Welcome to the 2019 NAVRMA Conference!
Welcome to the 2019 NAVRMA Conference, and thank you for supporting the North American Veterinary Regenerative Medicine Association. NAVRMA held its inaugural conference in California in 2010. Since then, it has held meetings in many parts of the United States. The organization was formed through the efforts and dedication of members of the UC Davis Center for Equine Health, Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center and Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital. NAVRMA is very pleased to host the meeting for the first time in Canada, our eighth meeting.
Since its inception, NAVRMA has been dedicated to the partnership between the science and practice of veterinary regenerative medicine to better the health and lives of veterinary patients, as evidenced by past conference programs. NAVRMA remains committed to advancing veterinary regenerative medicine, but it is clear that our efforts in the veterinary space also have value to human medicine and vice versa.
This year’s meeting embraces the concept of “One Health” through a combination of speakers from across the veterinary and human medical fields. The speakers were solicited to inspire cross-disciplinary research and to provide veterinary practitioners with access to pre-eminent practitioners who will share their best practices and answer practical “how-to” questions. Thus, practitioners can hone or implement aspects of regenerative medicine into their practices. As our field is maturing and moving towards evidence-based practices and approved products, increased involvement of practitioners through practice-based research projects is expected. It is our hope that practitioners will be able to identify opportunities for such research involvement.
We chose Niagara on-the-Lake and the Queen’s Landing Hotel as the location for this year’s conference because of its beautiful setting and local attractions such as Niagara Falls as well as its cohesive environment for conference attendees. Our hope is that the various sessions, luncheon tables, and breaks will help you to meet new people, form closer relationships, and begin new collaborations in our field.
On behalf of NAVRMA, I would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of our sponsors who made it possible for us to cross the border and make this a truly North American association – thank you. Before you leave the meeting, I urge all attendees to visit the sponsors to understand how they contribute to the field of regenerative medicine.
Above all, NAVRMA hopes that the promise for a cure that regenerative medicine offers becomes a reality for dogs, cats, horses, and other veterinary species, and that our organization enables development of treatments through its effort to foster education and collaboration.
Welcome, old and new friends, to beautiful Niagara on-the-Lake!
Dr. Thomas G. Koch
2018-2019 Chair, NAVRMA