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Students Present at the AABP Conference

Posted October 02, 2014

The American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Student Quiz Bowl team from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) won the national Quiz Bowl competition for the second year in a row at the 47th Annual AABP Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 18-20. Entitled “Reconnect, Retool, Reclaim,” the conference offered the most up-to-date and futuristic sessions on Beef, Cow-Calf, Dairy, Feedlot, and General cattle topics, as well as various featured speakers and exhibits.

The senior team, comprised of veterinary students Jayton Bailey, Bryan Weaver, Leslie Wagner and Benjamin Fox, made the final round against Ohio State and defeated them for the second straight year.

“It was great to represent the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and the state of Texas at the AABP Quiz Bowl,” said Benjamin Fox.

Held in a designated area of the exhibit hall, these four member teams were challenged in head to head, single elimination competition to determine the AABP Student Quiz Bowl Champion.

"We are proud of our students for winning, but not surprised they did," said Dr. Eleanor M. Green, the Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine at the CVM. "Their performance reflects the hard work, dedication, and commitment to learning. This win also reflects the quality and dedication of our outstanding food animal faculty, who prepared them for this competition, as they do for their veterinary careers. Congratulations to the team for earning this special award and for exemplifying the excellence in education for which Texas A&M University and our college are known. Where else but Texas, #1 in the nation in cattle? Where else but Aggieland?"

Also deserving recognition, the junior AABP Quiz Bowl group made it to the final rounds and was in the round of three with the other Texas A&M team. One win away from making the finals, team members Kathleen Gerdes, Ross Kalina, Bryan Agado, and Erin Fuchs are commended for their representation of their college and university.

Three of the students also presented cases at the conference. Wagner presented a cranial cruciate rupture in an Angus bull, Bailey presented Salmonellosis in an adult cow, and Weaver presented Johne's disease in a Wagyu bull.

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