Student Real Life/Real Impact

Real Life/Real Impact weekends are spiritual retreats geared for veterinary students. During these weekends, students have an opportunity to meet Christian veterinarians in private practice, talk with some of CVM's long-term field staff, find out about short-term mission trips with CVM, fellowship with students from other veterinary schools and much more.

The weekends are packed to accommodate students' busy schedules. They are hosted by a veterinary school in your regional area and up to six schools are invited. The weekends start Friday evening with a fellowship dinner and a time of prayer. On Saturday, participants attend various talks and enjoy local cuisine, tour the hosting veterinary school's campus and end the evening with worship from a local band.

If you are a veterinary professional – click here to register on the professional page.

Dates for Real Life/Real Impact 2017


January 13-15, 2017
Miracle Ranch, Port Orchard, WA


January 13-15, 2017
Western University, CA


January 20-22, 2017
Colorado State University


January 27-29, 2017
Texas A&M University


January 27-29, 2017
University of Florida


February 3-5, 2017
University of Missouri


February 17-19, 2017
Camp Deerpark
Cuddebackville, NY


February 17-19, 2017
University of Guelph
Rocky Ridge Ranch
Rockwood, ONT


March 24-26, 2017
Ross University



Students are welcome to attend any RLRI event, regardless of whether it is associated with their region and school.

Quote_Icon.png "This was the best conference I've ever attended! I walked away feeling full and hopeful, knowing that there are good-hearted and Jesus-loving veterinarians that are working hard for the Kingdom. Thank you for all veterinarians and coordinators who made this event possible. You have all changed my life in a single day."
Quote_Icon.png "RLRI was such a wonderful experience of catching up with friends, worshiping and renewing passion for the Lord, learning from humble and kind veterinarians and others, honest conversations, delicious meals and fellowship...fabulous music. This has been my favorite weekend this year!"
Quote_Icon.png "The whole weekend was incredibly encouraging. I left feeling refreshed and ready to enter clinics and, eventually, start my career as a veterinarian. Christian vets, I am convinced, are THE coolest people ever. I have renewed faith that God will lead me where He wants me to go, open the right doors, and do something awesome with my life."
Quote_Icon.png "This was my first RLRI and I absolutely loved it! I met so many people that shared the same interests as me and I enjoyed talking to them and hearing about their experiences, while sharing mine! I also loved the speakers, the food, the services (e.g. the band), the tour of the vet school, and the evening challenges!"