SCAVMA Board Meeting Agenda - September 20, 2011
Call to order.
Approval of minutes from last meeting (October 18, 2011). Approved at 1803.
Any items that need to be added to tonight’s agenda?
President – Christina Sander
VLE Attendance Discussion: Nominating the Dean
o Lauren Riley recommended we nominate dean. We choose one student
and one faculty member to receive full scholarship to attend VLE, as
well as incoming president and SAVMA delegates.
o Good idea, we should ask him now because he’s busy.
SAVMA Scholarship Reimbursement (Purdue Student)
o Being dealt with, moving forward.
o Going well, white board will be used for grace period to add agenda
items before each meeting.
o We should try to incorporate first years on semester (instead of
o All is going well, printing down to 200 copies this month – seemed like
a good number, less paper wasted. Editors doing well, and under
Yearbook update: revamping this year – do we need a yearbook?
o Change company, simplify it…there is not a huge demand. Will poll
student body about further changes.
New officer elections in January
o Ballot will be out by end of winter quarter, and we will try to
incorporate new officers during spring quarter.
o SCAVMA reps – make sure your classes know about this!
o Need to add CVMA rep to list of available positions.
o First and second year targeting
Need to create SAVMA symposium team: group to deal with finances, funding,
publicity; Christina and Christine will send out emails.
o General interest meeting tomorrow 11/18. Registration is open
currently. SCAVMA is offering some scholarships for people interested
Vice President – CJ Johnson
Treasurer – Bernadette Grismer, Christine Haas
o On budget and doing well in most areas.
UDA status and budget
o Balance stands around $5200. No deposits since September. People
needing reimbursement so far have been under budget.
o Smaller fundraisers for UDA funding applications – try to make people
accountable for their funds. For symposiums coming up, one
application so far, which should break even or fall under budget. How
do we want to fund these events?
Symposiums put on as fundraisers – how much should we fund
it? Don’t want clubs to lose money…
MEOW not too active, historically. Typically clubs have been on
their own or sponsored for symposiums.
These clubs can only receive money from SCAVMA funding twice
Might depend on which club is applying, but to keep it simpler
and unbiased, maybe we should look more at the event/club
overall and come to a general consensus about funding.
If word gets out that we cover deficits, clubs might start to
artificially inflate their costs; we might want to cap costs that
will be covered to avoid this problem.
Most applications are for lunch talks or dinner events, and we
would like to keep the variety in our events. However, most
symposiums will no longer be fundraisers (without company
Maximum cap at $200 as a general rule? Then approach with
We might want to know what the money is funding before we
approve reimbursement or funding. Symposiums are similar to
lunch talks, and will most likely not act as a fundraiser for most
clubs at this point. Historically, we help these events out. From
the UDA account, will be funded as a fundraiser.
T-shirts and other straight fundraisers are rare; in these cases,
we would just want them to break even.
We could gauge what clubs do over the next few months, and
allow them to break even (this would work well because
everyone is staying under budget so far), and in a few months
we can re-evaluate and decide whether or not to let clubs make
Event planners/budget planners would be helpful to keep
people on budget, could help clubs plan these large
o At this point, we will just try to break even and re-evaluate in a few
Secretary – Robyn Kirkwood
President Elect – Colleen Geisbush
SAVMA Delegates’ Report –Alison Tarbell and Christine Hsueh
Symposium fundraiser events
o Traditionally, fundraisers have helped send people to symposium.
o Penny wars – we can set this up soon.
o Dog wash in January traditionally, but maybe we could change this
date? Dr. Tom Kendall has made this work for us in the past, and
historically this event has been very profitable. Talk to him about this.
o Talent show has been done historically, but recently has not been
profitable. This event used to make money, because silent auction was
successful. Also, bake sale helped talent show profits. However, talent
show is a lot of work and we would probably want to change the venue.
o Any other fundraising ideas?
CVMA Delegate – Alissa Blum
CVMA meeting report
o Alissa attended CVMA meeting in Carmel a couple weeks ago.
o Legislative updates:
Bill signed into law in October - rabies vaccination exemption
in pets with vaccine reaction history.
SP697: two year bill – has generated animosity. Would increase
veterinary medical board’s authority over unlicensed activity –
could fine people for their activities.
