AUBURN – The Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine will host its 101st annual conference April 10-13 with almost 2,000 veterinarians, technicians and spouses gathering for seminars, entertainment and class reunions. It will be held at the college’s Wire Road campus and at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.
“It’s the largest non-football weekend each year in Auburn,” said Gary Beard, assistant dean. “The theme this year is ‘One Medicine’ which reflects the convergence of human, animal and public health.”
Both the American Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association have stated their support for a One Health Initiative. Beard says that discoveries in veterinary medicine have relevance in human medicine, and the opposite is true as well.
“This is especially vital with the threat of new and reemerging zoonotic diseases,” he said. “Another threat that our world faces is bioterrorism. The veterinarian would be on the front line of defense if a bioterror attack occurred, so we have to add more knowledge of human medicine to our expertise in veterinary medicine.”
The keynote speakers will be Gregory Poland and Peter Emily. Poland is director of the Mayo Clinic’s vaccine research group that investigates issues surrounding vaccine response and novel vaccines important to public health. He is also director of the clinic’s translational immunovirology and biodefense program. Emily has worked in the field of animal dentistry for more than 40 years and recently formed the Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation, which works to relieve pain and suffering resulting from oral and dental disease in animals worldwide.
“Class reunions are also a big part of the conference, and this year we’ll host fifth-year reunions for those classes from 1958 to 2003,” Beard said. “We’ll have a special golden eagles reunion for graduates of 1958 and prior.”
A charity golf tournament will be held April 10 to raise funds for special projects at the college. On April 11, a Family Fun Night for attendees will include a presentation by the Southeastern Raptor Center and music by the Tyn Tymes, a soulful 1960s-style band.
For more information, contact the College of Veterinary Medicine at (334) 844-3699.