The Academy of Veterinary Consultants (AVC) will hold its summer conference beginning August 3rd in Denver, with a wide range of beef-cattle presentations and up to 15.5 hours of continuing education credits.

The conference kicks off on Thursday evening, Aug. 3, with a dinner presentation titled "Optimizing Mineral Nutrition of Pre-weaned Beef Calves," from University of Florida researcher John Arthington, PhD. Micronutrients serves as sponsor for the breakfast.

Friday brings a full day of presentations ranging from animal well-being considerations in metaphylaxis, anaplasmosis, engaging the next generation of veterinarians, long-haul transportation and Mycobacterium bovis. Friday afternoon also will feature a mini symposium on pulmonary hypertension and heart failure in cattle, led by researchers from Colorado State University.

Merck Animal Health sponsors the Friday dinner, including a presentation on implant strategies for feedyard heifers. Saturday morning, Multimin USA sponsors a breakfast presentation titled “Effects of Trace Minerals Concurrently with Vaccination on the Immune Response and Protection from Bovine Respiratory Disease, from Roberto A. Palomares, DVM, MS, PhD, DACT, University of Georgia.

Saturday morning brings a series of shorter research abstract presentations including:

·         Prevalence of Respiratory Viruses and Mycoplasma bovis in U.S. Cattle and Variability among Herds of Origin, Production Systems and Season of Year.”

·         “Intranasal Vaccination in the Face of Maternal Antibody Induces Long-term Mucosal Immune Memory.”

·         “Performance of Multiple Diagnostic Tools in Assessing the Progression of Respiratory Disease in Calves Infected with IBR Followed by Mannheimia haemolytica.

·         “Comparison of Four Weaning Strategies on Pre-and Post-Weaning Gain.”

·         “Development of a Health Index using an Automated, Chute-Side Blood Leukocyte Differential to Guide Antibiotic Treatment at Processing.”

·         “Evaluation of Clinical Stages of Digital Dermatitis in Beef Cattle through Histological Examination and Determination of Risk Factors for Spirochetal Skin Invasion.”

Saturday’s half-day program wraps up with presentations from Randall Spare, DVM, Ashland Veterinary Clinic, titled “Rebuilding Precious Resources and Supporting our Community from a Veterinarian’s Perspective,” and from Robert Fulton, DVM, PhD, DACVM, Emeritus Regents Professor, Oklahoma State University, and Double F Consulting, on “Detection and Characterization of Viruses as Field and Vaccine Strains in Feedlot Cattle with Bovine Respiratory Disease.”

The full agenda, lodging and other conference information are available on the AVC website.