2013 APVMA Symposium at the UFCVM
The 2013 American Pre-Veterinary Medical Association (APVMA) Symposium will be held at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine (UFCVM) from March 1-3, 2013. The APVMA Symposium is one of the largest pre-vet conferences in the country and includes a dynamic schedule of labs and lectures that introduce pre-vet students to the myriad careers available in professional veterinary medicine. The UFCVM is proud to host the event for 2013 and looks forward to welcoming the 600 pre-vet students, admissions personnel, and undergraduate advisors that are expected to attend. The UFCVM has some of the finest veterinary facilities and educators in the world and is excited to use the small and large animal hospitals, its varied teaching spaces and labs, in conjunction with its faculty and staff, to provide the most exciting docket of labs and lectures ever presented at an APVMA Symposium.
In the coming weeks, this site will be updated to provide links to the APVMA Symposium registration and schedule and to the hotels that will provide students with a block rate for the weekend.
Please keep your eyes open for updates! We look forward to seeing you in March 2013!
APVMA Registration Website – CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Hotel and Housing Information – Hilton University of Florida Conference Center Gainesville
List of Lectures and Descriptions
Veterinary Medicine in the Military
This lecture is an overview of the life of a veterinarian in the US military. This lecture will cover various opportunities available by working for the US military as well as the steps a vet student must take to work for the military after graduation.
Critical Thinking and Diagnosis: How to Think Like a Veterinarian
This is a fun lecture on how much information you can get out of a routine physical exam coupled with some good common sense. It will emphasize what to pay attention to when performing a physical exam as well as how to better read/interpret the animal when performing diagnostic exams.
This lecture is an overview of the life of a veterinarian working with non-domestic species. It will provide the student with an understanding of what the rewards and limitations are when working in a non-traditional field of veterinary medicine. This lecture will also give some examples of a “typical” day as a zoo medicine veterinarian.
Aquatic Medicine: From Manatees to Fish
This lecture will explore the dynamics of working as an aquatic medicine veterinarian and the variety of clients you will see in practice.
Laboratory Medicine/ Research
This lecture is an overview of the life of a veterinarian working in a busy research facility. It will cover the differences and similarities between the veterinary impact of being a researcher versus the veterinary impact of being a practicing clinician as well as the different approaches that a researcher uses to address issues in veterinary medicine. It will also cover the common things that researchers have to handle such as grant proposals, being a teacher to those in their lab, and reading, writing, and presenting journal articles.
Animal Welfare, Hoarding, and Animal Forensics
This lecture is an overview of an animal neglect and hoarding cases. Learn how veterinarians are crucial to ensure a happy ending in emergency responses to animal cruelty cases. It will focus on medical issues that are common to animal hoarding and extreme animal neglect. It will give the perspective of a first responder to the scene and will show you how to react to animals in critical conditions that need immediate medical intervention. You will also learn about triage and forensic examinations.
Marine Mammal Medicine
This lecture is an overview of the life of a veterinarian working with marine mammals.
This lecture is an overview of current and future therapeutic options for cancer in animals.
Small Animal Surgery: Correction of Limb Deformities in Dogs
This lecture is an overview of current and future treatments for certain orthopedic diseases, particularly those afflicting the limbs of canines.
Dairy Veterinary Medicine
This lecture is an overview of the life of a veterinarian working in the dairy industry.
Veterinary Medical College Application service (VMCAS): Your Key to Success!
Your VMCAS application is the doorstep to your career as a practicing vet. This year, VMCAS application procedures will have significant upgrades. Come learn how to ensure that you submit the best application possible!!! Everything you wanted to know about the VMCAS but were afraid to ask!
Managing Veterinary School Debt
This lecture will provide an overview of the current student loan system and how much it actually costs to finish vet school. It will also highlight the options available to students in repaying student debt after graduation, and will propose some key financial questions that each student applying to/entering vet school should ask themselves.
