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Providing quality continuing education to beef and dairy veterinarians is especially important in these uncertain times, and the American Association of Bovine Practitioners has risen to the challenge by offering a hybrid conference in 2020. The 53rd AABP Annual Conference will take place Sept. 24-26 both in-person in Louisville, Ky., and virtually by being live-streamed. Members and non-members can register for the in-person or virtual components at http://aabp.org/meeting/reg.asp. Preregistration ends August 28, and online registration ends September 11.
“Cattle veterinarians are great at evaluating a problem and finding a solution,” says AABP Executive Director Dr. Fred Gingrich. “Our board, made up of cattle veterinarians, worked to find a solution to the current problem and offer our members a choice to fulfill our primary mission, which is relevant bovine CE, in a hybrid format.”
“There is no time like during a worldwide pandemic, that is more critical for us as trusted advisors to be able to engage and connect with consumers, producers and clients,” says AABP President-Elect and 2020 Program Chair Dr. Carie Telgen. “With a hybrid conference, all of our members have the ability to hear from excellent speakers from the comfort of their home or among their colleagues and friends."
Scientific sessions at the conference will include cutting-edge information on bovine medicine and health, practice management, preconference seminars, research summaries and poster sessions, student sessions and more (see the schedule at http://aabp.org/meeting/conference.asp). The conference will be submitted for RACE approved continuing education.
One exciting component is that the Amstutz Scholarship Auction will now be available to all members whether they attend virtually or in-person. A new platform will enable members to view and securely bid on silent auction items, as well as the live auction on Friday, Sept. 25. Members can also easily donate an item online at http://aabp.org/auction/. Auction item listings are due August 31.
Virtual attendees will be able to live-stream the conference and participate in questions and answers with presenters via the Slido app. In addition to the in-person trade show, the virtual exhibit hall will also allow all participants to access in-depth information in the form of documents, presentations and more on the online platform. These materials will be available on the AABP website until next year’s conference.
“We are so thankful for the work of our volunteers to present the best bovine continuing education we can offer to our members during this pandemic,” Gingrich adds. “I encourage cattle veterinarians to participate, either in-person or virtually, to support our organization during this crisis.”
The American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners will meet jointly with AABP.
AABP is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization serving over 5,000 cattle veterinary medicine professionals across the United States, Canada and other countries. Visit https://aabp.org and like us on Facebook.