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ACVIM forum sets attandance record

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Seattle - Record-breaking attendance and creative sessions - including team-building strategies and a pet-food-recall panel - marked the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine's (ACVIM) 25th Forum.

SEATTLE — Record-breaking attendance and creative sessions — including team-building strategies and a pet-food-recall panel — marked the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine's (ACVIM) 25th Forum.

The June 6-9 event drew 3,788 veterinarians, diplomates, veterinary technicians and student attendees from 30 countries, breaking the previous attendance record of 3,240 at the 2005 forum in Baltimore according to Jenn Armbruster, ACVIM communications and media-relations manager.

ACVIM Attendance

Featured speakers included Philip Bergman, DVM, ACVIM, with New York City's Animal Medical Center, who presented information on the canine melanoma vaccine now available.

Another presentation discussed the "fat cat" study, the first double-blind study of its kind, Armbruster says.

"Our goal is always to provide cutting-edge programming and continuing education for ACVIM diplomates and veterinary professionals who value professional growth, education, networking and exploration of the latest developments in animal health," Armbruster says.

Along with 355 research-abstract presentations, the forum offered the keynote address, "Caution! Low-Flying Fish: Team-Building Techniques," presented by the Fishmongers from Seattle's Pike Place Fish Market, its owner John Yokoyama and their longtime coach, Jim Bergquist of bizFutures Consulting.

"Attendees were given insight into what makes a great team, as well as how to throw a fish just like the pros," Armbruster says. "The keynote was well attended and encapsulates the idea of the veterinary healthcare team working together to help animals live longer and healthier lives."

A pet-food-recall panel discussion, featuring pet-food industry representatives and pathology and nephrology specialists, concluded the forum.

"It is such a big, key topic for the veterinary community to get together and share what we know on the issues," Armbruster says. "It is a great place for colleagues to gather and discuss."

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