Student Chapters

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In an effort to increase the awareness of veterinary students about the different career opportunities in veterinary pathology and to generate more interest in the discipline, the ACVP in conjunction with the Student Chapter Committee is recognizing the formation of Student Chapters of the ACVP at individual veterinary schools.

The ACVP and the Student Chapters Committee will recognize domestic and international veterinary student pathology clubs according to the following selection criteria:

  • Accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
  • Submission of a letter of support from an on-site pathology faculty advisor who is a Diplomate of the ACVP.
  • Submission of Constitution and Bylaws for approval. Model Constitution and Bylaws should be customized by the applicants for their schools.
  • Contact information for current officers and advisors.

*Application materials should be submitted to the ACVP Student Chapter Committee Chair.

 

Benefits of ACVP Student Chapters
Upon approval of the Student Chapters' constitutions and bylaws by the ACVP Student Chapter Committee and Council, recognition includes:

  • Official charter for the chapter and official recognition of the faculty advisors provided by the ACVP.
  • The use of “Student Chapter of the ACVP” as a club name.
  • A Facebook page for student chapter members. Visit today!
  • One annual electronic subscription of Veterinary Pathology as well as Toxicologic Pathology from the Society of Toxicologic Pathology for each chapter.
  • Eligibility to apply for a 00 Travel Award to help defray costs for member attendance at the Annual Meeting of the ACVP. ACVP provides a greatly reduced registration of at the Annual Meeting to veterinary students and several activities, including a breakfast, the Veterinary Student Residency Forum, and Meet the Pathologists. To qualify for the 00 Travel Award, Chapters must:

    • Be active as defined by completing 3/5 recommended activities over a 2-year period:
      • Semi-annual chapter meetings
      • 1 wet lab
      • 1 guest speaker (inside or outside their veterinary school)
      • Attendance at 1 Annual Meeting
      • Poster presentation at an Annual Meeting by at least 1 chapter member
    • Submit a Chapter Annual Report in the template provided by ACVP by September 15th
    • Submit a Post-Meeting Activity Report in lieu of receipts, which includes the members attending the meeting, activities/sessions in which they participated, things that were learned and the fun that was had. Selected reports will be published in the ACVP Newsletter.
 

Student Poster Award at the Annual Meeting
ACVP offers two Student Poster Awards at the Annual Meeting for veterinary students that require submission of an abstract due August 31 and a quality poster presentation of pathology-related research or case work material at the Annual Meeting. The veterinary student must be the FIRST author on the abstract, and a pathologist mentor must be included as a co-author. All names and affiliations must be included. Abstracts just present ORIGINAL findings or a NOVEL case that has not been previously reported. All abstracts must have clear results, and abstracts with "results pending" will not be accepted. Only one abstract per student will be accepted. To help you with your submission, the following documents are provided:

 

Mentor of the Year Award
Do you want to recognize an outstanding Chapter Faculty Advisor? Is there a Pathology Resident or Graduate Student who has been actively engaged in Chapter Activities? How about a Pathologist, either within or outside your veterinary school, who was a great mentor to you during an externship? Please consider nominating him or her for the Annual Mentor of the Year Award to be announced at the Annual Meeting during the Veterinary Student Breakfast. Nominations should be submitted to the Student Chapters Committee Chair, Dr. Aline Rodrigues Hoffman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by September 15, and must include letters of nomination from: (a) Student Chapter Officers/Members, AND (b) a pathologist from the nominated mentor's workplace. For information on how the Mentor of the Year is selected, please see the scoring rubric (PDF). Although not necessary, resident and graduate student input and signatures on the student letters of recommendation are encouraged.

 

ASVCP Student Seminar Stipend
North American veterinary colleges that have an ACVP board-certified clinical pathologist are eligible to receive a student seminar stipend (0) once every three years. Please note that these seminars must be led by an ACVP board-certified clinical pathologist. This stipend can be used towards food, door prizes, and other supplies that the Student Chapter at each school sees suitable. Student Chapters can apply for this stipend by contacting Dr. Cheryl Swenson, Chair of the Outreach Committee of the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology (ASVCP) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Relevant forms are available at http://www.asvcp.org/stures/index.cfm.

  

Student Chapter Listing
Below is a listing of the Student Chapters of the ACVP approved to date and their current faculty advisors with links to chapter web pages where applicable.

AUBURN UNIVERSITY
Drs. Jey Koehler and Peter Christopherson

COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY
Drs. Randall Basaraba and Amy MacNeill 

CORNELL UNIVERSITY
Dr. Elizabeth Buckles

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY
Drs. Mark Ackermann and Austin Viall

KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
Drs. Derek Mosier and Lisa Pohlman

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
Dr. Britton Grasperge

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
Drs. Jon Patterson and Julia Stickle

MIDWESTERN UNIVERSITY
Dr. Valerie Wong

MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY
Dr. Alicia Olivier

NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
Drs. Jerry "Mac" Law and Luke Borst

THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
Dr. Krista La Perle

OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY
Dr. Jerry Ritchey

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY
Dr. Rob Bildfell

PURDUE UNIVERSITY
Dr. Peg Miller

ROSS UNIVERSITY
Dr. Michelle Dennis

ROYAL VETERINARY COLLEGE
Dr. Simon Priestnall

ST. GEORGE'S UNIVERSITY
Dr. Brian Butler

TEXAS A & M UNIVERSITY
Drs. Brian Porter and Gwendolin Levine

TUFTS UNIVERSITY
Dr. Perry Bain

TUSKEGEE UNIVERSITY
Dr. Frederick Tippett

UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY
Dr. Amy Warren

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT DAVIS
Dr. Kevin Keel

UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
Drs. Sionagh Smith and Paola Cazzini

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
Drs. Lisa Farina and Jeffrey Abbott

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
Drs. Kaori Sakamoto & Bridget Garner

UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW
Dr. Caroline Millins

UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH
Drs. Brandon Lillie and Darren Wood

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
Dr. Sarah Connolly

UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
Dr. Andrew Stent

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
Drs. Davis Seelig and Arno Wuenschmann

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
Drs. Marlyn Whitney and Craig Franklin

UNIVERSITY OF MONTRÉAL
Drs. Isabelle Lanthier and Marie-Odile Benoit-Biancamano

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
Dr. Amy Durham

UNIVERSITY OF PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Dr. Shannon Martinson

 
Dr. Rachel Allavena

UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN
Drs. Beverly Kidney and Helene Philibert

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
Drs. Linden Craig and Bente Flatland

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
Drs. Annette Gendron-Fitzpatrick and Howard Steinberg

VIRGINIA-MARYLAND REGIONAL COLLEGE
OF VETERINARY MEDICINE
Drs. Kurt Zimmerman and Tanya LeRoith

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
Dr. Gary Haldorson

WESTERN UNIVERSITY OF HEALTH SCIENCES
Dr. Ana Alcaraz