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Student Membership Benefits

Student membership comes with many of the same benefits as non-student membership as well as additional events, programs, and scholarships. Best of all, student membership is free for vet students attending either UC Davis or Western University.


Some of the benefits all of our members enjoy include:


  • Continuing education events, from online webinars to seminars in some of the most beautiful spots in California, to our prestigious annual Pacific Veterinary Conference, as a member you’ll receive exclusive discount to our events,
  • Regulatory compliance guidance from our experts,
  • Member discounts in many veterinary retailers,
  • Current information about the veterinary profession through our magazine, California Veterinarian, our weekly newsletter delivered to your inbox, and full access to all the resources our website provides,
  • Legal advice provided at no charge from licensed attorneys for up to 30 minutes a month,
  • Insurance premiums at discounted rates through our member-owned broker, VISC,
  • and Legislative advocacy for the veterinary profession at the State Capitol


As student members, you’ll enjoy complementary ceremonies, dinners, and labs put on by CVMA, as well as access to programs such as the Summer Work Experience (SWEP). We also offer several scholarships annually to help burden the student-debt load.


UC Davis and WesternU both send one student representative to the Board of Governors and three representatives to the House of Delegates. Students are also welcome to serve on committees and task forces, participate in the California Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps, and partake in our annual Legislative Day at the Capitol.


In addition to free membership, we also provide free liability coverage through VISC for all four years of school.


Once you graduate, you’ll have the first year of membership free, followed by tiered rates the next three years. There are also discounted rates on our continuing education events, access to classified ads, networking opportunities, and more.