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News Release: North America’s Only French Veterinary College Hosts 33rd Veterinary Student Symposium

January 18, 2019



January 18, 2019

North America’s Only French Veterinary College Hosts 33rd Veterinary Student Symposium                               

Saint-Hyacinthe, QC. – On January 18 and 19, 2019, the Université de Montréal – Faculté de médecine vétérinaire (FMV), the only North American veterinary college who teaches in French, hosts the 33rd annual Students of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (SCVMA) Symposium, a national conference planned, organized and coordinated by Canadian veterinary students, for students studying at all five Canadian veterinary colleges.

This year brings together over 250 students from across Canada to Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec, for two days and its theme One Health, One Symbiosis focuses on encompassing all aspects of health care, across all species.

“We chose One Health, One Symbiosis as our theme because of the increasing importance of looking at health in an all-encompassing, rather than individually-focused, way,” says Florence Leduc, SCVMA Symposium Chair and student at the Faculté de médecine vétérinaire. “We believe it is crucial for all future health care professionals to realize the benefits of working together using a more holistic approach towards health and how their actions will affect the world around them.”

Each year, the SCVMA Symposium consists of educational sessions such as wet labs, lectures, and demonstrations to broaden student’s exposure to the multifaceted profession of veterinary medicine, as well as personal and career development strategies.

This year’s wide range of SCVMA Symposium events include a lecture on the role veterinarians will have in honey bee mortality, a lab on how to repair hit-by-car turtle shells and one of the keynote speakers, Dr. Adana Mahase-Gibson, will discuss her One Health One Caribbean One Love Project which has many objectives including improving interidisciplinary collaboration between medical, veterinary, wildlife and environmental professionals in Caribbean countries.

“The fundamental pillar for the ongoing success of this annual event has been the commitment and involvement of student volunteers and faculty members, as well as the generous financial support of industry partners, local business leaders, and community supporters,” says Florence. “We’re excited to welcome veterinary students from across Canada to the only francophone veterinary school in North America.”

For the past 33 years, the exclusive annual SCVMA Symposium has been an enriching leadership experience for the student organizers and gives a valuable opportunity for student veterinarians from across the country to view Canada’s diverse veterinary profession, gather, learn, and practice hands-on and also network with future colleagues.


The CVMA is the national and international voice for Canada’s veterinarians, providing leadership and advocacy for veterinary medicine. In Canada, there are over 1,600 students currently pursuing a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the five Canadian veterinary colleges. Student members of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (SCVMA) strive for success in their studies to achieve their goal of practicing veterinary medicine and shaping the future of the veterinary profession.


Tanya Frye, Communications Manager
Canadian Veterinary Medical Association
613.236.1162 x 128

Social Media Sources:

Event Hashtags: #SCVMA2018, #SCVMAsymposium

Official Symposium Social Media Channels: 

Twitter : @SCVMASymposium
Instagram : @scvma.eacmv

CVMA Social Media Channels:

Twitter: @CanVetMedAssoc
Twitter (FR) @Assoccanmedvet
Instagram: @cvma.acmv