Ve­teri­nar­i­ans gather for con­ven­tion

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

Vet­eri­nary pro­fes­sion­als from around the world have gath­ered in Char­lot­te­town this week.

The four-day Cana­dian Vet­eri­nary Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion (CVMA) Con­ven­tion kicked off Thurs­day. It be­gan with a sum­mit that looked into the fu­ture of vet­eri­nary medicine in a world of change and in­no­va­tion and a na­tional is­sues fo­rum that ex­am­ined al­ter­na­tive medicine.

“With the rapidly chang­ing en­vi­ron­ment of tech­nol­ogy and at­ti­tudes, the vet­eri­nary pro­fes­sion needs to learn to adapt quickly,’’ said Dr. Troy Bourque, pres­i­dent of the CVMA. “(Thurs­day’s) two top­ics al­low us to share ideas to do this.’’

The con­ven­tion is the only na­tional multi-species event provider that has more than 40 high­lyrated speak­ers from Canada, the United States and over­seas to ad­dress top­ics rang­ing from oph­thal­mol­ogy, pain man­age­ment, den­tistry, car­di­ol­ogy, neu­rol­ogy and more.

“If you want to learn more about heart­worm and Lyme dis­ease, there are the ses­sions. Neu­rol­ogy ex­ams for a horse? Opthal­mol­ogy for com­pan­ion an­i­mals? We have that, too.’’

The CVMA is the na­tional and in­ter­na­tional voice for about 13,736 ve­teri­nar­i­ans. The con­ven­tion is held in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the At­lantic Vet­eri­nary Col­lege and the Reg­is­tered Vet­eri­nary Tech­nol­o­gists and Tech­ni­cians of Canada.

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