Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia’s Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association, or SCAVMA, is hosting a benefit auction to provide support for veterinary students pursuing advanced degrees through the College of Veterinary Medicine.
The auction, the biggest fundraiser for SCAVMA, will be held Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. in the Grand Hall of the Tate Student Center. Admission to the event will include dinner and other activities.
Items collected for the auction include a variety of artwork and handmade pieces, tickets to events in Atlanta, sports memorabilia, gift cards and baskets and several packages for entertainment events and attractions with hotel stays. Baked goods also will be available as part of the silent auction.
For alumni unable to attend, the student organization is introducing a program called Bid Dawgs. Alumni will be able to purchase a ticket for a current veterinary student who will represent them at the auction. The student will be provided with a list of items each person would like to bid on as well as the maximum amount for each item. Won items will be held for pickup.
Tickets for the auction are $20 if purchased before Jan. 1, $25 until Feb. 14 and $30 at the door. To purchase advance tickets, donate items or services or learn more about Bid Dawgs, contact auction committee chair Alex Sigmund at firstname.lastname@example.org. Advance tickets and an updated list of auction items also are available at www.vet.uga.edu/student_clubs/scavma.auction.
SCAVMA’s goal is to enhance student learning while enabling the College of Veterinary Medicine to better serve the Athens community. The organization sponsors seminars, speakers, conferences and learning opportunities that enable students to enhance their education outside of the classroom. SCAVMA also 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.
UGA College of Veterinary Medicine
The College of Veterinary Medicine, founded in 1946 at UGA, 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 www.vet.uga.edu.
UGA College of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital
The current UGA College of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital, built in 1979, serves more than 22,500 patients per year in one of the smallest teaching hospitals in the U.S. The college is currently building a new veterinary medical learning center, which will include a new teaching hospital, classrooms and laboratories that will allow for the education of more veterinarians. For more information, see www.vet.uga.edu/vmlc/.