‘Gathering the Herd’ at the AABP Annual Conference

Come for work and stay to play during the AABP conference this September in Long Beach, Calif.
Come for work and stay to play during the AABP conference this September in Long Beach, Calif.

The 2022 55th American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Annual Conference will be held Sept. 22-24 in Long Beach, Calif., with the theme of “Gathering the Herd.” Registration is open at http://aabp.org/meeting/register2022.asp.  Preregistration ends August 12. 

“We are excited to gather the herd of AABP members in beautiful Long Beach for our 55th annual conference,” says AABP Executive Director Dr. K. Fred Gingrich, II. “The program committee has put together a great CE event for beef and dairy veterinarians. There will be plenty of great things to see and do during your visit to Long Beach, and we hope to see many of our members again in-person!”

Opportunities For Reconnecting

AABP President-Elect and 2022 Program Chair Dr.  Sandra Godden says, “This year’s theme, ‘Gathering the Herd’, is a not-so-subtle nod, after a long and grueling pandemic, to the desire to reconnect with old friends and colleagues, to make new ones, and to get some simply excellent in-person CE. 

This theme also refers to some important program content addressing the mentoring, recruitment and retention of our existing and future colleagues, which is so critical to our personal and practice health. The program offers an exciting and diverse array of world-class ‘ready to take home and apply’ CE that is guaranteed to stimulate both you and your practice.” 

Godden notes that Long Beach offers an abundance of fun diversions including the beach, the boardwalk, and a multitude of eclectic shops and outstanding restaurants along the waterfront, all just a hop, skip and a jump from the conference center and hotel.  “This promises to be an exceptional conference; we hope to see you there,” she adds.

Practical Information For Application

Scientific sessions at the conference will include cutting-edge information on beef and dairy bovine medicine and health, practice management, clinical skills, preconference seminars, clinical forums, research summaries, student sessions and more (see the schedule at http://aabp.org/meeting/conference.asp). 

Once again, the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners will meet jointly with AABP. The conference will be submitted for RACE-approved continuing education.

The conference also offers preconference seminars. “Preconference seminars are one of the best opportunities for in-depth, small group continuing education that our conference has to offer, and this year is no exception,” says AABP Vice President and Preconference Seminar Chair Dr. Michael Capel. 

Sessions Enhance Clinical Skills

“This year, there will be 14 seminars to choose from, including ‘classics’ such as feedlot health management, quality milk production, dairy nutrition and dairy and beef heifer development, more recently offered seminars such as communications and vaccinology, and new seminars focusing on the veterinarian’s role in audit programs, yellow cow diseases and veterinary education for bovine practitioners,” Capel adds. 

Each preconference seminar offers eight hours per day of CE credit. See preconference seminar information at http://aabp.org/meeting/preconference.asp.

Come For Work, Stay For Fun

Other events include the student Quiz Bowl, student case presentations, research summaries, awards and scholarships, a Job Fair, the Amstutz live and silent scholarship auctions and more. Members and affiliated partners can donate and/or browse auction items at https://aabp.org/auction/. 

This will be the 10th year for the 5K Stampede Fun Run sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim, with proceeds benefitting the Amstutz Scholarship Fund. Conference attendees can sign up for the 5K when they register for the conference. 

Family-friendly, the conference also offers a mother’s room and complimentary registration for childcare givers. 

Find all conference information at https://aabp.org under the Conference tab. 


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