UGA College 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 (SCAVMA) is hosting a benefit auction at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia Visitor’s Center on Saturday, Feb. 16. Doors open and silent bidding begins at 6 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 UGA College of Veterinary Medicine.

“We’ve got some really unique and exciting donations for the auction already,” said Andrew Verdin, coordinator of the event. “The local business 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 by a violin group and 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 Hilton Head beach house, gift certificates to local restaurants like Buffalo’s and De Palma’s, free pet spays and neuters, one-year supplies of Frontline, a one-night stay in a local bed & breakfast, tickets to the Georgia Aquarium and Zoo Atlanta, a dinner cruise in Charleston Harbor, a facial, manicure and pedicure at local spas, Bodyplex health club memberships, and much more. See www.vet.uga.edu /SCAVMA for a complete itemized list.

To purchase advance-sale tickets, contact Rachael Bodiford, class of 2010, at rbodifor@uga.edu 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 more than 500 who apply.It has more than 130 faculty members.

Through its hospital and diagnostic laboratories, the college benefitspets 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.