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President's Message

The Standard

noun \ˈstan-dərd\
: a level of quality, achievement, etc., that is considered acceptable or desirable.
: something that is very good and that is used to make judgments about the quality of other things.
Merriam Webster Online Dictionary

Recently my family hosted a veterinary school classmate and his wife for a Saturday afternoon football game. During the preparation for the meal, I was tasked with getting the cream cheese ready. As I opened the container of Philadelphia brand cream cheese, the stamp on the sealed foil caught my attention. “The Standard” was there front and center. This struck me as clever marketing and messaging that resonated with me.

As cattle veterinarians, we conduct much of our daily work around many standards. Whenever possible, we point out certain standards to our clients and customers in a constant effort to improve not only the health and well-being of their livestock but also the quality and wholesomeness of the food products we all enjoy.

Mission Statement

The American Association of Bovine Practitioners is an international association of veterinarians serving society as leaders in cattle health, welfare and productivity.

AABP Continuing Education

In keeping with the AABP Mission Statement "The AABP is an international association of veterinarians organized to enhance the professional lives of its members through relevant continuing education that will improve the well-being of cattle and the economic success of their owners, increase awareness and promote leadership for issues critical to cattle industries, and improve opportunities for careers in bovine medicine." AABP is working to create online CE training modules for members.

Important AABP Deadlines
12/31/2014 Call for 2015 Practice Tips
Five to six individuals are sought for the Practice Tips session for the 2015 AABP Annual Conference in New Orleans, La. Contact Gabe Middleton, DVM, or 330-465-6154.
12/31/2014 Call for 2015 Preconference Seminars
AABP is now accepting proposals for preconference seminars for the 48th Annual Conference of The American Association of Bovine Practitioners to be held in New Orleans, La. The deadline for proposals is December 31, 2014. The preconference seminars are scheduled for September 13-16, 2015. Priority will be given to proposals which include the following: 1) Seminar concepts recommended by standing AABP committees 2) Seminars receiving good attendance and reviews in 2013 and 2014 3) Seminar content revision and upgrades, particularly with rotation of speakers in repeat seminars 4) Originality tempered with reality in new proposals to be considered Please submit proposals to Drs. Mark Thomas at and Gatz Riddell at For questions, procedural information and time line also use the above email addresses or call the AABP Office at 1-800-269-2227.
2/1/2015 2015 Student Case Presentation Competition
The AABP Program Committee announces the call for abstract submissions for the Student Case/Research Presentation Competition, to be held Thursday, September 17, 2015, at the AABP 48th Annual Conference in New Orleans, La. The purpose of the competition is to promote student interest in the AABP, encourage development of investigative and communicative skills, and allow veterinary students to actively participate in the annual meeting program. Students at any level in their veterinary program, as well as those who have graduated within six months prior to the competition, are eligible. All submissions for the 2015 Student Case Presentation Competition should be submitted online at, by February 1, 2015. Abstracts for submission will be limited to 250-300 words. All required information can be submitted via the website; receipt of submissions will be confirmed by email. Ten presentations will be selected. Notification will be made by March 1, 2015.
3/15/2015 Student Recognition Award
Second and third year veterinary students who are interested in dairy and/or beef veterinary medicine are encouraged to apply for a Student Recognition Award sponsored by Merck Animal Health.
4/1/2015 Student Externships
Those students needing help with expenses for Externships lasting more than two weeks are encouraged to apply for an AABP Externship Grant. Applications are due April 1, 2015.
5/1/2015 Call for 2015 Research Summaries and Scientific Poster Sessions Abstracts
Research projects having direct application to bovine practitioners are being solicited for presentation at the Oral and Scientific Poster Sessions for the 2015 Annual Conference of the AABP. Project summaries focused on all areas of bovine health, welfare and production are welcome including pharmacology, epidemiology, medicine, surgery, economic analysis, pathology, pre-harvest food and environmental safety, diagnostics, and health monitoring. Projects should have relevance to bovine practitioners and may be broadly applicable to the cattle industry or more specifically applicable to the beef or dairy industry. Oral presentations made by graduate students in the AABP Research Summaries will be eligible to compete in the “AABP Graduate Student Research Summary Presentation” competition. The top three presenters from the graduate student competition will receive cash awards. To be considered for the AABP Research Summary sessions (either the oral or poster sessions) and publication in the annual meeting proceedings, your abstract must be submitted to AABP by May 1st, 2015. Abstracts must be submitted electronically. For more information and to submit an abstract, go to, click on Conference, then Research Summaries in the submenu. If you have questions about the research summaries program, contact Drs. Chris Chase ( or Jessica McArt (
6/15/2015 AABP Foundation - Zoetis Scholarship Program
Students who will be graduating with their veterinary degree in 2016 and are enrolled in colleges of veterinary medicine in the United States are encouraged to apply for one of this years Foundation - Zoetis Scholarships.
6/15/2015 Foundation - Cargill Scholarship
Students who will be graduating with their veterinary degree in 2016 and are enrolled in colleges of veterinary medicine in the United States are encouraged to apply for one of this year's Foundation - Cargill Scholarships.

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