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USAHA-AAVLD Annual Meeting
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10/13/2016 to 10/19/2016
When: October 13-19, 2016
Where: Sheraton Hotel and Convention Center
3121 W Gate City Blvd
Greensboro, North Carolina  27407
United States

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The event brings together leaders and stakeholders from across the country for the advancement of regulatory and diagnostic veterinary medicine.  This year’s plenary session will take a comprehensive look at the direction of animal health.

The Joint Plenary Session on Monday, October 17 is titled Challenges, High Tech Solutions, and Success Strategies in Animal Agriculture.  The program, hosted by renowned farm broadcaster Max Armstrong, will feature industry leaders in economics, policy and technology. The agenda includes:


·         Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech – Economic Challenges and Opportunities Facing U.S. Animal Agriculture

·         Dale Moore, Executive Director of Public Policy, American Farm Bureau Federation – Domestic, Global Positioning of Animal Agriculture

·         Professor Daniel Berckmans, Leuven, Belgium – Experiences with Precision Livestock Farming in Europe

·         Dr. Randall Prather, University of Missouri – Precision Breeding to Advance Animal Health and Welfare

Panel discussions will be part of the agenda as well.


“This unique combination of speakers will identify remarkable opportunities ahead for U.S. animal agriculture. For example, we have some catching up to do with Europe in animal agriculture and with the plant folks here in the U.S. when it comes to the use of precision agriculture technologies. Get ready to enjoy having these speakers open your minds and challenge you to become engaged in the process of moving U.S. animal agriculture fast forward in a sustainable and profitable way.” said Dr. Pat Halbur of Iowa State University and AAVLD program co-chair. 


Additionally, AAVLD is planning to offer plenary presentations on “Precision Diagnostic Medicine: Game Changing Technology…Is Your Lab Ready?” during the Saturday morning, October 15, Plenary Session. This program will feature:

·         Jo Handelsman, Associate Director White House Office of Science and Technology Policy – The National Microbiome Initiative: Opportunities for Diagnostic Medicine and Beyond

·         Paul Plummer, Iowa State University – Progress on the food animal microbiome and relevance to veterinary diagnostic medicine...using next generation sequencing to unravel complex infectious diseases

·         Jan Suchodolski Texas A&M University – Progress on the companion animal microbiome and relevance to veterinary diagnostic medicine

·         K.C. Kent Lloyd, University of California, Davis – Precision medicine: an opportunity for a paradigm shift in veterinary diagnostic medicine

·         Nicole Ricker, National Animal Disease Center – Advances in the use of molecular techniques to detect and monitor antimicrobial resistance

·         Elizabeth Ryan, Colorado State University – Use of metabolomics in veterinary diagnostic medicine


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