Information for Students

Welcome to the greatest profession in the world!

It’s not easy to be an MSU College of Veterinary Medicine student, so MVMA is here to help! As a student affiliate, we can assist with career decisions, student debt resources, job shadowing opportunities and building connections with practicing veterinarians. AND we provide you with lots of free stuff like suture packs, personalized lab coats, business cards and more.

Sarah Todd“Through my experiences as the MVMA Student Representative for the Class of 2018, I have had the pleasure of working with my peers as well as fellow veterinarians, politicians, and public health professionals. My relationships with our MVMA members and staff have been indispensable in helping me to solidify my foundation in this profession. The MVMA has been an exceptional resource that continues to provide me with new opportunities." 
Sarah Todd, MSU CVM Class of 2018

Tamara Moin"As a 3rd year student at MSU CVM, the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association has been invaluable, not just to me personally, but to our student body as well. From finances to professional development, I feel completely supported by the MVMA.  I believe this is absolutely crucial in today’s veterinary climate. Every day we make strides together towards a healthy, thriving industry, and I am honored to be a part of that."
Tamara Moin, MSU CVM, 2018

The Benefits for Student Affiliates are Endless . . .

  • Free suture packs for second year students (worth $75!)
  • Free personalized lab coats at the third year student Transition Ceremony (worth $35!)
  • Free business cards for third and fourth year students (worth $25!)
  • Discounts on school supplies at OfficeMax
  • Job shadowing opportunities
  • MVMA’s Student ENewsletter and Urgent Alerts
  • Access to MVMA’s "Members Only” web resources
  • Free and discounted registration at MVMA events
  • Free legal advice
  • Free financial and debt advice
  • Participation on MVMA’s Committees
  • Discounts on insurance
  • Expanded mentoring via The "A”nswer Team
  • Access to local and national job opportunities
  • Networking opportunities
  • New doctor tools

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Join the MVMA today. It’s only $55 if you are a SAVMA member or $70 if you are not a SAVMA member. You pay only once for all four years of veterinary school!

Student Club Grants

The MVMA Student Committee collects and reviews funding requests from student groups to the MVMA and helps us generate ideas to better serve students. If you have an idea or are interested in funding for your club, please contact us. If you would like to submit a funding request, you can download the application here.

Become an MVMA Student Class Representative

Would you like to represent MVMA with your class? MVMA hires one student from each class to represent MVMA and be the communication liaison between the Association and their class. The class representative participates on MVMA’s Student Committee, encourages class members to join MVMA and assists with planning meetings with their class. For this assistance, they receive $1,000 per year. We encourage members of each class with an interest in both leadership and organized veterinary medicine to apply for this exciting opportunity at the beginning of the semester. Contact us for more information!

Class of 2026 Invitation and Application

MVMA’s Student Committee

MVMA has a student committee made up of each of the Class Representatives, the SCAVMA President and the SCAVMA President-Elect. The Committee is consulted on student member benefits and events. They also receive the grant requests for student clubs and determine how budgeted money will be allocated.

Other Resources for Students:

MVMA New Doc Webpage
All the information you'll need to get started in practice is located right here. There are resources to help you manage your debt load, decide if practice ownership is right for you, balance your work and home life and so much more!

AVMA Student Resources
The American Veterinary Medical Association has information on networking opportunities across the country, as well as intern and externships for you to take advantage of.

AAHA Student Resources
Visit the American Animal Hospital Association's website for extensive information on job assistance, career planning, work-life balance, financial planning, and much more.

Veterinarian Occupational Outlook Handbook
Information for veterinarians and veterinary students is available from the US Department of Labor Bureau of Statistics. It provides an overview on veterinary positions: nature of work, working conditions, employment, training, other qualifications and advancements, job outlook, earning, related occupations, and other sources of additional information.

Do you need help with finances, loans and student debt?
MVMA is committed to helping actively find multiple ways in which all components of veterinary medicine can make changes to achieve the goal of reducing the debt-to-income ratio for new graduates. As we begin work in this area, we created this page which has links to important tools that already exist. This will save you from having to track down each of these resources individually.

Are You a Third or Fourth-Year Student Looking to Finance Tuition?
MSU College of Veterinary Medicine has worked with MSU FCU to help make your dreams possible! They are now offering a low-rate Veterinary Medicine Student Loan designed for third and fourth-year students enrolled at least half-time in MSU's College of Veterinary Medicine. With this loan you may borrow up to $25,000 per year (up to $50,000 total) to finance your education. Learn More or Apply Today!

Recent Grad Practice Resources
Starting your career is an exciting time as you put into practice what you learned during your veterinary education. As the only statewide voice and advocate for veterinarians, the MVMA wants you to grow and succeed, both personally and professionally. Visit the New Doc webpage for resources on transitioning from school to practice, debt management, and finding your work/life balance.

Michigan Veterinary Medical Association

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Okemos, MI 48864-3986



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