AHC Issues Forum Discusses ID

The American Horse Council (AHC) confirmed today (Aug. 10) that Bob Hillman, DVM, will be a speaker for the AHC Issues Forum, which will be held on Sept. 25 in Austin, Texas. Hillman currently serves as the Texas state veterinarian and executive director of the Texas Animal Health's Advisory Subcommittee for the National Animal Identification System.

"We are excited about Dr. Hillman's participation in this informative meeting," said AHC President Jay Hickey. "Dr. Hillman will be presenting as part of the afternoon Equine Identification and the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) session, and he will sit on the 'Ask the Experts' panel. He will be discussing where Texas currently stands with the NAIS and any plans Texas may have for participation in the system."

Hillman graduated from Texas A&M Veterinary School in 1971 and worked in a private practice in Northwest Texas and Southern Idaho during the 1970s. In 1981, he went to work for the Idaho State Department of Agriculture and served as assistant state veterinarian for nine years. In 1990, he became state veterinarian and sdministrator of the Division of Animal Industries for the Idaho State Department of Agriculture, where he served until coming back to Texas as the state veterinarian in April of 2003.

The AHC Issues Forum in Austin is being held to discuss current issues facing the horse industry, such as the National Animal Identification System and its impact on horse owners. This meeting will also address the recent EVA outbreak, new developments in taxes for horse owners and breeders, the Unwanted Horse Coalition, and access to trails. The meeting will conclude with and Ask the Experts panel.

"The AHC believes it is critical for horse owners to know about the national issues that are impacting our industry at this time," said Hickey. "This meeting will allow for the sharing of information on issues that have been making the news. We feel that this is an excellent opportunity for horse owners to hear experts in each field and ask questions on the topics that are unique and significant to our industry."The AHC Issues Forum will be held at the Marriott Austin Airport South, 4415 South IH-35 Austin, Texas, from 8:45 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Be sure to make hotel reservation for this important industry meeting. Rooms at the Marriott Austin Airport South will be held for the nights of Sunday, Sept. 24 through Monday, Sept. 25, at a rate of $129 per night. Please indicate that you are calling to reserve a room within the American Horse Council's room block.

Meeting information and registration can be found at www.horsecouncil.org, or by calling the American Horse Council at 202/296-4031.

The schedule for the day is as follows:
8:00 a.m. -8:45 a.m.   Registration
8:45 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks
9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Equine Health Management Forum discussing piroplasmosis, equine viral arteritis, African horse sickness
10:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Unwanted Horse Coalition
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Developments in Taxes for Horse Owners and Breeders
12:00 p.m.-12:30 p.m. Access to Trails and Right to Ride Update
12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Lunch Break
1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. National Animal Identification System (NAIS) Informational Session: What Does the NAIS Mean to Me?
3:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m. Ask the Experts Panel

As the national trade association representing the horse industry in Washington, D.C., the American Horse Council works daily to represent equine interests and investments. Organized in 1969, the AHC promotes and protects the industry by communicating with Congress, federal agencies, the media and the industry on behalf of all horse related interests each and every day.                       

The AHC is supported by individuals and organizations representing virtually every facet of the horse world from owners, breeders, veterinarians, farriers, breed registries, and horsemen's associations to horse shows, race tracks, rodeos, commercial suppliers, and state horse councils.


About the Author

Kimberly S. Brown

Kimberly S. Brown was the Publisher/Editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care from June 2008 to March 2010, and she served in various positions at Blood-Horse Publications since 1980.

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