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KVMA Fall Conference Draws Record Crowd

The KVMA Fall Conference on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the KSU College of Veterinary Medicine drew a record number of veterinarians and vet techs.

The morning agenda at the KVMA Fall Conference was devoted to a review and synopsis of an October, 2013 foreign food animal disease outbreak exercise conducted across Kansas by federal and state food animal health professionals, including the KVMA.

A presentation on the importance of planning for disasters and emergency preparedness was presented by U. S. Army Adjutant General for Kansas Lee Tafanelli.

“Partnerships in Preparedness: RIP STOP 2013,” presented by Sandy Johnson, MPA, Kansas Dept. of
Agriculture, covered the October statewide foreign animal disease outbreak exercise, including a description of the
exercise planning process, the manner in which it was conducted, lessons learned and the direction emergency
management preparedness will go in the future.

Part of the afternoon was devoted to small animal presentations on cardiology with Dr. Justin Thomason and critical care presented by Dr. Clay Hallman and Dr. Sasha Thomason.

Dr. Justin Thomason covered subjects such as comorbid heart and renal failure, pulmonary arterial hypertension and atroprine response tests.

Drs. Sasha Thomason and Hallman discussed canine anemia, heat stroke, organ failure, and sepsis cases.

Dr. Brian Archer of the USDA also spoke in the afternoon on animal health emergency response and foreign
animal disease detection in dogs and cats.

The KVMA extends a great deal of gratitude to the following sponsors of the KVMA Fall Conference in Manhattan on November 9. Thank you so much.

Platinum Sponsor
Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc.

Silver Sponsors
Cavanaugh & Porter, PA
Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
Merrill Lynch
MWI Veterinary Supply
Patterson Veterinary Supply
Veterinary Financial Services


Cavanaugh & Porter, PA
Patterson Veterinary Supply


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