The College provides many opportunities for students to get involved outside the classroom. This includes tutoring, mentoring, the student advisory council, student organizations and clubs, and the House System.
The House System
Our College House System promotes student success and builds community within the College. All veterinary and veterinary technology students are sorted into one of four “houses.” In addition, many faculty and staff employees are members of the houses.
Within each house, there are opportunities for mentoring, leadership development, and social support. Also, friendly competitions take place throughout the year to add fun and grow college spirit. Just like Hogwarts, the houses provide a “home” for members of our community.
The Creation of the House Mentorship Program
Veterinary medical and technician programs are rigorous, but they can also be fun with the right support. The House System was created at the College in 2017 to promote student success and build community within the College. All Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and Veterinary Technology Program students are sorted into one of four “houses,” to create opportunities for support, community, and to increase student engagement.
The House System has become well-established since its creation and now, in year two, we have an opportunity to intentionally weave in a mentorship component—a plan we’ve had since the House System’s initial creation. The House Mentorship Program was inspired by the incredible opportunity to unify faculty, students, and alumni at the College by placing DVM and veterinary technology students from each house with mentors from the start of their education.
About the House Mentorship Program
The Program will be largely managed by House faculty and lead students with support from the Office of Admissions, Student Life, and Inclusivity. Members of the Program work to support learners through social and professional integration and development.
The lead advisor in each house is the lead for communications and creating opportunities for interactions between mentors and mentees. The Program will provide roles for both faculty and alumni wishing to guide students throughout their veterinary medical or technical education. Each mentor will be sorted into a house and randomly assigned to DVM and veterinary technology students.
The Program will aim to strengthen student and mentors’ relationships and improve the connection between veterinary professionals and students. Mentors will receive training where we outline the responsibilities of mentors and mentees, and will be provided the tools necessary to support our students with emotional, social, and career support.
This house is representative of the Musculoskeletal System: patience, perseverance, reliability, hard work, growth, and resilience. The house name comes from “muroonah,” meaning “flexibility” in Arabic and “os,” meaning “bone” in romantic languages.
This house is good for those who believe that good things do not happen overnight, and that achieving one's goals takes time, effort, and tenacity. House members are here for the journey, not the goal. It favors the tough, the dedicated, and those who do not easily give up on anything.
The symbol of Murunos is the Snapping Turtle—known for toughness, perseverance, and adaptability in the face of adversity. The color gold signifies the joy, courage, and energy of its members.
This house is representative of the Immune System: integrity, honesty, humility, clarity, compassion, and justice. The name comes from the words “praisidium,” meaning “defense” in Latin and “himaya,” meaning “protection” in Arabic.
This house is good for those who believe that one should always try to do what is right, no matter the costs. It favors the conscientious, the fair, and those who stick to their principles. It is for the protectors who are good listeners and great team players.
The symbol of Pramaya is the black bear who is a strong and passionate creature who will fight to protect its cubs. The color red signifies the tenacity and vigor of Pramayas.
The house is representative of the Cardiovascular System: passion, enthusiasm, curiosity, courage, boldness, and energy. The name comes from the Latin words “mira,” meaning “wonder” and “cor,” meaning “heart”.
This house is good for those who believe that if they do what they love, everything else will fall into place. It favors the dreamers, the naturally adventurous, the expressive, and the constant optimists.
The symbol of Miracor is the Lynx, an animal that embodies adventure, curiosity, and passion. The color purple signifies the creativity, grandeur, and independence of its members.
This house is representative of the Nervous System: introspection, vision, strong connections, precision, deliberation, diligence, and logic. The name comes from the Latin prefix “omni,” meaning “all” and Swahili “maarifa,” meaning “knowledge”.
This house is good for those who analyze details and believe that a well-trained mind and a sound plan are enough to overcome any obstacle. It favors the focused, the organized, the analytical, and those who carefully consider and research all options before making a decision.
The symbol of Omnimar is the owl, a wise and intuitive creature. The color blue signifies the leadership, wisdom, and loyalty of its members.
There are many numerous organizations and clubs for students to get involved in at the College, including MSU SAVMA, the Michigan State University Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and MSU SCNAVTA, the Michigan State University Chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America.
A full list of student organizations and clubs can be found at the link below.Student Organizations