Veterinary Students

The Ohio Veterinary Medical Association is a professional organization for veterinarians and veterinary students. We represent 3,000+ members in all areas of practice and all stages of their careers.

We provide: Education | Professional Development | Public Outreach & Education | Advocacy | Member Support

Attn: Class of 2026

Are you the leader of your pack? Becoming the OVMA Student Representative for your class is a great way to get to know your peers, OVMA staff, and even your future colleagues.

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What can OVMA do for you?

Top 4 reasons you need to be an OVMA Student Member

1 Free registration to the Midwest Veterinary Conference, the largest state VMA-hosted convention on the continent

2 Eligibility for OVMA-sponsored externships, scholarships, and leadership opportunities

3 Free lunch lectures and networking events with OVMA staff and veterinarians

4 OVMA-hosted wet labs on campus—and even invitations to attend veterinarian-level CE events for free


As an organization, OVMA is committed to advancing veterinary knowledge, and as such, is a recognized provider of professional continuing education. OVMA hosts the annual Midwest Veterinary Conference, one of the largest and highest-rated veterinary conferences in North America.

Professional Development

Looking to sharpen your professional skills and build your network? OVMA committees, task forces, and educational opportunities allow you to do just that, all while making a difference for the profession—and the community.

Public Outreach & Education

OVMA is a trusted and valued source of information—not only for veterinarians, but government bodies, academic institutions, researchers, and the general public. With the help of our 3,400+ members, we share the veterinary perspective with lawmakers, educate pet owners and the public, and support the animal care community.


Our full-time government relations department closely monitors activity at the Statehouse and Ohio government agencies. When the need arises, we advocate on behalf of our members to make sure lawmakers are able to make educated decisions about the veterinary profession.

Member Support

Being a member of the OVMA is more than just paying dues and receiving the bi-monthly newsletter. It's peace of mind, a sense of belonging, being able to depend on your professional allies for help, and getting a glimpse into the ever-changing profession you'll soon be a part of.