It was a successful turnout of veterinarians and veterinary students at the 2013 46th Annual Conference of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Sept. 19-21 in Milwaukee, Wis. last week.

A total of 1,893 registrants, including 1,369 veterinarians and students, as well as hundreds of exhibitors and accompanying persons were in attendance, including veterinarians from 16 countries. Adding to this year’s success were new pre-conference seminars including hands-on animal welfare/handling, small group practice forums discussing the business of bovine practice, and an enhanced exhibit hall experience including a new product showcase. Also new to the conference was a 5K run with 175 participants which added to the Amstutz Scholarship Fund.

Immediate Past President Nigel Cook, BVSc, MRCVS, University of Wisconsin, said, “Now more than ever, it's important for our profession to be versatile and provide a diverse array of services to their clients. From the attendance at our Milwaukee meeting in a variety of sessions aimed at embracing the challenges of our profession, it is clear we have their attention. Students and young members were able to rub shoulders with mentors and leaders that are achieving success in their businesses and creating opportunities for the future.”

Cook noted that in the past year, AABP has made progress developing guidelines for its membership on a variety of topics including euthanasia, the handling of non-ambulatory cattle, implementation of the veterinary-client-patient relationship, mitigation of painful procedures and more.

In addition to adding AABP staff, offering free online access to continuing education, providing free access to journal articles through the Texas A&M Medical Services Library, Cook notes that AABP also adopted new mission and vision statements that emphasize the profession's role in the production of safe food from cattle that are well cared for.

Incoming AABP President Dan Grooms, DVM, PhD, Michigan State University, who becomes the 50th president of AABP, added, “The 46th Annual AABP Meeting in Milwaukee was built around the theme of finding opportunities in the face of new challenges. As the world continues to change, we are all faced with new challenges. This is certainly true of the veterinary profession in general and those of us who work in agriculture specifically. How we adapt and change to ongoing challenges is really what is important if we as a profession want to continue to thrive and be relevant, and I believe that we will adapt and we will remain a vital part of the food supply industry.”

Also meeting in conjunction with AABP was the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners, which offered its members sessions as well as two sold-out small ruminant laparoscopic wet labs.

Visit to see additional information on the 2013 Annual Conference. The 2014 AABP Conference will be held Sept. 18-20 in Albuquerque, N.M.