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Dr. Tom Burkgren, IPVS congress, (515) 465-5255
Tracy Raef, College of Veterinary Medicine, (515) 294-4602
Teddi Barron, News Service, (515) 294-4778


AMES, Iowa -- One of the largest assemblies of experts on pig health, production and consumer issues will convene at Iowa State University, June 2-5, for the 17th International Pig Veterinary Society (IPVS) congress.

Approximately 2,000 veterinarians, producers, animal scientists and others involved in the swine industry from 50 countries will attend.

The IPVS congress is recognized as a leading forum for new information on current and emerging diseases. In addition to 175 scientific presentations, the program will feature 18 invited speakers recognized internationally for their contributions to veterinary medicine and pork production. Their topics include the United Kingdom's foot-and-mouth disease outbreak, porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome, alternatives to growth promoters, emergence of novel strains of influenza-A and minimizing environmental impacts.

Media are invited to attend the congress. Complimentary press passes can be reserved before June 1 from Dr. Tom Burkgren, congress secretary, (515) 465-5255. Upon arrival, media should check in at the congress registration desk in the Scheman Building.

A list of the 18 invited speakers and their presentation titles is below. The complete congress program is available on the Web at http://www.ipvs2002.vetmed.iastate.edu.

Co-hosts for the 17th IPVS congress are Iowa State's College of Veterinary Medicine, the National Pork Board and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians.

Invited Speakers

Note: the keynote addresses will be in Stephens Auditorium. All other invited speakers' presentations will be in Stephens Auditorium, Benton Auditorium (Scheman Building) or Fisher Theater.

Monday, June 3
8 a.m.
Keynote: "Evolution of Diseases in the World's Pig Industry"
Roger Morris, professor of veterinary medicine, Massey University, New Zealand

9 a.m.
"The Recent Emergence of Novel Strains of Influenza-A Viruses Among Pigs in North America"
Chris Olsen, associate professor of public health, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison

9 a.m.
"Optimum Strategies in Artificial Insemination"
Nicoline Soede, associate professor of animal science, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

9 a.m.
"The Role of Genomics in the Future of the Pork Industry"
Max Rothschild, C.F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Agriculture, animal science, Iowa State University

1:20 p.m.
"Porcine Circovirus Type 2 Infection: Post-weaning Multisystemic Wasting Syndrome and Other Conditions"
Joaquim Segales, assistant professor of pathology, Veterinary School of Barcelona, Spain

1:20 p.m.
"Using Reproductive Biology to Improve Suboptimal Reproductive Performance"
Billy Flowers, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor, animal science, North Carolina State University

1:20 p.m.
"Impact of International Trade on the Global Swine Industry"
Dermot Hayes, Pioneer Hi-Bred International Chair in Agribusiness, Iowa State University

Tuesday, June 4
8 a.m.
Keynote: "Pigs in Society"
Christianne Glossop, veterinary consultant, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, United Kingdom

9 a.m.
"The Recent Foot-and Mouth-Disease Outbreak in the U.K."
Stan Done, consultant pathologist, Ministry of Agriculture, England

9 a.m.
"Growth Promoter Alternatives"
Caspar Wenk, professor of nutrition biology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland

9 a.m.
"Minimizing the Environmental Impact of the Pig Industry"
Jerry Hatfield, director, USDA-ARS National Soil Tilth Laboratory, Ames

1:20 p.m.
"Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome"
Fernando Osorio, professor and head, diagnostic virology department of veterinary and biomedical sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

1:20 p.m.
"A Reflection on the Strategies for Tackling Multifactorial Disease Problems in Pigs, with Specific Reference to Post-weaning Enteric Disorders"
Francoise Madec, vice director, Agency for Food Safety, France

1:20 p.m.
"Pork Safety -- A World Overview"
Brent Nielsen, head of food safety, Danish Bacon and Meat Council, Denmark

Wednesday, June 5
8 a.m.
Keynote: "Pig Production, Our World and Our Technical Challenge"
Steve Henry, DVM, Abilene Animal Hospital, PA, Kansas

9 a.m.
"A Decade of Learning to Control Classical Swine Fever in Endemic Areas"
Antonio Morilla, chief, Swine Infectious Disease Project, National Animal Research Institute, Mexico

9 a.m.
"Influence of Pharmacologic Agents on Meat Quality"
Eric Berg, assistant professor of meat animal science, University of Missouri-Columbia

9 a.m.
"Farm Animal Welfare in a World of Changing Expectations"
David Fraser, Chair in Animal Welfare, University of British Columbia, Canada


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