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Connection Corner

Student/DVM Networking Lunch

Begin building your professional network now! Connection Corner at the MVC is your opportunity to learn more about your future career and interact with vets in your field of interest.

Veterinary and pre-veterinary students are invited to enjoy a complimentary lunch followed by an hour of power networking with veterinarians in a variety of practice disciplines. This is a great opportunity to ask questions about your future career, strengthen your networking skills, and potentially score a summer job or externship!

What to Expect

  • Enjoy a complimentary lunch, followed by an hour of low-pressure networking.
  • Meet vets working in all areas of veterinary medicine, including companion and large animal, academia, public health, and more!
  • Ask questions about vet school and beyond.
  • Learn about your field of interest and explore others you may not have considered.

Supported By:

Stanton Foundation

Event Details

  • When: Friday, Feb. 23, 2024 (11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.)
  • Where: Hyatt Regency Columbus (350 N. High St.)
  • Who: Veterinary and Pre-Vet Students
  • Cost: Free with OVMA membership and/or MVC registration
  • How to Sign Up: RSVP required during online registration
    • On the Session & Event Selection page, check "Connection Corner" under the "Special Events" track

Meet the Vets...

More info coming soon!


Yes, veterinary, technician, and pre-veterinary students are most welcome to attend. You are not required to provide proof of your student status.

No. While you do receive free registration as a student member, you need to self-register online in advance or on site in person.

Remember, you MUST use the email address you provided OVMA when you joined; otherwise, you will not be able to access complimentary member registration.

The cost for a full conference pass is $0 for OVMA Student* and SCNAVTA members and $35-$45 for non-members (depending on when you register).

Please note, student pricing is not available for mail/fax registrations. To get the student price, you must register online.

*Remember, you must use the email address you provided OVMA when you joined; otherwise, you will not be able to access complimentary registration.

OVMA Membership for Pre-Vet & Veterinary Students. Students who are enrolled in or have been accepted into an accredited college of veterinary medicine are eligible to become an OVMA Student Member and take advantage of complimentary MVC registration for the duration of their veterinary education. Please visit the OVMA Student Membership page for more information. If eligible, you may join via the OVMA website or during the online MVC registration process.

SCNAVTA membership for technician students. To learn more about membership in the student chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (SCNAVTA), please visit the NAVTA website.

Due to the interactive nature of hands-on labs and workshops, these programs are designed for specific attendee types, based on the training and education those individiuals receive, and therefore may be restricted to specific audiences.

Please read the lab descriptions carefully to determine if the subject matter is appropriate; if so, you may contact OVMA to request an override. Keep in mind, however, that the cancellation and refund policy applies even if you change your mind or find that the material does not meet your level of expertise.

You will receive an email confirmation immediately upon completing your registration.

However, OVMA does NOT mail hard-copy confirmation packets to students in advance, so you will need to pick up your badge on site. Additional information is included in your confirmation email and the event reminder email, sent a few days prior to the MVC.

Refer to your confirmation email for instructions on canceling your registration. Please submit a cancelation even if you received a complimentary registration. Non-member student attendees will receive a refund of 90% of their registration fee.

The MVC staff needs attendees to moderate many of the CE sessions during the Conference. Learn more about moderating »

Any MVC attendee can volunteer as a Session Moderator. Please note, you MUST be registered to attend on the day(s) you volunteer. In other words, it's not a way to attend for free (sorry!).

A Session Moderator is essentially a Speaker's assistant. They introduce the speakers of their selected sessions using an introduction prepared by the MVC staff and, in the event of a problem, assist in locating appropriate staff to resolve A/V equipment or room issues.

Volunteers usually moderate for a morning (8 to 11:30 a.m.) or afternoon block of sessions (1:30 to 5 p.m.), but we will gladly accept any level of commitment!

In addition to the networking possibilities, moderators are invited to a complimentary lunch with their speakers on the days they volunteer.

As a bonus, all volunteers who sign up by Feb. 9 will be entered in a raffle to win tickets to the Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Buffalo Sabres game on Friday, Feb. 23!

You may sign up online after completing your MVC registration. Please note, you will need a valid email address and be a registered attendee in order to volunteer.

A link to online volunteer sign-up and an access code will be included in your MVC registration confirmation email. If you registered by mail or fax and did not provide an email address, please contact us to obtain the login information.

The moderator kit will be posted on the MVC website two weeks prior to the Conference. We will contact you via email once it is available, or you can access the kit via the volunteers page.