Registration will open July 8, 2024.

Connect participants checking in at the registration table during the 2023 events.

Mentor Program, Reunion, Continuing Education


Thursday, Oct. 3, 2024

Mentor Welcome Dinner

5:30 - 8 p.m. (Commons)

Friday, Oct. 4, 2024

Mentor, Match, Celebrate

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Breakfast
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Mentor Day Activities (Commons)
12 - 1 p.m. - Lunch (Commons)
1 - 4 p.m. - College Tours (Starts in Commons)
5 - 7 p.m. - College Celebration (The Grove) All are invited!

Saturday, Oct. 5, 2024

8 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Continuing Education Program
12 - 1 p.m. - Alumni and Faculty Awards Presentation
5 - 9 p.m. - Reunion Gathering - Eastern Divide Brewing
Mentor day

The Mentor Program, hosted by the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA), the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association (MDVMA), and the West Virginia Veterinary Medical Association (WVVMA) provides mentorship opportunities between the college’s DVM students and practitioners across Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia. Mentor Day activities will take place on Thursday, October 3 from 5:30-8 p.m. and continue on Friday, October 4 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., with a lunch from 12-1 p.m..

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. Mentor registration will open in July!

The College Celebration (The Grove) during the Connect 2023 Weekend.

A College Celebration will be held in the evening of Friday, October 4 (5-7 p.m.) 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 live 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!

Britt Carr Benson presenting at Connect 2023.

The Continuing Education Program will offer 6 hours of CE credit by alumni speakers in small and large animal tracks.

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. 

Interested in delivering a presentation? Submit your information below.

Top -  Dr. Jenny Marin, Canine/Feline Practice at the VTH was awarded the 2023 Outstanding Faculty Alumni Award Recipient and  Dr. Betsy Schroeder, MPH , DVM ’16,  Outstanding Recent Alumni Award Recipient.

Presentation of the Alumni and Faculty Awards will be hosted on Saturday, October 5 from 12-1 p.m. This event will occur over the lunch hour of the continuing education program. 

The VMCVM Alum Reunion Gathering - Eastern Divide Brewing

Alumni from all programs are invited and encouraged to attend all Connect 2024 events. Special focus will be made on reunion class years - ’84, ’89, ’94, ’99, ’04, ’09, ’14, ’19. On Saturday, October 5 we will host a gathering at Eastern Divide Brewing Company from 5-9 p.m. (Dinner and drinks included)

Saturday, Oct. 5, 2024

7-7:50 a.m. - Light Breakfast and Coffee (Commons)

7:30-7:50 a.m. - Mingle with Dean M. Daniel Givens (Commons) 

8-8:50 a.m. - Small and Large Animal Session 1

9-9:50 a.m. - Small and Large Animal Session 2

9:55-10:05 a.m. - Break

10:05-10:55 a.m. - Small and Large Animal Session 3

11:05-11:55 a.m. - Session 4

12-1 p.m. - Lunch and Awards Presentation

1-1:50 p.m. - Session 5

2-2:50 p.m. - Session 6

Lodging blocks will open in July/August

Alumni challenge trophy and college promotional items.

Another year, another reunion class challenge!

Each reunion, we have an important focus: celebrating our alumni and promoting class connections. In support of that, we are making our reunion class challenge this year all about participation, friendly competition, and a chance for exclusive VMCVM swag. Whichever reunion year class (’84, ’89, ’94, ’99, ’04, ’09, ’14, ’19) has the most classmates participate, with a gift of any amount, wins!

Not only will this challenge be fun for all our reunion year classes, it will also make an impact on the future of the college. Whatever area at the college you choose to support, from the essential expansion and renovation of the veterinary teaching hospital to critical student scholarships, your gift will make a difference.

As an added bonus, the reunion year class that has the most classmates take part in the challenge will have their class name added to the Alumni Class Challenge trophy and each participating member of their class will get a swag pack mailed to them with exclusive VMCVM items.

We will open donations for the challenge in July!

Past Events

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    Attendees at the College Celebration in the Grove during Connect 2022 at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.
    Connect 2023 , article

    On Oct. 6-7, the college will host an opportunity for students, alumni, and practitioners to meet and share the collective interest and mutual benefit of mentorship, continuing education, and reunion celebrations.

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    Alumni attending the Connect 2021 Continuing Education Seminars.
    Connect 2022 , article

    On Oct. 20-22, the college will host 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.

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    Attendees: Connect 2021
    Connect 2021 , article

    On Sept. 17-18, the college hosted more than 350 attendees for its Connect 2021 events, featuring a record number of new mentors and attendees for Mentor Day — and a renewed sense of community as we reconnected in person!