Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the 2020 ISU James D. McKean Swine Disease Conference has moved to a hybrid model. The event, sponsored by 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, District 6, will be held at the Scheman Building, in Ames, Iowa, on Nov. 5.
The conference was renamed in 2015 after the death of longtime conference chair, James D. McKean, and was previously known as the Annual Swine Disease Conference for Swine Practitioners. The program is designed to answer daily concerns of swine practitioners.
This year's program 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. Consolidated into a one-day event, the program will continue to focus on issues that are important to swine veterinarians and producers in these challenging times, such as:
- The continuing threat of African swine fever by featuring Douglas Gladue from USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to discuss their groundbreaking work on vaccine candidates and improved diagnostics as well as the development of a USDA-funded Swine Health Improvement Plan in response to a potential foreign animal disease event.
- Lessons learned on depopulation method, carcass disposal methodologies and nutritional adjustments that were made in response to the COVID-19 supply chain interruptions earlier this year and what the market outlook will be going forward.
- Improvements in porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome and syndromic disease surveillance using data collected from ISU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.
- 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.
Attendees can visit the ISU James D. McKean Swine Disease Conference site for more information and to register.