The 2020 ISU McKean Swine Disease Conference has moved to a hybrid model, in light of the COVID-19 global pandemic.
The Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, the Iowa Pork Industry Center, The Iowa Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV), District 6, sponsor the ISU James D. McKean Swine Disease Conference.
This year’s program is going to be unique, as it will be a hybrid meeting, with options for attendees to attend a live meeting, in accordance with ISU COVID-19 guidelines, or join the meeting virtually. There is limited seating, and in-person registration may fill up quickly. The program will take place at the Scheman Building, in Ames, Iowa, as well as on a virtual platform, and is consolidated into a one-day event on November 5, 2020.
This year’s meeting will continue to focus on issues that are important to swine veterinarians and producers in these challenging times. We will continue our focus on the continuing threat of African Swine Fever by featuring Dr. Douglas Gladue from USDA-APHIS to discuss their groundbreaking work on African Swine Fever vaccine candidates and improved diagnostics as well as USDA funded Swine Health Improvement Plan, in response to a potential foreign animal disease event. The program will also feature lessons learned on depopulation method, carcass disposal methodologies and nutritional adjustments that were made in response to the COVID19 supply chain interruptions earlier this year and what the market outlook will be going forward. Attendees will learn more about our improvements in PRRS and syndromic disease surveillance using data collected from our world class Veterinary Diagnostic Lab. The conference will cover the most recent updates in terms of antimicrobial resistance and what that might mean for swine veterinarians and producers going forward, as well as research updates and case studies on emerging pathogens.
For more information regarding the 2020 ISU James D. McKean Swine Disease Conference, and to register for this year’s conference, please visit: https://www.regcytes.extension.iastate.edu/swinedisease/.