Student Organizations

President: Brianna Greco
Vice President: Alaina Baumgart & Caileigh Linton
Treasurer: Emily Canchola
Secretary: Megan Wallace
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Daniel Shaw

Avian Club is dedicated to educating and providing students with the opportunity to learn more about bird health, behavior, conservation, and welfare. We invite guest speakers to meet with us to discuss a wide variety of avian species including poultry, raptors, parrots, and more!  We accept anyone who expresses interest in joining our club, whether you are unfamiliar with birds or you are a total bird nerd. Joining Avian Club will help you become a more well-rounded and knowledgeable veterinarian!

President: Hailey Mann
Vice President: Gracie Calhoun
Treasurer: Sadie Murphy
Secretary: Olivia Durkee
Social Media Chair: Bethany Gulick
Missions Coordinator: Mikalah Schafer
Bible Study Coordinator: Garrett Lance
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Scott Poock

The Christian Veterinary Fellowship (CVF) is a nondenominational fellowship of veterinary students, faculty, and staff who are committed to live their Christian faith in ministry through the profession of veterinary medicine. We provide education and encouragement for those who desire ministery through modeling of Christ’s love.

We meet every week for Bible studies that relate to today’s issues. Our organization also participates in community service projects, prayer meetings, and social activities.

CVF is the chapter of the Christian Veterinary Missions (CVM) that sends veterinarians and veterinary students on mission trips to numerous countries throughout the world.

We invite all interested parties to participate.

President: Caroline Shaw
Vice-President: Janae Wiley
Treasurer: Jen Pederson
Secretary: Tara McDaid
PR/Historian: Garrett Lance
Faculty Advisor: Drs. John Dodam and Martha Scharf

Boone and George and Bess and Rose — the latest pairs of College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri-Columbia mules — will continue the tradition of traveling far and wide across Missouri. Like their predecessors, Tim and Terry, Hilda and Louise and Jill and Shirley, the CVM mules will continue to proudly represent the College, as well as the University of Missouri-Columbia.

It is the responsibility of the Mule Club to maintain the mules and the relationship they have established with the citizens of Missouri. No membership fee or qualifications are required to join the Mule Club. Those wishing to drive the mules in parades just have to practice a few times with Dr. Dodam or one of the officers. Officer elections are usually held at a May meeting.

President: Alana Miller
Vice President: Maggy Bowling
Secretary: Jordan Schneider
Treasurer: Amanda Kujiraoka
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Pamela Adkins

The One Health club aims to encourage veterinary students to consider their role in One Health through the integration of human, animal, and environmental health. Through diverse speakers highlighting non-traditional career paths for veterinarians, and an emphasis on social networking and cross-disciplinary collaboration, members will cover a broad range of topics how their expertise can be applied in a variety of different fields.

President: Sophie Wieser
Vice President: Emma Bremer
Secretary: Alexandra Aponte
Treasurer: Rhune Verbrugge
Social Chair: Kerstin Randolph
Programming Chair: Leslie Cytron
Scholars Rep: Lauren McClure
Fundraising Chair: Molly McClain
Public Relations Chair: Elizabeth Czupta
Arts & Science Representative: Ginger Seawel
CAFNR Representative: Isabella Emami
Service Chair: Marissa Mulligan
Club Advisor: Mr. Doug Tindall

Students engaged in pre-veterinary medical study qualify to join this club. A faculty member acts as Advisor. At regular meetings, guest speakers discuss various aspects of the profession. One objective of the club is to bring about a closer fellowship among students who have a common interest in seeking admission to the MU College of Veterinary Medicine.

The Mizzou Pride+Allies VMC is an all-inclusive group that welcomes those anywhere on the spectra of sexuality, sex, or gender (including allies!).

Our mission:

  • To provide resources for LGBTQ+ students and straight allies within the CVM
  • To promote diversity and cultural awareness within the CVM
  • To create opportunities for LGBTQ+ students to find emotional support within the LGBTQ+ community, and to facilitate a stronger connection with the entire CVM community
  • To encourage acceptance and facilitate discussion of LGBTQ+ issues within the field of veterinary medicine
  • To promote the mental and physical wellness of all veterinary professionals

Faculty Advisors: Drs. Joan Coates (she/her) and Eileen Hasser (she/her)

Mizzou Pride+Allies VMC Links:
Facebook group:

National Pride VMC Links:
Facebook page:

Student Leader: Jennifer Hoover
Education Birds/DTH Liason: Sam Fox
Ward Manager: Josef Schlueter-Walsh
Community Volunteer Leader: Lizette Somer
Scheduling: Amy Wilhelm
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Joan Coates

  • To give medical care to and rehabilitate injured birds of prey, so that they can be released into the wild.
  • To educate students about avian medicine in general and raptor medicine in particular.
  • To educate the public about birds of prey and the work we do for them at the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

Enrollment is open to veterinary students and interested members of the public, although actual medical treatments of the birds is performed by the veterinary students and faculty only.

