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2021 Annual Conference and the J.T. Vaughn Equine Conference

2021 Annual Conference &
J.T. Vaughan Equine Conference


The 2021 Annual Conference marks a tradition of 114 consecutive years of continuing education at Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Our Annual Conference provides opportunities for Auburn alumni, faculty, students, veterinary technicians and other veterinary professionals to participate in cutting-edge continuing education sessions and professional networking opportunities.

We are currently making preparations for an in-person conference to be held September 16-19 at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center, in the heart of the Auburn University campus. We will continue to monitor and follow state and university guidelines as they pertain to COVID-19, and we will make adjustments to the conference format as necessary.


Online registration has closed.

You may still register onsite during the registration desk hours. These hours are listed under the ‘Know Before You Go’ section below.

Know Before You Go

Conference Venue
The Hotel at Auburn University and
Dixon Conference Center
241 S. College Street
Auburn, AL 36830


Check-in/Registration Desk Hours
Attendees may pick up their registration packets at the conference venue during the following hours:

4 p.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 15
7 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 16
6:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 17
7 a.m.-Noon, Saturday, Sept. 18

Conference Center: Parking will be available in the parking deck, adjacent to the hotel. Attendees driving in to the conference each day may drive straight to the parking deck rather than pulling in to the loop in front of the hotel. Valet staff will be stationed at the entrance to the deck. Attendees will have the option to valet ($10/day) or self-park ($5/day). The valet staff will direct attendees to the self-park levels of the deck.  

College of Veterinary Medicine: For the Friday clinical pathology and dental labs as well as the Back-to-College event, both scheduled for Saturday, attendees may park in the large parking lot adjacent to Greene Hall. Equine conference lab attendees may park in the large animal hospital parking lot.

Conference Name Badges
All registered attendees and paying guests will receive a name badge. Name badges are required for admission to the lectures, exhibit hall, and meals. Please wear your name badge throughout the conference.

COVID-19 Healthy and Safety Policies
Auburn University has implemented an indoor mask mandate, requiring all students, faculty, staff, visitors and event participants (including speakers and vendors), regardless of vaccination status, to wear face coverings when inside university buildings and while attending indoor events, except while dining or in private offices. In addition to the mask requirement, hand sanitizer stations will be widely available throughout conference spaces, and we will make every effort to distance event participants during sessions. Participants are also expected to self-evaluate, stay home and contact your healthcare provider if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, runny nose, new loss of taste or smell, shortness of breath, etc.). We do not anticipate changes to Auburn University’s COVID-19-related event guidelines, however we are closely following state, local and university COVID-19 protocols and will alert all conference attendees if changes occur prior to conference.

Proceedings, when provided, will be available online beginning Monday, September 13 for all registered attendees wishing to print in advance. Once available, a separate email will be sent to all registrants with the link and password needed to access them. Multi-part lectures, extending more than one hour, may have combined proceedings. Electronic access will remain available until the end of the year.

What to Pack
Pack your mask or face covering! Business casual is appropriate for all sessions and events at Annual Conference. The Back-to-College event on Saturday is casual. Wear your favorite Auburn gear. Cocktail attire is appropriate for those attending reunions. We do recommend that you dress in layers for the education sessions as temperatures in meeting rooms can vary. 

Wi-Fi at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center
Wi-Fi will be provided for our conference at no charge; use AU_Guest. No password is needed.

This year’s conference will offer more than 80 CE sessions. View the full schedule and list of speakers on our conference website. With the exception of the FL pharmacy course and the dental and clinical pathology labs, there is no advance registration required to attend any specific education lecture. However, due to social distancing, space may be limited in lecture rooms.

Attendees who pre-registered for the clinical pathology or dental labs will receive a separate email with logistics. Both labs will be held at the College of Veterinary Medicine. The equine labs do not require pre-registration. They will be held at the J.T. Vaughan Large Animal Hospital.

Christian Veterinary Fellowship Breakfast
This event will be held on Sunday morning, September 19, at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Pre-registration is required. If you did not indicate your plan to attend on your conference registration form, please inquire when you pick up your registration packet so we can ensure adequate provisions for attendees.  

Class Reunions
Reunion registrants will receive communication from Jo Beth Williford (jobeth@auburn.edu) with details specific to your class event two weeks prior to reunions.


Conference attendees have an opportunity to add to their registration with one of two different small animal focused lab options this year. The dental lab and the clinical pathology lab will each be held on Friday, September 17. Space is limited, and seats will be filled on a first-come first-served pre-registration basis. J.T. Vaughan Equine Conference attendees will attend lab sessions on Saturday, September 18. The equine labs are part of the 20 hour track and will take the place of classroom lectures on Saturday morning. No additional registration is required for the equine labs.

All labs will be held on the Auburn Vet Med campus, at their scheduled times. Additional details and meeting locations will be sent to dental and clinical pathology lab registrants prior to the conference. Equine lab details will be provided during the lectures on Thursday and Friday.

Learn More About Labs

Featured Speakers

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Sponsors and Exhibitors

We understand the value of both your time and marketing commitments, and we have designed the 2021 Annual Conference program, networking opportunities and social events with that in mind. A limited number of exhibit booths are available for reservation that will provide a variety of opportunities to network with conference participants while raising awareness about your organization. In addition, several sponsorship opportunities are available; one complimentary exhibit booth is included with sponsorship commitments of $5,000 or more. More information about exhibit booths and sponsorship levels and benefits can be found through the link below.

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Information

2021 sponsors

Schedule at a glance

* pre-registration required, additional fee will be charged
** pre-registration required, space is limited, additional fee will be charged

Download Printable Schedule (PDF)

View Full Schedule

Hotel Accommodations

For the convenience of our conference attendees, we have secured a group rate for rooms at the conference venue. When making a reservation by phone, be sure to indicate that you are booking in the vet med conference block in order to receive the group rate.

The Hotel at Auburn University and
Dixon Conference Center

241 S. College Street
Auburn, AL 36830
Reservations: 334-821-8200

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TownePlace Suites Auburn
1117 South College Street
Auburn, AL 36832
Reservations: 334-466-8390

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Class reunions

All class reunions* are going to be held in conjunction with the 2021 Annual Conference and J.T. Vaughan Equine Conference, September 16-19, 2021. The reunion dinner, along with the class picture, will be Saturday, September 18. This year’s event will include this year’s classes: 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011, and 2016 and classes from last year: 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, and 2015. Members of each of these classes will be contacted by your class coordinator who will share more details.

* Class reunions are approved by Auburn University for adults age 18 and over. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Learn More About Reunions