The theme for the 35th annual meeting of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) is “Back to the Basics.” It will be held March 6-9, 2004 at the downtown Marriott Hotel, Des Moines, IA (515-245-5500).

The general session includes talks on disease and other basic issues facing today’s swine practitioner. A full afternoon will be devoted to porcine reproductive and respiratory disease (PRRS).

The Howard Dunne Memorial Lecture by Robert Desrosiers, DVM, St-Hyacinthe, Quebec will focus on the epidemiology, diagnosis and control of swine diseases. Following will be talks on swine zoonosis and the global pork market, national strategies for disease control and biosecurity and ethics in modern swine practice.

Concurrent sessions will feature emerging technologies, research topics, production issues and diarrheal diseases in growing pigs.

Twelve pre-conference sessions cover such topics as reproduction, facility design, welfare, nutrition, emerging diseases, foreign animal disease, applied medicine, skills for practitioners and PRRS.

Online registration will be available on the AASV Web site in late December, when registration materials will be mailed to AASV members. For more information, contact the AASV by phone, 515-465-5255; fax, 515-465-3832 or e-mail,