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Veterinarians from Around the World Converge on UC Davis for Educational Summit

October 16, 2014

October 16, 2014 - Nearly 100 veterinarians from around the world will meet at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine this weekend for the Primary Care Veterinary Educators World Symposium. The educational summit will allow small companion animal primary care educators the opportunity to share veterinary practices, generate ideas, develop new skills, and network with colleagues. Participants in the symposium include veterinarians from 29 of the 30 veterinary schools in the United States, as well as schools in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the West Indies.

The three-day symposium will include lectures from UC Davis faculty and others, research presentations, informal discussions, and tours of UC Davis’ world-renowned veterinary school, including the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, which sees more patients than any other teaching hospital in the world. Lecture subjects include a broad range of topics, including critical decision making to prevent medical errors, zoonotic diseases, educational and instructional goals, leadership goals for students, and many others. 

“This is a unique opportunity for us to showcase the world-class veterinary facilities available at UC Davis with fellow educators from around the world,” said Dr. Michael Lairmore, dean of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. “It’s important to have representatives from all the top veterinary schools in the world share ideas with each other. We are pleased to host this event, and give them a close-up look at the cutting-edge veterinary advancements happening at UC Davis.”

Beyond educational participants, representatives from the nation’s leading medical associations will be attending. The American Animal Hospital Association and American Veterinary Medical Association will be in attendance to promote Partners for Healthy Pets (PHP). PHP was founded in 2011 in response to a decade-long decline in the utilization of professional veterinary care. Its mission is “to ensure that pets receive the preventive healthcare they deserve through regular visits to a veterinarian.”

Recent surveys of deans and primary care faculty at North American veterinary colleges show that certain trends in the increase of primary care education are occurring:

  • More than 80% of deans and 70% of faculty said:
    • that their clinics have placed increased emphasis on providing preventive healthcare to pet owners.
    • that there has been an increase in curriculum and clinical service education related to preventive pet healthcare.
    • that their institutions have increased their efforts to communicate the value and benefit of preventive healthcare versus simply making a recommendation for preventive healthcare services.

Just as routine check-ups are necessary for optimal human health, pets need to be examined on a regular basis also. As the participants is this symposium are primary care educators, they are responsible for training the next generation of veterinarians who will focus on primary and preventative medicine for pets. As the world’s pet population continues to grow, those pets and the future veterinarians who will treat them will benefit greatly from this gathering of veterinary professors in Davis.

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