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Animal Health SmartBrief Special Report:
2013 AVMA Convention
This is a landmark year for the AVMA Convention, as the AVMA marks 150 years of education, science and service, July 19-23 in Chicago. This Special Report gives you a preview of what you can expect at the convention, and you can learn much more from the AVMA's convention website.

2013 AVMA Annual Convention, July 19 - 23 in Chicago. From education to entertainment, events to exhibits, you'll be informed and in touch with the brightest minds in the profession. Earn up to 42 hours of CE from over 1,000 sessions. Your first-choice veterinary convention in the Second City—Register by April 22 to receive $100 off!
  Featured Topic: Small Animals 
  • Small animal internal medicine: Dr. Todd Tams
    Internist Dr. Todd Tams, editor of textbooks on gastroenterology and endoscopy in small animals and chief medical officer for VCA, will discuss topics including:
    • Acute and Chronic Vomiting in Dogs and Cats: Diagnostic Approach
    • Air Contrast for Diagnosis of GI Foreign Bodies
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  Featured Topic: Exotics and Zoological Medicine 
  • Exotics and zoological medicine: Dr. Stephen Divers
    Dr. Stephen Divers, professor of zoological medicine at the University of Georgia and a popular speaker on exotics, will present sessions addressing:
    • A Clinician's Approach to Rabbit and Rodent Anesthesia
    • Inside the Issues Debate: Exotic Species Should Not Be Permitted as Pets Because of Physical, Zoonotic, or Welfare Concerns?
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  Featured Topic: Animal Behavior 
  • Behavior: Dr. Debra Horwitz
    Dr. Debra Horwitz, past president of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and author of three texts on animal behavior, will discuss topics including:
    • Aggression Unleashed: Do Dogs Mean to be Mean? Why Dogs Bite
    • Inside the Issues Better Case Management Panel: Patients With Common Behavioral Problems, Triage and Treatment
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  • In the news: Owners may overlook dogs' fearfulness
    Pet owners may misread or not understand the extent of dogs' fearful responses to loud noises, according to U.K. researchers who found that although one-quarter of owners reported their pets were afraid of loud noises, half in more detailed interviews reported behaviors associated with such fears. Breed and age were among the factors that appeared to play a role in dogs' fearful behaviors, and the researchers noted early life experiences are also important. ScienceDaily (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional Development 
  • The whole veterinarian
    Attendees at AVMA's convention will be exposed to the cutting edge of veterinary medicine, but there is more to successful practice than clinical skills and knowledge. From developing marketing and customer service strategies to dealing with difficult employees, cultivating referrals and pursuing personal growth, AVMA's practice management track offers something for everyone. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Management: How to keep your team happy
    Common-sense tactics will help you keep your best employees on board, writes Laura Kerekes of ThinkHR. Make sure your policies are clear and fairly enforced, let your employees know you care about them and their lives, and communicate with respect and an openness to new ideas. And of course, make sure you're paying people fairly. (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Veterinary medicine in practice
    Veterinarians and veterinary technicians will gain valuable hands-on experience in this year's interactive labs. There are dozens to choose from, addressing a variety of topics including:
    • It's a Messy Business! Rescue and Rehab of Oiled Wildlife -- Saturday, July 20, 8 a.m.–4:50 p.m.
    • Cytology in Practice: From Collection to Detection. How to Improve Yield and Diagnostic Outcome -- Sunday, July 21, 8 a.m.-2:50 p.m.
    • Teach and Train 'Em Young! The Best Prevention is Worth Its Weight in Gold of Cure When It Comes to Behavior!!! -- Tuesday, July 23, 8–11:50 a.m.
    *All of the above are open to technicians and DVMs. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Convention Highlights 
  • Working for you: 150 years of education, science, service
    The AVMA has been an essential resource to veterinarians for 150 years, and it's time to celebrate this milestone. The festivities kick off Friday, July 19, at 6 p.m. with a tribute looking back and forward hosted by noted TV personality and journalist Bill Kurtis. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AVMA/Smithsonian traveling exhibit: We're all connected
    Animal Connections: Our Journey Together is a traveling exhibit that explores the complex bond between humans and animals and the role of the veterinarian in safeguarding both animal health and welfare and public health. Brought to you by the AVMA, the Smithsonian and Zoetis, this interactive, truck-based exhibit will travel to approximately 88 locations nationwide over the next two years, beginning in Chicago in July 2013. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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