AVMA Convention 2019 brought more than 8,100 people this August to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Over a thousand continuing education sessions were offered along with an exhibit hall featuring the latest veterinary technology. And Harvard professor and keynote speaker Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, MD, shared the "astonishing" connections she found between human and animal health. (Photos by Sara Beugen, Kevin Kennedy, and R. Scott Nolen)
Spayathon for Puerto Rico
Spayathon for Puerto Rico is a high-quality, high-volume spay-neuter campaign addressing the U.S. commonwealth's stray animal problem after Hurricane Maria devastated the island in September 2017. Conducted in four rounds at locations throughout the island, the spayathon has a goal of sterilizing 20,000 cats and dogs by the time the campaign ends this May. During the second round of the spayathon, held Nov. 3-9, 2018, several members of the Puerto Rico VMA volunteered at the Animal Control Center in the municipality of Carolina. (Photos by R. Scott Nolen unless otherwise stated)
California rises from the ashes again
In 2018, California faced its most destructive year of fires. Between Jan. 1 and Dec. 5, 2018, there were 6,228 fires that burned a total of 876,225 acres, nearly three times the total acreage burned last year, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. It can be estimated that tens of thousands of animals—pets, wildlife, and livestock—were impacted by the recent fires in the state, according to Allison Cardona, Deputy Director of County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control.
'Mile High' Highlights
More than 9,000 veterinarians, veterinary technicians, practice owners, students, and other veterinary professionals came to Denver—the Mile High City—this July to experience the AVMA Convention. Following are highlights from the meeting, which included over 1,000 CE sessions, a keynote address from women's rights advocate Shiza Shahid, goat yoga, and a performance by the band O.A.R.
Jumping into canine sports
The field of canine sports and rehabilitation medicine is growing as canine sports become more popular around the country and dog owners see that rehabilitation can help dog athletes the same way it helps humans. The American Kennel Club and numerous other organizations offer a wide world of canine sports. The most popular is agility, with more than 1 million entries annually.