Regularly scheduled classes and meetings are held every other week as determined for each semester.

Raptor Project Web Site

President: Natalie Scott
Vice President: Anna Divin
Secretary: Alana Miller
Corynn Lewis
Faculty Advisors: Drs. Pamela Adkins and Luis Rivero

This club is for people that are interested in learning more or gaining hands-on experience with small ruminants and/or camelids. Each year we visit producers in the area and help them in their husbandry activities. The club visits sheep, goat, and alpaca farms. We try to learn about every aspect of the industry for small ruminants. In the fall and spring there are small ruminant conventions for producers and veterinarians, which is a great way to get updated about what is going on today and the concerns of the producers. We are always open to suggestions for producers to visit. If you want more information, come out and join us for our meetings.

Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA)

President: Paige Durham
VP: Sadie Murphy
Treasurer: Jen Pedersen
Secretary: Sydney Tomaseski
Sr. SAVMA Delegate: Kayla Forlenza
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tamara Gull
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tamara Hancock
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Alisa Hutchison

SAVMA represents the students of the College of Veterinary Medicine and is recognized by the MU campus as a student organization. The SAVMA executive board serves as the College’s student council and selected members serve as representatives to the MU Graduate Professional Council. We provide social activities for students, extracurricular educational opportunities, and promote organized veterinary medicine.

Membership requirements include annual dues and a commitment to work at the SAVMA concession stand for at least one football game while being a VM-1. Meetings are usually held at 6:00 p.m. in the Veterinary Medicine Building and travel presentations start at 5:30 p.m. before the general assembly meeting begins. Officers are elected in December.

Benefits of membership include: reduced subscription rate for the Journal of the AVMA or American Journal of Veterinary Research, free registration to national AVMA meetings, surgery instrument and clinic coat programs, free AVMA dues for the first year after graduation, eligibility for emergency loans through the local auxiliary and AVMA Foundation, financial support to attend symposiums and meetings, concurrent membership in the Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA), and more! Please, take a look at our prezi!

SAVMA also sponsors the Animal Welfare Taskforce.

Co-Presidents: Kelsey Duensing and Claire Steward

The Animal Welfare Taskforce is dedicated to educating students on current animal welfare issues.  We plan to hold monthly meetings with veterinarians on certain welfare topics to help students stay informed and to help students form their own opinions on the topics.

President: Liz Oak
Vice President: Camille Maule
Secretary: Liz Maune
Treasurer: Abby Larson
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Elena Leavitt

The Student Chapter of the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition offers diverse lectures and wet labs to help prepare future veterinarians to confidently address the nutritional needs of their patients. Past and planned events include lectures on companion, food, equine, exotic, and zoo animal nutrition in addition to a hands-on nasogastric tube wet lab, pet food manufacturing plant tour, and nutrition week activities. Club membership includes membership to our national organization, the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition, and scholarship money to attend the annual meeting is available to members.

President: Kirby Latimer
Vice President (Beef): Mikalah Shafer
Vice President (Dairy): Lance Garrett
Brody Brown
Secretary: Bethany Gulick
Event Coordinator: Jessica Warwick
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Scott Poock

The Bovine Club is for students who have an interest in learning about or working with cattle. Monthly meetings are held with various speakers talking about reproduction, nutrition, lameness, and gastrointestinal problems, just to mention a few.

Field trips and hands-on wet labs are also offered throughout the year dealing with various aspects of bovine medicine. Social gatherings and barbecues top the highlights of the bovine club.

If you are interested in cattle, or don’t know much about them but want to learn more, come out and join the fun. All are welcome.

President: Megan Rice
Vice President: Jessica Warwick
Secretary: Iris Xing
Treasurer: Molly Creelman
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Allison LaCarrubba

Mission Statement: To enhance the educational opportunities of the professional students at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, inform students about veterinary related problems currently affecting the horse industry, and to promote the exchange of professional knowledge among students and practitioners for the advancement of equine health.

Member Benefits: *Wet labs including horse handling skills, dentistry, reproductive procedures, farriery/podiatry, joint injections, lameness exams, and diagnostic imaging. *Participation in colic surgeries, rectal palpations, vet checks, and other procedures at the VHC. *Monthly dinner meetings with guest speakers, including AAEP-sponsored veterinarians and CVM researchers and clinicians.

