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Student Clubs & Organizations

Animal and Veterinary Sciences students gain additional expertise and experience through a number of activities and organizations.

UMADCOWS. The UMADCOWS is a group of energetic students that blends theory and practice in a yearlong learning program in which students make the day-to-day decisions regarding the management of the dairy herd. For more information, please visit their website.

Maine Animal Club (MAC). The Maine Animal Club was formed in 1972 by students interested in creating an organization that would enhance students’ knowledge of animals and animal agriculture through social interactions. MAC provides an atmosphere that is dynamic and challenging that allows students to take on responsibility to be innovative, creative, and to enhance their understanding of animal agriculture in the United States. The club is a member of the National Block and Bridle Club as well as the Northeast Student Affiliate of the Animal and Dairy Sciences Societies. Club members compete each year with schools in the Northeast in livestock judging, quiz bowl, and paper presentations. The club also sponsors the Orono Royal, a local livestock show. For more information please contact Charles Wallace at or visit the club’s website.

Standardbred Drill Team. The UMaine Standardbred Drill Team has been involved with showing and promoting the sales of the university-owned Standardbred horses since 2000. In addition, the Drill Team is a product of the UMaine ties to the Maine Harness Racing industry. Membership is subject to a riding evaluation and open to undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled in or have completed the Equine Management Cooperative (AVS 303) and are actively volunteering at the university Horse Barn Co-Operative at Witter Farm. The Drill Team works through the year to perfect routines written by team members. They prepare to hold performances at Bangor Historic Track and Raceway in Bass Park and at Scarborough Downs, while allowing for the possibility to perform elsewhere on request. The Team has held clinics at the Witter Farm and the Skowhegan Fair grounds for 4-H groups and other youth horse clubs and done demonstrations at Witter Farm and the Common Ground Country Fair. Students also have the opportunity to travel to local horse shows throughout the year to promote those horses currently for sale by UMaine. For more information please contact Nonni Daly at

UMaine Dressage Club. The Dressage Club has been in existence at the University of Maine since 2000. The club is actively involved in the riding discipline of dressage. The UMaine Dressage Club works through the year to pursue clinics, shows, and events that will enhance club member’s knowledge of dressage and riding in general. Club members have the opportunity to ride and take lessons at Puckerbrush Farm (, located approximately 20 miles from campus (carpooling is available). There is no skill level required, beginners to advanced riders are welcome. The Dressage Club competes with the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) and travels throughout New England for competitions. We are a collective group of students who love horses and want to learn more about them, share our knowledge through horse-related activities, such as club discussions, videos, hands-on activities, and lessons. We offer discounted riding lessons to members, as well as the opportunity to show intercollegiately. This is a fun club that is a great way to further your education in riding and meet people who share the same interest. We also partake in college events, such as Spring Fling to showcase our riding, as well as fundraisers, and community service. For more information please contact Bryn Walsh at or Dr. Robert Causey at or visit the club’s website.

University of Maine Equestrian Team. The University of Maine Equestrian Team, located in Old Town at Wind Swept Farm, competes in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA), Zone 1, Region 2. Region 2 schools in IHSA currently offer eight different levels of Hunt Seat Equitation and Hunter Over Fences Equitation, although we accept riders of all riding levels and disciplines. The prestigious and historical team has competed for years on the IHSA level and has perfected the art of learning, sportsmanship and fun. The team uses members’ horses that are boarded at Wind Swept, along with some of the coach’s horses. There are no try-outs for the team; however, incoming members undergo a riding evaluation to see what they know about horses and riding. Members through Walk-Trot and Open Jumping all have the equal chance to compete in shows and participate in practices. The Equestrian Team has much to offer athletes in playing an active role on the University of Maine campus and local community as well. Updates and stories on the team can be found at our website. For more information please feel free to contact Coach Melissa Spencer at

University of Maine Pre-Veterinary Club. The Pre-Vet Club was established to provide an outlet for students interested in attending veterinary school. The club meets weekly and allows for students to discuss classes, exams and to provide a stress-free environment for students to support each other in their endevours. Each week the club participates in a discussion about a veterinary college, the GRE’s, the application process or about real world case studies. The club is actively involved in the UMaine community and puts on events such as a wreath and dog treat sale and participates in events put on by other student organizations. A trip is planned each year. Past trips have included Tufts Veterinary School, Cornell Veterinary School, and PEI. For more information please contact Anne Lichtenwalner at or visit the club’s website.


Contact Information

Animal and Veterinary Sciences
5735 Hitchner Hall, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5735
Phone: (207)581-2770 | Fax: (207) 581-2729E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System