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Social & Networking Events


CE Courses and Social Connections at SWVS 2017

In addition to the many CE courses offered, the SWVS experience includes southern hospitality with a variety of networking and social opportunities. Many events are included in your registration fee, but a few require a separate ticket. We suggest you purchase your tickets in advance to guarantee admittance. A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase on-site.

 

Network Opportunities

You'll be inspired and enriched as you explore the networking opportunities at SWVS. Spend time with your colleagues, meet new friends and develop long-term relationships participating in the social events held during SWVS 2017. These events are designed for networking with attendees and our special guests.

 

Complimentary Coffee and Muffins

SWVS southern hospitality begins each morning with complimentary refreshments served on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 7:00 – 8:00 am. Come together with your colleagues and make new friends as you enjoy a hot cup of coffee or tea with muffins and pastries before heading to class. The SWVS Hospitality Hour is located in the Fountain View on the second floor, Meeting Room Level.

Sponsored by:

Hill's Pet Nutrition   SWVS

 

Annual SWVS Golf Tournament

Make plans to join us at The Quarry Golf Club for a great day of golf and a chance to win prizes during our annual golf tournament. 

The Quarry Golf Club is home to an award-winning golf course designed by nationally-recognized golf course designer Keith Foster and is known for its unique setting and design.

At The Quarry Golf Club in San Antonio, you will be challenged and rewarded in many ways. The front nine plays in a links-style format and features rolling hills, native grasses and immaculate greens. The back nine lays out in a 100-year-old quarry pit. With elevated tee boxes and shots that will fly over large expanses, you will definitely love your experience at San Antonio’s premier daily fee golf course, The Quarry. After a day at The Quarry Golf Club in San Antonio, you will certainly feel like you played one of the most unique and enjoyable rounds of golf in your life. Come golf with SWVS in San Antonio and remember, The Quarry rocks!

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
11:00 am – 6:00 pm
11:00 am departure from the Convention Center
12:00 pm shotgun start
6:00 pm return

THE QUARRY GOLF CLUB
444 East Basse Road
San Antonio, TX 78209

FORMAT: Scramble with prizes

COST: $135 per person – Includes green fee, cart, box lunch, and transportation

ATTIRE: Proper golf attire, collared shirts with sleeves, no denim, must be worn at all times.

PRIZES INCLUDE: First, Second & Third Place Teams, Closest to the Pin, and Longest Drive.

Download the Golf Tournament Registration Form

 

First Time Attendee Welcome Reception/Orientation

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
5:00- 6:00 pm
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
7:00- 8:00 am

SWVS invites all first-time attendees to come together and experience our southern hospitality on Thursday evening and Friday morning for a brief reception hosted by our Board of Managers. Enjoy complimentary food and drinks, meet new colleagues as you network with other firsttime attendees and become oriented with our Symposium.

 

Exhibitor "Inspire. Enrich. Explore." Welcome Reception

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
5:20 – 7:00 pm

Exhibit Hall 4, Henry B. González Convention Center

Join SWVS Exhibitors, friends and colleagues and enjoy this evening of fun and education on the exhibit floor. Do your shopping and enjoy a refreshing drink at the SWVS Exhibitor Welcome Reception! This is a great opportunity to visit with the exhibitors to help you in your practice while enjoying a delicious nacho bar served throughout the evening. Make sure you don't miss the complimentary drink ticket included in the professional registration fee. You may purchase additional drink tickets at the cash bars located in the Exhibit Hall.

We've planned a special treat this year with the Swifty Swine Pig Races during the Welcome Reception.

If you've never been to a pig race, you're in for some real fun! Swifty and his friends don't do it for the money, what they really want is that Oreo cookie, waiting on a silver platter at the finish line! Be sure to cheer on your favorite as they run as fast as their little legs can take 'em.

Sponsored by:

Hill's Pet Nutrition   SWVS

 

You're Invited to the Hill's SWVS 15th Anniversary Celebration!

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
7:00 - 9:30 pm

LONESOME DOVE
Henry B. González Convention Center
River Level

COST: Complimentary to all registered professional attendees and registered guests

Stop by the Hill's booth #300 and get a drink ticket for the event!

Hill's invites you to their "SWVS 15th Anniversary Celebration"! This event starts off with a reception designed to bring together former and current classmates for an evening of fellowship, friendship, and fun.

There will also be an opportunity for veterinary collegues and alumni to gather, dance and enjoy the entertainment featuring Cactus Country Western Band. Complimentary appetizers will be served along with a cash bar.

Sponsored by:

Hill's Pet Nutrition   SWVS

 

Don’t Miss the Fun in the IDEXX Lounge at SWVS!

Need a quick break and a snack? Want to learn more about IDEXX?

Join us in the IDEXX Lounge at the Fountain View located on the second floor Meeting Room level.

FRIDAY: 9:30 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.
SATURDAY: 9:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
SUNDAY: 9:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Sponsored by:

SWVS

 

Worship Service

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
7:00 – 7:50 am

Henry B. González Convention Center

SPEAKER: Paul Kline, DVM

COST: Complimentary - no ticket required

Proclamation and Practice - What Does a Christian Veterinary Missionary Look Like?  
Come together and worship the Lord. All SWVS attendees and guests are welcome to begin the day at the Christian Veterinary Mission Ecumenical Worship Service. Join us Sunday morning as we assemble together to glorify God through His Word and inspirational message. Coffee, tea, and pastries will be served.

Sponsored by:

Christian Veterinary Mission

 

SWVS Cyber Café

The SWVS Cyber Café is located inside the Exhibit Hall in Booth 659, which is the SWVS Communication Center. It is designed for you to stop, relax, meet your friends, check your email, download proceedings and enjoy the complimentary Wi-Fi lounge. Also available this year is a kiosk to recharge your cell phone.

New This Year!

2017 Proceedings will be available on the VIN (Veterinary Information Network) for your convenience.

Sponsored by:

VIN

 

SWVS Convention Concierge Services

"The Convention Concierge", the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau Kiosk, is located on-site near the SWVS Registration center. The San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau Kiosk is available to assist you with information on dinner reservations, tickets, shopping, tours and travel to all the exciting sites in San Antonio and the surrounding area.

 

Explore and Save When You "Show Us Your Badge"

With so many dining and entertainment options in San Antonio, it can be hard to decide where to start exploring. Luckily, with the Show Us Your Badge program, SWVS 2017 attendees can receive discounts and special offers at over 50 restaurants and nightlife establishments in downtown San Antonio, simply by showing their conference badge.

Click Here to download a full listing of Show Us Your Badge benefits!

 

Make it a Whale of a Time!

SeaWorld San Antonio, the largest marine life park in the world, is offering special discounts to SWVS attendees. From killer whales to belugas, penguins to bottlenose dolphins and sea lions to sharks, marine life abounds!

Use the following link to purchase your $40 admission ticket (standard gate price is $74).

$40 SeaWorld San Antonio Tickets

 

Grayline Tours Specials

Grayline Tours is offering SWVS attendees special discounts for various tours around San Antonio. Please use the promo codes below when making your reservations.
 

Texas Hill Country and LBJ Ranch Tour

Travel the beautiful Texas Hill Country with its peach, pecan and olive orchards. Tour LBJ's boyhood home along with the LBJ Ranch. Have lunch in the historic German town of Fredericksburg. Stop in Luckenbach, Texas- the famous country music venue. Daily Departures. Full Day 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Pick Up will be at the Convention Center Main Entrance.

Use promotion code SVS20 at checkout to receive 20% OFF.

The Grand Historic City - Full Day Tour

Visit sites rich in history and culture that make San Antonio unique- play Texas Trivia and listen to exciting narratives and sound effects. Part 1 and 2 of half day tours are included. Lunch Included. Daily Departures. Full Day 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Pick Up will be at the Convention Center Main Entrance.

Use promotion code SVS20 at checkout to receive 20% OFF.

City Tour - Half Day Part 1

This is Part 1 of a 2 part grand overview of San Antonio, its 300 year history, confluence of cultures and architecture. This interesting & exciting tour gives our guests a broad overview of the history, culture and architecture of San Antonio's city center and nearby sites. Lunch Included. Daily Departures. Half Day 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Pick Up will be at the Convention Center Main Entrance.

Use promotion code SVS10 at checkout to receive 10% OFF.

