gave North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) It is in its 41st annual run. Veterinary Meeting and Expo (VMX 2024) January 17, kicking off the new year with the latest product introductions and innovations and setting the direction for the $104 billion animal healthcare industry in 2024. More than 27,000 people from 82 countries attended the event with 8,700 participants for the first time. About 26,000 were in person, representing a local economic impact of more than $65.3 million.
During the five-day conference, veterinary professionals learned about the latest technologies benefiting the veterinary industry, particularly advances in research and developments with artificial intelligence (AI) that allow veterinary professionals to be more efficient and effective. Allows for high quality care to be provided to patients. Speakers shared insights into a new bacterial component found in a “mystery dog disease” sweeping the country, new drugs designed specifically for cats and dogs with less There are better outcomes with fewer side effects and a new class of oral medications to treat feline diabetes. The “Show of Shoes” theme celebrated the innovation, excitement and sharing of cultural traditions at the World’s Fair, which featured a carousel, games and a drone show that filled the night sky with cats, dogs and other animals. lit up Other trade show highlights included celebrity appearances by Dan Levy, Terry and Robert Irwin and Tyler Hubbard.
“VMX 2024 was truly the show of shows and brought the best in education and new technologies and products that are changing veterinary medicine, as well as invaluable networking opportunities and headline entertainment. The size and scope of VMX and its timing, new Beginning the year, veterinary professionals are able to get ahead of the curve with their continuing education needs. They can take what they’ve learned here back to their clinics and hone their new skills. Can use immediately,” he said. NAVC CEO Jane O’Neill. “At the end of the day, what we’re trying to do is provide the best care for pets around the world. The way to do that is through the best innovations and capabilities, so that veterinary professionals spend more time with patients. can.”
More than 27,000 veterinary professionals from around the world attended the VMX 2024 show of shows.
“At VMX 2024, we have seen things that once seemed like a dream come true,” said NAVC Chief Veterinary Officer Dana Verbal, DVM, CAE. “We’ve been talking about AI for about five years, but this year, we’re really seeing the evolution of this technology from something very theoretical to something unprovable. What’s also exciting is that, for the first time, we’re seeing drugs like this. Looking at products designed specifically for different animal species that improve the lives of pets and their owners.”
NAVC is a world leader in continuing education (CE) for veterinary professionals, and this year’s event offered more than 1,300 CE hours in person at the event. VMX 2024 Virtual includes over 245 virtual sessions and over 200 sessions available on demand. Sessions presented by world-renowned veterinary professionals include the latest information on innovations in oncology, advances in cardiovascular and respiratory disease in dogs and cats, neurological and behavioral issues in companion animals and animal health, each Spanning species and species from pythons and bearded dragons to otters and sea turtles
Highlights of VMX 2024:
The VMX Expo Hall features a record 720 exhibitor booths. Companies of all sizes showcased life-changing innovations, including the New Product Gallery, in which 20 companies showcased 29 revolutionary products. Additionally, the VMX Startup Circle allowed successful companies to showcase their cutting-edge technology.
A wide range of AI technologies were presented that are transforming the veterinary industry, speeding up diagnostics and tests and allowing veterinarians to obtain detailed results faster than ever before.
Various exhibitors and presenters shared the implementation of AI to enhance clinical diagnosis through MRI imaging and radiology. Introduced AI-powered veterinary radiology services that provide faster, more accurate AI diagnosis for veterinary x-rays in minutes.
Technology to assess animal pain and help pet owners and veterinary professionals provide optimal care for all companion animals.
Capabilities to reduce time spent on administrative services such as medical records and using AI to generate results in minutes, not hours, so veterinarians have more time to spend with patients.
Breakthroughs in the treatment of feline diabetes are shared on VMX. Audrey Cook, DVM, diplomate of the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Internal Medicine and professor of small animal internal medicine at Texas A&M University, led a diabetes session on a new class of hypoglycemic drugs for diabetic cats. launched that will make health care safer. And more accessible. Dr. Cook predicts that thousands of cats will now live longer and better lives, thanks to feline diabetes treatment options in the form of two new FDA-approved medications that are administered daily to manage blood sugar levels. Twice replace insulin injections with tablets or liquids. .
New medications developed specifically for cats and dogs were showcased, including advances in the management of osteoarthritis (OA) pain in dogs. A new FDA-approved drug designed specifically for dogs will help improve their physical and emotional health while dealing with this painful and progressive disease. A once-monthly injection that controls pain associated with OA in dogs will help improve mobility and quality of life in dogs with pain associated with OA.
“The Mysterious Dog Disease”: David Swee, DVM, DIPL. ACVP and senior veterinary pathologist at the New Hampshire Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, shared his team’s findings on a new bacterial component of canine infectious respiratory disease and the ability to move forward with further studies to characterize the bacteria, which , he said, eventually lead to a cure to stop the spread of the disease.
Experts from various fields shared best practices and new learnings for both traditional pets and exotic species. Stacey Wilkinson, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Reptile and Amphibian) and owner and head veterinarian of the Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital of Georgia debunks the most common myths about bearded dragons, which are the Reptiles are more popular, and more are needed. Exotic Vets Nationwide.
Sustainability initiatives abounded throughout the conference, including a sustainability hub in the expo hall with waste sorting stations, a sustainability pledge tree for exhibitors and attendees, and live art demonstrations.
The second annual “Believe and Belong in Veterinary Medicine” event presented by NAVC and blendVET, a nationally recognized DEI veterinary certification program, hosted 80 middle school students for a full day of immersive learning with veterinary experts. are
The NAVC Gives Marquee Award was presented at the NAVC Annual Awards Night to Pat Peace of Mind. The national non-profit hospice focuses on enabling individuals to take their beloved pets with them through their end-of-life journey and ensuring those pets find new loving homes.
World-renowned therapy horse Magic the Money Horse took to the Expo Hall, educating attendees about the importance of therapy animals in crisis.
The popular Puppy Playground and Cat Nap Cafe showcased local pets available for adoption, with many animals looking for forever homes after the conference.
Dogs, cats, horses, cows and more light up the skies of Orlando at the drone show hosted by Hill’s Pet Nutrition.
Click here To access VNR with VMX 2024 highlights and soundbites from key speakers.