2016 Penn Annual Conference Offers Continuing Education Credit to Veterinarians and Technicians

Penn Vet will host the 116th Penn Annual Conference September 26-29, 2016, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The event offers continuing education credit for small and large animal veterinarians and technicians from across the country. The conference is one of the largest gatherings of veterinary colleagues, alumni, and friends in the region.

A pre-conference symposium and lectures will be held at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel on September 26-28. On September 29, wet labs will be held at Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital. Registrationis due by September 5, 2016. For more information or to register, visit http://www.vet.upenn.edu/pac2016. On-site registration will be available.

The full-day pre-conference symposium is focused on problem behavior in pets and leisure horses. Leading experts researching and consulting on problems in dogs, cats, and horses will present current thinking on the links between behavior and welfare and the science that helps veterinarians and behaviorists advise on prevention or treatment.

Lectures for veterinarians and technicians will be given by guest speakers from around the country, as well as many of Penn Vet’s board-certified specialists. Three tracks will focus on cancer care, as well as a selection of general veterinary medicine sessions such as diagnostic imaging, anesthesia, grief counseling, cytology, emergency and critical care, equine medicine, and food animal medicine. A new Practice Manager Business track has been added this year, designed to address the needs of those running the business side of a veterinary practice.

The keynote presentation will be delivered by Dr. Matthew Breen, Professor of Genomics and the Oscar J. Fletcher Distinguished Professor of Comparative Oncology Genetics at North Carolina State University’s (NCSU) College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Breen’s research interests focus on genomics, genome mapping and the comparative aspects of canine cancer. His lab has developed a series of molecular cytogenetics resources that are being used to develop diagnostic and prognostic assays for veterinary medicine. The lab also uses comparative oncology as a means to accelerate cancer gene discovery across species. Dr. Breen is also a member of the NCSU Center for Comparative Medicine and Translational Research, the NCSU Genetics Program in the College of Science, and the Cancer Genetics Program at the University of North Carolina’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. He was a charter member, and now serves on the Board of Directors, of the Canine Comparative Oncology and Genomics Consortium, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization established to promote the role of the dog in comparative biomedical research.

During the conference, participants will also have the opportunity to join speakers for in-depth discussions during “Lunch with the Experts.” Wet labs are available for both veterinarians and technicians. Topics cover cytology skills, veterinary CPR, and cancer cutting and biopsy skills.

The Penn Annual Conference provides up to 15 hours of continuing education credits, as per Section 31:16 of the Pennsylvania Code. The conference is also an approved sponsor of continuing education for veterinarians and veterinary technicians within the state of New York.

About Penn Vet

The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) is a global leader in veterinary education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, Penn Vet is the first veterinary school developed in association with a medical school. The school is a proud member of the One Health initiative, linking human, animal, and environmental health.

Penn Vet serves a diverse population of animals at its two campuses, which include extensive diagnostic and research laboratories. Ryan Hospital in Philadelphia provides care for dogs, cats, and other domestic/companion animals, handling more than 30,000 patient visits a year. New Bolton Center, Penn Vet’s large-animal hospital on nearly 700 acres in rural Kennett Square, PA, cares for horses and livestock/farm animals. The hospital handles more than 4,000 patient visits a year, while the Field Service treats nearly 37,000 patients at local farms. In addition, New Bolton Center’s campus includes a swine center, working dairy, and poultry unit that provide valuable research for the agriculture industry.

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