St. Joseph, Mo. – The United States Animal Health Association (USAHA) and American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) have plans well underway for the their 2013 joint Annual Meeting, scheduled for October 17-23, 2013 in San Diego, Calif. This year’s joint plenary session on Monday, October 21 will feature, “Vaccines: 100 years of Virus Serum Toxin Act and Beyond,” providing a historical look at VSTA over the years including key disease impacts and economics, as well as address current vaccine technology and what the future may hold.
“The 2013 USAHA/AAVLD Plenary Session should provide a very comprehensive look at a very important tool for animal health – vaccines,” says Dr. Steve Crawford, USAHA Program Chair and New Hampshire State Veterinarian. “Our goal is to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the Virus Serum Toxin Act, take a look at lessons learned over that time and how that will shape the future.”
Dr. Crawford co-chairs the program with Dr. Catherine Barr, AAVLD Program Chair and Quality Assurance and Safety Manager with the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL). The two collaborated with colleagues, both in the U.S. and internationally in development of the program. They have tapped Dr. Ron DeHaven, AVMA Executive Vice President to moderate the session, which includes the following presentations:
Hog cholera: the need for VSTA
The economics of vaccination: why do we vaccinate?
Current technologies in vaccines
Autogenous vaccines: isn’t this why VSTA was established?
Gap analysis for high consequence diseases
Future of vaccines: beyond existing regulatory diseases
In addition to the plenary session, USAHA hosts 30 committee sessions on a broad range of animal health topics. The meeting also includes several opportunities to hear the latest in disease research through the AAVLD Scientific Sessions and poster displays. Learn more about the entire list of events at www.usaha.org. Registration is now available for interested attendees – take advantage of early-bird registration and membership discounts.