The American Association of Swine Veterinarians’ 48th Annual Meeting begins this weekend in Denver. Around 1,000 attendees are expected.

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Close to 1,000 swine veterinarians and veterinary students are headed to the Mile High City in the coming days to discover new products and technologies, exchange information with their peers, and gain science-based, practical knowledge.

Organization: American Association of Swine Veterinarians.

Conference: 48th Annual Meeting.

Venue: Hyatt Regency Denver.

Following Saturday’s preconference seminars, the 48th AASV Annual Meeting will start on Sunday with concurrent afternoon sessions and an evening welcome reception. Worth noting:

Healthy competition. Fifteen veterinary students, who earned their spots by producing the best abstracts at the AASV Student Seminar in September, will compete for awards in this year’s Veterinary Student Poster Competition. Everyone’s a winner: First place takes home $500, and the student who comes in 15th earns $200.

Quick tips. The half-day preconference seminar, “AASV’s Got Talent,” will cover a variety of topics and give attendees ideas that they can implement as soon as they leave the meeting. Presenters are sure to bring their best tips, too, as they are competing for the “tipster of the year” cash prize.

Bidding war. Attendees are motivated to take part in the meeting’s silent and live auctions, which benefit AASV Foundation programs like swine research and scholarships. Items up for bid include Green Bay Packers tickets, a trip for four to Spain, pig-related artwork, and noise-canceling headphones.


How to Become a Veterinarian.

The educational requirements for vets vary with each country. Typically, it takes from four to eight years of education after graduating from high school to obtain a veterinary organization. The degree granted also varies with each country. Some grant the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree while others grant a doctorate. In the United States, holders of either degree are allowed to practice as a veterinarian if they succeed in passing a national and state board exam.

In the United States, vet schools are frequently state-supported institutions. Each state’s schools might be significantly different than that of another state, depending on the number of positions available, and the number of in-state applicants. Because of this, veterinary school admissions can vary in competitiveness. The ratio of applications to students accepted varies tremendously between each school, mostly due to the variation in the school’s residency requirement. Options are available for students to apply to overseas schools, but graduates are often not regarded as highly if post-graduate training is desired.

In the U.S. and Canada, vet school lasts four years with at least one year being dedicated to clinical rotations. In the U.S., one can enter veterinary school after completing the pre-veterinary requirement in as little as two years, but most veterinary school applicants have completed a bachelor’s degree before entry into the professional program.

What is the work environment of a Veterinarian like?

Small animal veterinarians typically work in veterinary clinics or veterinary hospitals, or both. Large animal veterinarians often spend more time traveling to see their patients at the primary facilities which house them (zoos, farms, etc.).

As opposed to a human doctor’s office, which only has exam rooms, a veterinarian’s office is more like a hospital with a full pharmacy. Waiting rooms are available often with separate areas for dogs, cats, and exotics.