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UGA veterinary medicine student organization to host annual benefit auction

Athens, Ga. – An upcoming auction at the University of Georgia will provide support for veterinary students who are pursuing advanced degrees through the College of Veterinary Medicine. The auction—which includes dinner and entertainment—will be held Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. in the Grand Hall of the Tate Student Center.

The benefit auction is the biggest fundraiser for SCAVMA, UGA’s Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association. The student chapter 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 UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Items collected for the auction this year include a variety of artwork and handmade items, karate and surfing lessons, gift cards, gift baskets and several packages for entertainment events and attractions with hotel stays.

The student organization is continuing to accept items for the auction. To donate items or services or to purchase tickets, contact auction committee chair Alessandra Keenan at Tickets also may be purchased at Tickets are $25 if purchased in advance or $30 at the door.

For more information on SCAVMA, see

UGA College of Veterinary Medicine
The UGA College of Veterinary Medicine, founded in 1946, is dedicated to training future veterinarians, conducting research related to animal and human diseases and 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 800 who apply. For more information, see

UGA College of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital
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 U.S. The college is currently working to raise $25 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. For more information, see