The North American Veterinary Conference—held Jan. 13-17 in Orlando, Fla.—provided a variety of learning formats and entertainment for the nearly 15,000 attendees.
"This year's conference continued our tradition of excellence and, on behalf of the board of directors, I can honestly say it was one of the best we've ever had," said Dr. Phillipe Moreau, immediate past president of NAVC.
Of the nearly 15,000 attendees, there were 5,742 veterinarians, 1,723 veterinary technicians, 726 practice managers, 675 students, and 3,204 exhibitors. Recent efforts to boost international attendance paid off as 1,178 international attendees registered.
The 2007 educational program featured more than 400 speakers and instructors, providing 1,400-plus hours of continuing education.
One example of the learning formats was the NAVC Case Challenges, where experts challenged each other with unknown cases in a "What's your diagnosis?" format. Topics ranged from upper airway crisis in dogs and cats to infectious disease cases.
Another learning format was the NAVC Next Level series, which featured interactive group discussions that challenged participants to think more deeply about specific medical or surgical problems. Most sessions were in the form of case presentations stressing pathophysiology and the pharmacologic basis of therapy.
Dr. Mark Spire gave the 2007 James A. Jarrett Memorial Lecture, titled "Being a Cow Doctor: Then, Now, and Tomorrow." Established in 2006, the lecture is a tribute to Dr. Jarrett, a production medicine pioneer and former NAVC president.
At the Morris Animal Foundation keynote luncheon, Dr. Michael Cranfield of the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project discussed the project's mission to provide veterinary care to the highly endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
During an evening session, Dr. Genny Dumonceaux from Busch Gardens discussed her adventures in Nepal. Other state-of-the-art lectures covered topics such as advancements in the management of liver disease, advances in diabetes management, molecular diagnosis, and enteric and gastric bacteria.
Also of note, the Mark L. Morris Sr. Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Dr. Stephen J. Withrow.
As for entertainment, attendees could check out a performance by the rock band Styx, comedian Sinbad, and the Neville Brothers.
Newly elected officers for 2007-2008 are Drs. Jorge Guerrero, Pennington, N.J., president; Don Harris, Miami, president-elect; Philippe Moreau, France, immediate past president; and Earl Gaughan, Auburn, Ala., vice president. Dr. Earl Rippie, Pennsauken, N.J., was re-elected as secretary-treasurer.
In 2008, the NAVC will celebrate its 25th anniversary. The conference will be held Jan. 19-23 in Orlando, Fla. For information, visit www.tnavc.org.