AASV Veterinary Student Activities at the 2015 Annual Meeting
Feb 28 - March 3, 2015 - Orlando, Florida

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 receives 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 6. 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 Orlando.

This fun activity provides the opportunity to network with veterinarians at the conference. Look in your registration packet for the list of participating vets, then introduce yourself, visit with, and collect the business cards of at least ten of them to qualify for the prize drawing, held during the Merck Student Reception on Sunday evening.

Join us on Saturday, February 28th for a fun-filled, interactive evening of Swine Veterinary Medicine Trivia! Come prepared with teams of 4 students, or join a team when you arrive. The competition will begin at 7:00 PM in the Great Hall Center ballroom at the conference hotel. Food and beverages will be served, and prizes will be awarded! Please RSVP your team or individually to nathan.schaefer@boehringer-ingelheim.com by February 6th.

Enjoy breakfast, compliments of the AASV, on Sunday, March 1 at 6:30 am in Great Hall East. 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 '13 and '14 DVM graduates.

Students may register for any of the numbered pre-conference seminars free-of-charge. You may register for one seminar on Saturday and one on Sunday.

Veterinary students present research and case studies in poster format on Sunday, March 1. 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. Zoetis and AASV provide a $250 stipend to each participating poster author. Additionally, posters #1 - #15 will be judged by a practitioner panel for the awarding of scholarships.

Some say the best presentations of the meeting are made during the AASV Student Seminar on Sunday afternoon (March 1, 1:00 - 5:00 pm). On the basis of submitted abstracts, 15 students have been selected to make presentations of research, case studies, and literature reviews. Zoetis 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 Zoetis, is awarded to the top presentation. Elanco Animal Health provides $20,000 to fund 14 additional scholarships of varying amounts to the runners-up.

This opportunity for 3rd and 4th-year students provides an opportunity to practice interview skills and learn about externships and job openings, while networking with swine veterinarians. The Speed Interviews will take place Sunday, March 1 from 5:30-6:30 PM in the Ireland B/C ballroom at the conference hotel. Please contact Student Delegate Chris Sievers (chris19@iastate.edu) to sign up for this activity.

Don’t miss the Student Reception sponsored by Merck Animal Health on Sunday, March 1 from 8:30 - 11:00 pm in Great Hall North. 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 Zoetis and Elanco Animal Health, and the Student Poster Competition Scholarships, takes place during the AASV Luncheon at 12:30 pm on Monday, March 2. Join the AASV in recognizing and congratulating all of the Student Seminar and Poster Competition participants!