College of Veterinary Medicine’s 108th Annual Conference Combines Education and Reunions

Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is getting ready for Annual Conference, when professionals in the veterinary field reunite with friends and colleagues and further their education.

The 108th Annual Conference is set for March 26-28 on the college’s campus. About 450 veterinarians are expected to attend Annual Conference to gain needed continuing education certification for practice, learn about new techniques and best practices and fellowship with colleagues and friends.

An educational program to ensure this year’s conference meets the standards of excellence that is a staple of the event was created by a team of veterinary faculty and Kris Street, continuing education coordinator. “It is a key highlight for veterinarians, a time when professionals come together to reunite and collaborate in furthering their education,” she said.

Annual Conference provides 20 hours of continuing education credit that participants use to maintain their certification to practice.

Keynote speaker is Dr. Carolyn Henry, associate dean for research and postgraduate studies at the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine, who is widely recognized for her contributions to One Medicine. She is a 1985 graduate of Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

Other speakers featured at this year’s conference include:

    • Will Eward, an Auburn University CVM alumnus class of 2000. Dr. Eward is a unique practitioner in the field of medicine, as he holds D.V.M. and M.D. degrees, and practices both human and animal medicine. Dr. Eward serves as an orthopedic cancer surgeon at Duke University as well as in part-time practice with the surgical and oncology teams at Veterinary Service Hospital in North Carolina.
    • Henry Baker, director emeritus of the Scott-Ritchey Research Center, who was recently awarded the Lifetime Excellence in Research Award by the American Veterinary Medical Association. He will be presenting the Dr. Nancy Cox Memorial Lecture. Dr. Baker retired from Auburn after more than 50 years in the veterinary medical profession.
    • Lisa Willis, owner of Mid-Texas Veterinary Associates, PC, is a noted equine veterinarian.

Registration can be done online at

Class reunions, a highlight of Annual Conference, are set for Saturday, March 28. Each year, 10 classes hold reunions, and this year the classes are: 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2010. A reunion is also held for Soaring Eagles, veterinarians who graduated more than 50 years ago.