Western Veterinary Conference Sets Record

More than 14,600 attend event in Las Vegas.

Posted: March 10, 2011, 3 a.m. EST

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More than 14,600 people attended the 83rd Annual Western Veterinary Conference last month in Las Vegas, a record far surpassing last year’s 13,500.

This year’s attendance included 6,220 veterinarians and 1,513 veterinary technicians. The conference offered more than 875 hours of continuing education, about 30 hands-on laboratories and workshops and more than 30 focused symposia. Seminars and sessions covered all aspects of animal health. Dog-specific topics included hip dysplasia, osteoarthritis, obesity, infectious diseases, chronic coughing, head trauma, vaccination, hypothyroidism and wound management.

Morris Animal Foundation gave a presentation on its Canine Lifetime Health Project, the largest and longest study of dogs ever undertaken, according to the nonprofit organization. The 13-year effort will look closely at the genetic, nutritional and environmental risk factors for the development of canine disease. About 2,500 Golden Retrievers ages 2-7 are expected to be enrolled in the study.

Conference sponsors included Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc., Bayer Animal Health, Elanco, Virbac Animal Health, Merial, Pfizer Animal Health, Boehringer Ingelheim, Petsmart Charities, VetStreet, Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, Idexx Laboratories, Nestle Purina and Heska.

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