Successful 2017 Purdue Veterinary Conference Draws 1,100 Plus Attendees

September 29, 2017

Alicea Howell, RVT, VTS (Behavior), KPA-CTP (PU VT-BS 2003) leads a session in the Vet Tech Specialty I track Thursday, September 21, at the 2017 Purdue Veterinary Conference.
Alicea Howell, RVT, VTS (Behavior), KPA-CTP (PU VT-BS 2003) leads a session in the Vet Tech Specialty I track Thursday, September 21, at the 2017 Purdue Veterinary Conference.

 

Purdue Veterinary Conference attendees traveled from near and far to attend the College of Veterinary Medicine’s annual conference September 19-23 on Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus. A total of 1,118 registrants attended, including 264 veterinarians; 166 veterinary technicians; 185 PVM faculty, staff, and faculty emeriti; 256 PVM students; and 173 other guests. Additionally, the Exhibit Hall in the Purdue Memorial Union South Ballroom was staffed by 74 exhibitor representatives and served as a popular break location with interactive displays, giveaways, refreshments and engaging conversation.

Dr. Jim Giles presented the 2017 Stockton Lecture titled, “The Role and Medical Management of Military Working Dogs in Combat,” in Stewart Center’s Loeb Playhouse on Thursday, September 21.
Dr. Jim Giles presented the 2017 Stockton Lecture titled, “The Role and Medical Management of Military Working Dogs in Combat,” in Stewart Center’s Loeb Playhouse on Thursday, September 21.

Conference sessions were led by 64 speakers who conducted 114 continuing education (CE) sessions. Attendees had the opportunity to participate in two interactive labs focusing on “Bovine Reproduction” and “Avian Procedures for the Beginner.” Newly added to the line-up this year and sponsored by the Indiana State Department of Health and the Indiana State Board of Animal Health, the “Emergency Preparedness: Disease and Disaster” track featured sessions on agroterrorism, disaster triage, and animal disease events, to name a few topics.

In addition to the excellent line-up of general sessions, conference-goers had the opportunity to hear a variety of special lecturers, including presentations on diversity in veterinary medicine and wellness, as well as the Dr. Jack and Naomi Stockton Lecture, which focused on the challenges and collaborative one health approach involved in the care of military working dogs.  The talk on Thursday, September 21, entitled, “The Role and Medical Management of Military Working Dogs in Combat,” was presented by Dr. Jim Giles, retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel who spent 18 years as a military veterinarian serving around the world, including a year in Afghanistan.  

The public also had a chance to participate in the conference by attending the Elanco Human-Animal Bond Lecture Tuesday evening, September 19, to hear Dr. Niwako Ogata, PVM assistant professor of animal behavior, and Dr. Libby Richards, Purdue University assistant professor of nursing, speak on the reciprocal relationship between human and canine health, including the many benefits afforded to both owner and dog by simply taking daily walks together.  The free lecture in Fowler Hall in Stewart Center.

Elanco
Elanco Human-Animal Bond lecturers (left-right), Dr. Niwako Ogata and Dr. Libby Richards, join PVM Dean Willie Reed and Dr. Alan Beck, Dorothy N. McAllister Professor of Animal Ecology and the director of the Center for the Human-Animal Bond, on stage at Fowler Hall Tuesday evening.

 

Elanco Human-Animal Bond lecturers
Elanco Human-Animal Bond lecturers (left-right), Dr. Niwako Ogata and Dr. Libby Richards, join PVM Dean Willie Reed and Dr. Alan Beck, Dorothy N. McAllister Professor of Animal Ecology and the director of the Center for the Human-Animal Bond, on stage at Fowler Hall Tuesday evening.

 


Awards Winners
The 2017 award recipients were honored at the Awards Celebration Wednesday evening in the Purdue Memorial Union North Ballroom: (top row, left-right) Dr. Lyn Freeman, Dr. Kathy Salisbury, Dr. Debbie Knapp, Dr. John Christian, and Dr. Jon Townsend; (seated, left-right) Kay Stewart, RVT, CMAR, Dr. Sue Johnson, and Marilyn Scott, who accepted the Distinguished Alumnus Award for her husband, the late Dr. James Scott. Not pictured: Drs. Pete Bill and Sulma Mohammed.

 

Class of 1967
Celebrating their Golden Anniversary, members of the DVM Class of 1967 received commemorative medallions at the Meet Me @ the Mixer event: (top-row, left-right) Dick Prickett, Toby Alterman, and Ralph Welp; (third-row, left-right) Jim Matchette, Lawrence Stauffer, and John Johnston; (second-row, left-right) Jack Gillespie, Jerry Smith, and Ivan Rimstidt; (front-row, left-right) John Hunt, John Neff, Robert Jackman, Mary Beth Leininger, Williamson Newsom, Paul May, and Roy Garvin.

 


DVM Class of 1992
Silvery Anniversary DVM Class of 1992: (top-row, left-right) Bradley Coolman, Christy Herr, and Jeff Valenti; (middle-row, left-right) Minerva Anderson, William Chastain, Duang Long, and Amy Faulkenberg; (front-row, left-right) Bernie Beckman, Cindy Miller, Daniel Rudmann, and Jill (Edington) Korfist.

 

Meet Me at the Mixer event Thursday evening
Jennifer Bishop, a veterinary technician from North Carolina State University, PVM Ophthalmology Technologist Pam Kirby, and PVM Veterinary Technology Instruction Technologist Julie Roahrig pause for a photo at the Meet Me @ the Mixer event Thursday evening.

 


The conference, which doubles as the College’s homecoming, also featured special events in celebration of PVM’s outstanding alumni, faculty, and supporters.  The Awards Celebration held Wednesday evening, September 20, honored ten awardees, including several faculty members and three distinguished alumni.  Additionally, the Meet Me @ the Mixer event Thursday evening, September 21, served as a lively networking event as well as an opportunity to recognized Purdue Veterinary Medicine’s alumni reunion classes, including the Golden Anniversary Class of 1967 and the Silver Anniversary DVM Class of 1992.

Golf
PVM Alum Dr. Hugh Glidewell, Sam Reinking of Hudson Aquatic Systems, Clinical Professor of Surgery Mark Rochat, Veterinary Teaching Hospital Director Duncan Hockley, and Veterinary Teaching Hospital Administrator Alan Schrope hit the links at the IAHF / PVM Golf Outing Tuesday, September 19.

 

Bookending the conference were two recreational events.  The annual Indiana Animal Health Foundation/PVM Golf Outing Tuesday, September 19, gave attendees a chance to enjoy the newly renovated Purdue Ackerman-Allen Golf Course while raising funds for scholarships and the support of student activities.

Dog Jog
Roughly 180 humans and over 80 canine companions participated in the annual Dr. Skip Jackson Dog Jog Saturday morning capping-off a busy and fun-filled conference week.

 

The Dr. Skip Jackson Dog Jog Saturday, September 23, capped off the week, with approximately 180 faculty, staff, students, alumni and community residents and their 88 canine companions participating in the 5K fun run/walk that began and ended in front of Lynn Hall.  The event finished just in time for everyone to migrate across campus for the Purdue Homecoming and tailgating festivities that took place around Ross Ade Stadium and along Stadium Mall prior to the football game against Michigan.

The conference was made possible with the generous support of Elanco, Zoetis, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Cook Animal Health, Nutrena, Purina Veterinary Diets, the Indiana State Department of Health and the Indiana State Board of Animal Health.

Writer: Allison Carey and Kevin Doerr, pvmnews@purdue.edu


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