The 2009 American Association of Bovine Practitioners Meeting in Omaha, Neb., was a success with an overall attendance topping 1800 people. AABP Executive Vice President Gatz Riddell, DVM, notes that there were 1,210 veterinarians and students (267 total veterinary students), 430 persons exhibiting, 170 accompanying persons and 64 people from 18 countries outside of the U.S. and Canada.

The new AABP Executive Board includes: President Roger Saltman, President-Elect Christine Navarre, Vice President Brian Gerloff and Immediate Past President Dick Wallace.

Outgoing AABP President Dick Wallace, DVM, left AABP attendees with this challenge in his outgoing address: “No matter what you do, come at it with a passion.”

For more, visit our special section on the 2009 AABP conference.

Next year’s AABP meeting will be one not to miss at it will be the first ever joint meeting with the Academy of Veterinary Consultants as well as the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners.

Make sure to plan ahead as the meeting will be held earlier than normal, Aug. 19-21, 2010, in Albuquerque, N.M. Find out details as they become available here.

This year’s meeting was a whirlwind of activity. It was a large meeting with a lot of drive-ins from the Midwest. I was amazed at the number of students in attendance – the Elanco student reception was packed to the gills. It’s encouraging to see so many students turn out for this meeting.

Kansas State University/Beef Cattle Institute had an alumni reception as did Iowa State University next door to that, both which were also well attended.

It was gratifying to see some veterinarians I have worked with and highly respect receive AABP awards such as Dr. Dan Upson and Dr. Dave Rethorst, among the many other deserving veterinarians who also received awards (for a full list click here). Sometimes emotions run high during the awards presentations but it's understandable when people are honoring their colleagues, their mentors and their friends.

Back row, (L-R) Dr. Mike Moore, Deb Edwards, Dr. Mike Apley, Dr. Dan Upson, Dr. Tim Oneil. Front row, (L-R) Dr. Tom Edwards, Geni Wren, Dr. Eric Moore.

Equally gratifying was listening to the AABP leadership about some of the recent correspondence AABP has had to TIME magazine and another veterinary publication that had some disparaging remarks about food animal production. They are taking the bull by the horns (no pun intended) and standing up for the industry they represent.

Next year will be first-ever with the joint AABP/AVC meeting in Albuquerque, and I would encourage every veterinarian engaged in beef or dairy practice to attend.

Geni Wren, Editor
Bovine Veterinarian Magazine