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LIFE-CHANGING ADVANCES IN ANIMAL MEDICINE TO BE PRESENTED

AT THE 38TH ANNUAL VETERINARY MEETING & EXPO (VMX) JUNE 5 - 9

 

Sessions Include the Latest Information Available on Pets and Veterinary Practices – Everything from Oncology and Aging to Tackling Behavior Problems and the Long-Term Implications of COVID-19 on Pets, People and Veterinary Medicine

 

*Live ON SITE from The Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL*

 

DR. DANA VARBLE, Chief Veterinary Officer, The North American Veterinary Community (NAVC)

GENE O’NEILL, Chief Executive Officer, NAVC

BACKGROUND:

With so many exciting advances taking place in animal medicine, how do veterinarians stay current? They are the oncologist, cardiologist, ophthalmologist, dermatologist -- and just about every other “ologist” for our animals. Unlike human doctors, they also handle multiple species.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • More people have adopted pets during COVID than at any other time. In fact, 23% of American households adopted a pet last year and about 13 million cats and dogs found new homes!  
  • Americans spent $31.4 billion on their pets' healthcare last year.
  • Eighty-five percent of pet owners agree that pet interactions reduce loneliness and 76% percent agree that human-pet interactions address social needs, which is timely because of the isolation so many people experienced during the pandemic.

The North American Veterinary Community’s annual Veterinary Meeting & Expo (VMX) 2021 is the world’s largest and most comprehensive global veterinary education conference. VMX 2021 will take place on June 5-9 in Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center and, for the first time, it will also be available virtually anywhere through the new VMX Virtual platform where there will be interactive learning sessions and a unique 3D Expo Hall experience.

VMX provides the forum for veterinarians worldwide to learn and stay abreast of advances in animal medicine that are helping our pets live longer, better quality lives. Veterinary professionals will hear about new options in diagnosis and treatment in topics that range from life-threatening illnesses to sports medicine and rehab, surgical procedures and pharmaceuticals for companion pets, farm animals and exotics. They will also explore the long-term health implications of COVID-19 in animals, feline diabetic remission & the bond between humans and their feline friends.

On June 8, Dr. Dana Varble and Gene O’Neill of the NAVC will be available to discuss veterinary medicine during the age of COVID-19, share the most current advancements in technology and the latest news coming from VMX 2021.

For more information please visit: www.NAVC.com  

 

MORE ABOUT DR. DANA VARBLE:

Dana Varble, DVM, CAE received her veterinary degree from University of Illinois in 2003 and earned her Certified Association Executive designation from ASAE in 2021. She has practiced exotic pet medicine, small animal general practice and emergency medicine and serves as an associate veterinarian for Chicago Exotics Animal Hospital. She has spoken locally, nationally, and internationally on herpetological and exotic animal medicine and the state of the veterinary profession. She served as the president of the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians in 2013 and presently works as the managing editor of the Journal of Herpetological Medicine and Surgery for ARAV. In 2015, she joined NAVC and in January of 2020 she was named Chief Veterinary Officer. As a NAVC spokesperson and a veterinary industry expert, she promotes animal health and the veterinary profession through media interviews and appearances including CNN, Steve Dale’s Pet World, Pet Life Radio, NBC News, local media outlets and others.

She shares her home with a mixed-up brown dog named Hannah, a Leonberger named Kodi, a tank of cichlids, four ball pythons, a New Caledonian Giant Gecko and her human family too.

 

MORE ABOUT EUGENE O’NEILL:

Gene O’Neill joined the NAVC in 2013 as Chief Financial Officer. He was promoted to Deputy CEO and CFO in 2018 and, after serving as interim CEO from late 2019 through early 2020, he was named CEO in April 2020. O’Neill helped transform the NAVC’s portfolio which consisted primarily of its annual veterinary conference to now include: a media division that has become the veterinary industry’s largest trade publisher; an online news station; a certification program; and an online recruiting tool for veterinarians. This strategy enabled the NAVC to more than double its revenue. Under Gene’s leadership and vision, the NAVC is expanding its virtual portfolio, taking the events and continued education opportunities through which NAVC built its global reputation and making them available to veterinary professionals worldwide through exciting and engaging new virtual platforms and programs. Prior to joining the NAVC, Gene held executive and financial leadership roles at the Institute of Internal Auditors, IIA-Australia and SeaWorld of Florida. He has held CPA and CIA designations throughout his career. A New Jersey native, Gene has lived in the Orlando area since 1986. He is an avid golfer and music enthusiast.

 

 

RALEIGH, NC (3/14/18) – The AKC Canine Health Foundation (AKC CHF) and the V Foundation for Cancer Research announce a collaboration to fund cancer research for dogs that may also benefit people.

In an area of research known as “Comparative Oncology”, the two national organizations find they speak the same language. Comparative Oncology is the discipline that integrates naturally occurring cancers in dogs into broader studies of cancer biology and therapy. Since dogs and people get many of the same cancers, the AKC CHF and the V Foundation have teamed up to fund research in this field to benefit both species.

One of the cancers that occurs in both dogs and people is bladder cancer. Bladder cancer affects approximately 40,000 dogs and 79,000 people a year. The first project the AKC CHF and the V Foundation is jointly funding will test a new, targeted immunotherapy against a specific gene mutation that occurs in bladder cancer. Nicola Mason, BVetMed, PhD, a veterinary researcher at the University of Pennsylvania will lead the research team in this clinical trial entitled, “Immune Targeting of the V600E B-Raf Neoantigen in Canine Urothelial Carcinoma”.

“The V Foundation is excited about this partnership with the AKC CHF. Our funding of research in Comparative Oncology represents our belief that this work benefits humans and dogs alike. We are honored to co-fund this grant in memory of David Kane,” said Susan Braun, CEO of the V Foundation.

According to Dr. Diane Brown, CEO of the AKC CHF, “As veterinarians, we are trained to understand disease processes across species and have a clear understanding of the field of Comparative Oncology and comparative medicine. What is important now is to see human medicine working closely with veterinary medicine to benefit all species, and in this case, dogs and humans. We are thrilled to work with the V Foundation to lead in this area of research for a new cancer vaccine. Together we are stronger, and joining forces for bladder cancer research just makes sense.”

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About the AKC Canine Health Foundation

Since 1995, the Raleigh, NC-based AKC Canine Health Foundation has leveraged the power of science and research to improve the lives of dogs and their people. The Foundation has awarded more than $40 million in research grants for the health of dogs, and works to prevent, treat and cure diseases that impact all dogs, while providing professional information and resources for a new breed of dog owner. Take action because you care; find out more online at www.akcchf.org.

About the V Foundation for Cancer Research
The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State University basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Since 1993, the Foundation has funded more than $200 million in cancer research grants nationwide. The V Foundation awards 100% of direct donations to cancer research and programs. The V Foundation’s endowment covers administrative expenses. The Foundation awards peer-reviewed grants through a competitive awards process strictly supervised by a Scientific Advisory Committee. For more information on the V Foundation or to make a donation, please visit www.jimmyv.org.