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Student chapter of AVMA sets students up for success

by Nick Clarkson

The Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medicine Association (SCAVMA) at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine prepares and exposes students to the limitless possibilities of veterinary medicine. Created in 1969, SCAVMA is the university-level chapter of the profession’s national organization – the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). It is comprised of 32 chapters at accredited veterinary medical schools in the United States, Canada and abroad with approximately 15,000 members to date.

Danielle Capelli, a second-year veterinary student specializing in equine medicine and current President-elect of the group, views the organization as an essential step for aspiring veterinarians to strengthen their professional connections. She believes SCAVMA offers a  number of hidden benefits that make the difference for an aspiring veterinarian. “You go to lectures and absorb the lesson but  through SCAVMA, you’re getting out into the real world because we  create opportunities for  veterinary students to expand their knowledge and gain tangible experience through  an assortment of hands-on activities, events, and national conferences,” said Capelli.

Membership in SCAVMA is a point-based system where members receive credit for going to sponsored events and paying dues in order to stay involved. Activities range from going behind the scenes at Sea World and attending the SCAVMA Symposium, to tackling new subjects at the National AVMA conference.  Capelli added, “SCAVMA is a collective of the brightest young minds in the veterinary field and it is extremely important for students to get involved so they can build their network with current colleagues and future employers.”

To learn more about SCAVMA chapter at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, please visit their webpage at or email Danielle Capelli at

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 4:29pm