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INDIANAPOLIS (June 4, 2015) – The 2015 ACVIM Forum is the veterinary profession’s premier internal medicine continuing education event. More than 3,000 attendees will hear from experts on all aspects of veterinary internal medicine June 3-6 at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis. This week, veterinarians, veterinary specialists, technicians and students from around the world are gaining insights on key research, attending in-depth presentations on cutting edge topics and discussing current issues with renowned specialists.

Jim Wight will deliver the keynote address on June 5 at the 2015 ACVIM Forum. Wight is the son of James Herriot, the British veterinary surgeon and writer who drew on his unique experiences as a country veterinarian and wrote a series of books about animals and their owners. He is best known for the book “All Creatures Great and Small,” which was popularized in a television series and featured in several films. Wight has also authored a book about his father, “The Real James Herriot: A Memoir of My Father” and will be signing books in the exhibit hall.

The ACVIM Forum will provide the most current information and research available in five ACVIM specialties including cardiology, large animal internal medicine, neurology, oncology and small animal internal medicine. Several program highlights include:

  • Dwight Bowman, a Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine professor of parasitology, has been one of the country’s strongest advocates of year-round broad spectrum parasite control for three decades. His presentation on June 5th is titled “Forecasting of Heartworm Prevalence and the Impact of Prevention.” Bowman has been following and tracking the spread of these pesky creatures via data maps from the hard-hit Southeast to the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, which are beginning to see an increase.
  • On June 6, Drs. Phil Bergman, of Bedford Hills, N.Y., and Craig Clifford, of Malvern, Penn., will hold a presentation titled “Controversies in Oncology: Melanoma Vaccine.” When the U.S. Department of Agriculture gave full licensure to Merial’s Oncept, the first and only therapeutic vaccine for the treatment of cancer—in animals and humans—it received a lot of attention in February 2010, not only in the United States but worldwide. The vaccine is designed for the treatment of canine oral melanoma and at the time of introduction, clinical studies demonstrated significantly longer life spans for Stage II and Stage III dogs which averaged five to six months than when treated with surgery alone.
  • Investigators at Penn Vet and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania are undertaking a research study to develop and validate a quality-of-life questionnaire named DOGhOUSE, which will be sent to 300 dog owners. They are hopeful that on completion DOGhOUSE will be used in a variety of studies to better understand the effect of dog ownership, intervention and animal-assisted therapy on our quality of life. Dr. Mark Oyama, a University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine cardiologist, introduced the study to specialists June 3rd in an address entitled “The Connection Between Dog Health and Ownership on Human Well-Being.”

Dr. Frederic Gaschen, DMV, DACVIM, SAIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine) and 2015 ACVIM Forum program chair says, “The ACVIM Forum is the veterinary profession’s largest internal medicine event, attracting the best and brightest in the veterinary industry. Veterinary specialists and general practice veterinarians are presented with the most current research including unpublished results shown for the first time. State-of-the-art lectures from leading practitioners and educators from the field of veterinary internal medicine cover the most relevant topics in the field. More than 3,000 veterinarians and technicians from 45+ countries attend and engage in a dynamic exchange of information.”

“Visit Indy is thrilled to welcome the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine to Indianapolis for their 2015 ACVIM Forum,” said Chris Gahl, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Visit Indy. “We look forward to welcoming more than 3,000 attendees who will generate more than $4.2 million in economic impact for central Indiana.”

Media Attendance: Accredited members of the media may attend the 2015 ACVIM Forum at no charge. However, you are required to register with ACVIM. For media registration, please contact Laurie Nelson at or stop by the registration desk on site.

About the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM)
The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of animals and people through education, training and certification of specialists in veterinary internal medicine, discovery and dissemination of new medical knowledge, and increasing public awareness of advances in veterinary medical care.

ACVIM hosts the ACVIM Forum, an annual continuing education meeting where cutting-edge information, technology and research abstracts are showcased for the veterinary community. More than 3,000 veterinary specialists, veterinarians, technicians and students attend.

ACVIM is the certifying organization for veterinary specialists in cardiology, large animal internal medicine, neurology, oncology and small animal internal medicine.

To find out more about ACVIM specialists and the 2015 ACVIM Forum, please visit

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Laurie Nelson
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303-231-9933 ext. 101

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