From the February issue: This year marks the 50th anniversary of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP). “Over the last half-century, the face of the livestock industries served by the veterinary practitioner has changed considerably,” says AABP president John Davidson, DVM, Dipl. ABVP. “The AABP continues to serve a critical role in advocating for the veterinarians working with cattle and is undertaking efforts to promote the multitude of member benefits that go beyond our annual meeting. The leadership of the AABP is working to position the cattle veterinarian for success in the next 50 years.”   

AABP has brought forth several industry tools in 2014 and looks to do the same this year. 

AABP guidelines

In 2014, AABP created guidelines to help beef and dairy veterinarians make decisions with their clients on cattle care and handling. These guidelines are available to the public at aabp.org (under the Home tab look for AABP Guidelines).

The guidelines created in 2014 are:

·         Castration and Dehorning — These guidelines provide information on how best to approach dehorning and castration of calves on beef and dairy farms. They include information on age at procedure, restraint, method, local anesthesia and systemic pain relief.

·         Lameness on Dairy and Beef Herds — Lameness is an important economic and welfare concern. These guidelines include information on lameness identification and treatment, housing and environment, preventive hoofcare, records review and communication.

·         Transportation Recommendations for Cattle — AABP believes that all classes of cattle or calves should be handled and transported humanely. These guidelines discuss handling and transportation of calves, stocker and feedlot cattle, cull/market beef and dairy cattle, and handling and transport of injured/ambulatory and non-ambulatory animals.

The 2014 guidelines are in addition to AABP’s 2013 guidelines “Practical Euthanasia of Cattle” and “Establishing and Maintaining the Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship in Bovine Practice.” In 2015, AABP plans to release guidelines on proper drug use in cattle.

Practice management webinars

AABP’s Veterinary Practice Sustainability Committee developed a series of four progressive webinars for all practice types that discuss creating value propositions for services, partial budgeting, marketing and measuring services. Free to AABP members on the AABP website, non-members can pay to view these webinars through the Kansas State University Beef Cattle Institute website at animalcaretraining.org/VPS/PackageDetail.aspx. The cost is $50 per webinar for non-AABP members.

2015 annual conference in New Orleans

New Orleans, La., will set the stage for AABP’s 48th annual conference, Sept. 17-19. Keynoted by Dave Daley, on tap this year will be topics on welfare, nutrition, calves, BRD, genetics, lameness, facilities, disease and more. Preconference seminars, clinical forums, practice tips and sessions for students and technicians/assistants will also be offered. Once again the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners will hold a joint meeting with AABP.

Veterinary students won’t miss out with student sessions, networking opportunities, a job fair, quiz bowl and scholarship presentations. Attendees are also encouraged to enter the third 5K Stampede Fun Run.

An exciting trade show with the latest in products and services will be a must-see in the beautifully renovated Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Entertainment, awards, the Amstutz auction and the chance to explore the French Quarter, Bourbon Street and great food await.

“Come see the AABP in action and take an opportunity to get more involved in shaping your future,” Davidson says. “This conference presents a tremendous opportunity to learn the very latest information from some of the very best minds in veterinary medicine today. Perhaps more important than the CE is the opportunity to share experiences with your like-minded colleagues.”

Registration and housing for the conference will open May 1 and more information can be found at aabp.org.