A Message from the Vet - August 2011
Continuing Education

I braced myself for a 12 hour plane ride, 100 degree heat, and a week of visiting family on the mainland. Vacation? No.... It was the American Veterinary Medical Association annual meeting and educational conference this year in St. Louis, my home town. I left the practice in the able hands of Drs. Denham and Yoshicedo and our manager, Laura.

The conference was well attended by veterinarians and staff from all around the world, and offered a number of interesting topics on new information that will be useful to our clinic. The keynote speaker was Phillipe Cousteau Jr., the grandson of Jacques Cousteau. Jacques Cousteau is widely known and highly respected for his legendary works in the ocean ecosystem and the environmental movement. His grandson shared humorous stories of his family's experiences in travel and relations with wild and domestic animals. The theme of his message was the importance of being aware of how we choose to share the earth with all living things.

After social time, I got to my continuing education goal of attending as many meetings as I could. Some of the 25 CE credits I received were in: Perioperative Pain Control, Recognition and Treatment of Cardiac Arrhthmias, Anterior Uveitis, Respiratory Disease and the Chronic Cough, Behaviour and Skin Disease in Cats, Nutritional Management of Anorexia, Management of Bleeding Disorders, Treatment of Soft Tissue Sarcomas, Ticks, and finally, How To Win Friends and Influence People, a pep talk of sorts.

As you can see, veterinary medicine covers a lot of subjects and a lot of species. I touched on only a few subjects of the hundreds offered, covering exotics like chinchillas and reptiles, the domestic farm animals, equine, birds, pot-bellied pigs, and wildlife. There were technical workshops for anesthesia techniques, ultrasound, polishing up on neuro and eye exams, and acupuncture. There were courses that touched on research and development regarding stem cell therapy, dentistry, animal welfare, community health training in Africa, and geriatric fish medicine.

The speakers were faculty from veterinary schools in the US, as well as experts from private practice. Foreign accents were common, among both attendees and presenters, as the US has the most open and advanced veterinary medicine in the world, attracting the best and brightest in the field.

I speak for all the doctors at Kailua Animal Clinic in professing our dedication to learn and keep abreast of the new advances in veterinary medicine offered at educational meetings like this one. Every year, at the expense of time, money, and separation from family, we dedicate ourselves to improving our knowledge and skills to be the best we can be for our patients and clients.

Next year, however, I think I will pick somewhere besides St. Louis in the summer.

John Haddock, DVM

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