AAVP 2014 Annual Meeting Details

The American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists
59th Annual Meeting
July 26-29, 2014, Denver, CO, USA

Conference Information

Message from the Program Committee:

The American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists (AAVP) will hold the 59th Annual Meeting on July 26th-29th in Denver, CO. The meeting promises to deliver a varied, exciting, program that will bring together scientists from academia, industry, government as well as private practitioners. With the growing concerns around parasiticide resistance, vectors and vector-borne diseases, the changing regulatory environment, and the launch of many new products for the control of parasites, there has never been a better time to attend this meeting.

The 2014 Program Chair, Andrew Peregrine, and the Program Committee, Dwight Bowman, Ray Kaplan, Al Marchiondo, Bob Arther, Melissa Beck and Javier Garza are currently assembling an excellent scientific program. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Emerging Issues” and particular attention will be given to managing anthelmintic resistance and the emergence of vectors and vector-borne diseases in the USA. Thus, in the plenary session on the Saturday, two speakers will discuss management of anthelmintic resistance in ruminants and companion animals. Subsequently, there will be a presentation from the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) on its Antiparasitic Resistance Management Strategy. In the President’s Symposium on the Tuesday, two speakers will discuss the emergence of ticks and tick-borne diseases in North America, and the drivers of this emergence.

As always, the meeting will include student sessions and a presentation competition, updates, and reports on recent work in veterinary parasitology as it relates to treating animals with parasites and the prevention of parasitic infections and infestations. The program will also include presentations by recipients of the AAVP-Merial Distinguished Veterinary Parasitologist Award, and the AAVP-Merck Outstanding Graduate Student Award. And following on from last year’s success, there will also be a joint session with ACVM on clinical parasitology to strengthen our relationship with this new partner.

As indicated, students will have a series of excellent opportunities. Special lunchtime meetings are being developed for student interactions with established workers in different fields of parasitology and to allow the students to get to know each other and the other members of the Association; on Saturday, prior to the opening session, there will be a student meet and greet; on Sunday, student officers will be elected; and on Monday, a lunch meeting will focus on careers in parasitology. The student presentation competition will take place on Sunday.

There will again be a meeting of the AAVP committees on Sunday morning to go over the past year’s actions, new proposals, and preparation for committee reports to the AAVP membership at the business meeting on Monday. As a reminder, the committee chairs are: Archives, Tom Nolan; Awards, Dan Snyder, Constitution and Bylaws, Tom Kennedy; Education, Andrea Varela-Stokes; Finance, Andy Moorhead; History, Raffaele Roncali; Newsletter, Jenifer Edmonds; Program, Andrew Peregrine; Publications-Internet, Tariq Quereshi; Outreach, Lora Ballweber; Nominations, Craig Reinemeyer.

Socials will be held each evening sponsored by Bayer on Saturday night, Merial on Sunday night, and Elanco on Monday night.

Updates to the program, as it continues to develop, can be found at the AAVP web
site. Please note that the final program for the conference will be posted on the AAVP web site, and not in the June Newsletter, on June 30th, 2014.

The Program Committee now invites abstracts for oral presentations with a submission start date of March 3rd and a deadline of May 16th, 2014. The meeting of the AAVP is a very successful vehicle for the dissemination of the latest data and views on the biology and control of parasites of veterinary importance. It is also an excellent networking opportunity. We hope you will consider presenting a paper or simply joining us in Denver this summer.

Andrew S. Peregrine, Program Chair and President-Elect

General Meeting Information

Meeting Registration:

It is highly recommended you pre-register for the Denver meeting. Final acceptance of an abstract will be dependent on registration. You can register online by clicking here or submitting a paper copy of the registration form to the Secretary/Treasurer, Dr. Bob Arther (bob.arther@bayer.com) with the registration fee no later than July 1, 2014 (same deadline as AAVP reduced hotel rate). On-line payments can be completed by credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express). Mail-in registrations, click here for form, can only be paid by check.

2014 Registration Fees:

  • Early Bird Registration: US $225.00 (general) / US $75.00 (student)]
  • Late Registration (post July 1, 2014) or on-site: US $275.00 (general) / US $125.00 (student)

The AAVP meeting registration fee supports the cost of running the meeting. Hotel reservations are separate and need to be booked directly with the hotel, as outlined below in the “Meeting Location” section. AAVP annual membership dues are not included in this fee, but can be paid separately during the registration process. Also, the AAVP conference is separate and unrelated to the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) conference held in Denver at the same time. You will receive a confirmation of your registration if received prior to July 1st. A proceedings book with abstracts, meeting badge and other information will be available on-site. These items will not be mailed in advance of the meeting even if you pre-register. AAVP membership is not required for meeting registration, but highly encouraged. However, students must be AAVP members to apply for an AAVP student travel grant and compete in the AAVP student award competitions. A new AAVP member application form is provided on the AAVP website here.

