UGA veterinary students to host benefit auction Feb. 12


The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine’s Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association will host a benefit auction Saturday, Feb. 12, starting at 7 p.m. at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. The evening will include dinner, a live and silent auction, and other activities. The auction, the largest annual fundraiser for SCAVMA, will provide support for veterinary students who are pursuing advanced degrees through the College of Veterinary Medicine.
 
Items collected for the auction this year include: a variety of artwork and handmade items; dance lessons; gift cards; several packages for entertainment events; and attractions with hotel stays. Admission to the auction includes dinner and live entertainment. Tickets are $30 if purchased in advance or $35 if purchased at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased through the SCAVMA website at www.ugascavma.com.
 
To donate items or services or to purchase tickets in advance, contact Jessica Brown, class of 2013, at jbrow158@uga.edu.
 
SCAVMA’s goal is to enhance student learning while enabling the College of Veterinary Medicine to better serve the Athens community. Additionally, SCAVMA sponsors seminars, speakers, conferences and learning opportunities that enable students to enhance their education outside of the classroom. SCAVMA also provides annual scholarships for outstanding veterinary students; funds student veterinary projects that serve the Athens community; and donates thousands of dollars each year to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
 
The UGA College of Veterinary Medicine, founded in 1946, is dedicated to training future veterinarians, to conducting research related to animal and human diseases, and to providing veterinary services for animals and their owners. Research efforts are aimed at enhancing the quality of life for animals and people, improving the productivity of poultry and livestock, and preserving a healthy interface between wildlife and people in the environment they share. The college enrolls 102 students each fall out of more than 560 who apply. For more information, see www.vet.uga.edu.
 
The current UGA College of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital, built in 1979, serves more than 18,000 patients per year in one of the smallest teaching hospitals in the United States. The college is currently working to raise $15 million toward building a new Veterinary Medical Learning Center, which will include a new teaching hospital as well as classrooms and laboratories that will allow for the education of more veterinarians. The goal is to increase enrollment to 150 when the Veterinary Medical Learning Center is built. For more information, see http://www.vet.uga.edu/giving/campaign.php.
 
 


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