Thank you to everyone who participated in Connect 2023.

Mentor Program, Reunion, Continuing Education


Thursday, Oct. 5, 2023

Mentor Welcome Dinner

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

Friday, Oct. 6, 2023

Mentor, Match, Celebrate

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Breakfast
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Mentor Day Activities (Commons)
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. - Lunch (Commons)
5 - 7 p.m. - College Celebration (The Grove) All are invited!

Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023

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

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 5 from 5:30-8 p.m. and continue on Friday, October 6 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. For more information and to become a mentor, click the button below!

Special thanks to our Mentor Program sponsors!

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A College Celebration will be held in the evening of Friday, October 6 (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!

The Continuing Education Program will offer 6 hours of CE credit by alumni speakers in small and large animal tracks, as well as lectures from our 2023 alumni awards recipients! 

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.

Presentation of the Alumni and Faculty Awards will be hosted on Saturday, October 7 from 12-1 p.m. This event will occur over the lunch hour of the continuing education program. 

Alumni from all programs are invited and encouraged to attend all Connect 2023 events. Special focus will be made on reunion class years - ’88, ’93, ’98, ’03, ’08, ’13, ’18. On Saturday, October 7 we will host a gathering at Eastern Divide Brewing Company from 5-9 p.m. (Dinner and drinks included)

Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023

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 Animal-Classroom 100
Priscila Serpa

Priscila Serpa, DVM, MSc, DSc, DACVP–Clinical Pathology

Research Assistant Professor, Clinical Pathology

"Liquid biopsies in Veterinary Medicine: present and future"

Large Animal-Classroom 102
Jamie Stewart

Jamie Stewart, DVM, PhD, MS, DACT

Assistant Professor, Production Management Medicine

"Ewe can do it: Implementing small ruminant BSEs into your practice"

9-9:50 a.m.

Small Animal-Classroom 100
Headshot of Evymarie Prado Sanchez.

Evymarie Prado Sanchez, DVM '19, MPH '19

Veterinary Medical Officer-VA APHIS Veterinary Services

"Don’t Stress: Veterinary Export Health Certification System (VEHCS) in a nutshell"

Large Animal-Classroom 102
Headshot of Elaine Claffey.

Elaine Claffey, DVM '14, DACVS-LA

Assistant Clinical Professor, Large Animal Surgery

"Poor performance in horses: common orthopedic and non-orthopedic causes "

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


10:05-10:55 a.m.

Small Animal-Classroom 100
Audrey Keebaugh

Audrey Keebaugh, DVM, MS '20, DACVIM

Clinical Assistant Professor, Small Animal Internal Medicine

"Approach to Urinary Incontinence"

Large Animal-Classroom 102
Headshot of Laurent Trager-Burns.

Lauren Trager-Burns, DVM, MS, DACVSMR–Equine

Clinical Assistant Professor, Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

"Diagnosis and Treatment of Hind Suspensory Ligament Desmitis"

Afternoon sessions in Classroom 102

11:05-11:55 a.m.

Headshot of Jenny Marin.

Jenny Marin, DVM, DABVP-Canine/Feline Practice

2023 Outstanding Faculty Alumni Award Recipient

"Veterinary Dentistry for General Practice"

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

1-1:50 p.m.

Headshot of Betsy Schroeder.

Betsy Schroeder, MPH , DVM ’16, Ph.D. ’20, DACVPM

2023 Outstanding Recent Alumni Award Recipient

"Rare Imports: The Public Health Response to Canine Variant Rabies"

2-2:50 p.m.

Kevin Pelzer

Kevin D. Pelzer, DVM, MPVM, DACVPM

Professor, Production Management Medicine/Epidemiology

"Small Ruminant Medicine for Small Animal Practice"

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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 (’88, ’93, ’98, ’03, ’08, ’13, ’18) 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. 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.

Special thanks to our Mentor Program sponsor!

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Special thanks to our Connect sponsor!

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