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The Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and the Auburn Chapter of the Pre-Veterinary Medical Association are proud to host the 2018 American Pre-Veterinary Medical Association Symposium March 23 and 24.

This two-day event will bring together pre-veterinary students, faculty advisors, admissions officers, and veterinarians both on faculty and in private practice from across the country. The goal of the APVMA Symposium is to expose prospective veterinary students to the diversity of the field of veterinary medicine and provide them with valuable networking and professional development opportunities.

While the symposium is months in the future, we welcome you to watch a short video highlighting what is in store for you during your visit to the College of Veterinary Medicine campus.

Symposium Program

The first day of the APVMA Symposium will be hosted at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center located centrally on the campus of Auburn University and just a short distance from the College of Veterinary Medicine. Check-in and on-sight registration will begin early afternoon. The evening provides a chance to fellowship and network with other pre-veterinary students during a Southern-style dinner. In the past, this has been a bowl game with vet trivia etc. This year we will be doing a service project, networking with students from all across the US, team building and having County fair with Auburn flair.”  

Day two of the APVMA Symposium will be held at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and nearby large animal units.

This day is dedicated to your professional development and consists of a diverse array of veterinary-related lectures and wet labs. You will have the opportunity to interact with experts on a wide range of topics while getting hands-on experience in an area of your choosing.

Exhibitor booths will be conveniently located allowing you to easily network with representatives from various veterinary programs and organizations so that you can access information about the many opportunities for your training that each group offers. Tours of the College of Veterinary Medicine will be guided by current veterinary students at regular intervals throughout the day.

The Symposium will be concluded that evening with a formal dinner and program featuring inspirational speakers, the announcement of the 2018 winners of the prestigious APVMA awards and scholarships, the election of your 2018 APVMA executive officers, and a chance for you to vote for the 2019 APVMA Symposium host.

Fish review 2018 APVMA Symposium at a Glance:

Friday:

1:00 pm – 5:30 pm : Check-in and registration [Auburn Hotel and Dixon Conference Center]

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm : Welcome Dinner and Speaker [Auburn Hotel and Dixon Conference Center]

8:00 pm – 8:30pm : Bus departures to Auburn University Horse Center

8:30 pm – 11:00pm : Friday Fun [Country Fair and Animalpalooza @ Horse Center Covered Arena]

Saturday:

5:30 am – 7:30 am : Southern Style Continental Breakfast [Auburn Hotel and Dixon Conference Center]

6:00 am – 7:00 am : President’s Meeting [Auburn Hotel and Dixon Conference Center]

6:30 am – 8:00 am : Bus departures to Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine (AU-CVM)

8:00 am – 8:50 am : Keynote Speaker (John W. Overton Auditorium @ AU-CVM)

9:00 am – 12:00 pm : Lectures and Labs

11:00 am – 2:00 pm : Lunch [come at your convenience @ lunch tent]

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm :  Lectures and Labs

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm :  Formal Dinner and APVMA meeting [Auburn Hotel and Dixon Conference Center]

9:30 pm – 11:30 pm : Movie

 

Travel

Concerning travel, there are regional airports at Atlanta (1:45 drive), Birmingham (2:15 drive), and Montgomery (50 min drive). “Groome” operates a shuttle service between the Atlanta Airport and Auburn (typically $40/person). There are no such shuttle services between Auburn and the other airports. If driving, I65 and I85 allow for very easy travel through pretty country to Auburn from throughout the US with the caveat that travel times through Atlanta can be unpredictable during rush hour traffic. There are several major zoos in cities along these routes in case your club is interested in scheduling “behind the scenes tours” at any one of them as part of your road trip.

Hotel Accommodations

Concerning accommodations, rooms are being held at the Auburn Hotel and Dixon Conference Center and can be booked at a discounted block rate for Symposium attendees ($129/night). Dinners, Saturday breakfast, and the President’s meeting (Saturday morning) will be conveniently held at the Hotel while lectures and labs will be hosted just minutes away on the College of Veterinary Medicine campus. Guest rooms are doubles with king beds. The cut-off date for room reservations at the Symposium rate is February 28th, 2018.  Please click below to access the hotel discounted room rates:

Discounted room rates.

The Hotel can accommodate bus parking for clubs that choose to travel as a group and Valet parking will be provided for those who The Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Conference Centearrive by auto. There will be complementary shuttle buses between the Hotel and Horse center on Friday evening and running at regular intervals throughout Saturday between the Hotel and the Veterinary Campus beginning at 6:30am and continuing through the evening. The Hotel itself is located near the heart of Auburn’s campus allowing for easy walks throughout campus, historic Toomer’s corner, and to the quaint downtown Auburn shopping and nightlife. You can check out Hotel amenities by following the link below.

The Hotel at Auburn University – Dixon Convention Center

Key Event Locations

Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine

2018 American Pre-Veterinary Medical Association Symposium

Saturday 3/24/2018:

  • 6:30am – 8:00am : Bus departures to Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine (AU-CVM)
  • 8:00am – 8:50am : Keynote Speaker (John W. Overton Auditorium @ AU-CVM)
  • 9:00am – 12:00pm : Lectures and Labs
  • 11:00am – 2:00pm : Lunch [come at your convenience @ lunch tent]
  • 1:00pm – 4:00pm :  Lectures and Labs

Google Map Directions to site.

The Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Conference Center

Friday 3/23/2018:

  • 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm: Check-in and registration [Auburn Hotel and Dixon Conference Center]
  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm : Welcome Dinner and Speaker [Auburn Hotel and Dixon Conference Center]
  • 8:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Bus departures to Auburn University Horse Center

Saturday 3/24/2018

  • 5:30 am – 7:30 am : Southern Style Continental Breakfast [Auburn Hotel and Dixon Conference Center]
  • 6:00 am – 7:00 am: President’s Meeting [Auburn Hotel and Dixon Conference Center]
  • 6:30 am – 8:00 am: Bus departures to Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine (AU-CVM)
  • 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm :  Formal Dinner and APVMA meeting [Auburn Hotel and Dixon Conference Center]

Google Directions to Site.

Auburn University Horse Center

The Auburn University Horse Center is home to the equine teaching, research, extension and performance activities in the Department of Animal Sciences.

Friday 3/23/2018

  • 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm : Friday Fun [Country Fair and Animalpalooza @ Horse Center Covered Arena]

Google Directions to site.