We are excited to offer the opportunity to join the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) and the United States Animal Health Association (USAHA) for their 59th and 120th Annual Meeting respectively. This year’s meetings are in Greensboro, N.C., October 13-19.  AAVLD and USAHA are the premier organizations providing you the latest information on veterinary diagnostic laboratory science, animal health, and disease regulation policy throughout the United States.

This year's joint plenary session on Monday, Oct. 17 will take a comprehensive look at the direction of animal health.   The Joint Plenary Session on Monday, October 17 is titled Challenges, High Tech Solutions, and Success Strategies in Animal Agriculture.  The program, hosted by renowned farm broadcaster Max Armstrong, will feature industry leaders in economics, policy and technology.

The agenda includes: 

  • Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech - Economic Challenges and Opportunities Facing U.S. Animal Agriculture
  • Dale Moore, Executive Director of Public Policy, American Farm Bureau Federation - Challenges and Opportunities for US Animal Agriculture:  Meeting the demands of global and domestic markets while fighting burdensome regulation.
  • Professor Daniel Berckmans, Leuven, Belgium - Experiences with Precision Livestock Farming in Europe
  • Dr. Randall Prather, University of Missouri - Precision Breeding to Advance Animal Health and Welfare

"This unique combination of speakers will identify remarkable opportunities ahead for U.S. animal agriculture. For example, we have some catching up to do with Europe in animal agriculture and with the plant folks here in the U.S. when it comes to the use of precision agriculture technologies. Get ready to enjoy having these speakers open your minds and challenge you to become engaged in the process of moving U.S. animal agriculture fast forward in a sustainable and profitable way." said Dr. Pat Halbur of Iowa State University and AAVLD program co-chair. 

 The AAVLD plenary presentations will address "Precision Diagnostic Medicine: Game Changing Technology...Is Your Lab Ready?" during the Saturday morning, October 15, Plenary Session. This program will feature:

  • Jo Handelsman, Associate Director White House Office of Science and Technology Policy - The National Microbiome Initiative: Opportunities for Diagnostic Medicine and Beyond
  • Paul Plummer, Iowa State University - Progress on the food animal microbiome and relevance to veterinary diagnostic medicine...using next generation sequencing to unravel complex infectious diseases
  • Jan Suchodolski Texas A&M University - Progress on the companion animal microbiome and relevance to veterinary diagnostic medicine
  • K.C. Kent Lloyd, University of California, Davis - Precision medicine: an opportunity for a paradigm shift in veterinary diagnostic medicine
  • Nicole Ricker, National Animal Disease Center - Advances in the use of molecular techniques to detect and monitor antimicrobial resistance
  • Elizabeth Ryan, Colorado State University - Use of metabolomics in veterinary diagnostic medicine

The AAVLD/USAHA meeting is accepted by many state veterinary licensing boards for continuing education credits. An individual could attain more than 30 hours of CE credits, depending on sessions attended. 

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Sponsorship of our Annual Meeting will be a mutually beneficial partnership. Your company gains exposure to veterinary laboratory diagnosticians while your support allows AAVLD to offer a superior event.

The AAVLD is pleased to offer a new continuing education service in conjunction with the World Veterinary Association and the World Continuing Education Alliance.  This offers AAVLD members access to the largest resource of veterinary continuing education in the world.


The AAVLD Education Portal will soon be available to all members on the AAVLD website http://www.aavld.org and all members will receive a registration email for easy access.  Watch for your registration email in the coming weeks.

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