The American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) annual Convention will take place in Charlotte, N.C. September 15 to 17, and deadlines for research summaries, scholarships and award applications are rapidly approaching.

Call for abstracts

AABP is calling for proposals for oral research summaries and scientific posters focused on all areas of bovine health, welfare and production are welcome, including pharmacology, epidemiology, medicine, surgery, economic analysis, pathology, pre-harvest food and environmental safety, diagnostics, and health monitoring. Projects should have relevance to bovine practitioners and may be broadly applicable to the cattle industry or more specifically applicable to the beef or dairy industry.

Oral presentations made by graduate students in the AABP Research Summaries will be eligible to compete in the “AABP Graduate Student Research Summary Presentation” competition. The top three presenters from the graduate student competition will receive cash awards.

The deadline for submitting abstracts is May 1, 2016. The 49th AABP Annual Conference will feature a scientific session focused on small ruminant research, and abstracts for those presentations also are due on May 1. Find more information, including how to submit abstracts, on the AABP website.

Student externships

AABP offers scholarships to enable students with an interest in bovine medicine to use their summers and school breaks to gain experience in the field. Students or faculty can submit applications and reference letters online through the student section on the AABP website. The site also includes an online database of clinics interested in hosting students under the Externship Opportunities section. Deadline for externship applications, for the summer of 2016, is April 1.

Also, practicing AABP members interested in hosting students for externships can easily add their practice to the database through the website.

Amstutz scholarships

AABP members fund several prestigious Amstutz Scholarships for second-year veterinary students (class of 2018). Last year, AABP awarded seven $7,500 of these scholarship. Applicants must be student AABP members. Applicants need to fill out an online form and submit two letters of reference through the AABP website by May 31, 2016.  

Much of the funding for the Amstutz Scholarships comes from donations for the live and silent auctions taking place during the convention. AABP is now accepting donations for the 2016 auctions, which can be set up through the auction section of the AABP website. The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2016

AABP Foundation–Zoetis veterinary student scholarship

The AABP Foundation and Zoetis provide $5,000 scholarships to third-year (class of 2017) veterinary students to help offset the high cost of veterinary education and help prepare them for a future in the beef and dairy industries. Recipients also will be eligible to receive reimbursement for travel and housing expenses for the 2016 49th AABP Annual Conference in Charlotte, N.C. – a great opportunity for learning and networking. The application process will be open from May 1 to June 15, 2016, with online application available from the AABP Foundation and Zoetis.

AABP annual awards

Each year AABP recognizes several members for exceptional accomplishment and/or outstanding service to AABP and animal agriculture with various awards including the prestigious Bovine Practitioner of the Year. Nomination forms for these awards are available through the AABP website, and submissions are due June 15, 2016. You also can find descriptions of the awards and past winners here