The weather was in the single digits at the Academy of Veterinary Consultants winter meeting Dec. 3-5, in Denver. Nearly 200 veterinarians and students were in attendance.

This meeting had a nutrition focus – both nutrition of beef in the human diet, and cattle nutrition. Speakers talked about marbling factors, nutraceuticals, feedlot toxicology and more. Other meeting topics included animal, dealing with FDA drug residue inspections and the National Feedyard Assessment.

I’m also on the program committee, so I can give a sneak peek at the next meeting’s focus which will be on environmental stewardship. Speakers will look at odor, water, dust, lagoon and other issues on feedlot and cow-calf operations. Cattle handling will also be featured. The next meeting will be April 8-10 in Dallas.

One exciting thing the AVC board voted on was to allow the AVC position statements to be moved from the members-only section of the website to the public section of the website, so stay tuned for the availability of those.

Congratulations are in order to a veterinarian I have looked up to for years, Dee Griffin, DVM, MS, Clay Center, Neb., who received the prestigious 2009 AVC Consultant of the Year award sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health. Not only has Dee been a friend of my dad’s for years, but he’s helped me countless times with information for Bovine Veterinarian. His passion for cattle and for training students and veterinarians in how to care for “God’s magnificent creatures” as I’ve heard him refer to bovines is a testament to how our bovine veterinarians feel about the cattle in their care.

On a side note – thank you to my dear friends -- and you know who you are, for my birthday dinner while in Denver!