What to Wear  

Friday Night: Casual attire (Club T-Shirts) 
Saturday (Day): Casual, please dress accordingly for your lab. Please wear closed toes shoes and be prepared for Central Pennsylvania weather! 
Saturday (Night): Business professional, dress to impress!


All of the buses for SATURDAY will be departing from the REGISTRATION LOBBY of the PENN STATER.

Below are the off-campus labs and track and the times the buses will be leaving from the Penn Stater.

Please plan on arriving 15 minutes PRIOR to your bus departure time. Busing will NOT be provided for those who miss their bus.

All buses going to Agricultural Sciences & Industries for LABS will be running in a loop. Please arrive as early as possible. The earlier you get to your lab the better!


Equine Track: leaving at 10AM

Large Animal Repro. Track: leaving at 8AM

Large Animal Disease Diagnostics Track: leaving at 1PM

Small Animal Referral Track (AM): leaving at 8:10AM

Small Animal Referral Track (PM): leaving at 12:45PM


Sow & Young Pig Care Lab (group 1): leaving at 1PM

Sow & Young Pig Care Lab (group 2): leaving at 3PM

Dairy 101 Lab: leaving at 10AM

Wildlife Necropsy lab: leaving at 3PM


The 2019 APVMA Symposium will take place at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, which is just a few short minutes from Penn State’s campus. The Penn Stater is located at 215 Innovation Blvd, State College, PA 16803, and will also serve as the primary lodging location for the Symposium. There will be 200 rooms available. Some rooms have two beds, some have one, and some are suites, but all are priced the same. Lodging costs will be $119 per night and room availability will be on a first come first serve basis. The Country Inn and Suites located at 1357 East College Ave, State College, PA 16801, will serve as a secondary lodging location for the Symposium. There will be 70 rooms available for reservatioin and lodging costs will be $114 per night. In order to receive these discounted rates give the code APVA19A and/or state your involvement with the APVMA Symposium. Participants can still receive hotel rooms at discounted rates at the Penn Stater and the Country Inn and Suites. Please book your hotel room and then send us and email at so that we can refund you for your room at its discounted price.  

There are also many other options for lodging in the State College area, but it should be noted that we will not be servicing these locations for transportation during the symposium. Such locations include the Hilton Garden Inn (1221 E College Ave, State College, PA 16801) and the Hampton Inn (1101 E College Ave, State College, PA 16801) which are both within walking distance of the secondary lodging location for the symposium. Other hotel options include the Hampton Inn and Suites, the Holiday Inn and Suites, and the Spring Hill Suites, all of which are located about 4 miles from the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center and Penn State’s main campus. 

How to get to Penn State 

Penn State is easy to access from any direction with Route 88 granting access from the East and West and Route 99 or Route 81 to 322 grant access from the North and South. Flying to Penn State is easy as well, as campus is located only 1.5 hours away from the Harrisburg International Airport, 2.5 to 3 hours away from Pittsburgh International Airport,  3 to 3.5 hours away from Philadelphia International Airport, and 3 to 3.5 hours from Baltimore/Washington International Airport. Rental vehicles or shuttles can transport attendees from these airports to State College. The following connection flights from multiple airlines and cities also fly directly into State College: Delta airlines from Detroit, US Air flights from Philadelphia, and United flights from both Chicago and Washington Dulles. There will be a free shuttle service that will transport participants from the State College airport to both the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center and the Country Inn and Suites. 

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