Graduate Membership


Recent Graduates Join Free


Recent graduates receive free membership dues the year they graduate and receive a tiered discount for the following THREE years after graduation. *Must be licensed in NYS to qualify.

Recent graduates also receive discounted registration rates to the New York State Veterinary Conference at Cornell CVM for the first THREE years after graduation.

There are many additional benefits to NYSVMS membership including:

  • Subscription to bi-monthly print magazine Connections and weekly veterinary eNews
  • Discounted registration rates for NYS veterinary conference at Cornell and New York Vet conference
  • Access to online resources including hundreds of articles in knowledge base on various subjects and job search using career center.
  • A chance to advocate for legislative issues important to the profession
  • Attend Regional CE meetings and social gatherings held regularly across the state to meet colleagues, learn together and share your challenges together.

Committee For Leadership Advancement

The Committee for Leadership Advancement (CLA) was created to encourage recent graduates to become more involved in organized veterinary medicine and NYSVMS. CLA members meet as a committee, the day before quarterly Board meetings, and work on projects to address the needs of our national, state and regional organizations and veterinary students. Currently, CLA gives a presentation to students at Cornell CVM, on topics such as life after vet school and the latest issues that affect the practice of veterinary medicine. CLA also helps organize the Power of 10 leadership program.

Benefits to becoming a CLA member:

  • A chance to attend AVMA House of Delegates meeting and leadership conference in January in Chicago for the opportunity to meet with colleagues, school faculty, administrators, and consultants. (NYSVMS provides funds for one member to attend every year.)
  • Attend all 4 Board meetings (one night hotel is covered by NYSVMS), where you will receive updates on legislative and clinical practice issues. These meetings have inspired CLA members to become more active on both the state and regional level.
  • CLA members receive free yearly NYSVMS annual dues. (Regional dues are not included).


  • Must have graduated from veterinary school within the past 15 years and be a current member of NYSVMS.
  • Attend at least two CLA meeting in person and one by conference call each year.
  • An interest in giving back to our profession by educating ourselves, colleagues and students and a willingness to develop projects to serve new graduates, as well as NYSVMS.

If you are interested in joining CLA, email Stephanie Quirini at

Power of 10

The Power of 10 program is a national initiative designed to cultivate leadership capacity in grads 15 years or less from veterinary school who are current NYSVMS members and provide learning experiences that will enrich the individual and benefit the individual’s practice, community and profession.

The program was held for the first time in 2018 and provided NYSVMS members with 4 leadership development sessions. NYSVMS provides the experts and covers all meeting and travel expenses for participants to attend sessions. The topics were: compassion fatigue, setting boundaries, what to do when OPD knocks on your door, restructuring student debt, financial planning and contracts. A graduation ceremony was held at the last 2018 Board meeting. Each participant received a certificate of completion as well as a specially designed pin. The 2019 Power of 10 class is a complete number of 10 members!

Applications for the Power of 10 Class of 2020 will be accepted starting in June 2019.

Career Center

Find a job in veterinary medicine in New York State and nationally through the NYSVMS upgraded online career center which features classified advertisements. We partnered with the Veterinary Careers Network™ which hosts career positions for over 30 other regional veterinary medical associations, and many national organizations including AVMA. For more information, go to: