Event: Tufts Animal Expo 2000, Oct 10-13, 2000, Boston
Program: More than 4,200 attendees from 50 states and 24 foreign countries were on hand for the inaugural event, coordinated by the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and the Kazmaier International Group.
Veterinarians led the attendance numbers, with more than 1,300 participating in the four-day educational conference. In excess of 50 human health professionals were also present, participating in tracks ranging from reducing violence through animal interactions, animal-assisted therapy interventions, the human-animal bond, and zoonotic diseases.
Featured were 197 speakers from around the world. Educational tracks offered in-depth information ranging from state-of-the-art veterinary medicine, to animal behavior, conservation medicine, and complementary/alternative medicine.
The program included species-specific programs on veterinary care and management of horses, cattle, ferrets, birds, and camelids, to name a few. Such groups as the Delta Society, the Massachusetts SPCA, and the Animal Rescue League of Boston also hosted sessions.
During the expo, the AVMA, Delta Society, and Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc presented Dr. Caroline Schaffer with the Leo K. Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award (see JAVMA, Nov 15, 2000 page 1450).