Information on Becoming a Specialist
This lecture is an overview of the process it takes to gain a veterinary specialty degree and what it means to be a specialist. It will also provide some examples of various specialties that exist for students to consider as potential career paths.
Acupuncture and Animal Rehabilitation
This lecture will provide an overview of the life of a veterinarian working with acupuncture and rehabilitation.
The (Other) Family Doctor
This lecture is an overview of the life of a veterinarian working in a busy primary care clinic. It will emphasize the role of the veterinarian in the clients’ lives as a “Family Doctor” in addition to the medical role the veterinarian assumes when caring for patients.
Large Animal Surgery
This lecture is an overview of the life of a veterinarian working as a large animal surgeon.
Colic and Large Animal ER First Aid
This lecture is an overview of the current therapies for equine emergency colic.
Foal Critical Care
This lecture is an overview of the current therapies for equine neonatal critical care.
Small Animal Critical Care
This lecture follows some interesting and unusual cases that come into the small animal emergency room.
Natural Disaster Relief
This lecture is an overview of the veterinarian’s role following a natural disaster.
This lecture is an overview of the life of veterinarians working in large animal theriogenology.
Nutrition in Veterinary Medicine
This lecture will discuss the importance of nutrition in veterinary practice and how to select the ideal diet for your dog.
Anesthesia and Analgesia
This lecture will provide an overview of the life of veterinarian working in small animal anesthesia.
Life in Vet School: A Look through the Years
Hear the victories, struggles and advice of veterinary students from different years. Learn about the interview process and the skills necessary to survive veterinary school in this lecture.
Dentistry and Outpatient Medicine
This lecture will provide an overview of the life of veterinarian working in a busy veterinary dental practice.
Cardiology and Cardiac Procedures
This lecture will provide an overview of minimally invasive procedures used to fix cardiac disease in animals.
Research Opportunities for Vet Students
This lecture will provide an overview of programs that help veterinary students gain more research exposure during school.
Image Guided Procedures
This lecture will provide an introduction to the basics of image-guided interventions including ultrasound, fluoroscopy, and endoscopy.
Bovine Veterinary Medicine
This lecture will provide an overview to a day in the life of a food animal veterinarian working primarily with beef cattle.
8am-9am: Nutrition in Veterinary Medicine, Life in Vet School, Zoo Medicine
9am-10am: Small Animal Surgery, Dentistry & Outpatient Medicine, Cardiology, Foal Critical Care, Marine Mammal
10am-11am: Anesthesia, Life in Vet School, Oncology, Colic & Large Animal ER First Aid, Aquatic Medicine
11am-Noon: Information on becoming a specialist, Critical Thinking & Diagnosis
1pm-2pm: Veterinary Medicine in the Military, Managing Vet School Debt, Acupuncture & Rehabilitation, Dairy Veterinary Medicine
Please Note: Students are welcome to attend any lecture for each time slot. Lectures fill up on a first-come, first-served basis. Key lectures that are likely to be applicable to more students are offered in larger auditoriums and some are offered twice.
Lab Descriptions and Schedules
The different labs are labeled A or B based solely on whether or not they are the first (A) or second (B) lab of the day, but are otherwise identical.
This lab will cover basic sterile techniques, instrument manipulation, and various suture patterns. Students will have a chance to try several different and challenging suture patterns commonly used in veterinary medicine.
Introduction to Ultrasound
This lab is a demonstration and discussion of ultrasound concepts and technology. Students will have a chance to practice ultrasounds in a model and to perform an ultrasound guided cytocentesis(bladder tap) as well as fine needle aspirate of a mass.
Introduction to Radiology
This lab will be a demonstration of how digital radiographs are taken and processed. Different case scenarios will be presented and students will have to diagnose and interpret the radiographs.
Introduction to CPR in Small Animals
In this lab, students will learn different cardiac arrest codes and how to perform CPR according to the latest guidelines. Students will practice skills on a CPR simulator followed by a brief lecture discussing the importance of CPR.
Introduction to Anesthesia Monitoring
In this lab, students will be taught how to properly set up and operate the latest anesthesia monitoring equipment. Students will also have the chance to more fully understand how advanced hemodynamic monitoring works.
