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UGA’s College of Veterinary Medicine to host 47th Annual Veterinary Conference & Alumni Weekend

UGA's College of Veterinary Medicine to host 47th Annual Veterinary Conference & Alumni Weekend

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine will host its 47th Annual Veterinary Conference & Alumni Weekend on March 26-27 at the Classic Center in downtown Athens. All UGA CVM alumni, as well as any veterinarians 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.


The keynote speaker for the conference will be J. Stephen Shi, Esq., director of the UGA Office of Equal Opportunity and an adjunct professor in both the UGA School of Law and the Terry College’s business administration program.Shi’s talk will focus on “Legal Development in Animal Law.”

A variety of small and large animal sessions will be available for CE credits. The general and joint sessions will include:“Envenomations,” led by Dr. Jennifer Pittman (DVM ’05);“Pharmacovigilance,” or how medications used in general practice are monitored for safety and efficacy, presented by Dr. Tricia Burnett (DVM ’00); disaster preparedness and response, led by Dr. Paul Williams (DVM ’71); veterinary lessons learned from the battlefields of Iraq, led by Dr. Tim Loonam (DVM ’00); ethics and professionalism in the use of controlled substances, by Dr. Heather Lindell, of the UGA CVM.Other notable presenters include Dr. Susan Fubini (DVM ’80), on surgeries on food animals; Dr. Charlene Cook (DVM ’85), on field surgeries in large animals; Dr. Jennifer Adams (DVM ’85), on morbidity and mortality in large and small animals; Dr. Marc Havig (DVM ’00), on management of osteoarthritis; and Dr. Marc Rainbow (DVM ’00), on ophthalmic emergencies.

The 7th Annual GVTAA Technician Continuing Education Conference will be held on Saturday, March 27at the Classic Center.See or contact Lynn Reece,, for more information on the Technician CE Conference.

The registration deadline for both events is March 12.

Sponsors of the 47th Annual Veterinary Conference & Alumni Weekend include Hill’s Pet Nutrition; Purina; Novartis; Elsevier; Paws Whiskers & Wags; The Compounding Pharmacy; Pharmaceutical Specialties, Inc.; Iams; BlueRidge X-Ray; and Simmons Veterinary Practice Sales & Appraisals.

The UGA College of Veterinary Medicine, founded in 1946, is dedicated to training future veterinarians, to conducting research related to animal 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 102 students each fall out of more than 550 who apply.For more information, see


See for online registration, maps, and hotel information.