The opening gala will be held at the Classic Center, and transportation from approved hotels will be provided. Everyone will be welcomed to UGA and hear from our keynote speaker. Dr. Ernie Ward. Dr. Ward is a graduate of The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine and has spent his career blending healthy lifestyles and medicine. He is internationally known for improving veterinary medicine standard, creating a higher quality of life for animals, and promoting healthier habits for pets and people. Dr. Ward has been a leader in the areas of pet nutrition and weight loss, establishing diagnostic test protocols and evolving pet technologies, promoting senior pet care, and advancing veterinary practice standards and veterinary staff training. To learn more about Dr. Ward, click here.
Dress is Black-tie optional. Here is a guide on what to wear.
Zuku Vet Trivia
Veterinary Trivia Night is a game show for vet students. Questions come from the world of veterinary medicine and fun animal-related topics from popular culture. We pick topics that a first year can enjoy and also some that will challenge a 4th year. BRING: Your sense of humor, your brain, your loudest Hawaiian shirt! LEAVE AT THE DOOR: Obnoxiousness, cut-throat attitude, your dignity! FREE drink ticket available for the first 200 people to arrive!
SPONSORED BY Zoetis/VetVance and the Zuku Review
Downtown Athens - TBD
Enjoy the nightlife of Athens, GA! Meet up with your friends from Southern Veterinary Partners at Highwire Lounge and Pride VMC/Broad Spectrum at Little King’s Shuffle Club from 10-11:30pm! Then, continue enjoying the nightlife in downtown Athens. Drink tickets will be available for the first 80 people at Little King’s.
SPONSORED BY Southern Veterinary Partners; and Banfield Pet Hospital in partnership with Pride VMC
VetPrep: The IDEA Competition
Join VetPrep at our 3rd annual live IDEA Competition finale on March 10th at 5pm. Enjoy snacks, have a drink and watch as our 3 finalists compete to win over $17,500 in prizes to jumpstart their entrepreneurial careers. Don't worry-- you won't be left out of the fun either. There'll be an opportunity for you to win some prizes too! Follow this link to learn more: https://info.vetprep.com/the-idea
SPONSORED BY VetPrep in partnership with Merck Animal Health
Dawgs After Dark
Come join us at the Classic Center for Dawgs After Dark. Carnival games, silent disco, and ping pong! Oh my! Be sure to commemorate the evening with your friends in the photo booth. Light snacks will be provided and there will be a cash bar. Dress is casual.
Southern Brewing Company
Closing ceremonies for SAVMA Symposium 2019 here at UGA will be a fun relaxing evening embracing all that our incredible city and the southern state of Georgia have to offer! The event will be held at Southern Brewing Company, a great local brewery here in Athens! We will be providing beer tickets for all in attendance, as long as you're over 21. The event will be catered by Saucehouse Barbecue so you can get the full southern experience (and it tastes amazing!). Fear not if you're vegetarian, there will be tofu for you and all other allergies have been accounted for as well! We will have live music by Cole Peeples you can listen to while playing giant Jenga or competing in an awesome corn hole competition. There will also be other yard games available for some friendly competition! Overall, this evening will be a great way to end another wonderful SAVMA Symposium and get us all ready to do it again in 2020!
SPONSORED BY Idexx and Southern Veterinary Partners