The AVMA Annual Convention Furthers the Veterinary Profession

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Since 2013, Dr. Brian Daubs has served as the chief of surgery at the Animal Specialty & Emergency Hospital in Rockledge, Florida. Outside of his activities at the hospital, Dr. Brian Daubs works to enhance his knowledge and skills through memberships in local and national professional groups such as the American Veterinary Medical Association.

For over 150 years, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has held its Annual Convention to help members stay abreast of the latest research, techniques, and treatments in veterinary medicine. In 2015, thousands of AVMA members gathered in Boston for the 152nd AVMA Annual Convention, which was held July 10-14.

The main feature of the five-day event was a diverse education program, comprising a range of sessions, poster presentations, and interactive labs organized into eight broad topic areas. Outside of the education program, attendees had the opportunity to network with their peers and explore an exhibit hall showcasing the latest products and services of hundreds of companies.

Currently, AVMA members are looking ahead to the 2016 Annual Convention, which will take place August 5-9 in San Antonio, Texas. Those planning to attend can find more information as it is released at www.avma.org.

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American Veterinary Medical Association Symposium

Veterinarian Brian Daubs recently opened Treasure Coast Veterinary Surgical Service, a private practice in Port Saint Lucie, Florida. A member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Dr. Brian Daubs structured his business to offer mobile surgery services to local veterinarians.

Founded in 1863, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is made up of more than 85,000 members. AVMA members span industries including corporate sectors, academia, and government. Focused on improving animal health care, the organization works toward enhancing existing medical practices and provides resources for professional growth.

Hosting symposiums throughout the year, the AVMA offers a platform to learn about industry topics and shape future practices. Among the events scheduled in 2014 is the Animal Welfare Symposium, which will address euthanasia, depopulation, and humane slaughter procedures. Currently, the AVMA is accepting abstract submissions in fields of research and regulation. The four-day symposium is scheduled for November 2-5 at the Westin O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois. Members interested in attending may begin registering mid-August at http://www.avma.org.

Small Animal Veterinarian Specialists

Dr. Brian Daubs graduated from the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine in Saint Paul with a doctor of veterinary medicine. Brian Daubs, a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, works in the small animal specialty.

There are numerous specialty fields students can pursue within the realm of veterinary medicine. Small animal veterinarians are among the most popular specialists within the industry, as they are explicitly trained in the treatment of animals which are commonly kept as pets, such as cats, dogs, exotic birds, and other companion animals. Some of the regular activities a small animal specialist engages in include fracture repair, heart surgery, abdominal surgery and dealing with surgical options for cancer.

Small animal vets may also interact with breeders. In these situations vets monitor an animal’s reproductive system and perform initial examinations of newborn puppies. Veterinarians can also be faced with the unfortunate task of putting a companion animal to sleep. In such an event, veterinarians are expected to demonstrate compassion for the family as well as medical proficiency throughout the procedure.