While the Academy of Veterinary Consultants (AVC) began with veterinarians primarily serving feedyards, its recent Spring Conference reflected the growing diversity of its membership. The education-focused conference, which took place March 30 through April 1 in Dallas, included topics ranging from cow-calf to feedyard production and covering basic scientific research through practical clinical applications.

Kansas State University veterinarian Brad White, DVM, MS, who began his term as AVC President during the conference, says participants came away with ideas they can put into practice immediately, and insights on science and issues that will affect their practices in the future. Cow-calf-oriented content included presentations on parasite control in a time of growing drug resistance, chute-side data collection, pre-weaning BRD, bull surgeries and breeding soundness exams.

White notes that the Saturday program focused largely on the timely topic of antimicrobial stewardship, covering the issue from multiple angles of interest to all cattle veterinarians. Topics included assessing genetic markers associated with antimicrobial resistance, doing more with the antibiotics we have by evaluating use of combination therapy and optimal durations of therapy, antimicrobial use metrics and the use of meta-analysis of trial data for comparing the efficacy of antibiotic treatments.

The Saturday sessions wrapped up with a presentation from Dr. Bob Smith on Antibiotic use – Working together for better solutions, followed by an insightful review of health data on calf placements into U.S. feedyards last fall, from Dr. Breck Hunsaker, with Feedlot Health Management Services.

White says the AVC’s Program Committee works hard to ensure that each conference includes a diverse mix of presenters and topics of interest to all veterinarians involved in beef-cattle practice.

The program qualified for 18 hours of continuing education through Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine Continuing Education Department.

AVC holds three conferences each year, in the spring, summer and winter. The summer AVC Conference will take place in Denver on August 3 to 5. More information is available on the AVC website.

Following each conference, AVC members have access to the full proceedings through the Academy’s website at www.AVC-Beef.org.

Watch BovineVetOnline.com for summaries of several AVC presentations over the next few days.