AASV Veterinary Student Activities at the 2012 Annual Meeting
March 10-13, 2012 - Denver, Colorado

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 17. 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 Denver.

Enjoy breakfast, compliments of the AASV, on Sunday, March 11 at 6:30 am in Mineral ABC at the Hyatt Regency. Meet and visit with students and faculty advisors from veterinary colleges from 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 '10 and '11 DVM graduates. Here is this year's program, designed and chaired by Drs. Jeremy PIttman and Angie Supple:

Seminar #9: Swine Production and Medicine for Veterinary “Students”
Sunday, March 11
8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Location: Centennial E

The goal of this year’s student pre-conference seminar is to provide information in areas we feel are essential for new and recent graduates based on the experiences of recent graduates. This seminar will supplement the students’ veterinary curriculum, and while focused on swine, the concepts are applicable to all fields of veterinary medicine. The seminar will include topics on development of differential disease lists, interpretation of diagnostic reports and “putting it all together.” A popular component will return: an interactive case study where students will work step-wise through a case in small groups. To end the seminar, we will have an open question and answer session with a panel of recent graduates representing various areas of the industry.

Not just for students! While the session is geared towards students, we strongly feel the information and interaction is applicable to all members of AASV.

8:00        Differentials, diagnostics, and decisions
                Clayton Johnson

8:45        “Poly-ology”: (pol-ee-ol-uh-jee) noun, 1. the process of combining your vet classes to solve a problem;  verb, 2. what vets do every day.
                Carissa Odland

9:30        BREAK

10:00     Interactive case study
               Jeremy Pittman and Angie Supple

11:15     Roundtable Q & A for students
               Panel of recent graduates from varied portions of the swine industry

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.

Thirty-one veterinary students will present research and case studies in poster format in the Centennial Foyer on Sunday, March 11. 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, and again on Monday from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Pfizer Animal Health and AASV provide 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 11, 1:00 pm in Centennial ABC). On the basis of submitted abstracts, 15 students have been selected to make presentations of research, case studies, and literature reviews. Pfizer 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 Pfizer, is awarded to the top presentation. Elanco Animal Health provides $20,000 to fund 14 additional scholarships of varying amounts to the runners-up.

Third and fourth year students -Participate in "speed interviews" to learn about job openings and externship opportunities. Speed interviews will be conducted on Sunday, March 11, from 5:00 –6:30 PM in Mineral Hall (third level of the Hyatt Regency).

In your registration packet, you'll find a list of AASV veterinarians who are interested in meeting and visiting with veterinary students. Visit with as many as you are able: find out about internship/externship opportunities, learn about their professional activities and involvement within AASV, ask for advice, etc. Obtain their business cards and take notes on the sheet provided to verify and remember your contacts - if you visit with at least 10 veterinarians, you can enter the drawing to be held at 9:00 pm during the AASV Student Reception, and you may win one of the prizes sponsored by Merck Animal Health: 1st prize: Apple iPad. 2nd prize: Diseases of Swine, 9th edition. 3rd prize: Custom necropsy kit, courtesy of Dr. Warren Wilson. Plus: Merck Veterinary Manuals and more!

Don’t miss the Student Reception sponsored by Merck Animal Health on Sunday, March 11 in Centennial EFGH from 8:30 - 11:00 pm. You’ll find plenty of snacks & beverages along with truly magical 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 Pfizer Animal Health and Elanco Animal Health, takes place during the AASV Luncheon at 12:30 pm on Monday, March 12 in the Capitol Ballroom. Join the AASV in recognizing and congratulating all of the Student Seminar participants!