Student Organizations

If you would like to create your own student organization, please visit the Student Unions & Activities website to learn more about registering a new group, or re-registering an existing group. All student organizations within the College of Veterinary Medicine must be officially registered with the University of Minnesota in order to make room reservations, post announcements, and participate in the CVM Student Activities Fair. Email Amanda Anderson, Student Affairs Coordinator, at with any questions.

CVM Student Organizations
  • Alpha Psi

    Alpha Psi

    Group Description:
    Alpha Psi is a professional social fraternity that offers veterinary students the opportunity to network with other veterinary students in a fun, exciting atmosphere. We are also involved in philanthropy through food/toy collections and working with local shelters. Our professional skills are enhanced through our annual spay/neuter wet lab. We have movie nights, wine tastings, and 4 annual parties, including a Halloween party co-hosted with the canine club featuring a pet costume contest.

  • Animal Behavior Club

    Animal Behavior Club

    Group Description:
    Our mission is to promote the application of animal behavior in all aspects of veterinary medicine. We strive to offer veterinary students hands-on experience and resources for animal behavior topics. 

  • Canine Club

    Canine Club

    Group Description:
    The Canine Club is for veterinary students to gather for educational opportunities and discussion of issues related to canine medicine, behavior, training, and service activities. The Canine Club allows opportunities for more specific veterinary information regarding canines. We try to get speakers from all disciplines and cover a wide variety of topics, but all relating to the veterinary care of canines. 

  • Christian Veterinary Fellowship

    Christian Veterinary Fellowship

    Group description:
    Christian Veterinary Fellowship exists to be a support network for those in the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. Our purpose is to encourage and uplift fellow students and faculty/staff in their Christian faith through prayer, service activities, Bible study, and fellowship. 

  • Feline Medicine Club

    Feline Medicine Club

    Group description:
    To promote an awareness, understanding and love of the feline species through activities involving feline breeds, medicine, research, and organizations.

  • Jump Start!

    Jump Start!

    Group description:
    Jump Start! is a student group in the College of Veterinary Medicine which aims to help first year veterinary students acclimate to the academic demands of veterinary school. Jump Start! holds study sessions, practice exams and helps to foster a sense of community between the class years in the College of Veterinary Medicine. 

  • Just Breathe

    Just Breathe

    Group description:
    Just Breathe is a group for veterinary students at the UMN campus focused on health and wellness.

  • Orphan Kitten Project

    Orphan Kitten Project

    Group description:
    The Orphan Kitten Project helps local shelters by fostering dogs and cats of all ages while providing hands-on animal experience to veterinary students. We provide students in the College Of Veterinary Medicine with supplemental educational veterinary health training. We provide a service by raising dogs and cats that local shelters do not have the resources to care for. We provide education on the importance of spaying and neutering to adopters. 

  • Production Animal Medicine Club

    PAM Club

    Group description:
    The Production Animal Medicine club at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine is dedicated to providing education about the food animal industry to its members and our peers. 

  • Queer and Allied Veterinary Medical Association


    Group description:
    Our organization is a club for gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, queer, and allied veterinary students to meet, socialize, and discuss issues of gender and sexual orientation diversity in our profession, as well as celebrate the unique experiences and perspectives of our members. 

  • Research Animal Medicine Club

    RAM Club

    Group description:
    The Research Animal Medicine Club will serve the College of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Minnesota by providing exposure and education opportunities focused on research in the animal medicine world.

  • Shelter Medicine Club

    Shelter Medicine Club

    Group description:
    Our purpose is to promote interest, improve public involvement and increase the knowledge of veterinarians, vet students, and pre-vet students in the field of shelter medicine. With the help of local shelters, animal controls, and rescue groups, we hope to increase awareness of the homeless animal population and the role we as future veterinarians can play to improve animal welfare. Whether veterinarians are working in private practice or directly in a shelter/animal control, they can make a huge impact in the lives of animals and humans alike by offering resources and knowledge to aid in the reduction of unnecessary relinquishment, abandonment and euthanasia of companion animals.

  • Sled Dog Medicine Club

    Sled Dog Medicine Club

    Group description:
    We hope to provide a network for veterinary students that encourages learning about sled dogs and canine sports medicine, as well as participation on vet teams at sled dog races. Additionally, our club aims to increase public appreciation of sled dogs and to increase education regarding canine sports medicine, especially in regards to health and welfare. 

  • Small Ruminant/Camelid Club


    Group description:
    Educational opportunities for veterinary students interested in small ruminants, camelids and cervids.

  • Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners


    Group description:
    SCAAEP's mission is to educate students, be involved in the community, and promote equine health and welfare.

  • Student Chapter of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists

    Pathology Club

    Group description:
    Pathology is not often considered within the context of veterinary medicine, but it is of increasing importance to the maintenance and elevation of public health. Veterinary pathologists monitor for zoonotic diseases in wildlife, food-borne illnesses in production animals, and novel, emerging diseases the world over. Our goal is to promote pathology as a career in veterinary medicine. and to enhance student understanding of pathological concepts by hosting lectures, wet labs, and other activities. 

  • Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Dental Society


     Group description:
    The mission and purpose of SCAVDS is: To increase awareness of veterinary dentistry and oral surgery within the veterinary student population. To elevate the quality of, and increase opportunities for, veterinary dental education at veterinary colleges. To work cooperatively with other student organizations To work cooperatively with the AVDS, American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC), Academy of Veterinary Dentistry (AVD), Veterinary Dental Educator Group (VDE), and the Foundation For Veterinary Dentistry (F4VD) To increase awareness of the AVDS and to encourage continued membership of students after matriculation from veterinary school 

  • Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association


    Group description:
    This organization's objective is to promote a spirit of friendly professionalism among the students enrolled in veterinary school. It also provides an opportunity for its members to gain professional knowledge and an understanding of professional ethics and conduct.

  • Student Initiative for Reservation Veterinary Service


    Group description:
    SIRVS is a group of veterinary students who have recognized a need for veterinary services in underserved Reservation communities in Minnesota. Our mission is to train future veterinarians by serving communities in need.

  • Student Society of Veterinary Surgery

    Student Society of Veterinary Surgery

    Group description:
    The Student Society of Veterinary Surgery aims to promote knowledge in the field of veterinary surgery by scheduling speakers and participating in surgery specific labs and other activities within the College of Veterinary Medicine. This organization also aims to give the veterinary student an accurate idea of what life is like as a veterinary surgeon and how to get there.

  • Student Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society


    Group description:
    The Student Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, or SVECCS, is a student organization designed to further foster interest and knowledge of emergency medicine amongst veterinary students. Meetings on special topics or interests in emergency medicine are held during the semester. Wet labs are held so students can be taught and practice emergency procedures and technical skills under guidance.

  • Veterinary Business Management Association


    Group description:
    The Minnesota Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA)seeks to advance the profession through increasing business knowledge, creating networking opportunities, and empowering College of Veterinary students to achieve their personal and professional goals. If you haven’t discovered already, the veterinary curriculum is bursting at the seams with the advance of scientific knowledge and technology. Competing with the limited time is the fact that many veterinarians go on to be small business owners and managers and require business knowledge and skills to prepare them for practice. The Minnesota VBMA offers opportunities to add to your knowledge and skill base in preparation for your career. Even if you don’t intend to own a business someday the VBMA offers great learning opportunities for everyone.

  • Veterinary Holistic Club

    Veterinary Holistic Club

    Group Description:
    This group is for anyone interested in exploring holistic/integrative/alternative veterinary medicine

  • Veterinary Pharmacology Club

    Veterinary Pharmacology Club

    Group description:
    Our club's mission is to bridge the gap between current traditional pharmacologic education and clinical applications of pharmacology in veterinary medicine. This will be achieved via supplementary and complementary clinical case studies, online discussion forums, pharmaceutical representative lecture series, and interactive lab events. We aim to facilitate discussion amongst veterinary students and their colleagues, to provide opportunities for students to work directly with practicing clinicians, and to better prepare students for clinics and their future careers.

  • Veterinary Medicine Student Council

    CVM Student Council

    Group description:
    This organization shall exist for the following purposes: 1. Serve as a liaison between the College of Veterinary Medicine Academic Affairs and the College of Veterinary Medicine students. 2. To provide a forum for both academic & extra-curricular student concerns. 3. To organize philanthropic events for worthwhile veterinary medical student associations. 4. To provide social activities and events for the students of the College of Veterinary Medicine. 

  • Veterinary Students as One in Culture and Ethnicity


    Group Description:
    VOICE is a student run organization that addresses a need for socio-cultural awareness that is not part of the current core veterinary curriculum. Therefore, we feel that the veterinary colleges and the profession as a whole will embrace VOICE and partner with our organization to fill this gap in the curriculum. We plan to be an organized and unified student voice contributing to enhancing the diversity of the profession and the cultural competence of veterinary students. We plan to work with the AVMA, SAVMA, and AAVMC in diversity issues as they relate to the veterinary profession.

  • Veterinary Treatment Outreach for Urban Community Health


    Group description:
    VeTouch is a program that was developed in the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine that stands for Veterinary Treatment Outreach for Urban Community Health. VeTouch provides basic veterinary medical care to the pets of low-income and no-income residents of the Twin Cities to promote urban community health and enhance the welfare of people and animals in Minnesota.

  • Zoological, Exotic, Avian, and Wildlife Medicine Club

    ZEAW Club

    Group description:
    Our purpose is to promote the education of veterinary students in all aspects of zoo, exotic, avian, and wildlife medicine. These areas traditionally are poorly represented in veterinary coursework. Therefore, as a club, we strive to provide many educational experiences through regular meetings and lectures, clinical case presentations, wet labs, and field trips.

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