ACVIM Forum to Highlight Veterinary, Human Medicine Link

The key to finding a cure for human diseases such as cancer, Lou Gehrig's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and muscular dystrophy might lie in the paws of man's best friend as veterinarians and biomedical scientists from across the globe gather in Montréal, Québec, Canada, June 3-6, to present the latest veterinary medical advances helping both animals and humans live longer, healthier lives.

"One Medicine," a term which acknowledges the fundamental similarities between living species as it relates to the practice of medicine, is a common theme of the 2009 American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) Forum & Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (VMA) Convention. This is the first time the groups have joined forces for such an event.

"It's a concise medical way of saying, 'animals and people are more similar than different,' " said Jeffrey Toll, VMD, Dipl. ACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine) and immediate past-chairperson of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine's Education and Research Committee. "Not only does our work benefit animals, but spontaneous diseases in companion and other animals are being increasingly recognized as more accurate models for human diseases when compared to laboratory animals such as mice. As the veterinary experts on cancer, infections, and other animal diseases, collaborations between ACVIM diplomates and the human biomedical research community were inevitable."

The 2009 ACVIM Forum & Canadian VMA Convention will offer four full hours of continuing education for veterinarians sponsored by Hill's Pet Nutrition. Inc.

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