15thAnnual Meeting of the Canadian Animal Health Laboratorians Network (CAHLN)

June 5-8, 2016

The Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) of the University of Prince Edward Island is very pleased to host the 15th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Animal Health Laboratorians Network (CAHLN) in Charlottetown, PEI from June 5-8, 2016. This is the second time, after 7 years, that this meeting will be held at AVC and in the Atlantic Region.

The theme for the CAHLN 2016 Annual Meeting is “Collaboration in Veterinary Laboratory Diagnostics and Animal Health”.

On Sunday, prior to the start of the CAHLN meeting, there will be a diagnostic workshop entitled “Special Workshop on Diagnostic Test Validation”; this will be offered by Dr. Ian Gardner, the Canadian Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Aquatic Epidemiology at AVC. A symposium and annual meeting of the Canadian Association of Veterinary Pathologists (CAVP) will also be held on Sunday.

The format of the CAHLN meeting will be similar to previous meetings. There will be a reception, opening of commercial exhibits, opening of the poster session, a general interest speaker and a networking opportunity on Sunday evening. On Monday, there will be plenary sessions focusing on the CAHLN 2016 meeting theme of Collaboration in Veterinary Laboratory Diagnostics and Animal Health. There will be presentations by invited local, national and international speakers which will be followed by a panel discussion on “Collaboration – Issues and Solutions: What is the future? How can we improve collaboration in diagnostic, animal health and surveillance in both terrestrial and aquatic animals in Canada?

A scientific session entitled “The Atlantic Veterinary College and Animal Health”, which will feature presentations on animal health research and collaboration at AVC, is scheduled on Tuesday morning.

The general and scientific presentations will be on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning. The “CAHLN Graduate Student Oral Presentation Award”, “CAHLN Student Poster Presentation Award”, “CAHLN Graduate Student Travel Award” and the “Laboratorian of the Year Award” will be presented shortly before noon on Wednesday.

A lobster supper/kitchen party, CAHLN’s annual business meeting, and meetings of the Canadian Animal Health Surveillance Network and the Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy Network will also be held in conjunction with the CAHLN 2016 meeting.

Please mark the dates (June 5-8, Sunday to Wednesday) in your calendar and watch for details on registration, abstract submission and instructions, program updates, accommodations, etc on this website, which will continue to be updated as arrangments are confirmed and new information becomes available. Please consider this the first call for presentations for the CAHLN 2016 Annual Meeting. Veterinary students, graduate students and veterinary residents are strongly encouraged to participate. Certificates documenting hours of continuing education will be provided to participants.

CAHLN 2016 Regional and Local Organizing Committee