City Tour - Half Day Part 2

This is Part 2 of a grand overview of San Antonio, its 300 year history, confluence of cultures, and architecture. See the San Antonio River lock and dam system, tour the Japanese Tea Garden with its stone arch bridges, koi ponds, and Japanese pagoda, and visit the UNESCO world heritage site - Mission Concepcion. Daily Departures. Half Day 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Pick Up will be at the Convention Center Main Entrance.

Use promotion code SVS15 at checkout to receive 15% OFF.

Spanish Missions Tour

This half day tour will take you to three of the Spanish missions built along the San Antonio River. See original works of art from the 16th century and one of the finest examples of baroque architecture. Tour the oldest unrestored stone church in the U.S. and visit the Queen of the Missions. 6 person minimum is required- subject to cancellation if minimum number is not met. $55.00 per person.

Friday, September 22nd only. 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Pick Up will be at the Convention Center Main Entrance. Call 800-341-6000 ext. 103 to book tour.

 

SCANvenger Hunt is Back This Year!

Networking between our attendees and exhibitors is part of what makes SWVS a uniquely engaging show. In continuing with our tradition of community engagement, we are excited to bring back the SCANvenger Hunt platform for 2017!

With the SCANvenger Hunt, attendees can win awesome prizes by visiting exhibitor booths and answering questions. Simply find a participating booth, scan their SCANvenger poster with your smart phone, and answer the questions. There are many prizes available to win, including the top prize of $1,000 AMX Gift Card.

The SCANvenger Hunt has proven to be a successful venture for our exhibitors as well. Exhibitors can set their desired questions, drive engagement, and collect valuable leads by participating in this program. In the past, feedback from exhibitors has been overwhelmingly positive and brands have used it as a great way to make connections and start conversations.

If your brand would like to participate in the 2017 SCANvenger Hunt, contact tina@swvs.org.

 

Featuring Exotic Animal Presentation by the San Antonio Zoo Ambassador Animal Team on the Main Stage!

EXOTIC ANIMAL PRESENTATIONS:

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
12:45 – 1:30 pm

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
9:50 – 10:30 am

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
9:55 – 10:30 am

 

Prize Drawings: Register, Attend And You Can Win

All attendees registered by August 31 are entered into SWVS Prize Drawings. Additional entries are added for every $200 spent in the Exhibit Hall. Prizes include a shopping spree on the Exhibit Hall floor, free registration to SWVS 2018 in San Antonio, and a Grand Prize Package which consists of registration to SWVS 2018 plus a shopping spree on the Exhibit Hall floor. Drawings will take place in the Exhibit Hall at Main Stage during scheduled breaks and lunch. All attendees must be present to win.

DVM Prizes

  • $1,500 Shopping Spree
  • $2,000 Shopping Spree
  • Grand Prize Drawing: $3,000 shopping spree and FREE Registration to attend SWVS 2018!

Technicians/Hospital Personnel Prizes

  • Two $500 Shopping Sprees
  • Grand Prize Drawing: $500 Shopping spree and FREE registration to attend SWVS 2018!

Prize Drawing Rules

DVMs and Technicians/Hospital Personnel will automatically be entered in the Prize Drawing upon their paid registration by August 31, 2017. Participation is restricted to DVMs and Technicians/Hospital Personnel 21 years or older. Members of the SWVS Managing Board of Directors/CE Committee Members, SWVS staff, and anyone employed or contracted by an exhibiting company are not eligible to enter.

  • No cash will be given.
  • Only one prize per person.
  • Must be present to win.
  • Name on receipt(s) used to redeem additional entries will be used on tickets.

The winners will be selected in a random drawing held in the Exhibit Hall. An independent judge whose decisions are final will perform the drawings. The winner will be given five minutes to come forward and claim the prize or another name will be drawn and the original winner will forfeit the prize. The original or prior name(s) drawn will remain in the drawing.

Please allow a minimum of 15 minutes prior to the scheduled drawing time to submit your request for additional tickets based on any purchases made on the exhibit floor.

Winners must purchase all equipment/supplies/products, etc, by the closing of the Exhibit Hall on Sunday, September 24, 2017. Odds of winning depend solely on the number of DVM and Technician/Hospital Personnel registrants and the additional tickets available based on purchases on the exhibit floor. Prize drawings that consist of a shopping spree must be used on the exhibit floor in the amount indicated less state tax paid.

 




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