Meet up with AVMA at SAVMA Symposium

The 2016 SAVMA Symposium will be held March 17-19 at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. The AVMA will be holding a few events during the conference, and we’ll also have a booth in the exhibit hall. Our booth, along with AVMA LIFE, AVMA PLIT, and AVMF, will be located on the first floor of the Scheman Building, near the main entrance.Atwork_SAVMA

Dr. Mike Dicks, Director of the AVMA Economics Division, and Dr. Caroline Cantner, AVMA Assistant Director for Student Initiatives, will present a two-part series, “Using Economics to Plan for Your Financial Future: Debt and Income.” Their presentations will provide students with the most recent data and research on veterinary education debt and salaries, as well as tools to help students plan for a successful financial future.

Parts and one and two of this talk will be held Friday, March 18, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Benton Auditorium, located on the first floor of the Scheman Building. There will be a break for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.

In addition, AVMA Economist Dr. Bridgette Bain will be in the AVMA Booth on Friday, March 18, from 9-10 a.m. and 3-4 p.m., and Saturday, March 19 from 9-10 a.m. for “Ask the Economist” sessions with students. How much can you earn as a new graduate? Is practice ownership right for you? How should you budget for your expenses now and after graduation? Ask questions and get answers from Dr. Bain.

Animal Welfare
The AVMA is sponsoring two lectures in the Animal Welfare track on Friday, March 18: “Humane Killing & Mental Stress to the Professional,” presented by Dr. Christiane Spitzmueller at 3 p.m.; and “Grief and the Veterinary Client,” presented by Dr. David J. Rousseau at 4 p.m. Both lectures will be held in Room 250-252 of the Scheman Building.

AVMA’s Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams (VMAT) will host lectures in the Disaster Preparedness Track.

Dr. Yoanna Maitre and Christy Pennisi, CVT, will present four lectures on Saturday, March 19, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Room 254 of the Scheman Building. The lectures include “The Veterinary Professional’s Role in Disaster Preparedness and Response” (sponsored by Zoetis); “Responding to a Disaster: What to Bring and How to Work as a Team” (sponsored by Zoetis); “Assessment of Veterinary Issues in a Disaster;” and “Veterinary Disaster Medicine and Sheltering.”

Partners for Healthy Pets
Dr. Raelynn Farnsworth will talk with students about the Partners for Healthy Pets online Preventive Healthcare Certificate Program. The presentation, “Add Value to Your Resume: Partners for Healthy Pets Preventive Healthcare Certificate,” will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 19, in Benton Auditorium.

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