Association of Shelter Veterinarians

We are the student chapter of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV), or the Shelter Medicine Club at UGA. Our club started in 2006 and has been very active within the vet school and the surrounding community. Shelter Medicine is an emerging field within veterinary medicine that applies a herd health outlook to small animal medicine. Our discipline is fast growing and opportunities are abundant. Some relevant topics within the field of shelter medicine include epidemiology, infectious disease transmission and control, facility design, high volume spay/neuter, behavior evaluation and modification, community outreach, forensic veterinary medicine, animal abuse investigation, and public policy as it relates to companion animals. For more information about shelter medicine, please visit and

The club hosts many exciting speakers; past topics have included introduction to shelter medicine, vaccine strategies in a shelter setting, feral cat management, and veterinary forensics. The club also hosts fundraisers (yummy bagels from Zim’s in the mornings!) to support our activities and educational meetings. This past spring, we hosted our first annual film festival, which included several documentaries highlighting challenges that have significantly impacted the shelter medicine community, including dog fighting and disaster relief. The club is also very active in the community, providing volunteers for mobile adoption events, rabies clinics, and other activities to benefit area shelters. In the fall, the club sponsors a trip to Full Moon Farm, a wolf-dog sanctuary in NC, to assist with building housing structures for the canines who are sheltered there.

We feel that shelter medicine is an exciting and dynamic field of veterinary medicine that impacts all small animal practitioners, even if you do not plan to actually work in a shelter. There are many ways that all of us can serve our community when we graduate from UGA, and we hope that our club activities will help students become more aware of issues that face all animal shelters so that they may offer assistance and guidance.

President: Natalie Duncan

Vice President: Angela Gray

Secretary: Beth Antley

Treasurer: Vanna Dickerson


SCAVMA Auction

Our annual benefit auction will take place on Saturday, January 28, 2012 from 7pm – 11pm at the Grand Hall of The University of Georgia Tate 2 Student Center to help raise money for student educational opportunities, student scholarships, and community outreach at the veterinary college.

At this exciting event, a team of genuine auctioneers bring their high-speed chant to call bids on some of our biggest auction items. In addition to the live auction, over a hundred items are sold in a simultaneous silent auction. There is also live entertainment, a dinner buffet and an open wine and beer bar. This is easily the best charity auction you can attend in Athens, GA.

Items for the auction comprise of donations from within the college, from alumni, from various veterinary food and drug corporations, and from businesses and individuals in the Athens community. Currently, we are accepting donations and would greatly appreciate any contributions that you may wish to offer. In years past, donations have included merchandise, services, gift cards, etc.

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Tickets to the auction are $25 if purchased in advance or $30 if purchased at the door. Purchase your tickets today using Paypal.

Want to donate to the auction? Fill out an auction donation form or contact auction committee chair Wade Edwards (DVM 2014) at


Here are a few items that will be auctioned off this year:

  • 4 Behind-The-Scenes passes to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and a 2 night stay at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel
  • LASIK Eye Surgery from Georgia Eye Institute
  • Spa Package from Urban Sanctuary Spa
  • One Weekend Night Stay at the Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta

Also check out a list of many more exciting items that sold last year!


Baked Brie with Assorted Crackers, Breads and Grapes
Assorted Olive Oils with Rustic Breads and Three Cheese Spreads
Roasted Red Pepper and Goat Cheese Mousse on Crustini
Shaved Beef Tender on Herbed Crustini with Horseradish Cream

Mixed Green Salad
Sweet Corn Souffle
Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans Almandine

Roasted Loin of Pork
Balsamic Glazed Breast of Chicken
Yeast Rolls
Banana Pudding, Apple Cobbler, Cookies, and Brownies

Open bar with Beer and Wine
Sweet Tea, Un-Sweet Tea, Water

2011 SCAVMA Auction

Last year’s auction was held in the Conservatory Great Room at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. Check out these pictures from the 2009 SCAVMA Auction, which also took place at the Botanical Garden.

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