AASV Veterinary Student Activities at the 2011 Annual Meeting
March 5-8, 2011– Phoenix, Arizona

It is part of the mission of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians to "mentor students, encouraging life-long careers as swine veterinarians." To help fulfill this mission, the association encourages veterinary students to attend the AASV annual meeting and offers a variety of activities for student participation during the conference:

Registration for the AASV annual meeting is FREE for AASV Veterinary Student Members. Student registration for the meeting includes attendance at the scientific sessions, a copy of the meeting proceedings, Monday luncheon ticket, Monday awards reception ticket, Tuesday breakfast ticket, and admission to the company-sponsored social events. In addition, veterinary students may register for pre-conference seminars free of charge!

Each veterinary student who attends the AASV Annual Meeting will receive a $200 (US$) travel stipend, courtesy of Newport Laboratories and the AASV Foundation! To qualify, you must be a current Student AASV Member AND you must pre-register for the meeting by February 11. When you register for the meeting, you will receive an email message within a few days, confirming that you qualify for the stipend. If you don’t receive the confirmation message, contact AASV prior to the meeting to make sure you are registered! Pick up your check in person at the meeting registration desk in Phoenix.

Enjoy breakfast, compliments of the AASV, on Sunday, March 6 at 6:30 am in the Grande Ballroom AB at the Pointe Hilton. Meet and visit with students and faculty advisors from veterinary colleges across the country and around the world.

For several years now, the AASV has offered a very popular pre-conference seminar designed especially for new and soon-to-be veterinarians. Registration is free for veterinary students and '09 and '10 DVM graduates. Here is this year's program, designed and chaired by Drs. Brian Payne and Larry Firkins:

Seminar #9: “Young Guns”
8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Location: Grande Ballroom H

The theme is focused on veterinary students and recent graduates. This year we will continue with the most requested item from the past: an interactive case study. We will also have seasoned veterinarians discuss what it takes to be a successful veterinarian. Ethics (specifically related to being a swine vet), finances and key tips will all be addressed. Interaction with the presenters will be an important part of the seminar.

8:00        Fundamentals of finance
                Larry Firkins

8:45        Ethical dilemma resolution in practice
                David Reeves

9:30        BREAK

9:45        Case study
                Angie Delks

11:00     To: students
                Subject: U hav 2 no this
                Monte Fuhrman

11:45     Roundtable Q & A

12:00     Seminar concludes

Students may register for the numbered pre-conference seminars free-of-charge. Please indicate your selections and mark N/C in the fee area on the registration form so space and materials can be reserved for you. You may register for one seminar on Saturday and one on Sunday.

Twenty-seven veterinary students will present research and case studies in poster format in the Highland Center on Sunday, March 6. The display begins at 12:00 noon on Sunday, with the poster authors available for discussion until 1:00 pm. The posters will be available for viewing until 5:00 pm. Alpharma Animal Health generously provides a $250 stipend to each participating poster author.

Some say the best presentations of the meeting are made during the AASV Student Seminar on Sunday afternoon (March 6, 1:00 pm in Grande Ballroom ABE). On the basis of submitted abstracts, 15 students have been selected to make presentations of research, case studies, and literature reviews. Alpharma Animal Health sponsors this session and provides a $750 travel stipend to each student presenter. The students' oral and written presentations are judged, and a $5,000 scholarship, funded by Alpharma, is awarded to the top presentation. Elanco Animal Health provides $20,000 to fund 14 additional scholarships of varying amounts to the runners-up.

When you arrive at the meeting, you’ll find a list of veterinarians in your registration packet. It’s your job to find as many of the vets as you can, visit a bit, and get a business card from each of them. The students obtaining the most business cards are entered in a drawing for some very nice prizes provided by Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health.

Don’t miss the Student Reception sponsored by Intervet/Schering-Plough on Sunday, March 6 in the Grande Ballroom from 8:30 - 11:00 pm. You’ll find plenty of snacks & beverages along with great entertainment. Make the most of this opportunity to interact with students, swine veterinarians, researchers, and industry representatives in an informal setting – who knows, you might line up your next externship or identify a potential job opportunity!

The announcement of the recipients of the AASV Foundation Veterinary Student Scholarships, funded by Alpharma Animal Health and Elanco Animal Health, takes place during the AASV Luncheon at 12:30 pm on Monday, March 7 in the Highland Center. Join the AASV in recognizing and congratulating all of the Student Seminar participants!