UGA College of Veterinary Medicine student organization to host benefit auction

UGA College of Veterinary Medicine student organization to host 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 Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. Doors open and silent bidding begins at 6 p.m. with a live auction beginning at 8:00 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.

“This is an extremely important fundraiser for us,” says Kenya Crawford, coordinator of the event. “The auction is vital to raise money to support veterinary students in SCAVMA for educational enrichment and career advancement opportunities.”

Admission to the auction will include dinner and live entertainment by a violin group and Swung, a swing dance performance troupe. Tickets are $15 if purchased in advance or $20 if purchased at the door.

Items on the auction block include a one-week stay at a Hilton Head beach house, a personalized portrait of Uga, free pet spays and neuters, one year supplies of Frontline, free salsa and belly dancing lessons, tickets to the Marvin Hamlisch performance at the Classic Center, an iPod docking station, free haircuts at bob Salon, a Merle Norman makeover, Bodyplex health club memberships, doggie toys and boarding and much more. Go to www.vet.uga.edu/SCAVMA for a complete itemized list.

To donate items or services or to purchase advance-sale tickets, please contact Kenya Crawford, class of 2009, at kenya07@uga.edu or 706/372-4825.

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 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.