From September 30 through October 3, the College of Veterinary Medicine and the New York State Veterinary Medical Society (NYSVMS) co-hosted the 2010 New York State Veterinary Conference at Cornell. Visitors from across the country and throngs of violet balloons filled the corridors of the Veterinary Medical Center, as the event attracted approximately 280 veterinarians, 75 technicians, 80 students, 49 speakers and nearly 40 vendors. Participants came from 22 states and Canada. (See more conference pictures.)
“The College is honored to co-host the annual New York State Veterinary Conference, and we are committed to making this meeting as professionally and personally rewarding as possible for veterinarians and technicians, “ said Michael Kotlikoff, Austin O. Hooey Dean of Veterinary Medicine. “This conference is a great example of collaboration between the College of Veterinary Medicine and the New York State Veterinary Medical Society, and I was particularly pleased at the breadth of participation at this third annual meeting.”
The conference offered equine, food animal, camelid/small ruminant, and companion animal tracks as well practice management topics, bringing together veterinarians and technicians from many different practice types and careers.
"The sessions at the conference are so topical and so important," said Dr. Alvin Vogel '68. "We're called upon to have knowledge in these areas daily and it's important to be comfortable addressing the issues. I've found that I get two or three gems, little hints, in each of the sessions. It's just so helpful. I've been coming to meetings for 30 years. They just keep getting better."
This year’s conference was co-sponsored by Fallon Wellness Pharmacy, Pfizer Animal Health, IDEXX Laboratories, Cornell Feline Health Center, Merial, Boehringer Ingelheim, IAMS Veterinary Formulas, and Intervet Schering-Plough Animal Health.
“The support of sponsors and participation by exhibitors is critical for the success of the conference and much appreciated,” said Dr. Lorin Warnick, Professor of Ambulatory Medicine and Associate Dean for Veterinary Education. “Organizing the educational programming and logistics for this conference is a collective effort of many College staff and faculty, as well as the leadership and staff of the NYSVMS. We are grateful to everyone for their hard work.”
Organizers of the conference are already looking ahead to next year’s event, scheduled for September 29 – October 2, 2011, here at the College.