President: Anna Divin
Vice President: Randi Westhoff
Secretary: Krista Orf
Treasurer: Yoomin Jo
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Corinne Bromfield

The  purpose of the Student Chapter of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians is to expose veterinary students to opportunities involving veterinary medicine within the swine industry and beyond including but not limited to: involvement with the AASV, private practice, and public practice. Activities include inviting speakers to club meetings, participating in wet labs, and attending field trips to various events involved with swine production medicine.

President: Chuhan Wang
Vice President of Zoo & Wildlife: Yoomin Jo
Vice President of Zoo Companion: Melanie Walukonis
Madyson Marrs
Secretary: Keely Heise
Historian: Bri Greco
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Cathleen Kovarik

SCAAZV (ZEW Club) is an organization concerned with many aspects of animal medicine. Our scope of interest goes beyond zoo medicine, covering aspects of wildlife medicine and conservation, pet bird medicine, reptile and amphibian medicine, aquatic mammals, and fish medicine. We have guest speakers whose research or occupation involves these aspects of veterinary medicine.

There are also symposiums and other national meetings that our members often attend. We also have wet labs involving dissection, physical exams, and other hands-on projects that are not part of the school curriculum. If you have an interest in this organization, we would be very pleased to see you at our meetings.

President: Kayla Forlenza
Vice-President: Paige Durham
Secretary: Molly Creelman
Treasurer: Yoomin Jo
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Lynn Martin

The ACVIM is the national organization that certifies veterinary specialists in small and large animal internal medicine, cardiology, neurology, nutrition, and oncology. As a student chapter, our goal is to help students learn what it means to be a specialist in these fields, as well as to give students invaluable opportunities to increase their experience and engage directly with faculty.

President: Yoomin Jo
Vice President: Ali Dillender
Secretary: Corynn Lewis
Jordan Schneider
Faculty Advisors: Drs. Craig Franklin, Bettina Gentry, Annabelle Burnum, Fred Williams III and Michelle DeCourcey

The goal of CMPC is to explore the lesser-known facets of veterinary medicine – clinical and anatomical pathology, laboratory animal medicine, and research – and to provide opportunities for interested students to gain additional knowledge on these topics outside of the classroom.

President: Bridget Regan
Vice President: Kayla Forlenza
Secretary: Rebeca Esteves
Treasurer: Katelyn Pollard
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Richard Meadows

SCAVDS is an organization dedicated to advancing the knowledge, education, and awareness of veterinary dentistry and oral surgery among veterinary students. Membership is open to all current veterinary studentswith an interest in the cutting edge of veterinary dentistry.

Monthly meetings are held with lectures being focused on current techniques, research, and dentistry products. Wet labs are also offered throughout the year, allowing hands on experience with tooth extractions, nerve blocks, and dental radiography.

We invite you to join SCAVDS and gain an insight into the exciting world of veterinary dentistry and what it can offer you as a future practitioner.

President: Abigail Larson
Vice President: Brianna Carmack
Secretary: Kimberly Sprungl
Alexis Higgins
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Amie Burling

The SCAVSAB is an organization dedicated to promoting the importance of animal behavior in veterinary medicine, providing students with educational opportunities in relation to animal behavior, and creating and maintaining an affiliation between student chapter members and the American Veterinary Society for Animal Behavior. Our focus will predominantly regard animal behavior as it relates to the human/animal connection, with emphasis on learning opportunities for behavioral correction and understanding in order to provide quality advice for future clients.

This group also seeks to encourage camaraderie among veterinary medical students with an interest in animal behavior and to act as a communication link between practicing animal behavioralists and veterinary medical students.

Assistance will be provided to students who wish to participate in externships with practicing veterinarians with a professional interest in animal behavior.

President: Abby Roach
Vice President: Amanda Kujiraoka
Community Outreach/Shelter Liason: Grace McIntosh
Secretary: Taylor Marty
Treasurer: Reegan Hussey
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Amie Burling

As an advocate for the profession of shelter veterinary medicine, the Association’s mission is to advance the practice of shelter medicine and to further veterinary education and research as it relates to animals’ health in shelters.

President: Marika Austad
Vice-President: Grace McIntosh
Secretary: Anderson Harris
Treasurer: Molly Creelman
Rounds Coordinator: Abby Larson
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tony Mann

The Student Chapter of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (SCVECCS) was established at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1995. It is affiliated with the national SVECCS and its parent organization, the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS). The VECCS and its associated student chapters are dedicated to the promotion of knowledge, skills, and ability in emergency and critical care of small and large animals.

