Understanding and applying evidence-based medicine is the thrust of the 42nd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, scheduled for March 5-8, 2011 at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix, AZ.

Opening the Monday morning general session with the Howard Dunne Memorial Lecture is Locke Karriker, DVM, associate professor and swine medicine section leader at Iowa State University, addressing “Evidence-Based Practices: Myths and Applications.”

Following that talk will be Joe Connor, DVM, Carthage (IL) Veterinary Service, Ltd., presenting the Alex Hogg Memorial Lecture on a related topic, “Science-Based Medicine: What Are the Application Barriers?”

Continuing the Monday morning general session, Anna Johnson, assistant professor of animal science at Iowa State University, will present “Science-Based Swine Welfare: Where Are We and Where Are We Going?”

Wes Jamison, associate professor of communication at Palm Beach Atlantic University, concludes the morning program with a presentation on political advocacy.

Monday afternoon offers three concurrent sessions with presentations on breeding herd health management, grow-finish and antibiotics and welfare.

Tuesday’s general session offers a focus on porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome, examining current knowledge and looking forward to achieving the goal of eliminating the disease.

Pre-conference sessions will again be held on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. This year for the first time, the Research Topics session will be held on Sunday morning. The poster session starts at noon Sunday and the afternoon program includes industrial partners and student presentations.

Registration is limited to veterinarians and veterinary students. To reserve a room at the Pointe Hilton, call (602) 866-7500 or reserve online on the AASV 2011 Annual Meeting Web site at http://www.aasv.org/annmtg.

For more information, contact the AASV by phone (515) 465-5255; fax (515) 465-3832; e-mail aasv@aasv.org or go to the Web site http://www.aasv.org/annmtg.

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