No need to be scared, Code Vet can save the day! CDC and its co-sponsors are pleased to invite veterinary students and faculty members to find out more at the 5th biennial "Day at CDC for Veterinary Students."
We hope this event will provide participants with a picture of what it is like to be a veterinarian in federal government and inspire them to incorporate public health into whatever career path they choose. This seminar is sponsored by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC); the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA); CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Infectious Zoonotic Diseases (NCEZID); the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (ACVPM); the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians (NASPHV); and the American Association of Public Health Veterinarians (AAPHV). The seminar and reception are free of charge, and refreshments, a light breakfast, and lunch will be provided. We regret, however, that we are not able to offer travel support for attendance.
All events will take place at the CDC Global Communications Center in Atlanta, Georgia, unless otherwise specified. Please check back for a full agenda.
Agenda at a glance:
- Reception: Sunday January 26, 2014, 5:30pm -7:30pm
- Seminar: Monday, January 27, 2014, 8:00am -4:30pm
- Faculty Seminar: Monday, January 27, 2014 10:30am-3:30 pm
A Day at CDC for Veterinary Students features speakers from CDC and other organizations who will lead discussions on—
- Opportunities for students in the federal government
- Veterinary careers in public health
- Strategies for public health careers
- Current zoonotic disease outbreaks across the globe
- And much, much more
The seminar for students will take place at CDC Headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia on Monday, January 27, 2014 from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. A networking reception with refreshments will be held Sunday, January 26, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Dr. Renee Funk, a senior veterinarian with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, will be the speaker during the reception. Dr. Funk’s presentation will showcase the wide variety of roles veterinarians have in public health and provide current employment data for veterinarians who work in the federal government.
New this year! We will be offering guided tours of our CDC Museum and Emergency Operations Center during the seminar itself. Be sure to choose your tours when you fill out the registration link distributed by AAVMC.
Faculty Day sessions will begin after the morning break of the student seminar on Monday, January 27. This year, conference organizers not only have moved the seminar date to coincide with Veterinary Student Day, but also have built in time for networking with other public health faculty and CDC staff. Faculty Day will include talks by CDC scientists and some targeted information on ways to enhance your student’s experience at CDC. Faculty sessions will conclude before the afternoon break, enabling faculty to attend closing remarks and depart Atlanta with their students.
Registration will be managed this year through the AAVMC. If you are a faculty member and have not received a registration form from AAVMC, please contact Dr. Heather Bair-Brake at 404-639-3323.
Due to limited space, each school has been initially allotted only 12 slots for their students and faculty members. The faculty coordinator at each school should register their students by using the registration form provided by AAVMC.
What To Expect During Your Visit to CDC
Before your visit, you should know a few important things:
- A picture ID is required (driver’s license, passport)
- Dress business-casual
- No cameras are allowed
- No pocket knives, guns, or anything that could be used as a weapon are allowed
- Visitor badges will be provided and must be worn at all times
- You must be escorted by a CDC employee to all non-event areas
- Professional conduct is expected
CDC has strict safety and security measures. Before the event, your name will be checked and cleared through our security process. When you first arrive on campus, you will be directed to the visitor’s center, where a CDC representative will greet you and check you in. He/she will provide you with a visitor’s badge and an informational packet for the day. Those who choose to park on campus will be directed to a parking area at this time. Vehicles will be subject to security screening.
Visitors and employees generally pass through a metal detector, similar to that at the airport, before entering the facilities. Therefore, it is very important that you do not carry items that could be considered potential weapons, such as a pocket knife, on that day.
Light refreshments will be served once you check in, and a boxed lunch will be provided at mid-day.
We will have an official photographer on site taking professional pictures of the event. These pictures will be available for download following the event. Please sign the consent form when you pick up your information packets.
Lodging, Transportation, and Attractions
CDC regrets that we are not able to offer travel support for attendance.
Below you will find information on lodging, nearby restaurants and shops, attractions, and transportation for your visit to Atlanta. Check this page often for important information and updates regarding your visit.
Rooms are reserved under “CDC Student Veterinary Day” at the Emory Conference Center Hotel, 1615 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30329 (across the street from CDC) (800) 933-6679. The room rate is $109/night. To make reservations at the Emory Conference Center Hotel, please use this link:
Other nearby hotels are listed below. (NOTE: transportation to CDC from your hotel will not be provided, so attendees exercising this option must ensure their own transportation.)
- The University Inn at Emory: 1767 N. Decatur Road, Atlanta, GA 30307 (about 1.25 miles from CDC, on the CCTMA free shuttle route) (800) 654-8591
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites: 2183 N. Decatur Rd, Decatur, GA 30033 (about 1.5 miles from CDC, short walk to bus route) (404) 320-0888
- Courtyard Marriott Atlanta Decatur: 130 Clairmont Ave, Decatur, GA 30030 (about 2.6 miles from CDC, on the CCTMA free shuttle route) (404) 371-0204
- Courtyard Marriott, Executive Park: 1236 Executive Park Drive, Atlanta, GA 30329 (about 2.3 miles from CDC, free shuttle to CDC from hotel)
To get here, students may drive or fly to Atlanta. The options for getting from the airport to your hotel are rental cars, Atlanta's public transportation system-MARTA, a taxi, or potentially a hotel airport shuttle.
MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority). From the airport:
- To get to the Emory Conference Center Hotel and to the CDC campus, take the northbound line to Lindbergh Station, where you will transfer to the number 6 Emory bus, which stops next to CDC and across from the Emory Point mixed-use development. No additional payment will be needed for the transfer. Access to the Emory Conference Center Hotel is via a driveway just past the construction site to the right of the Emory Point development.
Taxi fares from the airport to the recommended hotels generally cost around $40-$45 dollars per trip. Several taxi services are listed below. Taxi and shared van shuttle services are also readily available at the Atlanta airport and at most MARTA train stations.
- Atlanta Checker Cab: 404-351-1111
- Atlanta Lenox Taxi: 404-872-2600
- American Cab Company: 404-873-1410
- Buckhead Safety Cab Company: 404-233-1152
To get from your hotel to CDC for the seminar, students can again drive, take a hotel shuttle or use Emory’s Cliff shuttle bus system listed below:
Cliff Shuttle Bus System:
- Free for public use
- More information: http://transportation.emory.edu/transportation/cliff/index.html
Nearby Restaurants and Shops
An outdoor shopping and restaurant center is within walking distance of CDC and the Emory Conference Center; Emory Point offers a drug store, some specialty boutiques, and a variety of restaurants. A full-service supermarket and additional restaurants are located at the intersection of Clifton Road and Briarcliff Road, and shops and restaurants are also available in Emory Village at the intersection of Clifton Road and North Decatur Road.
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Questions and Contact information
Have any questions about A Day at CDC for Veterinary Students? Contact Dr. Heather Bair-Brake at 404-639-3323.