AVMA Pavilion provides information and prizes

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Visitors to the AVMA Pavilion in the exhibit hall at the recent AVMA Annual Convention in Atlanta had a chance to win prizes for learning more about Association programs or correctly answering "What Is Your Diagnosis?" questions from the JAVMA feature of the same name.

The AVMA Pavilion offered information in five areas focusing on the Association's legislative advocacy efforts, Association activities in disaster response, the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, the AVMA Veterinary Career Center, and membership services. Convention-goers who visited three areas were eligible for a raffle of various prizes.

Dr. Mary Ann T. McBride of Fuquay-Varina, N.C., won front-row seats at the Train concert during the convention. Dr. Nora H. Ortinau of Auburn, Ala., received a free year of AVMA membership. Dr. Brenda F. Heyman of Aurora, Colo., won a $100 MasterCard gift card. Dr. Paige K. Stroud of St. Louis received an iPod Nano. Dr. Jennifer Bier of Duluth, Ga., won two round-trip airline tickets.

Convention-goers who visited the AVMA Pavilion could answer questions from one of six "What Is Your Diagnosis?" cases correctly to qualify for a raffle. The cases appeared in the Aug. 15, Sept. 1, and Sept. 15 issues of the JAVMA after the convention. Winning a $25 American Express Gift Card were Drs. Julie Turpin McCormick of Pisgah Forest, N.C.; Joan S. Bowen of Wellington, Colo.; Eileen Yi Ling Ng of San Pedro, Calif.; Lesley S. Kessel Parisi of Stockholm, N.J.; Karla Bean of Salisbury, N.C.; and Felicia Y. Leung of Cleveland.

Visitors to the exhibit hall who completed a daily survey were eligible to win a $250 American Express gift card. The winners were Dr. Brenda F. Heyman of Aurora, Colo.; Dr. Virginia W. Koch of Loveland, Colo.; and veterinary student Jenny Wu of Stockton, Calif.

Convention-goers and local residents who participated in the 5K race during the convention also were eligible for a raffle. Dr. Jacqueline Kottenstette of Jemez Springs, N.M., and Paula Martin of Atlanta each won a $50 American Express gift card. Thirteen-year-old Tyler Tollefson of Marietta, Ga., won a gift certificate to swim with the fish at the Georgia Aquarium.