The 2011 83rd Annual Western Veterinary Conference is topping out with more than 14,000 attendees this year, including veterinarians, technicians, exhibitors and guests. Held at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Convention Center in Las Vegas, the WVC also draws a large food animal attendance.

Incoming food animal program coordinator Jim Brett, DVM (replacing retiring coordinator Bruce Wren, DVM, PhD), says, "The WVC's goal is to present an excellent variety of speakers who will present content for the practitioner. For example, Dr. Geof Smith's talk on calf diarrhea this year gave attendees practical inforamtion they can take home and use immediately."

Food animal speakers this year covered topics ranging from toxicology, calf management, cattle welfare, lameness, feedlot management, dairy production medicine and more. Brett adds, "This conference offers food animal veterinarians an excellent variety of speakers and topics at an excellent venue and a more than reasonable cost. The program committee is always open to suggestions and recommendations for speakers and topics."

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