RUSVM Student Clubs & Organizations

Officially Recognized Student Clubs and Student Organizations

Updated: September 2013

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AAFP- American Association of Feline Practitioners
AAHA- American Animal Hospital Association
AAV - Association of Avian Veterinarians
AABP- American Association of Bovine Practitioners
AAEP- American Association of Equine Practitioners
AASRP - American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners
ASV- Association of Shelter Veterinarians
ASLAP- American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners
CMC- Canine Medicine Club
CVF - Christian Veterinary Fellowship
FCP - Feral Cat Project
Integrative Veterinary Medicine Club
IVAPM- International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management
Pathology Club
Public Health Club
SCAVSAB- Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior/Animal Behavior Club
SPECTRUM - Chapter of Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medicine Club
Surgery Club
SVECCS- Student Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society
VBMA- Veterinary Business Management Association
VIDA, St. Kitts
VOICE- Veterinary Spanish Club
ZEW- Zoo, Exotics, and Wildlife Medicine Club


Unofficial (Non-SCAVMA) Recognized Clubs at RUSVM

P.A.W.S.- People for Animal Welfare on St. Kitts
V.I.P.- Very Important Partners Club for spouses of students


American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP)

  • Feral Cat Project
  • Stray Cat Fund Project
  • Journal Meeting with Dr. Thrall
  • Journal Meeting with Dr. Rose
  • Potluck Dinner
  • Two Bake Sales

American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP)

  • AABP is a club that provides both experienced and inexperienced students the opportunity to work with cattle. We offer palpation trips, AI certification, castrations and dehornings, calf handling, oxen training and much more. This past semester we sent a group of students to the national AABP conference in St. Louis, castrated 11 bull calves, had a very successful AI certification weekend, started the oxen training program, and had a lot of fun with calf handling. We also organized a club BBQ, club bake sale and some great speakers. We hope to continue all of the above this coming semester as well as add on some new wet labs and speakers.
  • This past semester AABP was active in a number of activities and fundraisers. The semester always starts off with the general meeting and a semesterly cook-out at Dr. Kenyon’s home. Along with palpation trips out to Mr. Franks’ farm and calf handling, AABP also hosted Ken Lyon from CattleMax to give a presentation on the beef cattle herd management program and troubleshoot the program with our own school’s herd. We also held a two day AI Certification course where AABP members are able to become AI certified for a discount price through Select Sires while gaining a great deal of experience in rectal palpation and heat detection. The annual national AABP convention is coming up in September and due to the many fundraising activities that the club does we are going to be assisting nine students in funding so that they may attend the conference. Fundraising includes our famous “Build Your Own Burger” bake sale, T-shirt sales, and coverall sales. We encourage students from all experience levels to join in order to gain new experiences, become comfortable with the farm and handling cattle, and work closely with fellow classmates.

American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners

  • We are a club that serves to reach out to local goat and sheep farmers to assist with and learn more about small ruminant production. We provide club members with hands-on experience with small ruminant species and a unique look at production practices both in the United States and SKN.

Animal Behavior Club/Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (SCAVSAB)

Activities of last semester:
  • Facilitated 3 obedience courses off campus (2 beginner level/1 intermediate level). Each class was attended by 8-10 students and faculty w/ their dogs.
  • Submitted and received approval for "Covered vs. Uncovered Cat Litter Box Study". Research to begin next semester.
  • Club President (Lindsay Pick) and advisor (Dr. Emma Grigg) attended AVSAB symposium and 1st day of AVMA Behavior Lectures in St. Louis.
  • Submitted wet lab to IACUC (just received approval) for DAPP collar observations/project involving colony dogs. Taping (to involve numerous club members) to begin at beginning of next semester.
  • Worked with CMC to begin Individual Behavioral Assessments of colony dogs.
  • Worked with CMC to facilitate Sunday morning obedience classes w/ colony dogs.
  • Leash trained/assisted with integrating new colony dogs/working with specific behavioral issues of colony dogs.
  • Facilitated "Donkey Clicker Training" Wet Lab.
  • Facilitated "Acupuncture for Behavior" Wet Lab.
  • Taco Lunch Bake Sale.

Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV)

  • ASV was originally founded as a grass-roots group of several dozen shelter veterinarians looking for a means to network. We have now grown into a formal organization consisting of over 750 member veterinarians and 22 student chapters from all around the globe.
  • We encourage participation from full time shelter veterinarians as well as veterinarians working in the shelter environment on any level. Our goal is to advance the practice of shelter medicine and be a resource for dissemination of information and support of ongoing study of veterinary medicine in a shelter environment.

VIDA, St. Kitts

  • RUSVM Volunteers for Intercultural and Definitive Adventure (VIDA) is a club that offers students opportunities to visit pets on the island whose owners cannot afford veterinary care. This provides students with hands-on experience, while at the same time helping those who really need it.

Avian Club/Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV)

  • AAV is a club for students interested in avian and exotic medicine. We provide opportunities to work with birds on campus s well as labs and trips to learn about the different aspects of avian medicine and anatomy. This past semester we were able to have a trip to a local poultry farm. Also, per usual, we cleaned the aviary on campus and practiced physical exams with the birds.

Pathology Club

  • The Pathology Club is one of the largest clubs on campus. We invite students of all semesters to join us as we learn how to apply our new-found knowledge. The Pathology Club meets every other Thursday for Path Rounds. During Path Rounds one of our Ross pathologists or clinicians presents interesting cases, teaching you how to approach a case and challenging you to come up with your own differentials. We also invite our members to present a case report or their own current research project!
  • We hold 2-3 fundraisers every semester, including our popular Cake-Off. This is where students can submit a cake that they have made that represents a disease process. It is generally graphic, but always creative! We also have a very successful Breakfast Burrito bake sale. If members support the club throughout the semester by helping with these fundraisers, we get rewarded by attending necropsies toward the end of the semester. This gives members the opportunity to work closely with our pathologists and practice their diagnosing and observational skills outside of the classroom setting.
  • As a member, you MAY get chosen to participate in our EXCLUSIVE Bone Marrow Aspirate Wet Labs, 1-2 a semester.  These are available to members of the club with active participation in other club events.
  • The Pathology Club also invites lecturers to come and speak on their topics of interest. In recent semesters, we have had an Abaxis representative speak to us, as well as a pathologist from the Caribbean Primate Research Center. In the winter of 2013/2014 we will be bringing a highly sought after speaker from UPENN! (Stay TUNED) Lastly, this upcoming fall we will also be sending a few members (for the first time ever) to represent RUSVM at the annual ACVP conference meeting in Montreal! With all of our activities and extra-curricular learning opportunities, its no wonder we are one of the largest clubs on campus!

Zoo, Exotics, and Wildlife Medicine Club (ZEW Club)

  • The ZEW club serves to provide RUSVM students with hands on experiences and further education in the field of exotic medicine. We organize annual externship experiences available to club members at the Belize Zoo and host guest speakers to address zoo, exotic, and wildlife medicine. We continue to care for the animals at the local zoo and provide wet labs working with exotic animals.
  • Last semester we had an animal enrichment wet lab where we explained the importance of enrichment items/activities in zoological medicine, discussed species appropriate items, and created reusable and disposable toys for the animals at the local zoo. We had a wet lab visiting SNAPPER where we were shown how to manage large populations of local fish. We were informed about water quality testing, the making of feed, and the general care and sexing of fish. We were also given a presentation about local sea turtles and were able to assist in the feeding of the turtles. The ZEW Club is responsible for providing daily care and feeding at Zach Nisbett's zoo and does an extensive clean up once a semester. We had a monkey darting wet lab at the zoo, as well. Club members learned proper handling techniques of Green Vervet Monkeys, were able to assist in darting them, administered shots and medication, and completed physical exams on the monkeys. We arranged for Dr. Lou Cornicelli to visit RUSVM and give a presentation on big game capture in the Midwest. We participated in three pudding dirt cup bake sales. Finally, we hosted our night volleyball tournament to raise additional funds for the club.

Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (SCAAEP – Equine Club)

  • The RUSVM Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) strives to extend the mission of the AAEP to the students of the RUSVM campus on St. Kitts: "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."
  • The SCAAEP welcomes students of all levels of horse experience, from those who have never handled a horse and would like to learn the basics, or experienced equine professionals seeking to enter the field of equine medicine. Club events include lectures from leading equine industry professionals and wet labs. In recent semesters visiting speakers include, renowned equine podiatrist, Dr. Ric Redden, as well as Dr. Norm Ducharme and Dr. Bryan Brown of Cornell, who presented on their groundbreaking work in regenerative medicine used in the equine upper airway.
  • The SCAAEP is responsible for the grooming and care of the horses on campus, which offers valuable experience to beginners as well as that much needed horse fix for those missing their own horses. In addition, we offer free beginner horsemanship classes to members. Other activities include rainforest trail rides, AAEP/AABP BBQ, and an opportunity to attend the OEPS Seminar in Lexington KY. RUSVM SCAAEP allows students to make and maintain connections in the equine industry, at RUSVM and beyond.

Canine Medicine Club (CMC)

  • The Canine Medicine Club (CMC) works to enhance the handling and interactions with the canines and students on campus. We work closely with the teaching hospital to ensure the health and well-being of the campus kennel dogs through behavior classes, enrichment time, dog walking and other canine activities. The CMC also adopts or fosters out kennel dogs that have completed their time of services to the students of RUSVM.
  • This past semester CMC had two successful bake sales and a pie eating contest. We put on a "Pictures with Santa" event, for fun holiday photos of people's pets that went very well. Through our close work with the Animal Behavior Club we successfully implemented a sponsorship program pairing students with the kennel dogs. With weekly dog training days and huge amounts of student involvement, we saw wonderful improvements in the dogs’ behavior and stress levels in the kennels. This semester also saw the successful adoption of a handful of the kennel dogs.

Public Health Club

  • This past semester the Public Health club was formed and SCAVMA approved. Our mission is to enhance interest, improve outreach to the local community, provide opportunities for jobs, further education, and to increase the knowledge of veterinary students in the field of veterinary public health.
  • We held an outreach event on December 3rd on Kim Collins Highway. During this outreach event we educated the public on ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, dermatophytosis, and leptospirosis.
  • This semester we are planning on having a few guest speakers, wet labs and outreach events that focus on the One Health Challenge and various aspects of the veterinary public health field.

International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM)

  • IVAPM seeks to promote the understanding of clinical treatment of pain and distress in animals. Recently there has been a paradigm shift in regard to the way veterinarians approach pain. IVAPM seeks to keep the student body at RUSVM at the forefront of this change by providing lectures and wet labs focusing on physical therapy, balanced anesthesia, acupuncture, and herbal medicine.

Surgery Club

  • Surgery club is proud to announce a successful beginning and are looking forward to an exciting first semester. Although dates are not yet available, plans are in place for recruitment, clinical skills labs, and guest lecturers. Long-term plans include starting and maintaining a surgical video library for RUSVM students and alumni.

American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners (ASLAP)

  • The RUSVM student chapter of the American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners (ASLAP) is a club designed for students interested in a career in laboratory animal medicine, care, and management. The club recently received a SCAVMA extracurricular grant in order to enhance the education of the students, which ASLAP will do by presenting a hands-on fish wet lab, with the help of Dr. Soto. We are also affiliated with the Monkey Research Facility on island, and provide hands-on wet labs with non-human primates. We generally bring down a speaker from other institutions to talk to the club about current research areas in the field on care and management practices. All of this is done with the goal of helping our student members gain a firm grasp on the field of lab animal medicine and what it would be like to be a practicing lab animal veterinarian.

