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Penn Vet to Host Annual Conference of Veterinary Colleagues from Across the Country

By John Donges Published: Jun 19, 2017

117th conference offers continuing education credit to veterinarians and technicians
Conference to take place in new location – The Chase Center in Wilmington, DE

[June 19, 2017; Philadelphia, PA] – Penn Vet will host the 117th Penn Annual Conference from September 27-28, 2017, in Wilmington, DE. 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.

This year, the conference is moving to a new location—the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington, DE. Lectures will be held there on September 27 and 28. On September 29, wet labs will be held in Philadelphia at Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital. Early registration is available through September 5, 2017. For more information or to register, visit On-site registration also will be available for an additional $50.

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 focus on topics such as microbiology, diagnostic imaging, wound healing, dermatology, minimally invasive surgery, anesthesia, animal handling, emergency and critical care, neurology, internal medicine, nursing techniques, 3D printing, regenerative medicine, equine medicine, and food animal medicine. A business track will address the needs of those running the business side of a veterinary practice. Wet labs on feline tooth extraction techniques and veterinary CPR will be available for both veterinarians and technicians. In addition, over 60 exhibitors representing veterinary hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, professional associations, and more will be on site.

Dr. Oliver Garden, Chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences and Advanced Medicine at Penn Vet, will deliver the keynote presentation on clinical immunology on September 27. Prior to joining Penn Vet, Garden served as Professor of Comparative Medicine and Immunology and head of the Oncology Special Interest Group at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London. He also served as a clinician in the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals, the largest companion animal referral center in Europe, where his clinical interests were gastrointestinal and immune-mediated diseases. Garden’s research focuses on regulatory T cells and myeloid-derived suppressor cells in dogs and mice, in both the healthy organism and in the context of autoimmune disease and cancer. 

Dr. Daniel Fletcher, Associate Professor of Emergency and Critical Care at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, will deliver the keynote presentation on critical care on September 28. Fletcher's research interests include high fidelity medical simulation for veterinary training, novel diagnostic markers and therapeutic targets for patients in shock, non-invasive measures of cardiac output and oxygen delivery, and biochemical prognostic and diagnostic indicators and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Fletcher received his veterinary degree from the University of California at Davis and completed his internship and residency at Penn Vet. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.

The Penn Annual Conference provides up to 13 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.

About Penn Vet

Ranked among the top ten veterinary schools worldwide, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) is a global leader in veterinary education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, Penn Vet is the first 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, handling nearly 35,300 patient visits 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. The hospital handles nearly 5,300 patient visits a year, while the Field Service treats more than 38,000 patients at local farms. In addition, New Bolton Center’s campus includes a swine center, working dairy, and poultry unit that provide valuable research for the agriculture industry.

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