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More than 400 veterinarians attended the 2011 AMMVEE Congress.

More than 400 member veterinarians attended the 33rd Annual Congress of the Asociación Mexicana de Médicos Veterinarios Especialistas en Equinos (AMMVEE or Mexican Association of Equine Practitioners) held in Guanajuato, Mexico, Sept. 20-24. The first day of the congress involved wet labs on how to approach lameness in horses and joint injections. The key instructors were Bill Moyer, DVM, American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) president, and Gary Norwood, DVM, past president of AAEP and WEVA.

The didactic component of the congress was held at the Hotel Real de Minas de Guanajuato and consisted of a mixture of presentations on almost all aspects of veterinary medicine. Local and international speakers from the United States, United Kingdom, other parts of South America, and Europe provided a varied and comprehensive syllabus. Joe Bertone, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, presented lectures on a variety of subjects related to internal medicine, whereas Stephen O'Grady, BVSc, MRCVS, provided contemporary information on laminitis and podiatry. Additionally, David Hodgson, BVSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, FACSM, presented papers on ocular, respiratory, and liver disease. One of the core themes of the meeting was equine dentistry, with many highly skilled local and international speakers, including Ruedi Steiger, DVM, of Swissvet Equine Dentistry in Knoxville, Tenn., who made a substantial contribution to the program.

At the Congress, the AMMVEE announced the establishment of a foundation designed to increase awareness of issues affecting the working equid in Mexico. The association will fund scholarships for veterinary students with a demonstrated commitment to bettering the lives and longevity of working horses and donkeys throughout the country.

The AMMVEE is a strong and well-organized professional body that, with their partner, the Association of Equine Veterinary Dentists of Mexico, is a member association of WEVA. During the congress Antonio Esquivel, MVZ, handed over the presidency of the group to Ramiro Calderon, MVZ, who will fill this post for the next two years. Additionally, the AMMVEE indicated an interest in hosting a biennial WEVA congress in Mexico in the future.

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