The American Association of Bovine Practitioners hosted the first in a planned series of educational meetings designed for recent graduates.
The inaugural AABP Recent Veterinary Graduate Conference, Feb. 9-10 in St. Louis, was open to veterinarians who had graduated since 2010, and 165 attended. Survey results from the meeting indicate two-thirds of attendees had graduated in the preceding three years.
The conference provided continuing education on beef and dairy medicine, with topics including obstetrics, necropsy, examinations, nutrition, immunology, calf diarrhea, gender bias, mentoring, practice burnout, and alternative careers.
Program chairman Dr. Blake Nguyen said in an announcement that the conference also gave attendees opportunities—in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere—to engage with AABP leaders and peers on the rewards and challenges of bovine medicine.
Dr. K. Fred Gingrich II, AABP executive vice president, said in the announcement that offering services to the next generation of veterinarians is critical to the AABP's success. He noted that the AABP also provides practice management workshops, and its Membership Committee is organizing a mentor matching program.
AABP leaders plan to host the next recent graduate conference in February 2019 at a location to be determined.
Recorded presentations are available to AABP members through the Beef Cattle Institute. The AABP website, www.aabp.org, includes a purple and white BCI logo linked to continuing education materials.