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2017 SCVMA President’s Farewell

August 1, 2017

I can barely believe another school year has gone by! Reflecting on the whirlwind of the past year, I feel incredibly proud to be a part of this profession and I’m so grateful to all who put in countless hours (often behind the scenes) to enrich the academic experience of Canadian veterinary students.

At our March CVMA Committee Weekend, we talked about the importance of staying inspired amidst the hard work, personal struggles, and professional challenges we all face. For students, I think being involved in the Students of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (SCVMA) is one of the best ways to find that inspiration! Whether it’s attending the annual SCVMA Symposium, reading what other students are up to in the annual VetRap Student Newsletter and The Canadian Veterinary Journal, getting a glimpse of life after vet school via the annual New Graduate Survey report, or participating in the Student Leadership Workshop (SLW), the SCVMA connects us and helps us feel like part of something bigger. These initiatives would not be possible without the hard work, planning, and organization of each college’s SCVMA committee representatives, so I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful representatives for all of their amazing work this past year.

I’m so pleased the SCVMA is also engaging Canadian veterinary students studying abroad. This year, we welcomed 108 student affiliate members from 7 new international student affiliate schools. We are thrilled to hear about the great initiatives organized by SCVMA chapters abroad, including poutine nights, hoedowns, and Canadian Thanksgiving dinners!

I’d also like to thank the CVMA Council, Executive, and staff for all their support given to veterinary students, including assisting with our SCVMA Symposium, providing online information and resources, and offering support to new graduates as they move to the next phase of their professional veterinary journey. As we progress through our unique and varied career paths, I encourage you to stay active in our national veterinary organization and take advantage of the incredible opportunities and services provided by the CVMA. If you would like to learn more, please browse the student section of the CVMA website, join the SCVMA Facebook group, or contact your college’s SCVMA Committee representatives — we love hearing from our fellow students.

I am sincerely grateful for the opportunity to have served as your SCVMA president this year. It was an incredible learning experience that impressed upon me the importance of having a strong, unified voice for the Canadian veterinary profession. It was a privilege to be a part of the SCVMA Committee and CVMA Council, and to meet so many caring and committed students, veterinarians, and animal health professionals from across Canada and beyond. With such dedication, I have no doubt that our profession’s future is in great hands. As my time on the SCVMA Committee comes to an end, I’m ecstatic in welcoming our incoming SCVMA president, Kira Moser from the University of Calgary — Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. Kira will lead a dedicated and capable Committee of student representatives from each of Canada’s 5 veterinary colleges, carrying on the proud traditions of the SCVMA. I wish all veterinary students and graduates an excellent year ahead! All the best to you!

(by Elizabeth Hartnett, Ontario Veterinary College Class of 2018, SCVMA President, 2016/2017)