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Virtual SCVMA Conference Welcomes Student Veterinarians From Across Canada

2021 Students of Canadian Veterinary Medical Association ConferenceA virtual conference is bringing together more than 500 student veterinarians from across Canada to network and learn from top-notch veterinary educators.

The annual Students of Canadian Veterinary Medicine Conference (SCVMA) launches January 14, 2021, hosted by student veterinarians at the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College (OVC).

This annual conference, organized by students for students, rotates among the five Canadian veterinary colleges. It provides students an opportunity to network with one another while learning about different sectors of veterinary medicine.

In addition to student veterinarians from the five Canadian schools – the Atlantic Veterinary College, Faculté de Médecine Vétérinaire, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary – Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and the Ontario Veterinary College , this year’s conference will welcome international Canadian Veterinary Medical Association student members from schools such as the University of Edinburgh and University of Glasgow.

A committee of 23 OVC student veterinarians, led by Peyton Tam, OVC Class of 2023 and SCVMA representative for the OVC, are bringing this virtual event to life.

The students put together a program following their conference theme of One Conference, One Community, One Health.

Dr. Adam Little, OVC 2013, keynote speaker at SCVMA 2021 Conference“We have about 520 student veterinarians from first to fourth year, registered for the conference,” says Tam. “This will be an exciting event providing them an opportunity to connect with each other and learn from the best educators out there!”

Students can choose from almost 30 lectures during the three-day event, covering a variety of areas in veterinary medicine including, exotic medicine, nutrition, parasitology, 3D printing in veterinary medicine, access to care, well-being, veterinary career paths and veterinary medicine in the COVID-19 era, along with case studies in diagnostics, imaging, One Health and tick-borne zoonoses, and sample veterinary appointments where students can practice assessing medical history, interpreting radiographs and more to develop a diagnosis. .

“A big thank you to all our OVC professors who are lending their time and sharing their expertise during this event,” says Tam.

In addition to a number of OVC professors and alumni sharing their expertise, Dr. Justine Lee (VetGirl on the Run) also will provide a series of sessions focused on life hacks for the new graduate.

The conference opens with a virtual social evening on Thursday, January 14 where students can gather in small groups, to network and discuss their unique experiences at different veterinary schools. A wellness evening, also open to everyone, will include virtual fitness and yoga classes.

The conference wraps up with two virtual keynote presentations.

Dr. Christina Tran, keynote speaker at SCVMA 2021 ConferenceDr. Christina Tran, president of the Multicultural Veterinary Medical Association, will discuss NextGenDVM: Reflecting on the past, being intentional in the present, and determining your future.

OVC DVM 2013 alum Dr. Adam Little, co-founder and chief medical officer of FuturePet, will talk about the evolving veterinary practice model and unpack the trends that are contributing to a new and exciting world for today's veterinary graduates.

The organizing committee would like to thank their generous sponsors: National Veterinary Associates, VIVID Insurance, Purina ProPlan Veterinary Diets, ProConcepts Animal Health, Banfield Pet Hospital, Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), Ontario Veterinary Medical Association, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Ward and Uptigrove, and OVC Pet Trust who have supported this year’s conference.

Learn more about the conference and sponsors on the CVMA website. 

Follow the conference on Instagram @scvma.eacmv and Facebook at Students of the SCVMA

The CVMA is the national and international voice for Canada’s veterinarians, providing leadership and advocacy for veterinary medicine. The SCVMA was established to provide a student forum in veterinary medicine and to allow for the exchange of students' ideas and information with the profession, the CVMA and other relevant organizations. The SCVMA Committee includes one representative from each Canadian veterinary college.