The J Kevin Kealy award for substantial published scientific contributions to veterinary imaging was awarded to Professor Daniel Feeney from the University of Minnesota. The award was accepted on his behalf by Dr Patricia Walter a work colleague.
Two Mike Bernstein Travel Fellowships were awarded to veterinarians with a special interest in veterinary radiology to support attendance and presentation of a paper. These winners came from countries with little previous contact with others in veterinary radiology. It is reasoned that those awarded a Fellowship will take the knowledge gained from the IVRA Meeting and use it to foster the development of radiology in their own country. There were 8 applicants for the award and the recipients were Dr Kuan-Sheng Chen from Taiwan and Dr Sakar Palecha from India. Their attendance at the meeting was generously supported by IDEXX,
One Educational Scholarships was awarded to provide a veterinarian who does not have access to specialty training in Clinical Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging at their own institution with the opportunity of studying for a period of time in a clinical veterinary radiology training program. The IVRA expects that the knowledge and experience gained by the successful applicant will be applied at the applicant’s faculty and used to improve its standards of clinical veterinary radiology. The scholarship was awarded to Dr. Lau Seng Fong from the University of Putra Malaysia (supervisor Prof Martin Sullivan of the University of Glasgow). Dr Seng Fong was generously supported by ANTECH.
The W. Harker Rhodes Awards for the best oral and poster presentation by a non-ACVR trainee or junior colleague, were awarded at the Gala Dinner to the Travel Fellow Kuan-Sheng Chen (Taiwan) for his paper ‘Clinical correlation between ultrasonographic renal dimensional indices and renal function in feline chronic renal disease’ and Jin Woo Jung from South Korea for his poster ‘Computed Tomography for evaluation of mass lesions originating from the reproductive system of bitches.’
Meritorious service awards were presented to:
Darryl Biery, for 39 years of exemplary and dedicated service to IVRA and
F Curtis Davis Jr J.D. for 20 years of legal service and advice to the IVRA
There were two excellent bids to host the 2021 meeting by Thailand and Ireland. The fact that the congress has not been in Europe for a while swung the voting in favour of Ireland, where Kevin Kealy started the organization 50 years ago. The 19th IVRA meeting will thus be held in Dublin, Ireland, on 22nd-27th August, and planning is already well advanced. Put the date in your diaries now!
General conference feedback
Scientific sessions were held every day, with half-day outings on the Tuesday and Thursday. Altogether there were eight keynote lectures, 22 invited speakers, 62 oral abstract and 29 poster presentations. All but one of the keynote and invited speakers were from North America; however the flag was flown for the rest of the world by Andrew Parry from the UK, who gave an excellent invited lecture about congenital portosystemic shunts. Business meetings, panel discussions and an entertaining image interpretation session were also part of the programme. The IVRA AGM was held on Friday afternoon, with a good attendance.
As well as several evening receptions thanks to corporate sponsorship, two half-day trips formed the social programme. The first was to the amazing Fort Worth Stockyards, a huge site on the edge of the city which in the heyday of ranching was an enormous sale yard for livestock and which is now carefully preserved, with numerous retail outlets and authentic eateries. Unfortunately this day was wet and cold, but the twice-daily ‘cattle stampede’ still took place down the main street: about 15 beautiful Texan Longhorn cattle ambled sedately along, herded by cowboys and cowgirls on horses. This was followed by an indoor barbecue with entertainment and line-dancing, which was great fun. The second trip, to Dallas, gave a choice between the Kennedy experience (John F. Kennedy was assassinated here) and the museum district, which included the excellent Dallas Museum of Art. Both excursions were greatly enjoyed by the delegates, especially as the rain had stopped (before starting again next day!).
The conference finished with the Gala Dinner and awards on Friday night, held at the hotel. The home crowd (somewhat depleted as many left on Wednesday evening) very much warmed to the traditional national singing which is always a highlight of IVRA meetings and which was hosted, as always, by the inimitable Jens Arnbjerg.