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Student Life

Student clubs and organizations

Social activities organized by student clubs and class social chairs provide fun opportunities to build connections with classmates with similar interests. Some activities include attending basketball and football games and tailgates, and forming teams to participate in intramural sports.

Student organizations also provide enhanced learning and networking in interest areas such as careers, business management, service, diversity, and spiritual development. Students gain leadership, organizational, and communication skills through club officer responsibilities and involvement in club activities. Many clubs invite guest speakers and host wet labs to provide professional development tips and hands-on clinical experiences.

Learn more about veterinary student clubs and organizations.


Because on-campus housing is limited, most veterinary students elect to live off-campus in Blacksburg or neighboring communities. A variety of sources are available to locate housing, including:

Health and counseling

The Schiffert Health Center and Cook Counseling Center are located in close proximity to the veterinary college in McComas Hall.

  • The Schiffert Health Center (SHC) maintains an appointment only system at their clinics—the Women's Clinic for women's health, the Primary Care Clinic for general medical conditions, and the Allergy/Immunization Clinic for allergy shots and immunizations. The center also has a pharmacy and Radiology Service which provides routine X-ray services to students on written request from a licensed health care practitioner. Only VT students who have paid the SHC Health Fee (included in the University's Comprehensive Fee) are eligible to use SHC.
  • The Cook Counseling Center provides individual counseling, group counseling, and psychiatric treatment for students at Virginia Tech. Counselors from the center are on-site at the college two afternoons each week during the fall and spring academic sessions. 

Sports and exercise

  • Intercollegiate sports are an integral part of the campus culture at Virginia Tech and students can attend many sporting events, including matchups between the Hokies and Terrapins, ACC teams of the college's parent universities.
  • Virginia Tech offers a variety of intramural sport programs and veterinary student teams take part in these programs.
  • The veterinary college is located in close proximity to McComas Hall, an award winning recreational, health, and sports facility where students can engage in a variety of fitness and wellness programs.
  • Surrounding mountains and proximity to rivers, lakes, national forests, and the Appalachian Trail make the Blacksburg area ideal for outdoor recreation—fishing, boating, swimming, biking, hiking, caving, and rock climbing.


Virginia Tech's Dining Services offers flexible dining plans and 11 dining locations across campus, including the Vet Med Café which is located in the center of the veterinary college complex. Students living off-campus may purchase meal plans through Dining Services. Virginia Tech was ranked No. 1 Best Campus Food for 2015 in the Princeton Review.

Most veterinary students live off-campus and do not purchase meal plans. Breakfast and lunch are available at the Vet Med Café and refrigerators and microwaves are available in the college center (also known as the Commons) for student use.

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