Students

Student Information

Students are the future of animal health - USAHA is active in welcoming interested students in becoming a part of the association.  USAHA Student members are primarily veterinary and graduate students pursuing animal and/or public health degrees with an interest in regulatory medicine, corporate veterinary medicine, research or diagnostic careers. USAHA offers excellent opportunities for information, networking and professional development. 

Veterinary students receive complimentary registration to the annual meeting held in the fall each year; graduate students/residents receive a discounted rate.

Student Membership is Complimentary for students meeting the following criteria:
Any person enrolled in the study of animal production, animal health, food safety, public health, veterinary medicine, and animal health research who supports the interests and objectives of the Association (see Mission) is eligible to become a member of the Association.  Student members may take part in the open proceedings and meetings of the Association but shall not hold voting privileges.

Students must be a full-time student in an accredited college or university, in a field of study outlined in the bylaws, part 3.1, E in order to be eligible as a student member and to receive student meeting registration rates.

Student Membership Application

Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine at VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine

USAHA is pleased to be a partner with the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine in reaching out to veterinary students across the country with a specific interest in regulatory, corporate and public health veterinary medicine.  USAHA works with CPCVM and the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians to support networking and information between our associations and aspiring professionals.

Learn more about the CPCVM

Veterinary Student Travel Awards

Interested in a Career in Public Veterinary Practice?

To promote student interest in careers in public veterinary practice and diagnostic veterinary medicine, the Veterinary Student Travel Awards program is soliciting applications for veterinary student attendance at the 2015 joint United States Animal Health Association (USAHA) and the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) meeting. Up to seventeen competitive $500 Travel Awards will be granted to students to offset travel expenses to the annual joint USAHA/AAVLD Meeting on October 22-28 in Providence, Rhode Island. Please note that attendance for the entirety of the conference is not mandatory. The AAVLD and USAHA have agreed to waive registration fees for veterinary students attending the meeting. Veterinary students from all U.S. colleges of veterinary medicine are eligible to apply.

USAHA's 1200 members are state and Federal animal health officials, national allied organizations, and individual members. The organization works with state and Federal governments, universities, research scientists, veterinarians, and others to protect animal and public health and control livestock diseases in the United States and around the world. AAVLD consists of more than 1200 members from 35 different countries and seeks to disseminate information relating to the diagnosis of animal diseases, including establishing, improving, and developing new diagnostic techniques.

To apply for an award, veterinary students must submit:

  1. A one page essay explaining their interests and experience in diagnostic veterinary medicine or veterinary public practice, their career aspirations, and what they hope to gain by attending the USAHA/AAVLD Annual Meeting
  2. A CV or résumé
  3. A letter of recommendation from a university faculty member or a veterinarian.

The Veterinary Student Travel Awards program was developed under a memorandum of understanding between USAHA/AAVLD and the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. The deadline for applications for the Annual USAHA/AAVLD Meeting is September 15, 2015. All application materials must be emailed to: Travis Wingfield at twingfie@umd.edu . For questions about the meeting or application, please contact Mr. Wingfield by email.