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    NAVC Conference Tours

    Enjoy exclusive excursions at some of the most exciting attractions in the Orlando area.

    We know you come to the NAVC Conference 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 elephants and rhinoceri.

    BEHIND THE SCENES TOURS*

    Arranged exclusively for NAVC Conference 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.

    *Pre-registration Required


    MANATEE ENCOUNTER & HOMOSASSA SPRINGS STATE WILDLIFE PARK

    Sunday, February 5
    5:00 AM – 5:00 PM*
    $210/PERSON

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    Swim all morning with the “gentle giants” of Florida in a once-in-a-lifetime manatee encounter, enjoy a bayside lunch on beautiful Kings Bay at a favorite local restaurant and take a leisurely walk in the afternoon at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. You may encounter endangered and declining species such as the whooping crane and wood stork, red wolf and Florida panther, as well as the more abundant wildlife; birds of prey, shorebirds and wading birds, black bear and alligators. The tour includes wet suits, snorkels, masks, transportation, lunch and instruction. Limited to 30 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 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.

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    JUST FOR KIDS! CONSERVATION DAY CAMP AT DISNEY’S ANIMAL KINGDOM® THEME PARK

    Sunday and/or Monday, February 5 and/or 6
    8:00 AM – 3:30 PM*
    $140/CHILD

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    A fantastic experience at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park for children ages 6 to 13, the day camp is designed to inspire children to become active conservationists in a fun and interactive environment. Different activities each day include outdoor activities, park attractions, interactive games and fun discussions. Camp counselors are Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park cast members. Includes lunch, afternoon snack, water and Disney water bottle.

    Note: Parents must sign a camp release and indemnity waiver form. Participants must ride the bus to participate in the tour. Private vehicles are not permitted in the tour area.

    *Buses depart from the OCCC at 8:30 am and return at 3:30 pm. Registrants are responsible for arranging transportation to and from the OCCC the day of the tour.

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    BUSCH GARDENS ANIMAL CARE CENTER & SERENGETI SAFARI

    Tuesday, February 7
    7:30 AM – 7:30 PM*
    Veterinarians & Veterinary Technicians Only
    $200/person

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    In a 90-minute experience in small groups, closely observe and take part in various aspects of animal care, from nutrition to surgery. Much of Busch Gardens animal care will be conducted from the guest’s point of view in this new state-of-the-art facility. Busch Gardens Zoological team members will be available to answer questions. Afterward, grab a spot on a spacious open-air touring vehicle for an unforgettable Serengeti Safari of a 65-acre re-creation of life on the African plain. You’ll see hundreds of fascinating animals and get close enough to feed some of them by hand. Spend the rest of your day (approx. 6 hours) enjoying the theme park thrill rides and live entertainment.

    *Buses depart from the OCCC at 7:30 am and return at 7:30 pm. Registrants are responsible for arranging transportation to and from the OCCC the day of the tour.

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    HOMOSASSA FLATS FISHING ADVENTURES

    Sunday, February 5
    5:00 AM – 5:00 PM*
    $290/person (3 in a boat)
    $340/person (2 in a boat)

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    Start your morning off at the docks of Old Homosassa in a custom flats boat with a professional saltwater fishing guide. On your short ride to the fishing site, you’ll have an opportunity to view a vast array of wildlife native to theGulf Coast. Once the boat comes to a stop, you’ll begin to fish for trout, redfish, sea bass, black drum, jack crevalle and other species of saltwater fish. Our local guides welcome anglers at all skill levels and ages. After you wear your arms out catching these hard-fighting fish, your day will conclude with your guide preparing a traditional southern shore lunch of your fresh catch, hush puppies, coleslaw and baked beans. Return to the Conference and back home armed with a few fish stories, including “the one that got away!”

    NOTE: Please dress weather appropriate for an open boat. Temperatures on the water are considerably cooler. No Fly fishing from the flats boats. All spinning gear, bait and fishing licenses included. Bathrooms are not available on boats but the boat captains are very accommodating to assisting with everyone’s needs while on the boat.

    *Buses depart from the OCCC 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. Children must be 8 years or older.

    Tour includes: Shore lunch • Fishing license • Fishing rods, reels, tackle and gear • Bait • Ice

    Please bring: Beverages • Camera • Sunscreen • Sunglasses, preferably polarized

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    SEAWORLD® ORLANDO

    Monday, February 6 OR Wednesday, February 8*
    12:30 – 5:45 PM*
    Veterinarians & Veterinary Technicians Only
    $125/person

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    Experience a side of SeaWorld that few others ever can—observe firsthand the veterinary care, husbandry, training and study of the resident animals of this world-famous park! You will also have the chance to enjoy the athletic performances of dolphins and other marine animals. You’re sure to get splashed! Limited to 30 attendees per day.

    *Buses depart from the OCCC 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.

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    WILD AFRICA TREK AT DISNEY’S ANIMAL KINGDOM® THEME PARK

    Tuesday, February 7
    7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
    Veterinarians & Veterinary Technicians Only
    $375/person

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    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. There are five treks to choose from!

    *Buses depart from the OCCC at 7:00 and return at 6:00 PM. Registrants are responsible for arranging transportation to and from the OCCC the day of the tour.

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    AREA ATTRACTIONS

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    Book your attraction tickets through Hello! Florida and SAVE! Choose between renowned theme parks and entertainment venues, such as Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Orlando dinner shows.

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