American Animal Hospital Association President Dr. Kate Knutson says there's a "sense of excitement" at conferences such as the AVMA's annual convention, and she says such events are key for maintaining veterinary continuing education, getting up to speed on the latest advances in diagnosis and treatment, and connecting with colleagues. Discussing a variety of topics with radio host Steve Dale during the AVMA convention, Dr. Knutson says veterinary medicine changes roughly every 18 months and discusses the challenges of treating patients who can't talk, noting that choosing and seeing a veterinarian regularly allows for easier diagnosis of subtle changes.

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