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UGA Colege of Veterinary Medicine student organization hosts benefit auction

UGA College of Veterinary Medicine student organization hosts benefit auction

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine’s Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association is hosting a benefit auction at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia Visitors Center on Saturday, Feb. 21. Doors open and silent bidding begins at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m., with a live auction beginning at 8 p.m. This auction, the biggest fundraiser for SCAVMA, will provide support for veterinary students who are pursuing advanced degrees through the College of Veterinary Medicine.

“We are really excited about our auction this year. The items donated so far are amazing and the auction promises to be a great time,” says Matt Faulkner, coordinator of the event. “The local community’s support of this event is vital to raising the money we need to bring in international scholars, provide supplemental educational opportunities and award leadership scholarships for outstanding students.”

Admission to the auction will include dinner and live entertainment, including Swung, a swing dance performance troupe. Tickets are $20 if purchased in advance or $25 if purchased at the door.

Items on the auction block include a one-week stay at a Charleston (SC) beach house, gift certificates to local restaurants like Buffalo’s and DePalma’s, free pet spays and neuters, one-year supplies of Frontline, two-night stay at a luxurious Northeast Georgia mountain cabin, a one-night stay in a local bed & breakfast, personalized behind-the-scene tours of the Georgia Aquarium and Zoo Atlanta, Lasik Eye Surgery at the Georgia Eye Institute, amazing artwork, and much more. Go to for a complete itemized list.

To purchase advance tickets, contact Phil Good at or 803/671-0376.

The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, founded in 1946, is dedicated to training future veterinarians, providing services to animal owners and veterinarians, and doing research to improve the health of animals as well as people. The college enrolls 96 students each fall out of the approximately 500 who apply.It has more than 145 faculty members. Through its hospital and diagnostic laboratories, the college benefits pets and their owners, food producing animals and wildlife. The laboratories safeguard public health through disease surveillance. Research conducted at the college improves the health and quality of life for companion animals and improves the productivity and health of poultry and livestock.