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October 3, 2018


Founded: Commonwealth Veterinary Clinic (CVC), Waynesboro VA: 1988 – 2011, a mixed animal practice in the central Shenandoah Valley with an AAHA small animal hospital base and large animal services for dairy, beef, small ruminants, equine, camelids, and swine. The business evolved into a four-practitioner general prac...

September 27, 2018

Charlie Broaddus works at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) as the State Veterinarian. He is also the Director of the Division of Animal and Food Industry Services, overseeing programs dealing with livestock and poultry health, animal care, laboratory services, food inspection, and me...

May 29, 2018

The Academy continued our tradition of sponsoring a hole for the Hokie Classic fundraiser for the Virginia Tech Department of Dairy Science. Team "We Like Cows" included Academy members Drs. Terry Swecker and Dick Bailey - they kicked off the tournament with a milk toast and represented us well!

March 20, 2018

The VAFAP is proud to sponsor the 2018 VMCVM Bovine Palpation Team. They travelled to compete in the national bovine palpation championship — consisting of pregnancy diagnosis and fetal aging in cattle — at the Student American Veterinary Medical Association's annual symposium at the University of Pennsylvania on March...

February 27, 2018

In February, the VAFAP co-hosted the Virginia Veterinary Conference at the Hotel Roanoke. More than 50 veterinarians and veterinary students were in attendance. A dinner for students and practitioners was sponsored by Zoetis.

To kick off the Food Animal session, Dr. Kathleen Becker spoke about Technical Large Animal Res...

October 7, 2017

On October 5-6, several members of the Food Animal Academy were honored to participate in the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association's Mentor Program event. Drs. Tony Hutchins, Nathaniel Burke, VVMA president Melinda McCall, Bom Harris, Bruce Bowman and Virginia State Veterinarian Charles Broaddus were among the acade...

May 17, 2017

The VAFAP sponsored a hole at the 15th Annual Hokie Cow Classic Golf Tournament. The tournament raises funds for Virginia Tech Dairy Science for scholarships and 4-H programs. The VAFAP was well-represented by members Terry Swecker, Aaron Lucas, Dick Bailey, and guest teammate Carol Robertson, coach of Virgin...

April 18, 2017

The Academy sponsored a panel on Antibiotic Resistance and Veterinary Medicine at the Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine on April 17. More than 45 students were in attendance. Many thanks to speakers Bruce Bowman, DVM (VDACS), Don Hopson, DVM (VDACS), Matt Nuckols (Eastview Farm), and Ed Wakem, DVM (Bayer...

April 8, 2017

Congratulations to Jared Risser, VMCVM Class of 2017, recipient of the VAFAP Senior Food Animal Student Award. VAFAP President Chris Sumner traveled to Blacksburg on April 7 to present Jared with the $2,000 cash award and certificate.

March 17, 2017

Q Fever is not a disease that seems to be terribly common in Virginia (the health department typically reports no more than 5 cases statewide per year), but food animal veterinarians and producers certainly carry a great occupational hazard for exposure. Here is some information from the Virginia Department of Health t...

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