24th Biennial Caribbean Veterinary Medical Association (CbVMA) Conference to Be Held in Grenada

Veterinary Medicine: What is the Future? Is the title of the 24th Biennial Caribbean Veterinary Medical Association (CbVMA) Conference being hosted by St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine and the Grenada Veterinary Medical Association in Grenada from November 8-10, 2006.

This conference brings together veterinarians and scientists from all parts of the Caribbean, Canada, the US, and the UK to address the veterinary issues that affect the Caribbean region, including aquatic and fish medicine, avian medicine, anesthesiology, dentistry, infectious diseases, and public health. The meeting serves as a forum and an opportunity for regional veterinarians to network, share ideas, and build on the common goal of gaining exposure to veterinary medicine in the Caribbean region, while enjoying the unique and beautiful location of Grenada.

The format for the conference is broken out into three parts: a. invited plenary speakers will give lectures on their areas of veterinary expertise; b. scientists, faculty members, and researchers will present papers either orally or on posters; and c. four hands-on wet labs will take place in the areas of fish medicine, avian medicine, anesthesiology, and dentistry.

The invited plenary speakers are world-renowned experts in veterinary medicine. This year’s speakers and their topics are:

Dr. Richard Halliwell, Professor Emeritus, Veterinary Clinical Studies, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh, UK will address the conference theme, “Veterinary Medicine: What is the Future?”

Dr. Tom Nemetz, Dentistry, South Athens Animal Clinic, Athens, Georgia will address the topic of dentistry and will lead a dentistry wet lab.

Dr. Scott Echols, Director of Avian Medical and Surgical Services at the Westgate Pet and Bird Hospital in Austin, Texas will talk on avian medicine and will lead an avian wet lab.

Dr. Gerald Johnson, Faculty of Atlantic Veterinary College of the University of Prince Edward Island in Canada will address fish medicine and will lead a fish medicine wet lab.

Dr. William Novak, Chief Medical Officer of Banfield, The Pet Hospital will hold a talk and wet lab on the topic of anesthesiology.

St. George’s University will host a reception for delegates on True Blue campus during the conference. The wet labs will also be held at SGU, while the plenary speakers’ lectures and the paper presentations will take place at the Grand Beach Hotel. Approximately 120 people are expected to participate.

“St. George’s University is honored to co-host this prestigious conference,” said Dr. Calum Macpherson, Dean of Graduate Studies at SGU. “The conference enhances professional collaboration and camaraderie among veterinary experts in our region. It is also a positive way to bring veterinarians to our campus and show them who we are and show off our campus.”

Published on 06/08/2006