It is a meeting of the minds - about 100 of them, give or take. The Banfield Pet Hospital Industry Summit is one of the most prestigious events in veterinary medicine. I am honored to attend.
This years, issues discussed included:
- Dollars are necessary to continue research, so cutting edge medicine continue to be cutting edge, to continue finding new treatments for diseases. Organizations are trying, like the Morris Animal Foundation, the Winn Feline Foundation, American Veterinary Medical Foundation and others. But are they keeping up? Dr. Wayne Jensen, chief science officer Morris Animal Foundation did talk about the long-term study of Golden Retrievers - the Canine Lifetime Health Project.
- Getting into veterinary school isn't easy (it's actually tougher than getting into medical school), and once you do the pressure to achieve is enormous. But not as great as the pressure when students graduate - from expectations to pay back huge loans to increasing client expectations....to expectations of a family that you may not get to see as often as you like. Too many are dropping out of the profession.
Also special awards were presented by Banfield:
* Best Education Innovation Award:
Veterinary Leadership Experience, accepting were Dr. Rick DeBowes, professor/director Professional Like Skills Program, Washington State University and Kathleen Ruby, assistant provost Washington State University
* Best Advancement in Preventive Care Award:
Partnership for Preventive Pet Healthcare, accepting was Dr. Ron DeHaven, CEO American Veterinary Medical Association
* Best Medical Innovation Award
Trifexis (Elanco Animal Health) Rob Aukerman, president U.S. Operations Elanco Animal Health and Shawn McKee, director U.S. Companion Animal Business Elanco Animal Health accepted. Trifexis kills fleas, heartworm and intestinal parasites - all in one chewable tablet.
* John Payne Industry Leadership Award
Dr. Phillip Nelson, dean College of Veterinary Medicine Western University of Health Sciences
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