ENTERTAINMENT & Special Events

Join us for a meal and a drink, celebrate the outstanding contributions of veterinary professionals, or get ready for fun and games at our exhibit hall!

SEAWORLD BACKSTAGE TOUR
April 18, 19, or 20
7:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Dive into an exclusive behind-the-scenes adventure at SeaWorld! This isn’t just any tour – it’s a backstage pass to the world of marine life conservation, care, and rescue efforts that SeaWorld is renowned for.

Your guides will be four staff veterinarians at the park: Drs. Stacy DiRocco, Claire Erlacher-Reid, Dana Lindemann, and Lydia Staggs. Don’t miss this extraordinary chance to see SeaWorld through the eyes of those who know it best.

ITINERARY:

8:00 a.m.
Our day begins at the Group Gate, where you’ll meet with the Vet Services Team

8:15 a.m.
Rescue Center & Vet Hospital for an exclusive look with the Rescue Team

8:45 a.m.
Dolphin Stadium Backstage for a deep dive into dolphin husbandry and training techniques with the Dolphin Team

9:15 a.m.
Chill with penguins in Antarctica Backstage, learning from the keepers

10:00 a.m.
Sea Lion & Otter Stadium Backstage, where trainers share insights on sea lion behavior

10:45 a.m.
Experience Orca Underwater Viewing, guided by trainers

11:15 a.m.
Wild Arctic Backstage for a close encounter with belugas and walruses, guided by our expert keepers

12:00 p.m.
Tour concludes

To sign up, add the SeaWorld backstage tour to your cart when purchasing your conference pass. Already bought your pass? Call us at (407) 851-3862 or email us at membership@fvma.org and we’ll add it to your order.

Price: $99 per person
Seats: 25 people/day

Tour registration is open for veterinarians and technicians who have registered for a full-conference pass. Tour areas and times are subject to change at the discretion of SeaWorld Orlando. Participation in the SeaWorld Backstage Tour does not include park admission.


About SeaWorld
For more than 60 years SeaWorld has advanced the conservation of marine life in and outside its parks through science, education, and exceptional animal care that is Humane Certified by American Humane and accredited by the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. SeaWorld is one of the largest marine animal rescue organizations in the world, helping more than 40,000 animals to date. The SeaWorld Conservation Fund, a non-profit foundation established in 2003, has provided more than $20 million to nearly 1,400 organizations to advance critical research on every continent.

YAPPY HOUR
Thursday, April 18
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Grab a drink and kick off the conference with fellow attendees.

Join us for a happy hour on the first day of our conference. Grab a drink and kick off the conference with fellow attendees. It’s a great opportunity to meet peers and get ready for a full day of learning on Friday.

WELCOME RECEPTION
Friday, April 19
6:10 p.m. – 7:10 p.m.

Welcoming you with cocktails, hor d’oeuvres, and networking, our annual welcome reception has sparked many career-enhancing connections! Join us in the exhibit hall to meet, greet, and chat with peers and industry leaders in a relaxed atmosphere.

AFTERGLOW PARTY
Friday, April 19
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Experience a vibrant night filled with music, dancing, glow sticks, and foam-filled excitement. Perfect for the adventurous at heart! Whether you’re a dance floor veteran or just looking to experience something new and exhilarating, this night promises an atmosphere of inclusivity and fun. So, grab your friends, or come ready to make new ones!

PUPPY YOGA
Saturday, April 20
6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.

Unwind and uplift your spirits with puppy yoga, where playful pups add joy to your poses. It’s the perfect blend of relaxation and cuteness, creating a unique experience that soothes the soul and brings smiles to faces.

CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP BREAKFAST
Saturday, April 20
7 a.m. – 8 a.m.

Grab a cup of Joe at the Christian Fellowship Breakfast and start your morning with a blend of faith and camaraderie. No frills — just good company, hearty conversations, and a shared sense of purpose.

COVER-ALL BINGO
Saturday, April 20
12:40 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Win prizes by spending time in our exhibit hall! Complete your bingo card by obtaining stamps at each participating exhibitor booth and submit the completed card to the FVMA Membership booth. Join us by the exhibit hall stage on Saturday as we draw the lucky winners — your chance to get our grand prize could be just moments away!

PRIZES:

  • $1,000 Check
  • Xbox Series X
  • Apple iPad
  • Laptop
  • $100 Amazon Gift Cards
  • Meta Quest 2
  • Nintendo Switch
  • Bose QuietComfort Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

EVENING OF EXCELLENCE
Saturday, April 20
6:30 p.m.

The Evening of Excellence during Annual Conference is a night of celebration where we recognize and honor veterinarians, team members, pets, and citizens who have contributed to the advancement and protection of the veterinary profession in Florida. We recognize more than success, we honor hard work, and we award service.

The ceremony is followed by the official installation of new FVMA officers and the graduation ceremony of the current Power of Ten class. As we celebrate the exceptional young leaders who make the Power of Ten program possible every year, we also induct the upcoming class who will carry on the program’s mission.

We don’t always remember to say thank you to those who deserve it. Join us in recognizing the exceptional contributions of these individuals!

TEAM MEMBER BREAKFAST
Sunday, April 21
7 a.m. – 8 a.m.

FVMA team members (CVTs, CVAs, VPMs, and ACTs) are invited to an exclusive members-only networking event! Join us to connect with fellow members of the veterinary care team, and network with conference speakers and wet lab instructors.

Plus, we’ll have tasty refreshments and bites available to help you refuel after a weekend of learning. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to make valuable connections and have a great time with fellow veterinary professionals.

RSVP

WINE TOSS
Friday through Saturday
Exhibit Hall Hours

Visit the exhibit hall and try your luck at our wine toss booth! Throw a ring onto a bottle of wine and if you can land the ring on the bottle, you get to take it home.

All proceeds from our wine toss game benefit the FVMA Foundation, which maintains a scholarship fund to support the studies of Florida veterinary medical and veterinary technician students, benefits disaster relief efforts across the state, animal medicine research, the FVMA Power of Ten leadership program, and much more!


AAVSB/RACE Information

AAVSB/RACE program # 20-1130534 will be approved for continuing education (CE) credits. Veterinarians may earn up to 27 hours of CE credits and veterinary technicians may earn up to 20 hours of CE credits. Each 50-minute lecture is equal to one (1) CE credit. For your convenience in recording your CE hours, one certificate will be included in your registration packet. It is your responsibility to document the sessions you attend and the number of hours you receive. Conference attendees’ CE hours will be reported to AAVSB/RACEtrack.