With its 49th annual conference approaching, the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) has opened registration and announced several deadlines for elections, award nominations, scholarship applications and grant proposals.

2015 annual conference

Registration for the AABP annual conference, scheduled for September 15 to 17 in Charlotte, N.C., is open and can be accessed online at http://aabp.org/meeting/register.asp.

Pre-conference seminars

AABP will host 21 pre-conference seminars this year, from September 11 to 14 in Charlotte. Topics include Food Armor® Phase I and Phase II training, Thoracic Ultrasound and Pre-mortem Diagnostics in Outbreak Investigation, Veterinary Practice Valuation/Developing an Exit Strategy, Reproduction for Success and Profit and Dairy Culling Decisions. Returning after a year off are three days of Quality Milk Production.

The line-up also includes the many popular repeat seminars such as Beef Cow Nutrition, Applied Dairy Nutrition, and Advanced Embryo Transfer, to name a few. For more information, go to www.aabp.org/meeting/preconference.asp

Vote for AABP Vice President

AABP has opened voting to members for the office of Vice President. Dr. Pat Gorden and Dr. Glenn Rogers have been placed on the ballot, and members can vote online or by using a hard-copy ballot. To vote online and view candidate bios, visit www.aabp.org/ballot/. If you would prefer a hard-copy ballot, please contact the AABP office at 1-800-COW-AABP, fax to 334-821-9532, or email aabphq@aabp.org. Voting closes June 30, 2016.

AABP Foundation-Zoetis Student Scholarship

The deadline for applying for these prestigious scholarships is June 7, 2016. The 2016 AABP Foundation-Zoetis Veterinary Student Scholarship is offered to U.S. third-year veterinary students (class of 2017, and awards $5,000 to help offset the high cost of veterinary education. Scholarship recipients also can receive reimbursement for travel and housing expenses for the AABP conference. Electronic application is available at http://foundation.aabp.org/zoetis/.

AABP annual award nominations

Nominations for several AABP awards for exceptional accomplishment and/or outstanding service to

AABP and animal agriculture, including the prestigious Bovine Practitioner of the Year award, are due by June 15, 2016. Information on the individual awards and past recipients is available at http://aabp.org/about/pastawards.asp.

The online nomination form can be accessed at www.aabp.org/members/nomination.

2016 Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame

Voting is open for the 2016 Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame. Candidates for the 2016 award are:

Beef:

·         Dr. Rodney Oliphant

·         Dr. Roger J. Panciera

·         Dr. Robert Sprowls

Dairy:

·         Dr. Keith Sterner

·         Dr. Dave Rhoda

AABP members can vote for one beef and one dairy nominee by visiting http://aabp.org/halloffame/. Voting is open until August 6, 2016.

Dr. Bruce Wren CE Award

This program, sponsored by AgriLabs, provides two $5,000 individual awards, one for beef, one for dairy, in honor of Bruce Wren, DVM, PhD. Candidates must be out of veterinary school for a minimum of one year and a maximum of 10 years to be eligible. The awards also include airfare and one-night hotel expenses for the AABP conference. Applications, available at http://www.aabp.org/Members/ce_award/default.asp, are due by July 15.

Hoof-health research grant

AABP and the Hoof Trimmers Association are co-sponsoring a funding opportunity, administered by the AABP Foundation, to support applied research in the areas of lameness and hoof health. A total of up to $25,000 will be applied to support one or more research projects. The deadline is July 1, 2016. Learn more at http://foundation.aabp.org/hoof/.