Charles Martin, 334/844-3698


AUBURN -- More than 2,000 veterinarians, technicians and spouses will gather Nov. 12-14 for seminars, entertainment and class reunions at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine's 92nd annual conference.

The event will be at the college's Wire Road campus and the AU Hotel and Dixon Conference Center.

"It's the largest educational conference held each year in Auburn," said Timothy Boosinger, dean of the college. "Guests can earn up to 22 credit hours of continuing education and gain valuable insight from a wide variety of experts."

Richard Cambre of the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C., will be the keynote speaker on Nov. 12. He is the head of the zoo's Department of Animal Health.

Guest speakers include other well-known veterinarians and medical authorities, such as Fairfield Bain of Lexington, Ky.; Tom Kasari of Texas A&M University; Dennis Macy of Colorado State University; and Michael Dryden of Kansas State University. In addition, more than 50 of Auburn's veterinary faculty will present seminars.

"Plus, class reunions are a big part of the annual conference, and this year well host five-year reunions for those classes from 1944 to 1994," Boosinger said. "It's a great opportunity to visit with classmates and catch up on family news and veterinary accomplishments."

Also as part of the conference, veterinarians can make hospital rounds, complete with hands-on sessions, in either the small or large animal teaching hospitals. Family fun night on Friday will include a presentation from the Southeastern Raptor Rehabilitation Center and the Southeastern Guide Dogs.

Edie Swihart, a mystery novelist and 1991 veterinary graduate, will present a writing workshop for attendees and she will have a public book signing on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 10 a.m. to noon at the AU Hotel and Dixon Conference Center.

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