The 2013 American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Annual Conference Sept. 19-21 in Milwaukee, Wis., will offer beef and dairy veterinarians the latest tools and information to move their businesses forward while serving the livestock industry.
The theme, “Embracing Challenges – Creating Opportunities” will come to life with 22.5 hours of continuing education available for cow-calf, feedlot, stocker and dairy veterinarians. “Our idea is that we should not shudder at the idea of change and the challenges change brings, but instead look at the opportunities that change brings,” says AABP President-Elect Dan Grooms, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVM. “This year’s program is built around the theme of identifying new and exciting opportunities against a backdrop of industry changes and challenges.”
The CE includes pre-conference seminars (some hands-on), lectures, small-group clinical and practice forums, practice tips and poster sessions by leading industry experts including researchers and fellow practitioners. Special sessions and activities for veterinary technicians and students will also be featured. The American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners will hold its annual conference in conjunction with the AABP conference.
AABP Vice President John Davidson, DVM, Dipl. ABVP, says demand for the 21 pre-conference seminars is the strongest in years. “The seminar line-up truly offers something for every practitioner and new seminar topics were added to help practitioners dealing with modern business challenges,” Davidson says.
Some of those challenges include finding different practice models to keep practices thriving. “The veterinary profession serving this industry needs to remain diverse and versatile, and develop different ways to serve and receive payment for our work,” adds AABP President Nigel Cook, MRCVS. “That discussion will be taken up at our annual meeting. We're excited to be meeting in Milwaukee in the heart of America's Dairyland to deliver the best CE for cattle veterinarians in North America."
One of the largest in years, the exhibit hall featuring 113 exhibitors and 159 booths will showcase the latest in equipment, animal health products and services for bovine practitioners. Entertainment will include nightly social events and the first 5K Stampede run along Lake Michigan. Popular events include the live and silent auctions benefitting the Amstutz Scholarship Fund named for the late Harold Amstutz, DVM, and the annual business lunch where prestigious awards are given to AABP members.