Auburn University College of Veterinary Hosts Successful Annual Conference and JT Vaughan Equine Conference

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With a change from last year’s virtual conference due to the COVID-19 epidemic, a large group of participants returned to Auburn University Veterinary College September 16-18 for the 2021 Annual Conference Conference and the JT Vaughan Equine Conference.

This year’s meeting continues the tradition of 114 consecutive years of continuing education in the Southeast Veterinary Program. More than 460 attendees from across the United States attended conferences that provided opportunities for Auburn graduates, teachers, students, veterinarians, and other veterinarians from the region and the country.

The conferences and meetings were co-sponsored by Southern Veterinary Practitioners, Covetru, Merk Veterinary, Boering Inglehem, Elanco, Care Credit, CreditBench, Royal Canine and American Registry Veterinary and Adeka. During the three-day program, he gave lectures on a variety of small animals, farm animals and veterinary education, as well as a number of health and safety courses. The joint ventures also include an exhibition hall with 18 vendors.

The 2021 program offers more than 85 hours of vocational training in a variety of subjects, including courses specifically designed for veterinarians. The online sessions were led by some of the country’s top veterinarians, including those in the fields of veterinary education, research and business. During the 26 years of his career, Auburn’s head coach, Greg Williams, led the team to six national college championships and four Southeast Conference titles.

Among the professional presenters this year is Dr. Joseph Aisa, Assistant Professor of Small Vascular Surgery at the University of Tennessee; Dr. Colin Best, a consultant and educator, focuses on non-technical skills, including animal-client relationships, veterinary team performance, safety, and resilience; Dr. Mike Brown, US Bull Trade Technical Consultant for Elanco Veterinary; Elanco Chief Animal Welfare Officer Dr. Mi Michel Calvo-Lorenzo; Dr. T. Robin Folkner, Private Consultant and Veterinary Technical Services for Industrial Technical Services; Dr. Richard Ford, a professor of medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University; And Dr. John T. Groves, who owns and manages veterinary services in Eldon, Missouri.

Other providers in 2021 include Dr. Lore Haug, a Texas Veterinary Service Behavior Specialist. Dr. Dean A. Hendrikson, former director of the hospital at the State University of Colorado and associate dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine; Dr. Dr. Lisa Custer, Assistant Professor of Cardiology at the University of Tennessee; Dr. Patty Latan, Associate Professor of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University; Dr. Sarah Bota, Elanco’s Chief Sustainability Officer; Dr. Brian Vander Ley, Assistant Professor and Veterinary Epidemiologist at Nebraska Great Plains Veterinary Center; Dr. Andrew Duke ’75, who practices at the Duke Veterinary Clinic in Mobile, Alabama, and Dr. Bert Gadis, who practices at the Indian Springs Veterinary Hospital in Pelham, Alabama, and is one of approximately 160 veterinarians in the world and the only board-certified veterinarian in Alabama. it is.

Sections from 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 and 2016 and from 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, etc. In 2010 and 2015 – who were unable to attend in person last year due to the epidemic – attended the 2020 Class of Reunion. Following the Annual Conference Conference, a special professional engagement was held on September 19. The event provided an opportunity for students and employers to interact one by one, establish professional relationships, and discuss possible employment opportunities. More than 45 employers and 150 students participated.

The first day concluded with an awards ceremony for a group of renowned veterinarians who have excelled in their skills, knowledge, energy, compassion and professionalism and have developed the college’s reputation.

Three graduates – Dr. David El Suarez ‘8, Dr. Douglas Martin ’99 and Dr. Mark Cheny ’99 – have been awarded the 2021 Wilford S. Bailey Award. The award honors Auburn graduates with their professional performance in veterinary medicine, outstanding contributions to their communities, and recognition of the overall development of animal and human health.

He was named in 1942, a graduate of the College, Wilford S. Bailey, with 50 years of continuous teaching at Auburn, serving from veterinarian to dean to president of the university. Winners are recognized in three different areas of eligibility: research and public policy, academia and personal practice.

Two more Auburn College Veterinary graduates – Dr. Rory Applegate ’11 and Dr. Denty Vaughn ’11 – Winner of the 2021 Young Achiever Award. The Young Achiverver Award recognizes members of the class celebrating their 10th birthday. The awards recognize the professional achievements of veterinarians, their outstanding contributions to their communities, and their overall development in animal and human health.

The winners of two other major awards, including the El Toro Prize and the John Thomas von Eucan Success Award, have been recognized in the field of veterinary medicine.

The 2021 El Toro Award was presented to Dr. Munsey Premier II “78”. The annual award, established in 1994 in memory of Dr. James G. Floyd Jr. and his father, Dr. JJ “Bull” Floyd, is recognized by the veterinarian – for his outstanding contributions to food production, animal and veterinary practice and organized veterinary medicine – as a model for veterinary students. Serves.

The 2021 John Thomas von Eucharist Award was presented to Dr. Timothy P. Stewart ’79. Named after Dean Emirate John Thomas Vaughan, the award recognizes leaders who can lead the industry to a better future. He has worked hard to improve the results and modesty of individuals and communities through his influence on others and their careers.

The 2022 Annual Meeting Dates will be announced on the conference website at For more information, contact Meredith Smilddin at


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