Veterinary Students

How do I become an MVMA Student Member?

All University of Minnesota Veterinary Students are automatically enrolled as Student Members as the fee is covered under your SAVMA Student Bundle Benefits.

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  •  Complimentary registration to the MVMA Annual Meeting. A $100 savings each year. First-year students-You are required to attend as a part of your Professional Development course.  
  • Opportunity to apply for an MVMF Scholarship! The application deadline is November 30, 2023.  
  •  Mock interviews, resume writing and networking opportunities with practice owners at the Annual Meeting   
  •  Reduced fees for all MVMA continuing education seminars
  •  Exclusive Student Scholarship! Applications are only accepted from MVMA member students. Apply here!
  •  Welcome Back Event in September    
  •  "Members Only" Access to the MVMA website   
  •  Access to Free monthly Lunch N' Learn Webinars
  • Committee involvement and leadership opportunities. See current committees.
  •  MVMA Spring Path to Practice hiring fair. Speak with hiring MVMA members and network with potential employers.
  •  Opportunity to apply for the PAID MVMA/MVMF Student Representative position - Description Here 
  •  Earn clinical skill credit for volunteering at the state fair exhibits (after completion of 1st year). The Surgery Suite and Miracle of Birth Center need you! 
  • Bi-monthly electronic MVMA newsletter including industry news, a "What's New at the U" column, student spotlight features, and classifieds that may help you in your job search 
  • Volunteer and networking opportunities are available at various MVMA and MVMF events and functions    
  • Four years of student membership entitles you to reduced membership for three years after graduation

Most importantly, you will be a part of organized veterinary medicine from the beginning of your veterinary educational process. The MVMA  serves as a watchdog on all issues and topics that impact the veterinary profession and shares this information with its members.

View MVMA Member Student Job and Externship Postings

MN State Fair Volunteer Opportunities:

MVMA/MVMF 2023-24 Student Representatives

Julia Hartmann (CVM) 
Julia Hartmann was born and raised right here in the Twin Cities, and obtained her BS in Animal Science at the University of Minnesota with the hopes of getting into vet school someday. She is now a 3rd year DVM student at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. Although Julia’s professional interests tend to change on a weekly basis, she is currently most interested in small animal general practice, or small animal internal medicine; we’ll see what new aspirations the next year brings!

Julia currently works part time in the ICU at a local emergency veterinary hospital. When not working on veterinary related activities, Julia enjoys being active outdoors, making arts and crafts, and spoiling her cat Dexter. Julia is excited to continue her role as a 2023-’24 MVMA Student Representative and find new creative ways to get students more involved with events, and help find out ways that MVMA and MVMF can help the next generation of vets.

Kayla Sawchak (CVM)
Kayla Sawchak was born and raised in Marshall, MN. Before vet school, Kayla was a licensed Social Worker in the state of North Dakota working with individuals in the prison system reintegrate into their communities. Deciding to go back to school, she completed her pre-requisites at North Dakota State University. As a second year DVM student at the University of Minnesota, she is planning on tracking mixed animal. Kayla is interested in pathology, dentistry and anything large animal. Kayla currently works as a student technician at the Piper Equine Hospital located on the U of M campus. When she is not studying endless hours for vet school, Kayla enjoys reading, cooking, watching movies, and traveling.


Bri Hotzler (SDSU)
Bri Hotzler is from Hosmer, SD and obtained her Bachelors of Science degree in Animal Science from Iowa State University. A second year DVM student with the SDSU/UMN 2+2 program, she is planning on tracking small animal with a concurrent Masters of Biological Science degree from South Dakota State University. Bri is most interested in shelter and community medicine, and is eager to expand her horizons internationally. During her time as an undergraduate, Bri took a summer internship in Bangalore, India and has since held a passion for international medicine. Although unsure of where she will settle down, she cannot wait to practice shelter medicine all over the globe.