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NAVC Conference Turns 25 with Exciting Program And Performers

The NAVC Conference 2008 January 19-23 in Orlando, FL promises to provide a variety of learning formats and daily activities to keep attendees busy.

The 2008 program features more than 1,400 hours of continuing education, presented by over 375 speakers and instructors. The NAVC Conference’s traditional wide spectrum of small animal programming continues with a variety of seminars of interest to all practitioners at both co-headquarters hotels; the Gaylord Palms and the Marriott World Center.

Exotic animal practitioners can attend all their lectures at the Marriott World Center in the unique “meeting-within-a-meeting” format. Exotic program highlights include aquatic medicine, avian diagnostic medicine, emergency and critical care medicine, small mammal medicine, surgery, reptiles – lizards, turtles and tortoises, wildlife medicine and conservation and zoonotic diseases.

Veterinary technicians of all skill levels are accommodated with general, advanced and specialty program tracks along with technician-only laboratories and Masterclasses. Practice Managers may attend the Hill’s Practice Management Core Seminar, a four-day two-track session including “A How to Practice Primer,” “Practice Superstars” and the American Animal Hospital Association Healthy Practice Symposium. The entire practice can learn from Susan Keane Baker’s Tuesday evening general interest session on “Managing Expectations,” sponsored by Hill’s.

Attendees and their guests will want to set aside time to shop in the newly expanded NAVC Conference exhibit halls. The Marriott World Center has completed their new Cypress Ballroom with more than 100,000 sq. ft of exhibit space in addition to the 178,000 sq. ft. of commercial and educational exhibits at the Gaylord Palms.

Celebrating its 10th year, NAVC PrimeTime™ allows attendees to enjoy the very best of NAVC from the comfort of their official NAVC Conference hotel room. The around-the-clock programming features the NAVC News Journal covering daily events from the classroom to the exhibit hall, one-on-one interviews with speakers, industry leaders and celebrity guests titled Perspectives: Veterinary Viewpoints and a news crawl will keep viewers informed of any late breaking NAVC Conference news.

Veterinary forensic expert Dr. Melinda Merck will lead a mock trial Saturday afternoon to help veterinarians understand what is involved in raising, breeding, training dogs for fighting as well as what an actual dogfight entails and how to be a court witness. Dr. Paul Gibbs will lecture Saturday night on viral epidemics and zoonotic diseases. Sunday’s program will include the new Student Debt Forum and The No-Lo Workshop for Practice Owners to help diagnose and treat no value and low value practices. On Monday, Dr. Michael Rank will host an evening lecture on “Animal Care and Compassion Fatigue.”

Attendees may chose from over 50 hands-on laboratories ranging from Anesthetic Complications to Urinalysis Workshops. New to the program are Bandaging in Dogs, Behavior in Cats, Cattle Handling, CSI – Critical Care Nursing, Darting/Remote Injection Systems (for Wildlife,) Laparoscopic Ovariohysterectomy and Small Mammal Emergency Techniques.

The NAVC Case Challenge Series sponsored by IDEXX will feature experts challenging each other with unknown cases in a “What’s Your Diagnosis?” format while the NAVC “The Next Level” series sponsored by Merial centers on interactive discussions that delve into specific medical and surgical problems in the form of case presentations that stress pathophysiology and the pharmacological basis of therapy.

Hill’s and the Morris Animal Foundation welcome Dr. Jonna Mazet, Director of the Wildlife Health Center at UC Davis, to the Saturday Morris Animal Foundation Keynote Luncheon. Dr. Mazet will discuss her research and fight to save the California sea otter population from pollutants, toxins, predators, toxic algal blooms and other diseases. As a sentinel species that reflects the health of the ecosystem in which it lives, Dr. Mazet’s work is providing key answers to the health of the California costal community.

In honor of the late NAVC Past President Dr. James A. Jarrett, NAVC created a lecture series in Jarrett’s name. Join the 2008 James A. Jarrett Memorial Lecturer, Dr. M. Gatz Riddell Tuesday as he presents “Food Supply Veterinary Medicine.”

NAVC’s strong international outreach has led to reciprocal programming with a number of veterinary associations in which they host an “NAVC Day” and NAVC returns the favor. This year NAVC will host the GSAVA (German) Symposium on Respiratory Tract Surgery and Urology, the WSAVA Soft Tissue Surgery Symposium and the AVEPA (Spanish) Orthopedics Symposia. Schering-Plough will provide simultaneous Spanish translations for one lecture track each day of the NAVC Conference with Hill’s – Canada and Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. hosting the International Delegate Reception Sunday night for all foreign registrants.

Entertainment and social activities fill the evenings at the NAVC Conference. Stroll down memory lane and dance to the disco hits of KC & The Sunshine Band at the Opening Ceremonies presented by Hill’s on Saturday night. Join friends and classmates at the Sunday Alumni Receptions. Monday night the Bayer Experience features country music star LeAnn Rimes for all attendees and their families to enjoy. The NAVC Conference 2008 silver jubilee celebration ends Wednesday night at the Novartis Finale party.

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Meghan R. Costigan

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