The 2012 45th Annual American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) conference dazzled Sept. 20-22 in Montreal, Canada. A total of 1800 registrants, including 1,219 veterinarians and students, as well as hundreds of exhibitors and accompanying persons were in attendance, including veterinarians from 14 countries.
As his last duty at the AABP annual business luncheon, Immediate Past President Brian Gerloff, DVM, Marengo, Ill., imparted some advice to those in attendance about listening to the voices outside the industry.
“Try to listen to the truth of what is being said, regardless of who is saying it,” Gerloff said. “We dismiss concerns by dismissing attacks and attacking motive instead. We need to listen for the nugget of truth in criticism.” This, he said, will help the industry to enhance and strengthen the human-animal bond.
Nigel Cook, BVSc, Cert CHP, DBR, MRCVS, University of Wisconsin, now becomes the 49th president of AABP.
Also meeting in conjunction with AABP was the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners.
The 2013 AABP conference will be held Sept. 19-21, in Milwaukee.