WVC honors Walther, Wren and Creed

Sunday the Dr. Jack Walther 85th Annual Western Veterinary Conference (WVC) honored three of its long-term supporters at its opening session. FULL STORY »

Food-Animal programs at WVC

There is still time to register at the standard rate for the Dr. Jack Walther 85th Annual Western Veterinary Conference (WVC) Feb. 17-21 in Las Vegas. Register until Jan. 31 to avoid late fees. FULL STORY »

Weaning management

Weaning is one of the most stressful times in a calf’s life. Mark Alley, DVM, MBA, North Carolina State University, says the stress is believed to be the result of a combination of the severance of mother-young bond and the loss of milk supply. FULL STORY »

Your role in herd health programs

Obviously, a veterinarian’s training and expertise will allow him/her the knowledge to help beef cattle clients create herd health programs including vaccination, parasite control and more. But there’s more than just understanding the science behind vaccination and cattle health to truly providing a valuable service to clients. FULL STORY »

Understand parasite refugia Play video

Christine Navarre, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, Louisiana State University, talks about parasite refugia at the 2012 Western Veterinary Conference. FULL STORY »

Overcoming AI reluctance in beef

Artificial insemination in beef herds has not taken off as quickly and widespread as in the dairy industry, but W. Dee Whittier, DVM, MS, believes veterinarians should encourage their beef clients to take a harder look at it. Speaking at the 2012 Western Veterinary Conference last week, Whittier, from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, said some of the reasons for the lack of uptake of AI by beef producers include a perceived lack of profit potential, difficulty in handling with inadequate facilities and lack of knowledge on the part of producers and their consultants. FULL STORY »

WVC scores big in 2012

The 84th Annual Western Veterinary Conference wrapped up its five-day conference last week with nearly 15,000 in attendance, including a healthy number of beef and dairy veterinarians. In all, 6,449 veterinarians, 1,493 veterinary technicians as well as practice managers/staff, students and others attended the 2012 conference. Over 1,000 international attendees represented 53 countries. FULL STORY »

Have a goal for Dx Testing

Diagnostic testing is a tool widely used by veterinary practitioners. A diagnostic test can be as simple as a visual observation, or as complex as a trichomoniasis testing regimen. “Diagnostic testing is probably also one of the most misunderstood tools in our toolboxes,” said Carla Huston, PhD, Dipl. ACVPM, Mississippi State University, speaking at the 2012 Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas last week. “Our clients expect us to perform a diagnostic test and have the results quickly, accurately, and cheaply.” FULL STORY »

Upgrade your repro programs

In the past, many dairy reproductive programs used informal communications between employees and the veterinarian, there was a lack of teamwork, the program would change on a whim and those who developed the program — often the veterinarian — didn’t know when or why. FULL STORY »

Food animal opportunities at WVC Play video

Jim Brett, DVM, Large Animal Education Manager for the Western Veterinary Conference, discusses the educational opportunities for beef and dairy veterinarians at both last week's 2012 and next year's 2013 Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas. FULL STORY »

Hilton elected to WVC Board

W. Mark Hilton, DVM, Dipl. ABVP (beef), Purdue University, was elected last week to the board of directors for the Western Veterinary Conference (WVC), one of the largest veterinary conferences in the world. FULL STORY »

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