Important dates:

Early Bird registration deadline: July 1st, 2014

Late registration: after July 1st, 2014

Meeting Location and Hotel Reservations

Hotel Information:

The 2014 hotel venue is The Curtis Hotel, 1405 Curtis Street, Denver, CO, 80202, telephone 800-525-6651 or 303-571-0300, www.thecurtis.com/.


The Curtis Hotel is located in Downtown Denver’s central business and entertainment district. It is just a couple of blocks from the Convention Center and the 16th Street Mall. Complimentary Wifi access is available in all guest rooms and meeting rooms. Pets are welcome (at a one-time cost of $50). Daycare resources can be provided, if requested. Self parking is available at the hotel at a cost of $12 per night. Please note that The Curtis does not have its own airport shuttle – see below for the hotel's recommendations.

Hotel Reservations:

To make your hotel reservation you can:

  • Make your reservations online with a credit card by clicking here.
  • Call the Curtis Hotel, 1405 Curtis Street, Denver at 1-800-525-6651 (US/Canada Toll free number) or +1-303-571-0300 (International number). Inform the reservation agent that you are attending the AAVP 2014 Annual Conference and have a credit card ready to guarantee the reservation.

Conference rooms have been set aside and the hotel has offered a special room rate of $149.00 per night plus 14.75% taxes ($170.98 total). This includes complimentary Wifi access within guest rooms. The room extra person charge, after 2 people, is $10 per night. Children under 18 years of age may stay for free in their parents' room. It is important for all meeting attendees to stay at this hotel in order to satisfy our room block commitment. Make your room reservations by July 1st, 2014. After that date the room block will be released, and the special conference reduced rate will expire.


Students looking for room share should contact Melissa Beck (m.beck@uleth.ca), Javier Garzer (jgarza7@tigers.lsu.edu), or post on the Student Chapters of the AAVP Facebook page by clicking here.

Important date:

Early Bird hotel special room rate available until: July 1st, 2014

Getting There (click here for a PDF version):

By Air:

  • The Denver International Airport (DEN) Ground Transportation Information Counter is located on Level 5 of the main terminal, in the center core. Also on Level 5 are on-airport rental car desks, commercial shuttle desks, and baggage claim. For more information, call 303-342-4059.
  • Passengers will find all commercial transportation outside the Level 5 doors. Passengers must proceed outside to the appropriate island to obtain transportation. Note: East side has odd numbered doors; West side has even numbered doors.
  • East Terminal Airlines: Alaska Airlines, AirTran, Delta Airlines, Great Lakes, Frontier Airlines, Jet Blue, Midwest Express, Northwest Airlines, Southwest Airlines.
  • West Terminal Airlines: AeroMexico, American Airlines, Air Canada, British Airways, Continental Airlines, Lufthansa, Mexicana, United Airlines, United Express, US Airways.
  • Ground Transportation for both East and West Terminals:
    • Island 1 Taxis, Limousines/Sedans
    • Island 2 Mountain Carriers
    • Island 3 Commercial Shuttles, Hotel Shuttles, Off-Airport parking shuttles
    • Island 4 Rental Car shuttles
    • Island 5 Public Bus Service, Charter Buses, On-Airport Parking shuttles

Recommendations from the Curtis:

  • Public shuttle-Super Shuttle - Call 1-800-bluevan to make reservations and they offer rides to and from the airport for $22.00 a person each way.
  • Private towncar - A company the hotel uses directly will offer $60 rides from the airport to the hotel and $55 rides from the hotel back to the airport. After two people it will be $5.00 per person more. Call the hotel’s direct line at 303-571-0300.
  • Taxis are always available out front of the hotel and the price is comparable to their towncar prices.

Recommendations from Visit Denver:

Public Transportation:

