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March 24, 2017

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UGA’s Annual Veterinary Conference & Alumni Weekend

8:00 am – 11:59 pm
Georgia Center for Continuing Education

Contact: Tanya Eidson 706-542-7415
Melissa Kilpatrick

The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine will host its 54th Annual Veterinary Conference & Alumni Weekend, and all UGA CVM alumni, as well as veterinarians and veterinary technicians interested in receiving continuing education credits, are invited to attend. In addition, honors will be awarded to distinguished alumni who have led accomplished careers in veterinary medicine.

This year's keynote speaker is Simon Platt, BVM&S, MRCVS, DACVIM (Neurology), DECVN, a professor of neurology and neurosurgery in the college's Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Platt will present an overview and update on how dogs with brain tumors, specifically gliomas, and seizures are being enrolled in clinical trials that could ultimately benefit both canine pets and people who suffer from the same types of neurological diseases.

Other conference presentations include, but are not limited to:

• "Regenerative medicine in small animal orthopedics," presented by Sam Franklin, MS, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR, an assistant professor of orthopedics at the UGA CVM.
• "Mast cell tumors: An update on diagnostics and therapy," presented by Travis Laver, VMD, PhD, an assistant professor of oncology at the UGA CVM.
• "The diagnosis and treatment of life-threatening cardiac emergencies," presented by Amy Dixon-Jimenéz, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology), a clinical assistant professor of cardiology at the UGA CVM.
• "Catching your breath: A logical approach to respiratory disease in small animals," presented by Deb Silverstein, DVM, an associate professor of critical care at the Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
• "Food animal therapeutics: Current evidence for the treatment of pinkeye and other common conditions," by Brent Credille, DVM, DACVIM (Large Animal), PhD.
• "Infectious diseases in pet pigs" and "Pet pig vaccination protocols," both presented by Kathy Earnest-Koons, DVM, MS, a senior lecturer in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.
• A one-hour Legal, Ethical and Professionalism session is scheduled for Saturday.

The conference agenda, speaker bios, maps, hotel information, alumni activities and online registration are all available on the conference website at

The annual conference is also a great learning ground for veterinary technicians. The annual spring GVTAA Technician Continuing Education Conference will be held on Saturday, March 25 at the Georgia Center. For more information and to register, please visit or contact Melissa Kilpatrick,

Registration must be made online, received by fax, or postmarked by 5 p.m. ET, Feb. 14, to avoid a $50 late fee. Cancellations must be made by 5 p.m. ET on March 14 in order to receive a refund.

Sponsors of the 54th Annual Veterinary Conference & Alumni Weekend include Zoetis; Hill's; Purina; Paws, Whiskers & Wags; IDEXX Laboratories; Blue Ridge X-Ray; Choice Medical; Simmons & Associates; Vetinsure; Vetamac, Inc.; VetCor; Student Loan Advisor, and, Southeast Medical Books.

The UGA College of Veterinary Medicine, founded in 1946, is dedicated to training future veterinarians, to conducting research related to animal and human diseases, and to providing veterinary services for animals and their owners. Research efforts are aimed at enhancing the quality of life for animals and people, improving the productivity of poultry and livestock, and preserving a healthy interface between wildlife and people in the environment they share. The College enrolls 114 students each fall out of more than 1,200 who apply. For more information, see


UGA CVM Alumni Weekend Website