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Hi all, 

We are less than a week away before the fun begins in Southern California. We are very excited to have all of you visiting this great state and attending an excellent conference. In addition to the planned conference activities, I just wanted to let all of you know that there will be plenty of other opportunities to visit places of unique interest both before and after the conference. 

For those of you who are interested, we have put together information on the “G” gnome tour, visiting all the unique locations that “G” visited while he was AWOL.  Places such as the LA County Morgue, Venice Beach, Chinatown, Hollywood, Watts Towers, The Tiki Room and others are very unique and great places to visit. Please let Curtis know immediately if you are interested in hitting these sights.  

In addition, you may want to take some time to visit other Zoos and Aquariums such as the Santa Barbara Zoo, the Santa Ana Zoo and the Cabrillo Aquarium. We’ve arranged for free admission to both of these Zoos (the Aquarium is free already) during the conference time and for a few days afterwards. Name Badge is required.  

For you academically minded folks, we’ve arranged behind the scene tours at Moorpark College and Western University, College of Veterinary Medicine.  Moorpark College is known as “America’s Teaching Zoo” where students are enrolled in the Exotic Animal Training and Management program. The Zoo has almost 200 different animals, and is maintained and run entirely by the students. For those interested in visiting this facility, please contact Dr. Cynthia Stringfield at Western University is the newest of the veterinary colleges. Based on a Problem Based Learning (PBL) system of learning, the students learn primarily through reviewing actual case studies so students have to be extremely self motivated to excel in this institution. For those interested in seeing Western University, talk to Janis Joslin or contact her at  

Obviously we have a plethora of fun places to see such as Disneyworld, Sea World, Knott’s Berry Farm, Universal Studio and other amusement areas. But for those of you who are interested in sight seeing some of the less advertised and more off beat areas, we have a list of fun places such as the La Brea Tar Pits, Magic Castle, Descanso Gardens, and the Arboritum.   .  

We have a lot of entertainment for you during the conference. On Monday evening, the International Committee is sponsoring a dance. On Wednesday afternoon after our last session, we will have a very unique talk put on by Dr. Barbara Natterson, Director of Imaging and Cardiovascular Education and Associate Professor of Medicine, UCLA Medical School, who will be speaking on “OneHealth: The  Emerging Multi-Species Approach to Medicine”. This is an extraordinary presentation by one of the premiere cardiologists in the human medical field so I strongly encourage all of you to attend this session. Later on that evening (Wed), we will also provide another dancing opportunity for you crazy nightclubbers. After our Banquet on Thurs, we will provide your last opportunity to show your dancing talents. So don’t forget your dance shoes! 

The weather should be excellent with highs in the mid 70’s and evenings going down to 58F or so. So don’t forget a light jacket. 

Come and enjoy.  We look forward to seeing all of you here.  

Curtis Eng, DVM

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