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New technologies and breakthroughs in veterinary medicine take centre stage at VMX 2021

Advances in animal medicine are helping cats, dogs, even penguins live longer, better quality lives

The
first major conference since COVID-19 for the veterinary industry wrapped up
Wednesday at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Nearly 10,500
veterinary professionals from around the world attended the 38th annual
Veterinary Meeting and Expo (VMX) in person and virtually to learn the latest
advances in animal medicine.

“At
a time when people were separated from family and friends this past year, pets
provided great companionship and comfort. As adoptions of cats, dogs and exotic
animals like birds and reptiles reached record levels, so has the need for
veterinary care,” said Gene O’Neill, NAVC CEO. “At VMX, veterinary
professionals are learning the latest in diagnosis and treatment so they can
provide the best care possible to animals of all kinds.

“It’s
been a great conference! People are happy to be back, meeting and learning
together. You can see the smiles under their masks! And those who attended
virtually were able to connect and engage with colleagues while learning from
the world’s most renowned experts in veterinary medicine,” O’Neill added.

VMX
is the world’s largest and most comprehensive veterinary conference and expo,
where veterinary professionals come each year to learn the latest advances in
animal medicine. B-roll of VMX
2021 highlights
is available.

Helping
dogs age better mentally and physically.

Up to 50 percent of dogs injure
both of their knees, but not all require surgery. As part of her presentation on how to
help dogs stay agile and active as they age, Dr. Clara Goh performed a live
orthopaedic exam to help veterinarians assess dogs and decide when they may need
surgery or alternative treatments. Dr. Valarie Tynes presented on the signs of
canine dementia and new options to slow down its progression. She also spoke
about separation anxiety and how to manage it as people return to work.

Reversing diabetes in cats.

Dr. Audrey Cook
presented game-changing options in managing and treating feline diabetes. These
advances may put an end to daily insulin injections, easing the stress and
demand on pet parents when caring for diabetic cats.

New technologies and procedures are saving aquatic animals.

Aquatic and zoo
veterinarians shared their knowledge from everyday experiences, whether it’s an
emergency surgery on a penguin or a first-of-its-kind brain surgery on a marine
mammal, a Northern fur seal. Dr. Jen Flower and Dr. Tres Clarke shared new
technologies including portable ultrasounds the size of an iPad to examine aquatic
animals and new diagnostic tools that look at tiny nerve vessels never seen
before.

VMX
2021 included more than 600 sessions of continuing education and hands-on
workshops at the live event in Orlando and more than 300 virtual and OnDemand
sessions, which will be available through 3 September 2021. Attendees were
able to enjoy the award-winning VMX Expo Hall onsite at the Orange County
Convention Center and virtually through an engaging, 3D interactive
experience.

About
the NAVC

The
North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) is a nonprofit organisation
dedicated to supporting and advancing veterinary professionals worldwide. The
world’s leading provider of veterinary continuing education, the NAVC delivers
essential training, tools and resources for veterinary professionals to stay
abreast of advances in animal medicine and provide the best medical care for
animals everywhere. Through its commitment to innovation and excellence, the
NAVC has developed a diverse portfolio of products and services, including:
educational events, headlined by VMX, the world’s largest, most comprehensive
continuing education conference and launchpad for new products and innovations
within the veterinary industry; a robust digital platform for virtual learning
and engagement; the veterinary industry’s largest and award-winning portfolio
of trade publications; and an advocacy arm which unites the veterinary
community and pet lovers. The NAVC was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in
Orlando, FL. Since 2017, the NAVC has been recognised annually as one of the
Top Workplaces by the Orlando Sentinel. To learn more about the NAVC’s products
and brands, visit the website. A schedule of
upcoming events is available online as well.

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