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Winn & the American Veterinary Medical Assoc. Convention

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San Diego harbor (by Steve Dale)

The American Veterinary Medical Assoc. convention was held Aug 3-7 in San Diego. It was jam-packed with continuing education opportunities for veterinarians and veterinary technicians, as well as several associated meetings. Winn board members were busy representing the Foundation and participating in several events.

Winn board member and board certified feline specialist Dr. Susan Little presented lectures on feline medicine topics, including feline infectious peritonitis, feline immunodeficiency virus, cats with chronic sneezing, feline clinical procedures. Winn-funded research has played a role in improving diagnosis or treatment for these problems.

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Steve Dale & Joan Embery (of the San Diego Zoo)

Winn board member Steve Dale, covered the news highlights of the meeting, and attended the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior Symposium. Steve took the opportunity to interview veterinary experts to get answers to common questions from pet owners.

Winn president and board certified feline specialist Dr. Vicky Thayer was busy attending the President’s Installation and Excellence in Veterinary Medicine Awards Luncheon. At this meeting, Winn and the American Veterinary Medical Foundation present a veterinary student scholarship and the Excellence in Feline Research Award. Dr. Thayer and Dr. Little also attended a meeting of the Animal Health Network, a coalition of organizations dedicated to improved research funding for companion animals.

As well, Winn was represented at the Partners for Healthy Pets meeting and lectures. Winn is an associate member of this organization dedicated to ensuring pets receive the preventive healthcare they deserve through regular visits to a veterinarian.

(L to R) Dr. Susan Little, Dr. Vicki Thayer, Joan Miller

On a social note, an informal gathering at the home of Winn past president Joan Miller afforded a rare opportunity for three of Winn’s presidents (past and present) to get together.

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