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West Coast Veterinary Pathology Meeting Wrap-up

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Dr. Kevin Keel with culture dishes of the fungus Geomyces Distructans.

Courtesy of Dr. Patricia Pesavento

The 31st Annual West Coast Veterinary Pathology Conference was held on Friday May 2nd and Saturday May 3rd at Gourley Hall, School of Veterinary Medicine in Davis, CA. More than 50 individuals from academic institutions, biopharmaceutical companies and CROs attended the meeting.  Attendees also included six veterinary professional students from the UC Davis Pathology Club. 

On Friday afternoon, 18 excellent case reports were presented by veterinary pathology residents and veterinary students. As in previous years, a wide range of species, including domestic, zoo/exotic, and laboratory animal, and diseases were represented in the presentations. Following Friday’s presentations, a reception and dinner was held at Sudwerk Restaurant and Brewery in Davis.

Saturday morning featured two keynote speakers who this year focused on the skeletal system. Dr. Brian Murphy took participants on an intellectual journey through the evolution of the skeletal system and the various ways, from squids to mammals, that animals achieve structural support. Dr. Kevin Keel considered the remarkable and specialized skeletons of birds and amphibians, and diseases of bones in those species.