  • Regional Transportation District (RTD), 303-299-6000, www.rtd-denver.com. SkyRide Buses are available outside Level 5, Doors 507-511 in the East Terminal and Doors 506-510 in the West Terminal at Island 5. Route information is available at the RTD counter on Level 5. Downtown Denver is serviced by Route AF. Routes AS, AB, and AF serve Stapleton Transit Center, where transfers to seven local routes are available.
  • Route AF/ Downtown Service: Buses leave from DEN to downtown Denver at 45 minutes past the hour from the West Terminal between 6:45am and 12:45am. Buses leave every 50 minutes past the hour from the East Terminal between 4:50am and 12:50 am. The route takes approximately 50 minutes and is $11 each way or $20 round-trip. Exact fare is required when boarding the bus. Round trip tickets must be purchased in advance at the RTD sales office on Level 5. Stops are made at Stapleton, the Downing Street Light Rail Station, the Denver Bus Center, and Market Street Station on the 16th Street Mall, which is two blocks from Union Station. Buses leave from the Market Street Station, Downtown to DEN at 30 minutes past the hour from 4:55 am until 11:25pm.
  • Routes AF, AB, and AS Stapleton Service: Buses leave DEN every 15 to 30 minutes for Stapleton, taking approximately 25-30 minutes. Passengers may transfer to or from seven local routes at Stapleton. Cost is $8 each way or $15 roundtrip, exact fare only. Route AF and AB buses have underneath baggage storage areas. Buses leave Stapleton for DEN every 15 to 30 minutes from 3:35am-10:35pm and every hour from 10:35pm-12:05am.

For complete RTD route information call 303-299-6000 or visit www.rtd-denver.com.

Commercial Shuttle Service:

  • Shuttle company prices range between $22 one way/$40 round trip.
  • SuperShuttle Denver 303-370-1300 or 800-BLUE-VAN (258-3826) or 800-525-3177 www.supershuttle.com. Shuttles operate daily from 4:30am until midnight, serving all downtown hotels to/from DEN. Group rates and web links for easy booking available. Travel time is 45-60 minutes, depending on number of stops. Reservations may be booked on-line or via telephone or just stop by the SuperShuttle counter on Level 5 at the airport.

Taxi Service:

  • East Terminal: Island 1 exit Door 507 & West Terminal: Island 1 exit Door 510
  • Freedom Cab 303-444-4444; Metro Taxi 303-333-3333; Union Taxi 303-922-2222; Yellow Cab 303-777-7777.

Airport to Downtown: Flat rate of $51 + $4.15 gate fee.

Wheel Chair Accessible Information:

All of RTD’s SkyRide buses are wheelchair accessible. SuperShuttle, Yellow Taxi and Metro Taxi have wheelchair accessible vehicles and can provide assistance for limited numbers with prior notice and reservation. The following companies will pick-up with prior notice at DEN and provide specialized transportation:

  • A Centennial Executive Transport LLC - 303-759-1376
  • Mobility Transportation and Service Inc. - 303-295-3900
  • Mobile Access - 303-274-9895
  • Wheelchair Getaways - 303-674-1498 (Rent vans by the day)
  • Yellow Cab - 303-777-7777 (advance reservation recommended)

Conference Program and Hotel Floor Plan

Click here to download in PDF format.

Scientific Program

The 2014 program continues with many of the previous approaches which we believe will enhance an already fun and informative veterinary parasitology meeting. Wherever possible, feedback from the 2013 meeting has been addressed, e.g. coffee breaks will be 30 minutes!

Immediately following the President's opening remarks on Saturday afternoon, the plenary session will open with a symposium on “Managing anthelmintic resistance”. Dr. Morgan McArthur, Veterinary Consultant, New Berlin, Wisconsin, will give a talk entitled “Managing anthelmintic resistance in ruminants”. This will then be followed by Dr. Tim Geary, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, who will give a presentation entitled “Macrocyclic lactone-resistant Dirofilaria immitis: where do we go from here?”.

After the plenary session, there will be presentations by this year’s recipient of the AAVP-Merial Distinguished Veterinary Parasitologist Award and the winner of the 2014 AAVP-Merck Outstanding Graduate Student Award.

Sunday morning begins with meetings of the AAVP committees; breakfast will be provided. Then come the student scientific presentations; all students are encouraged to present their research in what many consider to be one of the most important sessions of the meeting. Immediately following lunch, in an open forum, Dr. Anna O’Brien, from the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) will give a presentation on the CVM’s ARMS (Antiparasitic Resistance Management Strategy) initiative; this will be followed by a discussion on how AAVP members can contribute to this initiative. Thereafter, for the rest of the afternoon, the student presentations will continue.

Monday morning begins with scientific presentations by all attendees who are not taking part in the Sunday student presentations. Following on from the recent success of the Veterinary Parasitology Educators’ meeting, this will include a session on Innovative Teaching. The AAVP Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony will take part in the second half of the morning. Thereafter, scientific presentations will continue for the rest of the day and will include the ever-popular session on Novel Cases. This will be followed by a meeting of the ACVM Parasitology Diplomats.

Tuesday morning starts with the President’s Symposium, and will focus on the emergence of ticks and tick-borne diseases across the USA: Dr. Susan Little, Oklahoma State University, will give a talk entitled “Tick-borne infections in the southern United States - changing patterns”; Dr. Jean Tsao, Michigan State University, will discuss “The emergence of Ixodes scapularis and Lyme disease in North America: how differences in ecology may affect regional patterns”. The remainder of the morning will conclude with a final set of scientific presentations and a concurrent session devoted to AAVP-ACVM Parasite Case Discussions.

