Academic - Vet-Med


Educate students and the public about the importance of animal behavior as it pertains to Vet Med livestock production, safety, and pet behavior problems and or training.


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Constitution / Tier

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Tier Student Organization - Registered

Membership Information

Student Members 13
ISU Members 1
Non-ISU Members 0
Allowed Members Veterinary Students
Allowed Officers Veterinary Students
Membership Qualifications Admission to ISU CVM as a candidate for the DVM degree. Officers must maintain a 2.5 GPA
Membership Restrictions Open to current vet med students only.
Elections/Selection Elections take place at the end of the school year in the spring. Any unfilled positions will be re-opened for election at the start of the next school year in the fall.
Meetings Scheduled several times a year.

Description of Regular Meetings/Activities

Behavior Club tries to bring speakers in to talk about animal behavior in a way that will help you as a veterinary student. This includes how to better restrain fractious cats in your clinic, and how to solve some cat behavior problems like urinating outside of the litter box, which may be helpful for your personal knowledge or for educating your clients. We offer a clicker training class for members to learn the basics of clicker training and we have also had speakers in the past talk about the many different activities an owner can do with their dogs. Some of the most popular speakers we have are those who teach us about how they work with and train the many different animals in a zoo.

Description of Special Events

This fall Behavior Club members traveled to the Blank Park Zoo to get up close and personal during the training sessions. Students were able to see Rhino training, Aldabra Tortoise training, and Seal and Sea Lion training. We were able to talk with the trainers about the challenges that go along with training these unique animals and how they have overcome these obstacles. We hope to make this an annual event.
Other events for the year include Low Stress Canine and Feline handling. These events will help veterinary students learn how to handling animals in a safe and calm approach so that they can better assess and help these animals when they are veterinarians. A clicker training wetlab is held every spring where students get a free session with a certified training and learn the basics of clicker training.