Club Spotlight: Small and Exotic Animal Club

Posted: September 28, 2012

This blog is the first of the Club Spotlight series, highlighting clubs and organizations within the College of Ag Sciences!
Club president Nicole on a SEAC trip!

Club president Nicole on a SEAC trip!

In the fall of 2009, as a new freshman on campus, I was eager to get involved in life at Penn State, make new friends, and find my place. I eagerly attended the Club Fair, held the first week of each fall in the HUB, and signed up for many organizations.

The one organization that I have been of a member of since my first semester is Small and Exotic Animal Club (SEAC). As the mission statement reads, “The purpose of the Penn State Small and Exotic Animal Club is to promote responsible pet ownership, to increase education about small and exotic animal topics among the students of the university and the community, and to provide students with animal-oriented volunteer opportunities throughout the area.”

While many members of the club are Animal Sciences or Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences majors, the club is open to any student at the University and there are many members—including myself—who have non-animal majors and just have an interest in animals and want to volunteer in the community!  Treasurer Christine Crawford, sophomore in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, expresses what SEAC means to her by offering: "I joined SEAC my first semester on campus, and since then this club has become a big part of my life and I have made some great friends from these experiences!”

For me, SEAC is a way to connect with individuals with similar interests and explore my love for animals! Through inspirational speakers at the bi-monthly meetings and volunteer opportunities, SEAC provides my animal fix while here at Penn State!  My favorite activity through SEAC is “Pet Meet and Greets,” where club members take animals to local nursing homes to bond with the residents. It is a great feeling to get to share an animal with an elderly or sick resident, and we’ve been told by the doctors that the pets make a significant impact on the residents’ moods and even their health!

SEAC also provides members opportunities such as participation in THON, fundraising, educational trips, and networking. Volunteer opportunities with local pet shelters and spay/neuter clinics are also available for members to take advantage of! President Nicole Anderson, senior in Animal Sciences, sums up SEAC this way: “I see SEAC as one big animal-loving family; we meet together throughout the semester just to learn more about these fascinating creatures and what we can do to help them, just as they have helped us.”

Interested in learning more about SEAC? Join us at the next meeting on Wednesday October 3rd, in 112 Forest Resource Building at 7:30pm!

- Jess