ON experience with LIVE animals?
Join us for: Dynamic Guest Expert Lecturers, Wetlabs, Field trips, volunteer opportunities, and much more!
Co-Presidents and Co-Founders—Jessica Allen (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Ben Clemmett (email@example.com)
Vice President—Ron Shaw (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Secretary—McKenzie George (email@example.com)
Treasurer—Jessica Henry (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mammal, Reptile, Avian Representatives—Kate Stewart, Emily Nielsen, Maggie Mills
Raptor Rehabilitation Program Coordinator—Ben Clemmett
Turtle Rehabilitation Program Coordinators—Jessica Allen and Thomas Turcotte
Dr. Ray Wilhite, Dr. Jamie Bellah, Dr. Jack Kottwitz, and Dr. John Roberts
The Purpose of Omega Tau Sigma:
To encourage and foster the development of well-rounded, ethical veterinarians and through them create a better profession on the basis of friendship, cooperation, and respect.
To impart to its members a desire to serve faithfully and zealously the varied needs of our animal kingdom and to inspire these members with the fact that the knowledge of the job well done and the regard of clientele and colleague far surpasses financial gain.
To give aspiring veterinary students a chance to analytically survey the veterinary profession in order that they may be sure that their best talents will be utilized in this profession before they have invested their youth, time, and ambition in the pursuance of any occupation that may leave their best talents dormant.
To instill the principles of honesty, morality, resourcefulness, and love in all its members and, last but not least, to give these young veterinaries a chance to learn the much-valued trait of living happily with a group for the mutual benefit of all.
The Honor Society for Veterinary Medicine
From its beginning, it has been the aim of Phi Zeta to stand for constant advancement of the veterinary profession, for higher educational requirements, and for high scholarship. As stated in the Constitution, the Object of the Society shall be to recognize and promote scholarship and research in matters pertaining to the welfare and diseases of animals.
To learn more about Phi Zeta’s mission and history, as well as requirements to obtain membership in the society, please click here.