In an attempt to reinvigorate the food animal program at the UC-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, the Food Animal Reproduction and Medicine (FARM) Club hosted the first ever Food Animal Symposium on October 3rd.

Third-year veterinary student and FARM Club Co-President Taylor Ludwick says there were over 50 attendees including 25 veterinarians from California and Nevada as well as 25+ students. Seven units of continuing education were offered for attendance. 

Highlights of the program included:

* California State Veterinarian Dr. Rich Breitmeyer updated attendees on the tuberculosis surveillance program in California
* Dr. Birgit Puschner (UCD/Ca. Dept. Food and Ag.) went through several interesting cases of recent livestock intoxication
* Dr. John Angelos (UC-Davis) discussed his current research on pinkeye disease
* Dr. James Maclachan (UC-Davis) presented the recent progression of blue tongue virus both internationally and regionally
* Dr. Terry Lehenbauer (Veterinary Medical Teaching and Research Center) tackled the hot topic of antimicrobial resistance in livestock
* Dr. Frank Mitloehner's (UC-Davis) spoke on air quality research in dairy and feedlot cattle
Association of California Veterinarians
* Dr. Mike Karle closed the day with a great synopsis of the current legislative challenges veterinarians and livestock businesses are facing from the national to local level. 

The symposium finished with a tri-tip barbecue and great opportunities for students and practitioners to converse.  Feedback from the veterinarians in attendance was unanimously positive and Ludwick says students are excited to begin planning the 2nd Annual Food Animal Symposium at UC-Davis.