March 01, 2008
The 2008 AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference, Jan. 11-13, drew 470 leaders, topping last year's record attendance by 50. In recent years, Chicago has hosted the event, but this year's venue at a new hotel and convention center in Schaumburg, Ill., made nearby AVMA headquarters a popular tour destination.
By his own admission, Dr. Dean Richardson is better at large animal surgery than public speaking. But as fate would have it, Dr. Richardson was thrust into the center of a months-long media frenzy over Barbaro, the 3-year-old colt whose dramatic 2006 Kentucky Derby win and tragic injury and death captivated a nation.
The worst outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza ever to hit India, the world's second most populous country, refocused international attention on the virus early this year.