Feb. 22–25, 2018 | Greater Columbus Convention Center | Columbus, Ohio

activities & events

The MVC is more than education! Network, socialize, and even make a difference at these special events throughout the Conference.

Events for All Attendees

OVMA President's Reception & Wine Tasting Fundraiser for Ohio Animal Health Foundation

NEW! Join Dr. Tod Beckett for a tasteful fundraiser benefiting the Ohio Animal Health Foundation. Guests will sample a variety of notable wines while mingling with colleagues after a long day of sessions. This is a pour decision you won’t regret making! After all, it’s for a good riesling: Your contribution will help OAHF ensure a brighter future for animals.
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MVC Job Fair

NEW! Are you looking for your next opportunity? Does your practice need a new associate or a student intern for the summer? If so, we invite you to join us at the first-ever MVC Job Fair, to be held on site on Saturday, Feb. 24.
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MVC Sunday Lunch

The world is changing, and veterinary medicine is changing along with it. No doubt you’ve joined—or at least heard—debates over opioid diversion, telemedicine, and other emerging issues that affect your job and the profession as a whole. All attendees are invited to join us on Sunday for lunch and a thoughtful discussion of the changing profession.
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Auxiliary Silent Auction

As you make your way through the Exhibit Hall, be sure to stop by the OVMA Auxiliary silent auction to browse items for sale and place your bid. Proceeds from the auction are used to fund student scholarships.

Events for OVMA Members

Connection Corner Networking Lunch

What are your secrets for surviving veterinary school, preparing for NAVLE, and looking for a job? Share your expertise and experience with students at this annual networking lunch!
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OVMA Member Business Meeting

OVMA Members are encouraged to attend the annual Association business meeting on Friday morning. Enjoy a continental breakfast while you hear important membership updates from OVMA officers.

Auxiliary Annual Meeting & Lunch

After the annual meeting, Auxiliary members will enjoy lunch and a presentation from comedian, singer, and author Mary Miller. After surviving breast cancer, Mary founded a charity and established a supportive community for women battling the illness. 

Events for Students

OVMA Student Member Appreciation Reception

OVMA Student Members are invited to the annual Student Appreciation Reception, where they can kick back with fellow students and hear from a keynote speaker on a timely topic.
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Connection Corner Networking Lunch 

You’re getting a top-notch education in veterinary school, but what’s life like in the real world? Join your future colleagues at this lunch and speed networking event to find out!
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Veterinary Exploration Conference

Do you know a young person who wants to follow in your footsteps, or does your child want to learn more about a career in veterinary medicine? The Veterinary Exploration Conference, held in conjunction with the MVC, is the perfect place to start.
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Volunteer Opportunities

Would you like to be more involved in the Midwest Veterinary Conference? Are you looking for an opportunity to connect with experts in your field, or a chance to impact the future of veterinary medicine? If so, the MVC has a variety of volunteer opportunities you can take advantage of.

Why Volunteer?

As an MVC volunteer, you not only help execute one of the largest veterinary conferences in America, but you also will...

  • Get a free meal: Moderators have access to the Speaker Dining Room on the day(s) they volunteer, and DVMs who participate in Connection Corner will enjoy a complimentary lunch.
  • Have access to networking opportunities: As a moderator, you'll have a chance to connect with speakers of the sessions you volunteer for.
  • Impact future veterinarians: At the Connection Corner, you'll be able to make a difference for students who may someday be your colleagues.
  • Have a chance to win: Moderators will automatically be entered into a drawing to win one of two Columbus sports packages.

Please note, you must be a registered attendee in order to volunteer at the MVC, and signing up to moderate does not automatically register you for the Conference.

Session Moderators

A Session Moderator (formerly Presider) serves as an "ambassador" to one or more speakers. Moderators 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.

How to Participate: Volunteer online after registering for the MVC.
Note: you will need an access code to enter the volunteer site. Refer to your MVC registration confirmation email for this password.

Connection Corner: Student/DVM Networking Lunch

Give back to the future of veterinary medicine! OVMA Members from all disciplines of veterinary medicine are invited to participate in the fourth annual Connection Corner: Student/DVM Networking Event on Friday, Feb. 23.

Enjoy a complimentary lunch with veterinary students, followed by an hour of power networking, during which you can answer questions, discuss available internship or employment opportunities, and be a part of a valuable connection for students entering the veterinary profession.

DVM volunteers are encouraged to bring business cards; information on their organization, internship and employment opportunities; and any other materials that would introduce students to life as a veterinarian.

How to Participate: Sign up during registration (select event under "Special Events" category), or contact event coordinator Krysten Bennett.

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