2014 Penn Annual Conference offers continuing education credit to veterinarians and technicians from across the country

February 10, 2014, Philadelphia, PA – Penn Vet will host the 114th Penn Annual Conference March 5-7, 2014, in Philadelphia, PA. The event offers continuing education credit for small- and large-animal veterinarians and technicians from across the country. The conference is one of the largest gatherings of veterinary colleagues, alumni, and friends in the region.

Lectures will be held at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel on March 5-6. On March 7, wet labs will be held at Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital. Registration is due by February 21, 2014. For more information or to register, visit: www.vet.upenn.edu/pac2014. On-site registration will be available.

Lectures for veterinarians and technicians will be given by guest speakers from around the country, as well as many of Penn Vet’s board-certified specialists. Tracks will cover such topics as cardiology, imaging and radiology, behavior, oncology, dentistry, equine medicine, and food animal medicine.

The keynote presentation will be delivered by Dr. Gary Wu, Associate Chief for Research in the Division of Gastroenterology at Penn Medicine. Dr. Wu’s research focuses on the mutualistic interactions between the gut microbiota and the host with particular focus on metabolism. He is very excited to work on gastroenterology problems in pet animals, especially inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Wu is also an enthusiastic supporter of Penn Vet’s new Center for Host Microbial Interactions, which addresses the microbiome in health and disease.

During the conference, participants will also have the opportunity to join speakers for in-depth discussions during “Lunch with the Experts.” Wet labs are available for both veterinarians and technicians. Topics cover intra-oral nerve blocks, cytology skills, and emergency and critical care procedures.

The Penn Annual Conference provides 15 hours of continuing education credits, as per Section 31:16 of the Pennsylvania Code. The conference is also an approved sponsor of continuing education for veterinarians and veterinary technicians within the state of New York.

Penn Vet is a global leader in veterinary medicine education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, Penn Vet is the only veterinary school developed in association with a medical school. The school is a proud member of the One Health Initiative, linking human, animal, and environmental health.

Penn Vet serves a diverse population of animals at its two campuses, which include extensive diagnostic and research laboratories. Ryan Hospital in Philadelphia provides care for dogs, cats, and other domestic/companion animals, seeing nearly 33,000 patients a year. New Bolton Center, Penn Vet’s large-animal hospital on nearly 700 acres in rural Kennett Square, PA, cares for horses and livestock/farm animals, treating 33,000 patients each year – 4,100 in the hospital and 29,000 at farms through the Field Service. In addition, New Bolton Center’s campus includes a swine center, working dairy, and poultry unit that provide valuable research for the agriculture industry.

For more information, visit www.vet.upenn.edu.