MAHTA's 24th Annual Conference & Trade Show

Looking back on October ’06

MAHTA Continuing Education Committee tried something different this year. We added a day, Wine & Cheese reception, a Trade Show and about five more speakers. With a record attendance for both the conference and AGM, I’d have to say this was our most successful one yet.

Eight speakers, 125 delegates and 20 Trade Show booths! WOW! This 2005/6 CE committee worked hard. The surprised looks on faces for the delegate bags, proceedings and a hot breakfast made it all worthwhile. Criticism received, both good and bad, can only make 2006/7 better.

Mission accomplished. The conference was comprehensive with speakers covering topics applicable to small, large and research animal medicine.

Congratulations go out to all the winners of prizes from the Wine & Cheese, Trade Show representatives and the Banquet. Janice McCarthy claimed the door prize from the Wine & Cheese, a certificate for a night’s stay at the Victoria Inn valued at $125! Mandy Ray had the lucky ticket to claim an MP3 player given by one of our Trade Show reps. So many prizes were given away, it’s hard to remember all the lucky winners.

Saturday evening, we were reminded how fortunate we are to have what we do. Shannon Paille presented a moving slideshow & presentation on her experiences as an Animal Rescue Volunteer in Louisiana. Even though bad karaoke was streaming in from the wedding next door, we were all touched by her memories.

21! You don’t have enough tickets! Everyone’s a winner! The evening casino was a blast. There were laughs, cheers and hiding from the casino leader when the dealer was breaking the rules. What a hoot.

Returning for a second year, I look forward to the good times ahead.

Nancy Gordon, RAHT, RLAT

MAHTA CE Director