RDVM Day draws big crowd

RDVM Day luncheon

Dr. Richard Nancarrow and Dr. Alan Weldon (’86)  with Rob Leonard, (’86) right, during RDVM Day lunch break. (Photo by Sarah Carey)

The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine’s traditional day of free continuing education for referring veterinarians was a big success in its new venue — the UFCVM, said organizers of the June 22 event.

Referring Veterinarian Appreciation Day — or RDVM Day as it’s commonly referred to — was held at the college for the first time this year, enabling organizers to provide tours and parts of the program at the UF Veterinary Hospitals, and the new IFAS Straughn Center as an additional program venue.

“We were thrilled to host almost 300 veterinarians for our first Referring Veterinarian Appreciation Day conference to be held at the college,” said Dr. Amanda House, a program co-organizer and director of the Practice-Based Equine Clerkship. “We enjoyed showcasing our hospitals and visiting with referring veterinarians and alumni for a day of continuing education and networking with colleagues from around the state.”

Dr. Alan Weldon, a member of the college’s class of ’86, was one of the attendees.

“I think this is a really great program, and as always it is fun to get back to Gainesville and be with some wonderful friends,” Weldon said. “Seeing the new (small animal) hospital was remarkable. It’s come a long way from ‘Kirkwood Estates’ back in the day.”

As a participant in the Practice-Based Equine Clerkship, Weldon said he found it beneficial “to put faces with those in the program and discuss what we are doing on our end.” He spoke highly of that program as well as the conference.

“This is a great program (PBEC) and lets us teach students in a one-on-one setting for two-week rotations,” he said. “I would highly encourage more of our alumni to get involved. It’s quite rewarding.”

More photos from RDVM Day are available on the college’s Facebook page here.






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