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UGA College of Veterinary Medicine to host 48th annual Veterinary Conference and Alumni Weekend

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine will host its 48th annual Veterinary Conference and Alumni Weekend on March 25-26 at the Classic Center in 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.

This year’s conference features a course on “Contract and tort law issues for veterinarians,” which earns two CE hours toward the Georgia Laws, Rules and Professionalism requirement.That course is offered on Saturday afternoon and is included in the cost of the two-day or Saturday-only conference registration.Registration for this session only is $40.

Other sessions to be offered during the event include:

  • “How to treat pocket pets in your practice,” led by Dr. Cheryl Greenacre (D.V.M. ’91) of the University of Tennessee;
  • “Extreme makeovers – Corneal edition,” led by Dr. Ellen Belknap (D.V.M. ’86), ophthalmology specialist from Ohio;
  • “Diabetes management in the dog and cat,” led by Dr. Cynthia Ward, a professor of internal medicine from UGA CVM;
  • “Corticosteroid use in horses,” by Dr. Erin Groover (D.V.M. ’01), a faculty member from Auburn University;
  • “Equine reproductive endocrinology,” by Dr. Barry Ball (D.V.M. ’86) of the University of Kentucky;
  • “Domestic violence and animal abuse,” led by Dr. Karen Cornell, a professor of small animal medicine and surgery at UGA CVM; and
  • “Veterinary forensics,” led by Dr. Doris Miller (D.V.M. ’76), a pathologist with the Athens Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at UGA CVM.

There also will be educational opportunities for veterinary technicians. The eighth annual Georgia Veterinary Technician and Assistant AssociationContinuing Education Conference will be held on March 26 at the Classic Center. See or contact Lynn Reece,, for more information.

The registration deadline for both events is March 11. See for online registration, maps and hotel information.

Sponsors of the 48th Annual Veterinary Conference & Alumni Weekend include:The Compounding Pharmacy; Aesculight; Boehringer Ingelheim; Choice Medical Systems, Inc.; CEVA; Iams; Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health; Jorgensen Laboratories; Norvartis; Paws, Whiskers and Wags; Purina, and Nutramax Laboratories, Inc.

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 102 students each fall out of more than 560 who apply.For more information, see