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College of Veterinary Medicine to host 50th annual conference, alumni weekend

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine will host its 50th Annual Veterinary Conference and Alumni Weekend March 22-23 at the Classic Center in downtown Athens. Alumni and veterinarians interested in receiving continuing education credits are invited to attend.

This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Craig Greene, professor emeritus in the college’s departments of infectious diseases and small animal medicine and surgery. Greene will discuss “Immunosuppressive Therapies and Infectious Disease.”

Board-certified in both internal medicine and neurology by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Greene has published numerous studies in the areas of internal medicine, neurology, blood coagulation and infectious diseases. He serves as lead author and editor of “Infectious Diseases of the Dog and Cat,” now in its fourth edition, published by Elsevier.

This year’s conference sessions and presenters include “Practical Ophthalmology for the Busy Practitioner,” presented by Dr. Dan Brogdon; “Management of Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs,” by Dr. Marc Kraus; “Antimicrobials in Large Animal Practice,” by Dr. Brent Credille, who also will lead a session on “Immunology and Treatment of Sepsis” in large animals; “Equine Geriatric Medicine,” by Dr. Mary Rose Paradis; “Equine Regenerative Medicine,” by Dr. Lindsey Boone; “Common Laboratory Abnormalities in the Dog and Cat,” by Dr. Kirstin Mix; “Osteoarthritis in Dogs and Cats,” by Dr. Jon Anderson; “Cytologic Evaluation of Bone Marrow” in small animals, by Dr. Bente Flatland; and “Shock and Resuscitation” in small animal medicine, by Dr. Alan Ralph.

Joint sessions include “One Health Concept Revisited,” presented by Dr. Venaye Reece McGlashan, and “Teaching Moments in Your Clinic,” presented by Dr. India Lane.

On Saturday afternoon, Dr. Lynn White-Shim of the American Veterinary Medical Association will present the two-hour Georgia laws, ethics and professionalism session on “Compounding: Are You Following the Rules?” for continuing education credit. For those interested in this session only, registration is $40.

White-Shim is an assistant director in the AVMA’s Scientific Activities Division, where she focuses on drugs, pesticides and vaccines used in veterinary medicine.

The weekend events also include a daylong conference for veterinary technicians—the 10th Annual GVTAA Technician Continuing Education Conference—that will be held March 23 at the Classic Center. See or email Lynn Reece at for more information.

Registration forms for both conferences must be postmarked by March 9 to avoid a $50 late fee. Cancellations must be made by March 11 in order to receive a refund. For online registration, maps and hotel information, see

Sponsors of the 50th Annual Veterinary Conference and Alumni Weekend include the American Veterinary Medical Association, Abaxis, Companion Therapy Laser, The Compounding Pharmacy, Iams Veterinary Forumla, Simmons Veterinary Practice Sales and Appraisals, Vetinsure, Royal Canin, Southeast Medical Books, Surgi Snuggly, Veterinary Products Inc. and Paws, Whiskers and Wags.

UGA College of Veterinary Medicine
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 800 who apply. For more information, see