Fred Gingrich, DVM and Executive Director of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP), announced on Tuesday that the association plans to host a “hybrid” 2020 annual conference on September 24, 25 and 26 in Louisville, Ky.
“Many options were discussed by the Board, with thoughtful deliberation regarding member services, health and safety precautions, and financial impact to the organization,” Gingrich wrote in a letter distributed to members. “In addition, the AABP staff have worked diligently the past several months to review the logistics and implications of each option the Board considered for our annual conference.”
The organization plans to offer two registration options.
“An in-person registration will be available for those members who wish to attend the conference in-person. In addition, we will offer a virtual conference registration for those members who do not wish to attend in-person but want to participate in the conference from their home or office,” Gingrich said. “The virtual conference will have a live stream of all the sessions that are offered at the conference (excludes pre-conference seminars). Virtual attendees will also be able to participate virtually using the Slido app to take part in polls or ask speaker questions. Just like previous years, this conference will be recorded for all members to view at a later date on the AABP CE portal or BCI Mobile Conference App.”
Gingrich said the in-person conference will look different than in previous years.
“We will follow all recommended safety precautions from the city, state, hotel, and convention center. Social distancing measures will be implemented with theater seating of a minimum 6-foot of distance between chairs. Meals will either be served or pre-packaged and coffee breaks will be served as well. Masks are encouraged, but not required, for attendees.
“Sanitation and cleaning protocols will be implemented by the hotel and convention center staff. There will likely be schedule changes, speakers who cannot attend and longer lines for food service. We ask that you please use patience and understanding as we try to offer a conference and implement these safety measures. We also ask that in-person attendees implement health and safety measures on their own. Please remember to respect social distancing guidelines, discourage handshaking and hugs, do not attend if you are feeling ill or are in a high-risk category for COVID-19 complications, and consider wearing a face mask.”
Gingrich expressed his appreciation to the AABP Board leadership, under the direction of Dr. Calvin Booker, as well as the work of Dr. Carie Telgen and Dr. Pat Gorden and their program committee in planning the annual conference.
Gingrich said he anticipates registration for the conference will open the first week of July.