June Conference showcases WCVM alumni

To mark the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's 50-year anniversary, some of the college's best and brightest graduates are returning to Saskatoon and sharing their expertise during the 2015 WCVM June Conference, June 11-13.

"The conference's organizing committee wanted to do something special to celebrate the past 50 years and the achievements of our graduates," explains Jackie Bahnmann, WCVM continuing education co-ordinator.

"That's why we've invited some of our most distinguished alumni to speak on a range of topics at the college's largest continuing education event — our June Conference."

Featured speakers will cover various health issues in companion animals, food animals and horses during a couple of days of intensive learning at the veterinary college. The list includes representatives from the worlds of academia, research, industry and private practice. Several WCVM faculty members — past and present — will also be part of the conference program.
Register online for the 2015 June Conference and the WCVM 50th Anniversary Homecoming.

While the conference's online program gives more details about each session, here's a brief overview of speakers and their disciplines:

    • Dr. Debbie James (WCVM '98) — veterinary neurology

    • Dr. David Panciera (former WCVM faculty) — small animal endocrinology

    • Dr. Nathan Erickson (WCVM '05) — beef production

    • Dr. Calvin Booker (WCVM '89) — epidemiology and animal production monitoring

    • Dr. Kee Jim (WCVM '83) — feedlot production consulting services

    • Dr. Emma Read (WCVM '98) — equine surgery

    • Dr. Kathleen Anderson (WCVM '86 — equine practice

    • Dr. Patricia Dowling (WCVM faculty) — antimicrobial resistance

    • Dr. Chris Luby (WCVM faculty) — dairy medicine

    • Dr. Chris Clark (WCVM faculty) — small ruminants

    • Dr. Matthew (Casey) Gaunt (WCVM faculty) — small animal medicine

    • Dr. Sherisse Sakals (WCVM faculty) — small animal surgery

    • Dr. Joe Bracamonte (WCVM faculty) — equine surgery

In recognition of the increasing prominence of One Health in society, the conference's keynote speaker on Saturday morning, June 13, is Dr. Sarah Boston (WCVM '96), a veterinary surgical oncologist at the University of Florida.

Boston's first presentation at 10 a.m. will focus on animal welfare in veterinary surgical oncology while her second talk at 11 a.m. is entitled, "Lucky dog: from doctor to patient and back again." She recently published Lucky Dog: How Being a Veterinarian Saved My Life — a memoir that shares her experiences as a veterinary cancer surgeon and as a thyroid cancer patient.

The conference kicks off on Thursday, June 11, with a full day of wet labs to choose from. WCVM faculty members in large animal and small animal clinical sciences will provide participants with hands-on experience in working with small ruminants, emergency procedures for pets, small animal surgery, dairy medicine and specialized medical imaging for equine lameness cases.

Veterinarians can register online for the wet labs as well as the rest of the sessions by visiting the June Conference website. June Conference participants can also register for the WCVM's 50th anniversary celebrations on the same June weekend (June 12-14). A welcome reception, class reunions, college tours, a Saturday evening gala and a family event at Saskatoon's Forestry Farm are all part of the college's festivities.

For more information about the 2015 June Conference, visit usask.ca/wcvm/fifty-years or contact Jackie Bahnmann (jackie.bahnmann@usask.ca; 306-966-7108).
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