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Special Features Enhance Continuing Education Offerings

The 2013 Purdue Veterinary Medicine Fall Conference program featured a number of special components that proved to be popular with the record number of 1,350 attendees.  Chief Veterinarian at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Dr. Alex Dunlap, gave the annual Stockton Lecture, sponsored by the Class of 1971 in memory of Dean Jack Stockton and his wife Naomi.  Dr. Dunlap is responsible for all NASA policies related to animal health and welfare.  PVM Alumna Karen Cornell, professor & assistant department head of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Georgia University, who came back campus for her classes’ 25th reunion, spoke in the Professional Development Track and the Vet Tech track. Her topics were on Compassion Fatigue and Conflict Resolution within the Practice Team.   

Other popular speakers included Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist John Ciribassi and the University of Georgia faculty team of Drs. Scott and Cathy Brown who gave six lectures in the Small Animal Track.  Purdue Veterinary Medicine speakers also gave popular sessions.  Other tracks included Equine, Food Animal, Shelter Medicine, Aquatic Animal Health, Pet Birds and Homeland Security.  The conference also featured an exhibit hall with more than 40 exhibitor booths and two premier lounges. 

As for attendance, here's how the Fall Conference looked "by the numbers:"

DVMs - 343

Veterinary Technicians - 177

Other Professionals / Shelter Medicine - 60

Purdue Veterinary Medicine - 433
     Staff - 101
     Faculty - 44
     Students - 288

Exhibitor Representatives - 98

Guests - 177

Speakers - 53
      Purdue University - 23
      Non Purdue University - 30

Total number of CE obtainable / participant - 26
Total number of CE lecture / workshop hours - 102

NASA(left-right) NASA Chief Veterinarian Alex Dunlap with Dr. Billy Hooper, former PVM associate dean for academic affairs, Dr. Bob Canada of the Class of 1971, and Dr. Ken Meyer, professor emeritus of veterinary clinical sciences.