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April 8, 2014
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Animal Health SmartBrief Special Report:
The 2014 AVMA Annual Convention
The 2014 AVMA Annual Convention brings the best of veterinary medicine to Denver this year, with five days of information and inspiration, plus plenty of entertainment and opportunities to enjoy the Mile High City. This special report includes a sneak peek at what's in store for attendees and a snapshot of what some of your other colleagues in veterinary medicine are up to. Secure your spot by April 28 for discounted registration, and learn more.
A conversation with AVMA Convention speaker Dr. Lance S. Fox  
Dr. Lance Fox
  • Veterinarian Lance S. Fox will be speaking at this summer's AVMA Annual Convention about his life, his career in veterinary medicine and his life-changing trek to the Himalayas and up Mount Everest. In a conversation with Animal Health SmartBrief, Dr. Fox said climbing Everest was hard, but not as challenging as the marathon that is veterinary school. Even in the Himalayas, Dr. Fox found himself relying on his expertise as he connected with local people and learned about their reliance on yaks. Dr. Fox has established the nonprofit Healthy Yaks, and he has worked with the Sherpa people to teach them to better care for their animals, which in turn makes the animals more productive. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (4/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Snapshots of Veterinary Medicine 
  • Dr. Eric Barchas: This isn't a job, it's a way of life
    Veterinarian Eric Barchas says he learned early on in his veterinary education that his chosen career would be more than just a job, and it's turned out to be true. Dr. Barchas says he won't soon forget the words of veterinarian Janet Aldrich. "She said, '[A]fter today you will never simply pet an animal again,'" recalls Dr. Barchas, writing, "What she meant was that our knowledge base would make it impossible to interact with a cat without examining and assessing it. Animal health was to become our lifeblood. In other words, she said we would never be able to turn it off. She was right. Being a veterinarian is not merely a job. It's a life." Catster (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
2014 AVMA Annual Convention—July 25-29
Our CE will inspire the veterinarian in you, our events will inspire the social side of you, and our host city, Denver, will simply inspire you. Earn up to 45 hours of CE from over 1,000 sessions. Get inspired! Register by April 28 to save up to $100!
Convention Highlights 
  • Featured speakers
    The 2014 AVMA Convention features more than 500 speakers offering more than 1,000 hours of continuing education sessions, touching on all areas of veterinary medicine. Some of the featured speakers at this year's convention are:
    • Dr. Todd R. Tams, DVM, DACVIM
      Chief Medical Officer for VCA Antech
      Sessions include Chronic Large Intestinal Diseases in Dogs and Cats and Diagnostic Overview for Vomiting in Dogs and Cats.
    • Margi Sirois, EdD, MS, RVT
      Program director of veterinary technology for Wright Career College, chair of the NAVTA Committee on Veterinary Technician Specialties
      Sessions include Tick-borne Diseases, Leptospirosis, and Preparation and Evaluation of Cytology Samples.
    • Dr. Tony Knight, BVSc, MS, DACVIM
      Colorado State University chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences, 1986-2003
      Sessions include Plant Poisoning of Small Ruminants, Small Ruminant Transboundary Diseases, and Toxicology Relevant to Small Ruminants.
    • Dr. Temple Grandin, PhD
      Professor of Animal Science, Colorado State University
      Dr. Grandin is presenting "Ways to Reduce Stress on Animals."
    • Dr. Robert J. Callan, DVM, PhD, MS
      Department of Clinical Sciences professor at Colorado State University, service head of the Livestock Medicine and Surgery Service at the CSU James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital
      Dr. Callan is presenting multiple sessions on Advanced Camelid Medicine.
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  • Hot topics
    Attendees at this year's AVMA Convention in Denver will have a variety of Hot Topics sessions to choose from. This year's topics include:
    • Pot is NOT for pets!
    • Jerky: What You Need to Know
    • The Initiative to Develop Women Leaders in Veterinary Medicine
    • Raw Diet: It's Debatable
    • The Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) -- Past, Present, and Future
    • Horse Racing Medication Reform

    View the AVMA Convention CE Program to build your schedule including Hot Topics.

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  • MapIt: AVMA Convention's mobile website and app
    Use the AVMA 2014 MapIt mobile website to browse CE sessions and events, view exhibitors and begin building your personalized convention agenda. Stay current on session changes and exhibitor contact information and track your CE using this innovative solution, available for Apple and Android devices. Download MapIt. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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