Pay for books and supplies this year and travel to and from
veterinary related events without checking the couch for money!
Think about participating in Travel Fund!
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is Travel Fund?
- Who can participate?
- How do I earn money?
- How much money are we talking
- Where does the money come
- Where do I sign up?
- Can I come up with my own
- How do I get my money?
- How do I know how much money I
have in my account?
- Does my money carry over to the
following year if I don't use it?
- Can I use my money on travel after
- Can I use my money to pay for
travel to and from job interviews?
- Can I get reimbursed for alcoholic
What is Travel
Travel fund is the opportunity for you to earn money
specifically for travel to and from internships, externships, and
conferences. Starting this year, you may also use your
monies towards buying supplies and books at the student bookstore
All currently enrolled students in the DVM program at the Texas
A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine.
How do I earn the
Students can sign up to chair or co-chair a fundraiser and will
earn a percentage of the profits for the fundraisers. This requires
the most time commitment, but also is the way to earn the most
money. Students can also sign up to help volunteer with a
fundraiser and will earn money on an hourly basis. For students who
are only able to volunteer a few hours or need more flexibility,
this is perfect.
How much money are
It can be up to several hundred dollars!! It just
depends on the fundraiser you participate in. But it's definitely
enough to help out getting you to and from veterinary related
events/ paying for books/supplies.
Where does the money come from?
It depends on the fundraiser. I.E. Kolache breakfasts, Halloween
Candy Grams, Santa Claws and Paws, Fleece Sales, Valentine's Day
Flowers: monies come from the net profit off of sales of these
items. However, for See Spot Run, monies come from local and
Funds earned are then split between the Chair (typically 40% of
net profits) and the volunteers (typically 60% of net profits are
split between all volunteers).
Where do I
To sign up to Chair a fundraiser - see the attached form/
descriptions and email MAConnor@cvm.tamu.edu.
Chairs need to be able to cover costs of fundraisers up front - but
you will be reimbursed for all expenses!
To work fundraisers contact the chairs when they are
recruiting volunteers for the events (usually you will receive an
Can I come up with my own
Absolutely! Contact me if you are interested and I will get you
Attached is a list of the current fundraisers. If we don't have
chairs for the events they won't happen- so think about taking it
How do I
get my money?
TVMA/AVMA, externships, and 4th year rotations that
require travel are preapproved. Contact me, the travel fund
administrator, to obtain a reimbursement form. Fill out the form,
attach copies of receipts, and return it to me. I can turn around
and issue you a check. The process takes about 1 week.
If you are a 1st or 2nd year,
internships must be approved by the SCAVMA executive committee… it
sounds difficult, but it's not- contact me for a form before
you go, fill it out, and I will get it approved. Save
your receipts, fill out a reimbursement form, and return it to me.
If you fill out the approval form before you go and your trip is
approved, I can issue you a check upon receiving your reimbursement
form and receipts. This takes about 1 week. (Please know: Summer
time may mean some delays)
do I know how much money I have in my account?
The Travel Fund Administrator can look up your balance. Please
send the administrator an email at MAConnor@cvm.tamu.edu and
they can look your balance up for you. Please allow a week for
money carry over to the following year if I don't use it?
Yes!! You earned it you keep it.
Can I use
my money on travel after I graduate?
No. You can't withdrawal unused money either. Please
submit all requests for Travel Fund Reimbursement within a month of
I use my money to pay for travel to and from job interviews?
Can I get reimbursed for
Sorry, the world isn't perfect, no.
breakfast kolaches, cinnamon rolls, etc. sold in fishbowl to
staff and students. Chairs organize dates for selling, set up
with supplier, take pre-order emails, and decide number
of shifts. Profits divided up between workers minus percentage
for chairs. Usually 7:30-9 am, 2 days a week, 3 workers
per shift so can take orders to the hospital if needed.
Needs 1-2 chairs.
Description: For Halloween, $1.50 candy bags are sold as gifts
to your friends and fellow students. They are sold in fishbowl and
outside CCC for the week before Halloween, and delivered or put in
mailboxes on Halloween. Chairs must purchase candy, gift bags, and
make copies of order forms.
Needs 1-2 chairs.
Santa Claws and Paws
Open to the public for people to bring their pets for a
Christmas picture with Santa for their Christmas card. Usually
set up in CCC with the room decorated. Decorations and Santa
suit provided. Need a photographer (with a digital
camera), Santa, and individuals to put cards together. Costs
include film and cards. Requires advertisement around school
and in the community!
Needs 1- 2 chairs.
See Spot Run
A fun-run for people and their dogs, with contests and awards
for various categories. It's the manager's job to cover costs,
so getting corporate sponsorship is recommended. A large
number of people can help. On-line registration has
helped make things easier. Make sure to work with PTTS about
scheduling Bryan Parks and Recreation for signs, cones, etc.
Needs 2 chairs.
Large money maker! In November, a silent auction is held for vet
school, usually outside CCC. Chair position requires involves
organizing a group to set up tables and bid sheets, keeping
track of bids, and getting items to the person who buys them.
Students get items donated and funds from the item, minus a
percentage to the chair, goes directly to that student's
Needs 1 chair.
Another large money maker! T-shirts and fleeces are sold in the
fishbowl at new semesters and whenever new designs come out.
CC's Creations is usually who we deal with, and they have
designs we have used in the past. A bulk discount is the best
deal, so pre-orders or high volume sales is recommended. Workers
needed for sales whenever desired by chair.
Needs 2 chairs.
Valentine's Day Flowers & Chocolate Covered
An in-house V-Day delivery service for the vet school. Involves
taking pre-orders the week ahead, getting flowers, vases,
cards, etc. from suppliers, arranging flowers the night before
V-Day, and delivering/selling on V-Day. Pre-orders
are crucial! Number of workers needed is substantial, and
don't forget to reserve the Mark Francis Room early so you can
Needs at least 2-4 chairs, but has been done with only
This is just the start-if you have more questions email the
Travel Fund Administrator. I'd be happy to talk with you and answer
your questions to the best of my ability! Spots for the event you
want to chair may fill up quickly. Contact the Travel Fund
Administrator even if you are just thinking about it!
Marilyn Connor: MAConnor@cvm.tamu.edu