We know you come to VMX to learn all you can about the veterinary profession. But we also know that when the sessions wind down, it’s time to turn up the fun!
Our exclusive tours offer a rare glimpse into animal care on the wild side, from swimming side-by-side with gentle manatees to getting up close and personal with sea turtles and otters.
Arranged exclusively for VMX attendees, Behind the Scenes Tours give you the opportunity to get up close and personal with unfamiliar, non-domesticated species in their natural habitat and provide a glimpse into the inner workings of veterinary care and husbandry at these world-renowned facilities.
Swim all morning with the “gentle giants” of Florida in a once-in-a-lifetime manatee encounter and enjoy the afternoon at Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park. You may encounter endangered and declining species such as the whooping crane and wood stork, gopher tortoise, red wolf and Florida panther, as well as the more abundant greater flamingo, black bear and alligator.
The tour includes wet suits, snorkels, masks, fins, transportation, lunch and instruction. Limited to 40 attendees per day. Children ages 9-17 must be accompanied by an adult. Children under age 9 are not permitted on this tour.
*Buses depart from the OCCC South Concourse at 5:00 AM and return at 5:00 PM. Registrants are responsible for arranging transportation to and from the OCCC the day of the tour.REGISTER NOW
Experience a side of SeaWorld® that few other ever can – get a first hand look at the acute veterinary care and learn about SeaWorld’s approach to husbandry, preventative health care maintenance, behavioral enrichment, animal training as well as rescue and rehabilitation. SeaWorld® is one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and collectively cares for what it believes is one of the largest zoological collections in the world.
Helping to lead advances in the care of animals, the organization rescues and rehabilitates marine and terrestrial animals that are ill, injured, orphaned, or abandoned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. The SeaWorld® rescue team has helped more than 30,000 animals in need over the last 50 years. This tour is limited to 30 participants per day.
*Buses depart from the OCCC South Concourse at 12:30 PM and return at 5:45 PM. Registrants are responsible for arranging transportation to and from the OCCC the day of the tour.REGISTER NOW
Enjoy a Wild Africa Trek (3 hours) and behind-the-scenes tour of Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park Hospital and Animal Nutrition Center (1 hour). You’ll encounter exotic animals and interact with the Animal Health team, including a Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park veterinarian, Trek guides and animal keepers.
Spend the rest of the day enjoying full-day admission to Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, one of the largest animal theme parks in the world and home to more than 1,700 animals across 250 species. Explore 6 enthralling lands: The Oasis Exhibits, Discovery Island® Trails, Africa, Raﬁki’s Planet Watch®, Asia and DinoLand U.S.A.® areas, reﬂecting Walt Disney’s dedication to conservation and commitment to animal care, education and research.
*Buses depart from the OCCC South Concourse at 7:45 AM and return at 6:00 PM. Registrants are responsible for arranging transportation to and from the OCCC South Concourse the day of the tour.REGISTER NOW
Delve into the wondrous world of our park’s largest inhabitants. During this 60-minute experience, you’ll meet with dedicated animal specialists who provide for the care and wellness of our African elephant herd. They’ll give you a glimpse into their day-to-day responsibilities as they provide fascinating facts about the elephants.
African cultural representatives will also be on hand to share stories of Disney’s conservation efforts dedicated to the preservation of wild populations throughout their homeland. Throughout this experience, you’ll be able to observe the elephants from approximately 80 to 100 feet away—so you’ll enjoy a closer encounter with the elephants than you would during other in-park experiences. Note: A portion of the proceeds is donated to the Disney Conservation Fund.
*Buses depart from the OCCC South Concourse at 8:30 AM and return at 6:00 PM. Registrants are responsible for arranging transportation to and from the OCCC South Concourse the day of the tour.REGISTER NOW
Book your attraction tickets early and SAVE! Choose between renowned theme parks and entertainment venues, such as Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Orlando dinner shows. More details coming soon!