President: Claire Merriman
VP: Janae Wiley
Treasurer: Sadie Murphy
Secretary: Olivia Durkee
SFT Rep: Anna Reinkemeyer
Advisors: Drs. Julia Baldrighi and Celeste Morris

As a student chapter of the Society for Theriogenology our mission is:

  • To create interest in, and enhanced knowledge of Theriogenology among veterinary students.
  • To increase awareness of the importance of Theriogenology as a veterinary discipline.
  • To create a link between veterinary students and the SFT.
  • To create links between practicing Theriogenologists and veterinary students.
  • To promote camaraderie among veterinary students who are interested in animal reproduction.
  • To improve Theriogenology skills among students.

In order to accomplish our mission, we plan many fun and educational wet labs each semester, as well as organize meetings with presentations covering all aspects of theriogenology. We are open to anyone interested in reproductive veterinary medicine. Regardless of if you have experience in reproduction or are fairly new to the topic, we welcome you to join!

President: Brianna Carmack
VP Finance & Planning: Janae Wiley
VP Marketing: Sarah Mueller
VP Communications: Kimberly Sprungl
Business Certificate Director: Jeremiah Glise
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Cindy Cravens

The MU Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA) exists to fulfill three main goals:

  • To increase student interest and awareness regarding issues pertinent to their financial affairs, and to prepare for entry into the job market and/or the veterinary businesses in which they will be engaged in after graduation.
  • To involve students in discussions led by knowledgeable veterinary practice management consultants.
  • To provide a forum for learning life skills and the principles of successful business management.

President: Claire Culleton
Vice-President: Katelyn Duncan
Secretary: Melanine Walukonis
Treasurer: Jordan Schneider
Faculty Advisor: Dr. James Karnia

Mission Statement and Club Objectives:

  • Promote a deeper understanding and appreciation for diagnostic imaging as it fits within veterinary medicine.
  • Create a place for veterinary students interested in imaging to gather and discuss topics.
  • Provide educational opportunities for veterinary students related to use and familiarity with imaging modalities.
  • Assist veterinary students with locating externships relating to diagnostic imaging and radiology.

President: Sydney Brooks
Vice President: Megan Wallace
Secretary: Emilee Romero
Treasurer: Bri Greco
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Fred Williams III

VOICE is a student-run organization that seeks to increase awareness, respect, and sensitivity to differences among all individuals and communities in the field of veterinary medicine. VOICE also aims to celebrate diversity within our profession, to encourage campus environments that embrace diversity (including race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender identity, disability, and more) and promote the success of all students, and to emphasize the importance of cross-cultural awareness in veterinary medicine in order to meet the needs of our diversifying clientele. Lastly, in order to ensure a more diverse future for veterinary medicine, VOICE chapters provide leadership and mentorship to youth, particularly those from underrepresented backgrounds, who are interested in careers as veterinarians.

In each of these regards, we feel that there is a gap in the curriculum of American veterinary colleges, and that it is therefore the duty of VOICE to partner with the colleges to fill this gap in the curriculum by offering promotional and financial support for educational, social, and service events that elevate the topics of diversity and inclusion in the discourse of our profession.

Membership is open to any person in the veterinary community. There is no membership fee, therefore VOICE depends on grants from companies & alumni as well as financial assistance from the Office of Student Services, Graduate and Professional Student Association Financial Committee and the Office of the Dean in order to provide the various activities.

National VOICE organization website

President: Katherine Czarny
Vice President: Amanda Kujraoka
Secretary: Reegan Hussey
Treasurer: Erin Myers
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kathryn Darr

Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative (WVLDI) provides resources to members towards improving and developing leadership skills. Because there is a demand for veterinarians to step into leadership roles, it is WVLDI’s mission to provide speakers, workshops, and experiences that allow for veterinary students to become confident in stepping into these roles. With women becoming the majority gender in the profession, it is also very important women learn their strengths and how to implement their leadership capabilities. With teamwork and dedication, the future of veterinary medicine is bright if we continue to develop strong, diverse leadership.

Honor Societies

  • Phi Zeta — This is a scholastic honorary society to which third and fourth year veterinary medical students may be elected.
  • Gamma Sigma Delta — This national organization recognizes students of the Colleges of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; Veterinary Medicine; Human Environmental Sciences; and the School of Natural Resources, who have shown exceptional ability during undergraduate or graduate work. It also recognizes alumni and faculty members who have rendered significant service to the cause of agricultural development.
  • Graduate Honor Societies — The Rollins Society is the graduate-level organization that recognizes leadership, service, and scholastic achievement.

Other Campus Activities

All students are members of the Missouri Students Association and have a voice in campus affairs. They are offered opportunities to fulfill their responsibilities to the student community through participation in a system of student self-government, with emphasis at the divisional level. There are social fraternities and sororities on campus with national affiliation.

To join any of the clubs listed on this page, please visit the:

Office of Student and Academic Affairs
W-213 Veterinary Medicine Building
College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Missouri
Columbia, Mo. 65211