Hundreds of veterinarians, vet techs and other animal professionals converged on San Diego from August 27 to 30 to attend the annual AHVMA conference at the Town and Country Resort Hotel. The theme was “Holistic Medicine – Riding the Wave of the Future” and the keynote address was given by veterinarian Dr. Gregory K. Ogilvie, who spoke on how holistic and integrative medicine are contributing to better health and healing in animals.

As always, the event featured dozens of seminars and lectures on everything from acupuncture, nutrition and and chiropractic to TCM diagnostics, evidence-based veterinary homeopathy, the use of adaptogens, and much more. Speakers included veterinarians Dr. Richard Palmquist, Dr. Richard Pitcairn, Dr. Steve Marsden and many others. The conference also included an exhibitor hall with nearly 100 booths, as well as a banquet and silent auction.

New additions to this year’s conference were the non-animal labs where veterinarian Dr. Twila Floyd offered a presentation on muscle testing and Dr. Marsden one on tongue and pulse diagnosis.

Delegates from student chapters of the AHVMA were also able to attend the event, thanks to Bud Groth, whose company PetzLife donates $10,000 each year for this purpose. The AHVMA also offers scholarships to veterinary students interested in holistic modalities. Candidates submit essays to qualify for these awards, which are partially funded by proceeds from the silent auction.

Set in a spectacular setting with ready access to San Diego’s beaches, a 32-acre landscaped garden, golf course, restaurant and spa services, this year’s conference combined a stimulating learning experience with plenty of fun and relaxation.