Wildlife expert Jim Fowler to speak at veterinary college’s 100th annual conference

AUBURN – Noted wildlife expert Jim Fowler will be a keynote speaker April 13 during the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine’s 100th Annual Conference.

He will present “Where the Wild Things Are” from 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in the auditorium of The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. The public is invited.

Fowler has presented information about wildlife to the American public on television for more than 40 years. He first served with Marlin Perkins as co-host and later became host of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, and also hosted Mutual of Omaha’s Spirit of Adventure. He has been the wildlife correspondent for NBC’s Today Show since 1988 and was a regular on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

“We invite the community to join our veterinary alumni for the opening session, ” said Gary Beard, assistant veterinary dean. “Jim has spoken here before and is always an entertaining speaker.”

Veterinary Dean Emeritus Tom Vaughan will open the morning at 8:30 a.m. by discussing the history of the College of Veterinary Medicine, which was established as a college in 1907. More than 5,700 doctors of veterinary medicine have graduated since the first degrees were officially awarded in 1909.

“The teaching of veterinary medicine at Auburn actually dates back to 1892,” said Beard, “making it the oldest veterinary program in the South and the sixth oldest in the country.”

The conference, labeled the biggest non-football weekend of the year in Auburn, will be held April 12-15 at the conference center and at the college’s Wire Road campus. More than 2,000 veterinarians and spouses are expected to gather for seminars, entertainment and alumni class reunions.

For more information, visit www.vetmed.auburn.edu or contact the College of Veterinary Medicine at (334) 844-3699.

(Contributed by Charles Martin.)

Contact: Gary Beard, (334) 844-3699 (beardgb@auburn.edu), or
Charles Martin, (334) 844-9999 (marticd@auburn.edu)