The American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) announced Sept. 22 that it is canceling the in-person portion of its annual conference this week and will move ahead solely with its planned virtual conference.
AABP was set to hold its 53rd annual conference Sept. 24-26 as a hybrid event with in-person meetings in Louisville, Ky., but was informed of "potential civil unrest in the area due to an impending announcement of a court case," the group said in an email. Louisville has declared a state of emergency, and concrete barriers have been placed around downtown that prevent driving in to the Marriott hotel (the main conference hotel) and convention center area, AABP said, noting that several other hotels have closed and that downtown businesses will likely not be open.
AABP emphasized that it "will move forward" with the virtual conference. AABP said those who had an in-person registration were already registered to attend the virtual conference.
The AABP office will process refunds for the price difference between in-person versus virtual registration after the conference, AABP said.
"I sincerely apologize for this unfortunate situation. We will still offer you a great conference, and I hope you will join us virtually," AABP executive director Dr. K. Fred Gingrich said.