Student Delegate to the AASV Board of Directors

Each fall, the AASV Student Recruitment Committee accepts applications from veterinary students interested in serving as the Alternate Student Delegate on the AASV Board of Directors. This student represents student interests and serves as a non-voting member of the AASV board. This experience provides the student with a unique perspective of the inner workings of the AASV. The term of service is 2 years; the first year as alternate student delegate, and the second year as the student delegate.

The alternate student delegate and student delegate are required to attend the AASV board’s two meetings each year. The spring board meeting is held in March or early April, usually in Iowa. The fall board meeting is generally held in  late September or early October, also in Iowa, but the date and location of either meeting can vary as determined by the board. Both student delegates receive reimbursement to cover travel and lodging expenses for the spring and fall board meetings. In addition, the delegate and alternate delegate are voting members of the AASV Student Recruitment Committee, and are invited to participate in committee conference calls and meetings. The student delegate is encouraged to attend the AASV Annual Meeting to coordinate student activities at the meeting and to present a summary of board activities and outline AASV student opportunities during the student breakfast at the conference (however, travel expenses to attend the annual meeting are not reimbursed).

Interested students must be members of AASV in their freshman or sophomore year. Applicants are required to submit the following documentation to AASV (830 26th Street, Perry, IA 50220,

  • An introductory letter, not to exceed one page, describing why they want to serve as the alternate student delegate for AASV, their level of interest/background in swine medicine, and their future career goals.
  • A one- or two-page resume featuring the student’s interest and experience in production medicine, particularly swine medicine.
  • A statement of recommendation from a faculty member.

The call for applicants is distributed to AASV student members and faculty contacts in October. The alternate student delegate is chosen by members of the AASV Student Recruitment Committee following review of the submitted materials. Applicants are typically notified of the selection in December.

The term of service is two years, beginning at the AASV Annual Meeting. During the first year, the student serves as the alternate student delegate. The alternate delegate automatically ascends to the student delegate position the following year. The alternate delegate serves in the capacity of delegate if the student delegate is unable to carry out his/her duties. Each year, a new alternate delegate is selected by the AASV Student Recruitment Committee.

Questions may be directed to the chair of the AASV Student Recruitment Committee.