Critical to our animal health and public health infrastructure is the need for research, including research on animal vaccines. One conference where veterinarians can gain cutting-edge scientific information on progress being made with vaccines is the Annual Conference on Vaccine Research (ACVR), May 6-9, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. Held by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), the goal of the ACVR is to provide current research reports in the form of both invited presentations, and submitted oral abstracts and posters. Presentations this year include a symposium focusing on food safety vaccines, as well as presentations on topics such as influenza virus vaccine discovery, new adjuvants, and vaccine modes of action.
The NFID is increasingly implementing a One Health approach as it plans the ACVR each year. To support this, the AVMA lends its name in support of the NFID’s ACVR mission and objectives. In addition, this year will be the second year the AVMA has participated in conference planning, to promote One Health approach to the conference as well as encouraging a greater focus on animal vaccines.