More than 3,000 delegates from some 70 countries are expected to attend the 2012 International Pig Veterinary Society Congress in Jeju, Korea, from June 10 to June 13.

It will be the first such congress to be held in Asia since 1994 when it was held in Bangkok, Thailand, and will consist of keynote lectures, satellite symposia, oral presentations, poster sessions, social programs and a variety of tour programs. “Pork consumption in the Asian region is expected to increase, and in order to meet the growing needs of pork consumers, we must strive to grow our industry while at the same time improve pig health and produce safe pork," said congress organizers. 

The event will cover every aspect of the swine industry, including economically important diseases, new and exotic diseases, production management, feed and nutrition, genetics, welfare and pork safety. It will also include a keynote lecture by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations' chief veterinary officer, Dr. Juan Lubroth, who will highlight factors affecting the emergence of new diseases in swine. Lubroth previously served at the FAO as the head of the infectious diseases group/emergency prevention system.

This year’s Tom Alexander Memorial Lecture will be delivered by UK-based Dr. Dan Tucker, who is senior lecturer in veterinary public health and pig medicine at the University of Cambridge’s Department of Veterinary Medicine, a Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge, and is actively involved in public health and infectious disease-related research pertaining to pigs. The theme of his presentation will be “Happy pigs and healthy people: Exploiting technologies for mutual benefit.”

See www.ipvs2012.kr for more details on the congress and to register.