Throughout the meeting there will be plenty of opportunities for you to share and to learn about results of research from a variety of veterinary parasitology laboratories. And, of course, there are the outstanding social events! A preliminary schedule of events is listed below.

Saturday, July 26
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM: AAVP Executive Board/Committee Chairs Meeting
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: Student Chapter Report / Student Meet & Greet
1:00 PM – 6:00 PM: On-site Registration
2:00 PM – 3:45 PM: Welcome and Plenary Session
4:15 PM – 5:30 PM: AAVP-Merial Distinguished Veterinary Parasitologist Award and AAVP-Merck Outstanding Graduate Student Award
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM: Bayer Event - Welcoming Reception

Sunday, July 27
7:45 AM – 8:15 AM: AAVP Committee Meetings (with breakfast)
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM: On-site Registration
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Student Presentations – Concurrent Oral Paper Sessions
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Student Presentations – Concurrent Oral Paper Sessions
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch on your own / AAVP Graduate Student Luncheon & Elections
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: CVM Presentation on anthelmintic resistance & discussion
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM: Student Presentations - Concurrent Oral Paper Sessions
3:45 PM – 5:15 PM: Student Presentations - Concurrent Oral Paper Sessions
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM: Merial Event

Monday, July 28
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM: On-site Registration
8:00 AM – 10:00 PM: Concurrent Oral Paper Sessions
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM: AAVP Business Meeting /Awards Ceremony
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch on your own / AAVP Student Lunch: Networking - Careers in Parasitology
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Concurrent Oral Paper Sessions
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM: Concurrent Oral Paper Sessions
5:15 PM – 6:15 PM: ACVM Diplomat meeting
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM: Elanco Event

Tuesday, July 29
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM: AAVP President's Symposium
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM: AAVP-ACVM Parasite Case Discussions
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Concurrent Oral Paper Session

Please note: the conference program is still in development. The final program will be posted on the AAVP website on June 30th, 2014.

Travel Grants

If you wish to apply for a Young Investigator Travel Grant, the required forms are posted on the AAVP web site and are also available when you enter your abstract information on the conference web site. Final submission of your abstract will take place after you have uploaded the required forms on the abstract submission web site. If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Beck (m.beck@uleth.ca) or Javier Garza (jgarza7@tigers.lsu.edu).

Abstract Submission

The abstract-submission process has been simplified for the 2014 meeting – please follow the guidelines on the website. As in previous years, the word limit for abstract text (excluding author names and addresses) is 300. Abstracts may not contain tables. The submission portal allows you to submit your abstract and make changes until 11:00 PM on May 16th, so no need to wait until the last second to upload your abstract! You will likely find it easiest to compose your abstract in a Word file then, once finalized, transfer the title and abstract text to the appropriate text boxes.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Program Chair, Andrew Peregrine at aperegri@ovc.uoguelph.ca or 1-519-824-4120 ext. 54714. Likewise, within the abstract submission web site, contact “Support” (top right of screen) for assistance.

Please remember, final acceptance of your abstract is contingent upon confirmation of receipt of the registration fee.

Click here to submit your abstract online.

Presentation Guidelines

All presentations will be oral and will be given a 15-minute time slot. Plan to deliver your presentation in 12-13 minutes to allow time for questions. Please remember to summarize and repeat questions before responding so that the audience can clearly hear and understand.

Student presentations, if designated as such on the abstract submission, will be grouped together as much as possible to provide a lower pressure environment for presenting and to allow the judges of the student competition to attend all presentations without too many conflicts.

Audiovisual Support

Electronic presentations on commonly-used portable media (memory stick/USB JumpDrive, CD) must be used. AAVP will provide equipment in each meeting room for projected computer presentations; there is no need to bring a personal laptop. Files must be placed in the appropriate computer desktop folder prior to the start of your session. Sessions include several successive papers, so please plan to arrive before the entire session begins and not just before your presentation.

PowerPoint is the only software supported for electronic presentations. Other programs or the use of personal computers are at the discretion of the Program Chair. Slides (2X2) and overhead projectors are NOT available.

Summary of Important Dates

  • March 3: Conference web site opens for submission of abstracts
  • May 16: Deadline for submission of abstracts
  • June 30: Conference program posted on AAVP website
  • July 1: Deadline for payment of Early Bird Registration fee
  • July 1: Deadline for payment of Early Bird hotel room rate at The Curtis
  • July 26-29: Conference in Denver

Click here to register online!