WVLDI Student Chapters have formed at veterinary colleges throughout the nation and are going strong with many speaking engagements, events, and activities focused on leadership development. Contact our Student Director (firstname.lastname@example.org) and the WVLDI student chapter at your school to see how you can get involved!
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WVLDI Student Chapters
Where can I find current WVLDI student chapters?
What started as a grassroots movement has grown into an international network of students.
How do I start a chapter?
To start a student chapter, you will need to fill out the application. Applications will be reviewed monthly by the board of directors, and you will be contacted by the Student Director once your chapter has been approved! Each university has a unique process for registering your chapter as a student organization—be sure to contact your university with questions about any additional requirements.
My student chapter was approved. Where can I find additional resources to help me get started?
The Student Chapter Welcome Packet contains publicity materials, event ideas, the Code of Conduct, and a Constitution template.
What funding opportunities are open to students?
Currently, WVLDI is unable to provide each student chapter with funding; however, several chapters have been very successful with fundraisers. Examples of fundraisers include member dues, merchandise sales, cornhole tournaments, and bake sales. Visit our CafePress site to check out WVLDI merchandise (https://www.cafepress.com/womenveterinaryleaderdevinitiative)!
How can I contact speakers in our area?
WVLDI board members are available as speakers for chapters. Email the Student Director for more information!
Code of Conduct
Below you will find a set of regulations to which WVLDI Student Chapters are expected to adhere.
Interested in getting involved with WVLDI?
There may be many areas available: board service, social media contribution, student outreach, speakers bureau, fundraisers, sponsorships, and mentorships.
So if you have an interest in getting involved with WVLDI, please contact us using our form, and let us know what you are interested in and what immediate skills you can bring to the table!
During the Year of COVID, our Student WVLDI chapters showed resilience, innovation, partnerships, and some really good events! This is from the Penn Vet WVLDI chapter.
WVLDI Student Chapter Update: Spring 2021
Our Penn Vet WVLDI chapter was re-established during the 2021 spring semester, and of course, the COVID-19 pandemic limited the physical interactions among students. We found we could think outside the box to put together high-impact events, share across the veterinary student community, and not let frustration get in the way of our goals. Relying on virtual platforms to inspire interest in our fellow colleagues helped us exercise our creativity and problem-solving skills in innovative ways.
How to generate interest without seeing each other? We announced our outstanding speakers with carefully constructed flyers. We also leveraged our partners: SAVMA and Merck supported our mission through the granting of food delivery service gift cards for attendees in lieu of the traditional food at the event. For continuous engagement and presence, our chapter wrote colorful and engaging emails about our events and introduced its board members via intimate yet fun Instagram posts. We were able to raise funds without gathering! Our first fundraiser (and the first big step in getting us exposed to our peers) was an awesome Educational Basket Raffle, generously funded by Zoetis.
This year, although difficult, ended up being a great experience, and I’m sure our next chapter board will remain creative and innovative.
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