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The NMC 52nd Annual Meeting will be held January 27-29, 2013, at the Omni Hotel in San Diego, California. Located in the heart of the historic Gaslamp Quarter, the Omni San Diego Hotel is close to the city's top sites and attractions.

The NMC annual meeting is targeted toward all individuals interested in mastitis control and quality milk production, including veterinarians, producers, researchers, extension specialists, industry suppliers, field staff, regulatory officials, and students. Individuals from all over the world attend this forum, which features an outstanding program that offers something for everyone!

Meeting Format and Scheduling
The meeting will follow the same format as 2012, beginning on Sunday and ending Tuesday evening.

Committees meetings will be held on all three days (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday) rather than all day Monday. The general sessions and poster session will be held Monday and Tuesday, and the featured symposium will be Tuesday afternoon. The short courses will be held on Sunday afternoon/evening and Tuesday evening. There will be no educational sessions on Wednesday.

When to Arrive and Depart?
The best day to arrive at the meeting will be Saturday or Sunday, depending on the committee meeting and short course schedule. The best day to depart will be Wednesday, since the featured symposium will be held Tuesday afternoon and short courses Tuesday evening. The educational portion of the meeting officially adjourns Tuesday evening

Committee Meetings [Sunday, Monday and Tuesday]
NMC committees will meet Sunday (January 27), from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm, and Monday and Tuesday mornings (January 28 & 29), from 7:30 am - 9:30 am. Individuals are encouraged to attend and participate in the committee meetings, which are open to all registered attendees (regardless of whether you are a member of the committee).

Short Courses [Sunday and Tuesday]
Limited-enrollment short courses will be held on Sunday afternoon/evening, and Tuesday evening (January 27 and 29). A total of nine courses will be offered. An extra registration fee is required for the short courses. There will not be any short courses on Monday.

General Sessions [Monday and Tuesday]
The opening session begins at 10:00 am on Monday January 28. Monday afternoon features two concurrent sessions, offering more options for meeting registrants. Presentations continue through Tuesday, January 29.

Featured Symposium [Tuesday afternoon]
"Where the Rubber Meets the Teat: Understanding and Managing the Milking Process at the Interface between Teats and Liners" is the theme for a symposium scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, January 29. This is open to all registered attendees (no additional registration fee).

Technology Transfer Session [Monday and Tuesday]
The Technology Transfer Session, featuring poster presentations on mastitis control and milk quality, will be held on Monday and Tuesday, January 28 & 29. Posters will be available for viewing all day, with authors present at specified times during the day.

Research and Development Summaries Session [Monday]
Selected posters from the Technology Transfer Session will be presented Monday afternoon, January 28, in an oral session (held concurrently with the general session).

Reception [Monday]
The main social activity of the meeting will be a reception during the evening of Monday January 28. Meet new friends and old acquaintances at this feature event! The reception is open to all registrants.

This year's fundraising activity for the National Mastitis Research Foundation, Team Trivia, will also be held during the reception.

Luncheon [Tuesday]
The annual luncheon will be held on Tuesday. Visit with colleagues and help honor the recipients of the National Dairy Quality Awards, the NMC Award of Excellence for Mastitis Prevention and Control, and the NMC Scholars. The luncheon is open to all registrants.

Proceedings
Papers presented at the meeting (excluding the short courses) will be published in the Annual Meeting Proceedings (printed and CD-ROM). Members who do not attend the meeting will be mailed a copy. Additional copies may be purchased from the NMC office.

Registration
Discounted pre-registration fees are $295 for NMC members and $420 for non-members. Student registration fees are $105 (members) and $130 (non-member).

Nonmembers are automatically signed up as a new NMC member for one year.

Please note that the registration fee for current NMC members does not include annual dues.

Registration includes a copy of the proceedings, two continental breakfasts, the awards luncheon, a reception, and breaks. Register before January 4 and get the early registration discount. The final day for pre-registration is January 16. After that date, registration will only be accepted onsite (at the meeting).

Hotel Accommodations
Reservations should be made directly with the Omni Hotel (see link above) by January 4, 2013. It is advisable to make your reservations early since the room block could fill up before the cut-off date.