Department of Consumer Affairs – will increase fine for any
unlicensed activity of veterinarians. CVMA has no control over
Fairness to Pet Owners Act – AVMA sent out a few weeks ago.
Walmart would be able to fill Rx; this bill is dead in committee.
o Agriculture committee recommends continuation of Brucellosis
vaccine protocol. General consensus is that CA would be vulnerable
o AVMA council on education – currently Dr. John Pascoe and Dr. Philip
Kass are on this committee.
o Currently, there is only one veterinarian in California Department of
Public Health. Dean Nelson from Western said 2/3 of its last graduating
class went to internships/residencies. Mentorships could be available
for these new graduates, to decrease the number of internships.
o If the Veterinary Medical Board is not renewed by the state
government before December 31, 2013, it will be gone. CVMA trying to
o Pacific Vet conference will be held in San Francisco in June 2012. There
has been discussion about a bus to bring students from Davis to this
conference, with free admission for a day, in an attempt to.
o Attempts by CVMA to increase the younger proportion of its members
Currently, only 30% of people more than four years out of
school are still CVMA members.
Ideas for topics relevant to recent graduates that have been
proposed by CVMA: expanding VISC services, offering pet
insurance, group health plans, hospital/group membership
o CVMA to help create a mentor committee? This committee could take
on students; this will be discussed before the next CVMA meeting in
IVSA Representative – Samantha McDonnel
Josh Project: Brittany Stevens
One Health Initiative Committee
SAVMA Symposium Committee
Board Member Reports
Legislative Liaison – Hanie Elfenbein
Waggie Editors – David Kim, Lea Mehrkens
1st Year SCAVMA Reps – Emily Isaacs, Michael Ramos
Class of 2015 Presidents – Shirley Chen, Michael Armer, Andrew Findlaytor
2nd Year SCAVMA Reps – Samantha Haw, Jamie Case
Pharm night/career fair update
o Career fair is uncertain, so working now on pharm night. Venue has
been secured (ARC ballroom); raffles and other items are in the works.
o Will be held February 3, 2012 from 6-9pm.
Class of 2014 Presidents – Elizabeth Engall, CJ Johnson, Jonathan Levin
3rd Year SCAVMA Reps – Katrina Castaneda, Cristin Roach
Pre-vet diversity mentor: to mentor pre-vet students at UCD who are
underrepresented. There are 30-40 members in this club, but only ten mentor
volunteers so far. Katrina will send out form tomorrow 11/18; please forward
to people who might be interested in mentorship. This is a newly formed club
on campus; events will start next year to encourage animal experience, GRE
Pharm night/career fair update
o Western has a huge career fair for recruitment. Largely administration
supported – this is a two day event with practitioners; interviews for
internships and new hires held at the same time.
o Waiting on venue, date for our career fair
o Lots of interest from class of 2013 initially, but less now; unsure if
student body would be receptive. Katrina will poll other classes to get
an idea about what students would like to see at a career fair.
o Purpose would be for students to meet practices.
Students do like to know what’s out there, and would enjoy
talking to practitioners to get a feel for each practice.
Would help students get an idea for how many places are out
There are practitioners that would definitely be interested in
coming to talk to students.
Could do a trial run this year, then make improvements for next
Katrina will send out a survey to the school, for feedback about
what students want, then try to advertise to practices that might
want to visit.
We could try to set up interviews at the same time, but this
would be difficult to coordinate. We don’t need to make our
event as big as Western’s, so we should just coordinate it
however it works best for our school.
Send contacts of hospitals to Katrina if you think they would be
interested in visiting with students.
Class of 2013 Presidents – Justine Ma, Austin Kerns, Esther Zakowski
4th Year SCAVMA Reps – Scott Hamilton, Sarah Smolley
Class of 2012 Presidents – Dan Barbour, Erin Branyan, Catherine Gunther-Murphy
Graduate Professional Student Rep – Denise Gonzalez, Kat Tomalty
Dr. Jandrey: Submitted form to AVMA for sponsorship of faculty events. Being
reviewed, we will know if we get some money soon. Dr. Jandrey proposed an
academic workshop for faculty to work on case based learning and learning modules.
Adjournment at 1900.