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UC Davis Well Represented at AAEP Convention

December 11, 2014

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Dr. John Madigan delivered a lecture on investigating equine health issues to thousands of veterinarians at the AAEP convention.

December 11, 2014 - Several members of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine recently attended the 60th Annual American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention & Trade Show, held this December in Salt Lake City. With hundreds of informative and educational presentations, the AAEP convention is the largest gathering of equine veterinarians in the world. The convention allows equine clinicians, technicians, students and administrators to gather and share the depth and breadth of their expertise across the entire spectrum of equine medicine.

Making presentations at this year’s convention were Drs. Monica Aleman, Travis Henry, Laszlo Hunyadi, Heather Knych, Nicola Pusterla, Sharon Spier, Mathieu Spriet, Betsy Vaughan and Mary Beth Whitcomb, as well as SVM student Corey Harms and recently departed residents Drs. Diane Rhodes and Elsbeth Swain. Their presentations covered topics such as pigeon fever, equine influenza, ultrasound, business management, auditory loss, equine herpesvirus-1, equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) and much more. Current and former faculty, residents and students also serve the AAEP on committees, in leadership roles and in many other ways.

A highlight of the convention for UC Davis was Dr. John Madigan’s presentation of “Gumshoe Sleuthing in the World of Infectious Disease and Neonatology: Discoveries That Changed Equine and Human Health” at this year’s Milne Lecture. Named after AAEP past President Frank J. Milne, the Milne Lecture is a hallmark tradition at the convention, drawing thousands of spectators. Being named the Milne lecturer is a prestigious honor. More than 3,000 convention attendees packed the main lecture hall to see Dr. Madigan's two-hour presentation.

The VMTH also marketed its services with a booth at the convention’s trade show. The hospital highlighted the IFAT laboratory test for EPM (SarcoFluor™ and NeoFluor™) developed and validated at UC Davis by a multi-disciplinary research team led by Dr. Pat Conrad. Also available in the booth was a flow chart to help veterinarians properly diagnose EPM cases. Joining Dr. Conrad in helping to market the hospital was: Center for Equine Health Director Dr. Claudia Sonder, VMTH Clinical Laboratory Services Research and Development Analyst Danielle Carrade Holt, PhD, and VMTH Communications and Marketing Officer Rob Warren.