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Today's Veterinary Practice July/August 2014 6 Editor's NotE tvpjournal.com H ere at Today's Vet- erinary Practice, we are proud to develop great relationships with organizations that share our goal: to provide the highest quality continuing education for veterinarians and veteri- nary team members. This issue marks our third anniversary, and our already established partnerships include collaborations with the Companion Animal Parasite Council, American Heartworm Society, American College of Veterinary Nutrition, and Ban- field Pet Hospitals. With this issue, we are privileged and excited to announce our new partnership with the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC). shared values Many of you are already familiar with this well-established nonprofit organization. You'll recall that the NAVC began as the Eastern States Veterinary Conference. Over the years, it developed into the NAVC Conference, now the largest veteri- nary conference in the world, growing in 2014 to an atten- dance of 16,300, including more than 6000 veterinarians, 1500 technicians, and 4000 exhibitors. The goal of the NAVC is to provide world-class continuing professional development that is targeted to the global vet- erinary community, and it has grown into an enterprise that educates and connects veterinarians all over the world, all year long. Their core values are completely in line with ours at Today's Veterinary Practice, including a commitment to exceed customers' expectations, embrace change, and drive innovation. intense education The NAVC offers a variety of ways for veterinary profession- als to learn: the NAVC Conferences, online opportunities through VetFolio, and even expeditions to world destina- tions, such as Brazil, Africa, and Antarctica. While we are all familiar with the format of the flagship NAVC Conference, many of you may not know about the NAVC Institute. The NAVC Institute, which offered its first courses in 2001, presents a different kind of educational opportunity, with intensive, small group courses that focus in detail on spe- cific areas within individual disciplines. These courses are taught by exceptional faculty who are respected as experts in their fields, and the Institute courses all occur simultane- ously during a week in the summer. institute in print Today's Veterinary Practice and the team at the NAVC Insti- tute are working together to provide, in this and future issues, the new column Practical Techniques from the NAVC Institute. This column, written by experts from the faculty teaching at the NAVC Institute, will give you, our readers, the opportunity to experience the courses pre- sented at the NAVC Institute. You'll be able to see the quality and level of detail present- ed in the courses, and we're hoping that it will make you curious about the NAVC and all that they have to offer. now introducing I'd like to introduce Dr. David Senior, who serves as the Conference Coordinator for the NAVC. Dr. Senior was born in Australia, and he has had a long and illustrious career here in the U.S. He has incredibly strong credentials as an educator, and many of you will remember him as a member of the veterinary school faculty at the University of Florida and Louisiana State University. My favorite quote from Dr. Senior's bio refers to growing up in Australia: "Cricket required the most courage of any sport I played." David: this does make us wonder what other games you played growing up—Tiddlywinks? Just kidding! With that, I'll turn this editorial over to Dr. Senior, who will tell you more about the NAVC Institute. Welcome aboard, NAVC! —Lesley King, Editor in Chief Mastering Medicine, Implementing in Practice David senior, BVsc, Diplomate aCVim (small animal internal medicine) & eCVim (Companion animal) north american Veterinary Community V eterinarians are confronted by a barrage of continu- ing education (CE) opportunities, which allow us to meet our state-mandated professional development requirements. But how often does CE substantially alter the way we think about and work within a discipline, and change the way we function in our practices? Does it make a significant impact on practice scope and profitability? focused & hands-on With over 10 years since its inauguration, the NAVC Institute offers a unique departure from the typical approach to CE. Partnering to Bring Exceptional Education to You Lesley G. King, mVB, Diplomate aCVim & aCVeCC University of Pennsylvania