VMX 2024 Educational Seminars Covering Mysterious Dog Disease, Artificial Intelligence Experts and Pet Care in Ukraine

Tea North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) will host VMX 2024 from January 13-17, 2024 in Orlando, Florida, setting the direction of veterinary medicine in the new year and providing industry professionals with more than 800 continuing education and scientific sessions presented by world-renowned veterinary leaders. VMX features experts on current topics in veterinary medicine to help veterinary professionals expand their skills and stay on top of what’s new and noteworthy.

“Research breakthroughs and technological advances, especially artificial intelligence, are providing veterinary practices with additional resources as the global demand for veterinary professionals continues to grow and practices struggle to keep pace,” said NAVC CEO Gene O’Neill. “VMX represents global veterinary leaders at the forefront of advances in veterinary medicine, providing the latest and most relevant education veterinary professionals need to excel in their careers and support the industry as a whole.”

This year’s conference includes front-line researchers who have broken new ground and discovered insights into a “mysterious canine respiratory disease” that is spreading across the United States, artificial intelligence experts on the cutting edge of new technologies that are revolutionizing the industry, and veterinary experts from of Ukraine. discussion of the state of animal health care in times of crisis.

VMX 2024 will feature world-renowned animal care experts who are available for interviews. Look for more sessions and speakers to be highlighted this month. See Complete program of VMX 2024 for session dates and times.

  • David Needle, MVDr., DIPL. ACVP: “Preliminary Findings in the 2022-2023 Atypical Canine Respiratory Syndrome Investigation”

For the past several months, the University of New Hampshire has been at the forefront of a “mysterious canine disease” seen in more than 15 states as veterinary professionals and scientists search for answers to this unknown respiratory illness. Dr. Needle, chief of pathology at the New Hampshire Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and clinical associate professor in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture at the University of New Hampshire, is working closely to understand the disease. He will be at VMX on Monday, January 15 to highlight the latest findings on this mysterious affliction and how the phenomenon may continue to affect dogs. His session takes place at 4:15 pm at the VMX Sound Stage, booth 315, in the Expo Hall.

  • Richard Goldstein, DVM, DACVIM, DECVIM-CA: “In Sickness and in Health – When to Test, What and How!”

Dr. Goldstein, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Global Diagnostics at Zoetis Inc., will present exciting advances in AI and the value of accountable AI-based systems to deliver faster, more accurate and less expensive diagnostic interpretation. He claims that “veterinarians who use AI will replace veterinarians who do not use AI in the coming years” and will share more on January 16 at 4:05pm in Room N210 B at the Orange County Convention Center.

  • Jonathan Lustgarten, MS, PhD, VMD, CSPO: “Transforming Veterinary Clinical Practice with AI” and “Using ChatGPT or Other Large Language Models in Veterinary Medicine”

Dr. Lustgarten, lead biomedical informatics specialist at MARS Veterinary Health, develops and implements AI-based clinical and diagnostic solutions on their global veterinary health platform. He is a past president of the Association for Veterinary Informatics and an expert on implementing AI into clinical practices, from patient correspondence with ChatGPT to AI-driven healthcare-specific tools. He will lead two virtual sessions on the impact of artificial intelligence on veterinary practices, including simplifying processes and speeding up treatment solutions, minimizing costs and providing time dedicated to more personalized care. His virtual sessions will be held on January 13th from 8-8:50am and 9-9:50am

  • Aaron Massecar, MA, PhD: “Future Trends in Veterinary Medicine: What’s Here, What’s Near, and What’s Just Over the Horizon” and “It’s Time for Veterinary Professionals to Help Shape the Future of AI”

More than 35 percent of veterinarians and practice owners are using AI in their practice, while about 11 percent have just discovered ChatGPT or are discussing integrating AI into their work, according to a survey conducted by Dr. Massecar, executive director of the Veterinary Innovation Council at NAVC. In his presentations at VMX, Dr. Massecar to talk about the reasons why practices are increasingly motivated to use AI technology and what kinds of programs are available and currently being developed for veterinarians. The session of Dr. Massecara will be held on January 15th from 1-1:50pm and January 17th from 10-10:50am at the VMX Sound Stage, Booth 315, in the Expo Hall.

  • Vlad Ushakov, DVM, PhD: “Two years in the life of veterinarians in Ukraine”

Dr. Ushakov, president of the Ukrainian Small Animal Veterinary Association (USAVA), will share insights on how the association and veterinary professionals from around the world came together to provide medical equipment to 254 clinics, treat nearly 5,000 animals, spay and neuter more than 12,000 animals in 210 shelters, provides financial assistance to 16 families of lost colleagues and others throughout Ukraine. Thanks to these programs, USAVA now counts 62,000 vaccinated animals, 30,000 microchipped, thousands of rescued animals and 500 doctors working in Ukraine, in addition to the creation of the “Ukrainian Charity Veterinary Clinic” to fight the growing population of stray animals, fight the spread of infections and help affected animals by war. His session takes place on January 14th from 1-2pm at the VMX Sound Stage Booth 315 in the Expo Hall.

Presented by NAVC, the global leader in continuing education (CE) for veterinary professionals, this year’s event will offer more than 900 hours of CE at an in-person event in Orlando. VMX Virtual will include more than 200 virtual sessions covering industry trends across a wide range of industries and genres broadcast live from the Expo Hall.

Registration for VMX is open to veterinary professionals and students. As always, veterinary students and veterinary nurses/technicians are free to attend and guest registration is also possible.

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