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Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the 2020  ISU James D. McKean Swine Disease Conference will be a hybrid conference. We will host guests on a virtual platform, as well as in-person, so everyone can attend. The details and the agenda are still being finalized at this time, but we will send an announcement with all of the conference details, once everything is confirmed. We hope to see you at the hybrid conference!

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. The conference was renamed in 2015 after the death of longtime conference chair, Dr. James D. McKean, and was previously known as the Annual Swine Disease Conference for Swine Practitioners. The conference will be held at the Scheman Building, in Ames, Iowa, on November 5, 2020.

The program is designed to answer daily concerns of swine practitioners.

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. The program will be consolidated into 1 day event on Thursday November 5th, 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. We will also learn more about our improvements in PRRS and syndromic disease surveillance using data collected from our world class Veterinary Diagnostic Lab. We will also cover the most recent updates in terms of antimicrobial resistance and what that might mean for swine veterinarians and producers going forward. We will also hear on research updates and case studies on emerging pathogens as well.

CONFERENCE GOALS

  • To enable swine practitioners to assist pork producers in a rapidly changing and global production environment.
  • To enhance practitioner decision-making tools in disease control, animal welfare, and food safety for the benefit of animals, clients and consumers.

CONFERENCE CO-SPONSORS

  • COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE
  • IOWA PORK INDUSTRY CENTER
  • IOWA VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
  • AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF SWINE VETERINARIANS, DISTRICT 6