Journal of American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (JAHVMA)

January 2021

Calling all third year veterinary students! Please read below for an exciting opportunity to become involved with JAHVMA.

Student Intern Opportunity – AHVMA Journal

I would like to inform you of an exciting opportunity once again being offered by the Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (JAHVMA). One incoming third-year veterinary student will be selected as a student intern on the Editorial Committee. Our two graduating fourth-year students, Kristy Herman from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Nora Jean Nealon from Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, will be continuing on as members of our Editorial Committee.

Here are some remarks from our interns:

I applied for the JAHVMA student intern position during my third year of veterinary school to stay on the cutting edge of developments in integrative medicine research and discovery. The year flew by, and I enjoyed my experience so much that I stayed on for a second year.

The highlights of my internship include engaging with leaders of the integrative veterinary medicine field. In 2019 I was invited to co-author a paper with Dr. Jean Dodds discussing some of the adverse side effects seen with vaccines. This mentored publication process provided me an improved appreciation of peer review. This past year, a major undertaking was co-editing Dr. Michael W. Fox’s SARS-CoV-2 paper along with fellow intern Dr. Nora Jean Nealon. Being part of this editorial team helped keep me sane and productive during quarantine and Zoom rotations, while also learning more about this pandemic and its One Health implications. Over the last two years, I also reviewed research papers on a variety of topics as part of our “From the Literature” section, expanding my knowledge while enjoying the Zen of writing. I will be graduating in May and look forward to continuing to my work as a DVM on the Editorial Committee. —Kristy Herman

I applied for a student intern position because I am passionate about scientific writing and communication, and I wanted to broaden my exposure in the field of veterinary holistic medicine. As a PhD scientist, I appreciate the importance of peer review and editorial committees in advancing science, and I want to actively participate in the process. As an intern, I have participated in identifying authors and reviewers for the peer review process, edited papers for publication, and written a review of a recently published clinical trial for our “From the Literature” section. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to network with other veterinarians, the senior intern Kristy Herman, and academic investigators. Collaborating with this diverse and motivated team is important to me, as I am pursuing postdoctoral academic training following graduation. I look forward to continuing my editorial responsibilities with the JAHVMA team following my graduation from veterinary school this May. —Nora Jean Nealon, PhD

If you are interested in being included in the editorial process and planning of JAHVMA, writing at least two “From The Literature” (“FTL”) literature reviews, partnering with leaders in our field, enhancing your resume, and possibly being invited to join our Editorial Committee after graduation from veterinary school, please submit an essay of no more than 500 words to:

Shelley Epstein, VMD, Editor-in-Chief

Please copy Melissa Kellagher, AHVMA Operations Director

Place “JAHVMA Student Intern” and your name in the subject line. Essays will be received no later than March 15, 2021.

Please share this information with students in your SAHVMA / Integrative Chapters.

Melissa Kellagher

Operations Director