The 29th Congress of the World Association of Buiatrics, taking place in Dublin, Ireland from the 3rd - 8th July, 2016, is now accepting abstracts. Submitting an abstract is open to all involved in the field of bovine health management and production; the congress will also address the health management of small ruminants and camelids. The abstract system will remain open until December 2015.

‘For all the hard work gone into organising WBC 2016 so far, for me it is when we begin accepting abstracts that the Congress really starts’ said Michael Sexton, Veterinary Practitioner and Chairman of the Local Organising Committee. ‘I’m expecting high-quality, relevant research that will help advance the field of buiatrics and genuinely affect people’s working lives in a positive way. This is what the Congress is all about – professional development and improving animal health and welfare’.

The Congress will be held over five days, bringing together world experts in cattle health and production systems: latest scientific updates will include the areas of internal medicine, nutrition, animal health economics, sustainable agriculture, biosecurity, reproduction, toxicology, genetics, breeding and a wide range of emerging diseases. The Congress is expected to attract between 2,500-3,000 delegates from academia, research, general veterinary practice and government veterinary services as well as leading animal scientists.

‘Ireland itself is one of the most important food exporting nations in the world and we look forward to both learning from our international colleagues and sharing our experiences’ said Professor Michael Doherty, Scientific Chair of the Local Organising Committee. 'We export nearly €2 billion worth of beef every year as well as more than 85% of our milk output in cheese, powders and butters, exceeding €3 billion; the agri-food sector is estimated to employ 10% of our total workforce. WBC delegates arriving here will find an expanding industry fully committed through Animal Health Ireland to achieving optimal animal health and welfare as well as a people who recognise the importance of agriculture both to the economy and to the identity of the country itself.’

Registration will open in July, 2015, with early-bird rates available until March 2016. There is also a full social programme put in place – details to be announced at a later date – that will show the best of Ireland and a full range of tour options will be made available for those wishing to extend their stay beyond the Congress itself.

For more information on WBC 2016, you can visit www.WBC2016.com or contact the Conference Secretariat at WBC2016@mci-group.com