The 2014 47th American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Annual Conference Sept. 18-20 in Albuquerque, N.M., is taking continuing education to new heights with this year’s program. Registration is now open.
The 2014 program theme, “Reconnect. Retool. Reclaim.” is intended to encourage attendees to renew relationships with other like-minded cattle veterinarians (reconnect), expand their professional skillset (retool), and improve their business opportunities (reclaim), says AABP President-Elect and Program Chairman Dr. John Davidson. “We have a top-notch program committee of dedicated private practitioners, clinicians, and industry leaders focused on delivering timely, relevant, and practical education that each attendee can take back to his or her practice and implement immediately,” Davidson says.
Davidson says the session line-up represents the very best of current and practical topics tailored to each segment of this far-reaching profession, with areas focused on cow-calf, feedlot and dairy, delivered by knowledgeable professionals. Ten limited enrollment Clinical Forums will be hosted by experts in an informal environment to allow for one-on-one interaction for maximum benefit. The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Lowell Catlett, an internationally recognized agricultural economist and futurist.
Students will play a large part in the conference with student sessions, the 5th annual Quiz Bowl, student case competition and scholarship awards. Large animal veterinary technicians also have dedicated sessions.
For those seeking a deeper level of education in specific topics, over 20 preconference sessions will be offered Sept. 14-17. AABP Vice President and Preconference Seminar Chairman Dr. Fred Gingrich says, “The preconference seminars this year offer a variety of practical information that veterinarians will be able to take home and implement immediately to help their clients and the cattle they care for each day.”
Gingrich adds that the 2014 preconference seminars are a mix of old, new and reformulated seminars from past years. For example, the milking equipment seminar has been changed to a hands-on experience working with a portable teaching parlor so attendees will be able to practice in a simulated parlor experience. Several nutrition and management courses from ration balancing, transition cows, fresh pen management, milk fat depression, and improving health/productivity will give veterinarians the tools to offer more nutrition consultation in their practices.
Beef-oriented seminars will include basic and advanced nutrition, managing stocker calves, cow-calf record keeping and analysis, feedyard lameness, and performing breeding soundness exams. Practice owners and associates will find valuable information in the two-day veterinary business management seminar.
In addition to the CE, the AABP conference offers entertainment, awards for members, over 100 exhibitors in the trade show, honoring of the 2014 Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame inductees, the 7th annual Job Fair, the Amstutz Live and Silent auctions, and the second 5K Stampede Run along the Rio Grande Valley.