2015 Purdue Veterinary Conference Sets
Featuring popular tracks for such areas as bovine,
equine, small animal, shelter medicine, professional
development and veterinary technology, the 2015
Purdue Veterinary Conference attracted a record
number of attendees. The total attendance figure
of 1,200 included 335 veterinarians, 215 veterinary
technicians, 400 PVM faculty, staff and students, and
140 guests and other professionals. Additionally, the
popular Exhibit Hall (photographed below) in the
Purdue Memorial Union South Ballroom was staffed
by 110 exhibitor representatives.
The conference literally provided something for
everyone, with 65 different speakers, including 38
from Purdue, conducting 95 different Continuing
Education (CE) sessions. Seven special labs and
workshops contributed an additional 21 CE units.
New sessions included the Milking System Evaluation
workshop; a General Wellness session with Dr.
Michelle Gaspar, feline internal medicine consultant
for the Veterinary Information Network; and a
Veterinary Practice Management Program Open
House. The annual Dr. Jack and Naomi Stockton /
Class of 1971 Lecture featured a presentation by Dr.
Candace Croney, director of the Purdue University
Center for Animal Welfare Science. The general public
also had an opportunity to take part in learning
about “The Science Behind the Human-Animal Bond”
as presented by PVM Assistant Professor of Human-
Animal Interaction Maggie O’Haire who gave the
Elanco Human-Animal Bond Lecture, which kicked-
off the conference Tuesday evening, September 8.
A variety of special events also were held as part of
the conference week, which doubles as the College
of Veterinary Medicine’s homecoming. Those events
included the Indiana Animal Health Foundation
golf outing; the Awards Celebration; the Dean’s Club
luncheon, which featured a presentation by a member
of the 25th reunion class, Dr. Charles Vite (PU DVM
’90), associate professor of veterinary neurology
at the University of Pennsylvania; the “Meet Me
@ the Mixer” reception, where reunion classes are
recognized; and the PVM Tailgate before the Purdue
vs. Indiana State football game.