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Indianapolis Conferences Offer Something for Everyone

Posted July 31, 2017

 

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CVM employees listen to a speaker during the Association of Veterinary Advancement Professionals Conference.

Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences professionals from a variety of backgrounds converged at Indianapolis for the Association of Veterinary Advancement Professionals (AVAP) and American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) conferences.

Development officers Chasity Carrigan, Bubba Woytek, Eliana Brown, Linzy Woolf, and Monika Blackwell and CVM executive director of communications, media, and public relations Megan Palsa attended the three-day AVAP conference from July 19-21.

The AVAP is an organization of development, public relations, and alumni relations professionals that seeks to promote the success of veterinary medical education through the professional development of its membership.

AVMAwelcomeThe sessions included presentations by Lynne Wester, of the University of Texas at Austin; Bill Stanczykiewicz, director of The Fund Raising School and senior lecturer in philanthropic studies at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy; Leslie Carmona, director of donor relations at Wayne State University; and Courtney Downey, director of alumni, donor, and public relations at Purdue University.

The CVM group had presentations from the Indianapolis Zoo, a trip to a local horse racing track, and opportunities to network with colleagues from across the country.

CVM veterinary professionals and administrators also were on hand for the AVMA Convention from July 21-25, which offered five days of continuing education sessions, hands-on learning, and interactive labs.
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Aggies enjoy conversation during the July 25 AVMA Alumni Reception.

The conference keynote speaker was paleontologist, explorer, and champion of One Health Paul Sereno, who discussed “Insights for One Health from Centuries and Millennia Past.”

A variety of panels were offered on companion animal medicine, food animal/equine medicine, practice management, veterinary technology, public and corporate practice, and other hot topics.

Attendee also had the chance to explore new products and services from many exhibitors and participate in extracurricular events and networking opportunities.

The CVM wrapped up the conference with the annual AVMA Alumni Reception, at The Tin Roof, where guests were treated to good food, conversation, and live music. It was a great opportunity to network with fellow Aggie veterinarians and their families.


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