The 39th annual meeting of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians has been scheduled for Mar. 8-11, 2008 in San Diego, California. The meeting will explore the theme “AASV: Building on Our Strengths.” Using the theme, the 2008 program planning committee has developed a program that not only challenges but tries to answer the major questions facing swine veterinarians today.

 ‘Building on Our Strengths,’ challenges us as individuals and as a professional association to utilize our natural strengths as the basis for our future growth,” says AASV president-elect and meeting program chair Kerry Keffaber.  “A thorough knowledge and understanding of disease is a swine veterinarian’s biggest strength.  Our members strive to build on this unique understanding to better serve their clients, insure the health of the animals in their care and enhance public health.”

The Monday morning general session, opens with the prestigious Howard Dunne Memorial Lecture presented by Tim Loula. Also Monday morning Mike Terrill will present the Alex Hogg Memorial Lecture, honoring the late Alex Hogg. A presentation on viral ecology from Dave Benfield will round out the Monday morning general session. 

Monday afternoon offers three concurrent sessions, with presentations on respiratory diseases, controlling feed costs and sessions on PRRS and PCV2. Likewise, on Tuesday, attendees can select from three additional concurrent sessions targeting enteric diseases, influenza and the challenges of managing the gestating sow.

Pre-conference seminars on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning provide attendees information on specific areas of interest.  The poster session begins at noon on Sunday and offers veterinary students and commercial companies another venue for sharing information. The Sunday afternoon schedule includes the popular Student Seminar in addition to the Industrial Partners and Research Topics sessions.

For more information, contact the AASV at (515) 465-5255 or e-mail:

Source: AASV