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VMX Behind the Scenes Tours

Register Early for Your Backstage Pass to Adventure

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.

*Pre-registration Required


Manatee Encounter & Homosassa State Park

DATES: Sunday, January 19 and Monday, January 20, 2020

TIME: 5:00 AM – 5:00 PM

WHO CAN ATTEND: Open to All

COST: $250/person

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 wetsuits, snorkels, masks, 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 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. 


SeaWorld® Orlando


DATES: Monday, January 20, 2020 and Wednesday, January 23, 2020

TIME: 12:30 PM – 5:45 PM

WHO CAN ATTEND: Veterinarians/Veterinary Nurse/Technicians

COST: $150/person

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.

*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.

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