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Women Veterinarians Gather for Leadership Forum

by Danni Hammontree | Oct 25, 2019

Biomins Women eventIn October, a select group of the country’s top swine veterinarians gathered to attend BIOMIN’s first annual “Women in Veterinary Medicine Leadership Forum” in Nashville, TN. With the majority of graduating veterinarians being women, BIOMIN wanted to cater to a dynamic, growing talent group in the industry. The purpose of the event was to bring together successful women veterinarian leaders to discuss top issues and challenges faced by the swine industry.

In order to make the agenda as relevant as possible, BIOMIN surveyed attendees ahead of time to focus on topics of most importance. Not surprising, the survey revealed that African Swine Fever and foreign animal disease preparedness were of top concern. As a result, BIOMIN found and invited speakers who are known national experts leading the ASF conversation.

The guest speakers had diverse backgrounds and experiences to contribute to the keynote panel. Speakers included Chris Rademacher, Professor and ISU Swine Extension Veterinarian at Iowa State University; Pam Zaabel, Veterinary Specialist at Center for Food Security and Public Health; Beth Thompson, Executive Director of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health; Attila Farkas, DVM with Carthage Veterinary Services; and Lisa Becton, Director of Swine Health and Research at the National Pork Board.

During the morning session, BIOMIN team members welcomed the attendees, shared some basic information on BIOMIN R&D, and dove into topics such as how mycotoxins are predisposing factors to infectious disease and vaccine failure. Next, the guest speakers presented information geared toward what their organizations are doing in regard to preparedness and planning for ASF, current research projects, and clinical experiences with ASF. In the afternoon, the open forum discussion was kicked off by the speaker panel in a question and answer (Q&A) session regarding ASF. Then the attendees engaged in discussion of topics they voiced as important – topics ranged from PRRSV management, to lameness, to challenges in the nursery, to audiobook recommendations. The participants exchanged a lot of great information and the discussion was lively. In addition, media coverage and live social postings were provided by Ann Hess, Editor of National Hog Farmer.

To conclude the event, the BIOMIN team hosted the attendees on a BBQ, Beer, and Bourbon tour around Nashville to give participants a taste of a city rich in food, culture, and music. Overall, the attendees appreciated the diverse panelists, variety of participant expertise, and key technical knowledge shared. The meeting format allowed BIOMIN to provide interactive sessions focused on leading issues, while allowing time to deepen relationships through collaborative conversations.

To find out more about this year’s women’s event, you can visit https://engage.biomin.net/womeninvetmed19. Find and interact with BIOMIN on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, or Twitter with#womenvetmed19 and @FollowBIOMIN.

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