Thursday, Feb. 22: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Shelter Animal Reception
Sponsored by Merck Animal Health
Decompress after a long day at this informal gathering of directors, veterinarians, humane agents, dog wardens, and other shelter professionals.
Friday, Feb. 23: 7:00 – 7:50 a.m.
OVMA Member Business Meeting
At the annual business meeting, OVMA members are invited to enjoy a complimentary breakfast, hear important Association updates from officers and staff, and witness the passing of the presidential gavel.
No advance RSVP is required, but the event is limited to current OVMA members.
Friday, Feb. 23: 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Connection Corner Networking Lunch
This event brings together veterinary and pre-vet students with practicing veterinarians for lunch and an hour of speed networking. Students are invited to ask questions about their future careers, while veterinarians have the chance to impact the future of the profession!
Friday, Feb. 23: 3:45 – 5:00 p.m.
Canine Spectrum of Care Coffee & Conversation
MVC and The Stanton Foundation invite all attendees to a meet and greet with track speakers prior to the final session of the day. Enjoy light refreshments as you listen to panelists discuss practical applications of spectrum of care in various settings.
For a full description of the panel discussion, please see Session 320.
Friday, Feb. 23: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Happy Hour in the Exhibit Hall
It’s after hours, but no emergencies here! Unwind and expand your professional network at the first-ever Exhibit Hall Happy Hour. Participating exhibitors will be passing out complimentary drink tickets during hall hours on Thursday and Friday, so be sure to explore during your down time!
Friday, Feb. 23: 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Buffalo Sabres
Fundraiser to benefit Ohio Animal Health Foundation
Join the Ohio Animal Health Foundation on Feb. 23 as the Blue Jackets take on the Buffalo Sabres. The team will donate up to $20 per ticket to Ohio Animal Health Foundation to help continue their mission of ensuring a brighter future for animals.
Note: Tickets must be purchased online via the link below to count toward the fundraiser.
Saturday, Feb. 24: 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Technician Appreciation Breakfast & Panel Discussion
Technicians are invited to join us for breakfast and networking on Saturday morning. Afterward, continue the conversation by attending the subsequent panel discussion to explore career paths and get advice from technicians working in a variety of settings. For a full description of the panel discussion, please see Session 593.
Begins Thursday at 12:00 a.m.
Mobile App Game
Compete against fellow attendees to earn points by completing challenges in the mobile app and around the conference. The highest point earners at the end of the event will win a prize!
How to Play
Friday, Feb. 23: 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Rabies Titer Testing
ArcPoint Labs of Columbus will be providing on-site rabies titer testing. The price is $98 for an antibody screen or $118 for endpoint testing.
The CDC recommends veterinary professionals get either: (a) a one-time titer check one year after receiving the rabies vaccine series and up to three years following the first 2-dose vaccination OR (b) a one-dose booster between three weeks and three years following the first vaccine in the 2-dose vaccination.