People for Animal Welfare in St. Kitts (PAWS)

  • People for Animal Welfare in St. Kitts (P.A.W.S.) was started in December 2000 through the collaboration of a group of veterinary students at RUSVM and concerned residents of St. Kitts, West Indies. It was our vision (both back then and in the present day) to change the way animals on St. Kitts were treated, to ensure they were given love and proper care, and to try and decrease the overwhelming population of unwanted animals through education and spay/neutering.
  • P.A.W.S. works to educate the community on basic pet care, humane treatment of animals and the benefits of spaying and neutering their animals as well as extending the education program to local elementary schools.
  • P.A.W.S. has a network of students and members of the community who act as fosters and provide these animals with a loving, safe environment until they get adopted. While in foster care, these animals receive all of the basic care as well as any additional medical attention they need.
  • P.A.W.S. actively promotes suitable adoptions of our animals and requires a screening process before approving a new adopter.
  • P.A.W.S. is 100% non-profit and relies on various fundraisers and donations to ensure that we can continue to help the animals who so desperately need it.

Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA)

  • The Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA) is one of the largest student-run organizations in the United States, dedicated to fulfilling the need for a business education to enhance success in a student's professional career. The organization offers scholarships, networking opportunities, internships, jobs, and other unique members-only opportunities. Students can choose to opt-in to the Business Certificate Program, where they can be formally recognized for their commitment to business learning in areas such as personal and business finance, employee & practice management, and career preparation and planning. Check out for more information.

Student Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (SVECCS)


  • The Student Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (SVECCS) is a SCAVMA approved club at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Our goal is to encourage student interest and involvement in emergency and critical care through lectures, case-based discussions (CBDs), wet-labs, and clinic shifts at our teaching hospital (VTH). While our activities are geared toward emergency medicine, the subject matter is great for students of all interests. Whether you are an experienced EC tech, exploring your options, looking to acquire clinic experience, or just want to be involved in a campus organization, SVECCS has something to offer. Please "like" our page if you would like to stay informed of events that are open to the campus and/or feel free to join our member's only page RUSVM SVECCS for member only information.
  • Non-member fan page: Ross SVECCS
    National Facebook group: SVECCS

Integrative Veterinary Medicine Club

  • Integrative Veterinary Medicine (IVM) is becoming more and more popular in many regions of the U.S. and worldwide. The club aims to explore the many alternative and complementary therapies as well as the different modalities currently used in veterinary practices. Most therapies require further certification processes, not offered at most veterinary schools. IVM aims to encourage its members and informs students the practices and certification processes of acupuncture, chiropractic, herbal and phytomedicines, nutraceuticals and many more. From time to time, guest veterinarians and other professionals who currently integrate complementary or alternative veterinary medicine into their practice or profession are welcomed to lecture or are flown in by the club to visit us at Ross. Currently, IVMC is working on a herbal veterinary medicine webpage, a collaborative effort from club members to seek evidence-based phytotherapy in order to build a database for future reference when in practice.

Feral Cat Project


  • The students of the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine Feral Cat Project will strive to increase the welfare of the feral cats living on the island of St. Kitts and the people of St. Kitts, by helping to control the populations of the feral cats and testing for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Feline Leukemia (FeLV). Increasing the welfare of the feral cats living on the island includes, but is not limited to, coming to the aid of injured or ill cats and finding forever homes for cats better suited for living indoors. FCP strives to educate the local people as to the purpose of the FCP and how spaying and neutering helps to limit the population of unwanted and feral cats.
  • Located on St. Kitt's, we work with RUSVM to provide a much needed service to the island. We will capture feral cats residing on the island, take them to campus, and oversee their general health and perform either a spay or neuter to curtail the growth of the feral cat community.