Introduction to Emergency Procedures
In this lab, students will discuss different case scenarios, and will have the chance to perform advanced emergency procedures such as tracheostomies, intraosseous catheterization, venous cutdown, nasal esophageal tube placement, and chest tube placement.
Introduction to Emergency Diagnostics
In this lab, students will discuss different case scenarios and will have a chance to perform advanced diagnostic procedures such as thoraco-centesis (chest tap), cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) tap, synovial fluid tap, and blind cystocentesis (bladder tap). A brief lecture discussing cases that utilized these procedures will also be presented.
Blood Draw, Bandage and Intubation
In this lab, students will have a chance to perform venous catheterization and venous sampling, practice different bandaging techniques, and perform endotracheal intubation on clinical simulators.
In this lab, students will have a chance to observe the steps taken to perform a post-mortem exam and observe any lesions found. Sample collection, techniques, and equipment will be discussed.
• Become familiar with post-mortem techniques and equipment
• Examine normal and abnormal anatomy of sample specimens
Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy
In this lab, participants will have a chance to observe different modalities of pet rehabilitation including an underwater treadmill, laser therapy, and acupuncture. You will learn about the importance physical therapy and acupuncture have in veterinary medicine.
In this lab, students will have a chance to learn comparative anatomy from different species and have a chance to practice dissection on real cadavers.
In this lab, students will have a chance to learn and perform detailed exam and diagnostics (including tissue sampling and necropsy) on fish and sea turtles.
Shelter Medicine (CSI)
This lab compliments the lecture “Animal Welfare, Hoarding, and Animal Forensics” and focuses on forensic examination of deceased victims of animal cruelty cases. Participants will be able to examine animal cadavers for evidence of abuse or neglect and learn the step-by-step process involved in properly documenting an exam of victims found dead upon arrival at the scene. You will learn about the equipment, personnel, and forms required for performing the exams. When you are done, you will also know how to appropriately document and photograph the evidence.
Tour to Teaching Dairy Unit (8am-12pm. Transportation Provided)
Students will observe the daily routine of a large animal dairy veterinarian. They will learn the importance of good husbandry in production medicine.
Tour to Santa Fe Teaching Zoo (1pm-4pm. Transportation Provided)
In this lab, students will have a unique opportunity to observe the daily routine of a zoo medicine veterinarian at one of the few teaching zoos in the country. They will learn the importance of good husbandry for exotic species kept in captivity.
UF CVM Tour:
University of Florida Veterinary School Hospital is one of the most modern teaching hospitals in the United States. The students will have a unique opportunity to observe the daily routine of a busy veterinary hospital and learn about the latest technology applied to veterinary care.
(Note: This is neither a lab nor a lecture per se. It is an hour-long guided tour offered 5 times throughout the day for anyone interested in touring the hospital and seeing all it has to offer)
UF CVM Tours:
8:00 – 9:00 AM
9:00 – 10:00 AM
10:00 – 11:00 AM
1:00 – 2:00 PM
3:00 – 4:00 PM
8am-10am: Anesthesia Monitoring A, Emergency Procedures A, Suture Training A, Blood Draw, Bandaging, & Intubation A, Shelter Medicine A, Rehabilitation Therapy A, Radiology A
10am-Noon: Anesthesia Monitoring B, Emergency Procedures B, Suture Training B, Blood Draw, Bandaging, & Intubation B, Shelter Medicine B, Rehabilitation Therapy B, Radiology B
1pm-3pm: Small Animal CPR A, Anatomy A, Emergency Diagnostics A, Pathology Necropsy A, Aquatic Medicine A, Ultrasound A
3pm-5pm: Small Animal CPR B, Anatomy B, Emergency Diagnostics B, Pathology Necropsy B, Aquatic Medicine B, Ultrasound B
Please Note: Each student may attend only ONE LAB. Each lab is offered twice in order to try and accommodate every student’s most desired choices.