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Student Membership

CAO Student Member Benefits - Student Portal

CAO Student membership is free and students receive a wide array of benefits. CAO believes in supporting our future practitioners and has created a variety of tools to help them on their way. 

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Resource Library

The CAO online resource library gives members access to a wide array of tools, from practice guidelines and research papers too informative PowerPoint presentations and position papers. We will soon provide instructional and educational videos. Simply enter a search term and a selection of results with a brief description will be returned.

Job Board & Classifieds

The job board allows members to advertise positions they have available for optometrists and assistants at no charge. The CAO classifieds, allow our members everything from equipment to their practices for sale, all free of charge. The boards reach ODs across the country. For more information select from the blue menu buttons on the left or follow the link above.

Canadian Journal of Optometry

Members receive a copy of the CJO as a member benefit. For easy reference and sharing, the journal is also available online in flip book or PDF format.

Discussion Forum

The discussion forum gives CAO members from across the country an opportunity to chat and discuss issues of interest. Discussions can be in a group or through private messaging. 

Business Cards

Student members can receive a set of 100 personalized business cards for free that bear the CAOS and CAO logos. Cards can be reordered on an annual basis.To qualify, students must be a member of CAO and studying in the current year. 

White Coat Ceremony

CAO provides white clinic coats to all students in Canada during the white coat ceremonies at UM and UW.

Contact Newsletter &  Member News

The CAO monthly member newsletter is delivered electronically to members and features news, views and links to tools. Members also have access to a newsfeed on the member site that provides them with updates and information about a variety of activities.

Scotia Professional Student Plan

Scotia Professional Student Plan is designed specifically to meet the unique financial needs and goals of optometry students. The plan includes financial guidance from a dedicated Small Business Banker on how to finish your education with minimal debt.

There are many more resources available, join today and learn more.

Congress Travel & Registration

CAO provides registration and travel grants to help students attend the CAO Biennial Congress. 

Optometric Leaders Forum (OLF)

CAO invites CAOS leadership to act as the voice of student members at the annual Optometric Leaders Forum (OLF)