Successful 2017 Purdue Veterinary Conference Draws 1,100 Plus Attendees
September 29, 2017
Purdue Veterinary Conference attendees traveled from near and far to attend the College of Veterinary Medicine’s annual conference September 19-23 on Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus. A total of 1,118 registrants attended, including 264 veterinarians; 166 veterinary technicians; 185 PVM faculty, staff, and faculty emeriti; 256 PVM students; and 173 other guests. Additionally, the Exhibit Hall in the Purdue Memorial Union South Ballroom was staffed by 74 exhibitor representatives and served as a popular break location with interactive displays, giveaways, refreshments and engaging conversation.
Conference sessions were led by 64 speakers who conducted 114 continuing education (CE) sessions. Attendees had the opportunity to participate in two interactive labs focusing on “Bovine Reproduction” and “Avian Procedures for the Beginner.” Newly added to the line-up this year and sponsored by the Indiana State Department of Health and the Indiana State Board of Animal Health, the “Emergency Preparedness: Disease and Disaster” track featured sessions on agroterrorism, disaster triage, and animal disease events, to name a few topics.
In addition to the excellent line-up of general sessions, conference-goers had the opportunity to hear a variety of special lecturers, including presentations on diversity in veterinary medicine and wellness, as well as the Dr. Jack and Naomi Stockton Lecture, which focused on the challenges and collaborative one health approach involved in the care of military working dogs. The talk on Thursday, September 21, entitled, “The Role and Medical Management of Military Working Dogs in Combat,” was presented by Dr. Jim Giles, retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel who spent 18 years as a military veterinarian serving around the world, including a year in Afghanistan.
The public also had a chance to participate in the conference by attending the Elanco Human-Animal Bond Lecture Tuesday evening, September 19, to hear Dr. Niwako Ogata, PVM assistant professor of animal behavior, and Dr. Libby Richards, Purdue University assistant professor of nursing, speak on the reciprocal relationship between human and canine health, including the many benefits afforded to both owner and dog by simply taking daily walks together. The free lecture in Fowler Hall in Stewart Center.
The conference, which doubles as the College’s homecoming, also featured special events in celebration of PVM’s outstanding alumni, faculty, and supporters. The Awards Celebration held Wednesday evening, September 20, honored ten awardees, including several faculty members and three distinguished alumni. Additionally, the Meet Me @ the Mixer event Thursday evening, September 21, served as a lively networking event as well as an opportunity to recognized Purdue Veterinary Medicine’s alumni reunion classes, including the Golden Anniversary Class of 1967 and the Silver Anniversary DVM Class of 1992.
Bookending the conference were two recreational events. The annual Indiana Animal Health Foundation/PVM Golf Outing Tuesday, September 19, gave attendees a chance to enjoy the newly renovated Purdue Ackerman-Allen Golf Course while raising funds for scholarships and the support of student activities.
The Dr. Skip Jackson Dog Jog Saturday, September 23, capped off the week, with approximately 180 faculty, staff, students, alumni and community residents and their 88 canine companions participating in the 5K fun run/walk that began and ended in front of Lynn Hall. The event finished just in time for everyone to migrate across campus for the Purdue Homecoming and tailgating festivities that took place around Ross Ade Stadium and along Stadium Mall prior to the football game against Michigan.
The conference was made possible with the generous support of Elanco, Zoetis, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Cook Animal Health, Nutrena, Purina Veterinary Diets, the Indiana State Department of Health and the Indiana State Board of Animal Health.
Writer: Allison Carey and Kevin Doerr, email@example.com
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