Mentor Program, Career Mixer & Match, Reunion, Continuing Education
Join us Sept 17-18 for this year’s Connect 2021 events, live and in-person at the VMCVM!
Connect 2021 hosts an opportunity for students, alumni, and practitioners to meet and share the collective interest and mutual benefit of mentorship, career opportunities, continuing education, and reunion celebrations. A virtual component will be provided for the continuing education program. All alumni and practitioners (looking to mentor and/or hire) are welcomed and encouraged to attend. There will be special focus on alumni class reunion years - ’86, ’91, ’96, ’01, ’96, ’11, ’16, in addition to last year’s reunion class years who missed out on the fun - ’85, ’90, ’95, ’00, ’05, ’10, ’15, as well as the class of 2020!
Friday “Mentor, Mixer, Match”
- 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. - Mentor Day Activities
- 12 – 1 p.m. - Lunch
- 1 - 5 p.m. - Career Mixer & Match
- Optional Tours
- VMCVM Alumni Board of Directors Meeting
- 5 - 7 p.m. - College Celebration (All invited!)
- 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. - Continuing Education Program (6 hours of CE credit in each of the following 3 tracks: Small Animal, Large Animal, and Public Health/Wellness)
- 12 - 1 p.m. - Alumni and Faculty Awards Presentation
- Remainder of Day - Individual Reunion Class Activities
The Mentor Program, hosted by the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA), provides mentorship opportunities between the college’s DVM students and practitioners across Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia. Mentor Day activities will take place on Friday, September 17 from 9am-12pm, with a lunch from 12-1pm before the Career Mixer & Match gets underway. Both events offer an informal setting to discuss and learn more about future career options.
Any veterinarian can be a mentor. It does not matter where or when you graduated from veterinary school, nor do you have to be a member of a state veterinary medical association. When you sign-up to be a mentor, the VVMA will assign you with one or more students. An opportunity to meet and interact with your mentee(s) occurs annually, in the fall, on “Mentor Day”. It’s a wonderful way to give back to the students and prepare them for their future in veterinary medicine. For more information and to become a mentor, click the button below!
The Career Mixer & Match will offer an informal setting to explore current and future career options. Mentors (any alumni or practitioner participating in Mentor Day) are invited to advertise available positions at their clinics or share additional information about their organizations. Booths will be established for you to set up and for students to explore. Though we want to maintain an informal setting, we will coordinate with mentors and mentees before the event to match available opportunities with those seeking interest or employment. As an extension of Mentor Day, our goal is to provide an additional opportunity for continued conversation and to explore more targeted career discussions, for those interested.
So, if you are looking to hire a student for a summer internship or associate position post-graduation, or perhaps you are an organization that wants to relay available opportunities, sign up to become a mentor – you won’t want to miss the day’s activities!
A College Celebration will be held in the evening of Friday, September 17 (5-7pm) in the College Grove (weather permitting). All are welcome and invited to attend the celebration that will include dinner, adult beverages, and a relaxed atmosphere complete with a band! It will offer an opportunity to continue casual conversation and unwind from a busy day of mentor activities and career discussions, and kick off the party with old classmates and colleagues!
The Continuing Education (CE) program will offer 6 hours of CE credit in each of the following 3 tracks: Small Animal, Large Animal, and Public Health/Wellness. The program will consist largely of alumni speakers who are board certified or considered specialists in their field. You may register to attend this program either in-person or virtually.
The Code of Virginia for Veterinary Medicine approves continuing education courses or programs sponsored by colleges of veterinary medicine approved by the AVMA Council on Education. If you have concerns about the transfer of CE credit in your state of residence, please consult your Board of Veterinary Medicine.
Presentation of the Alumni and Faculty Awards will be hosted on Saturday, September 18 from 12-1pm. This event will occur over the lunch hour of the continuing education program. Recipients of these awards, if applicable, will be invited to present a continuing education lecture in the afternoon programming. To learn more and to nominate for each of the awards, click the button below!
Alumni from all programs are invited and encouraged to attend all Connect 2021 events. Special focus will be made on reunion class years - ’86, ’91, ’96, ’01, ’96, ’11, ’16, in addition to last year’s reunion class years who missed out on the fun - ’85, ’90, ’95, ’00, ’05, ’10, ’15, as well as the class & 2020! While the schedule is full of events at the college, we will be assisting representatives from each reunion year to make the most of their class gathering. The evening of Saturday, September 18 is open for reunion classes to host their own, individual events.
We are building our CE program with alumni speakers! If you are interested in presenting a 50 minute lecture and are board certified or considered a specialist in your field, please fill out the Speaker Submission Form. Alumni speakers will be awarded a $250 honorarium.