Greetings from the seemingly eternal winter that has dusted the hills of Ithaca with snow and blanketed us in cold for longer than usual. As spring approaches, and the days get longer and warmer, we always look forward to one of our favorite summertime events, the Annual Fred Scott Feline Symposium, to be held here at the College between July 25th and July 27th, 2014. This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the Cornell Feline Health Center, the first institution dedicated solely to the health and well-being of cats everywhere, and we are very excited about this year’s program. Of course, we are also excited about commemorating and celebrating the unique and positive role that the Center has played in feline health; and as we look forward to the future, we cherish the opportunity to interact and reconnect with you in an educational and enjoyable setting.
We are extremely fortunate to have Dr. Jodi Westropp, of the University of California at Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, as this year’s keynote speaker. Widely recognized as an expert in the field of feline urology, Dr. Westropp will present a number of talks highlighting the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of the lower urinary tract of cats. Her presentations promise to be educational, practical, and stimulating, and we very much look forward to her talks, including this year’s James R. Richards Memorial Feline Lecture. This year’s program will also focus on other important issues that impact practicing veterinarians on a regular basis, ranging from cardiopulmonary resuscitation and hospice/geriatric medical care to alternative medicine and a review of the diagnostic and treatment options for feline thromboembolic disease. Rounding out our program, we have planned a number of opportunities for attendees to take part in interactive laboratory sessions highlighting new recommendations of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of peripheral nerve blocks for analgesia/anesthesia. All in all, the quality and breadth of this year’s program promises to be a fitting celebration of the role that the Cornell Feline Health Center has played, and will continue to play, in the welfare of cats throughout the world.
Of course, a celebration cannot be all work, so we have arranged for attendees to have ample opportunity to relax and have fun. Our annual picnic will be held in the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art on the Cornell University campus, a venue that promises to be both elegant and inspiring. A wine and cheese social hour and informal breakfast and lunch breaks, to be held in the College of Veterinary Medicine, also promise to provide an opportunity to relax, take a load off, and unwind while catching up with old friends and making new ones. Ithaca is beautiful in the summertime, and we look forward to hosting you at what has become a premier first-hand source for practicing feline veterinarians to learn, interact, and enjoy.
Best regards, and I look forward to seeing you for this special commemorative symposium.
Bruce G. Kornreich DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Associate Director, Cornell Feline Health Center
Cardiologist, Department of Clinical Sciences
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine