Overview of Student Chapter Requirements:
Veterinary school students may form an AVSAB Student Chapter for added student benefits. All Chapters must have an advisor. Advisors must be on the faculty and a current AVSAB member. The Chapter pays dues of $50 per year, and the advisor will continue to pay their own individual AVSAB dues. See more details below.
Benefits of Student Chapter Membership
Each student chapter has a current AVSAB member who serves as chapter advisor. Most advisors are faculty members at the veterinary school or local veterinarians with a strong interest in animal behavior.
Student chapters of AVSAB qualify for either a $350 stipend for an in-person lecture or two $150 stipends for a webinar per calendar year presented by one of our Speakers’ Bureau members.
If your SCAVSAB is interested, please contact the AVSAB treasurer, Kari Krause, at [email protected] to determine your eligibility. The stipend is sent out after the Speakers’ Bureau talk occurs. The check will be in US funds made out to the SCAVSAB chapter.
Find a speaker here.
Student Chapter Service Award
AVSAB invites submission of applications for a Student Chapter Service Award. This award honors the student chapter that demonstrated the highest number of club meetings, educational activities, and individual involvement. The winning entry receives a check for $500 in US funds made out to the student group. AVSAB student chapters should submit a detailed list of activities that the club and/or its members organized and attended between July 1, 2014 and August 1, 2015, including the following categories:
- Behavior meetings that the club organized (e.g. field trips, lectures, wet labs for students and veterinarians)
- Behavior meetings that club members attended (e.g. continuing education seminars at veterinary meetings, training seminars)
- Community outreach and public education organized by the club or its members (e.g. volunteer activities, fund raisers, open house booth, training classes)
- Volunteer activities of club members in the area of animal behavior (e.g. shelter programs, wildlife centers, pet visitation programs, grief counseling, open house booth, fund raisers)
- Behavior research projects conducted by club members
- Other relevant activities of the behavior club or its members.
The application must include the name and address of the chapter president and faculty adviser. Send applications to: Kenneth Martin, DVM ([email protected])
Chapter Application and Renewal Guidelines
- Review the Student Chapter Constitution and Bylaws
- Confirm advisor’s current AVSAB membership status
- Complete the online application
- Send an alphabetized membership list, including full names and email addresses, application and dues payment to the AVSAB Corresponding Secretary (name and address are noted at the bottom of the application form). Electronic documents should be sent to [email protected].
- Direct all questions and other correspondence to Dr. Carolyn Apker at [email protected].
Your Chapter will become active once you are approved. If you have questions, please contact the Corresponding Secretary at [email protected]