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Honey Bee Veterinary Consortium Conference

September 29 - September 30

As a result of the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) issuance of the final rule, many veterinarians have reason to be concerned about apiculture (beekeeping) and honey bee veterinary medicine.  Honey bees now fall into veterinarians’ purview owing to the VFD rule and changes in FDA policy on medically important antimicrobials and you may be called on to treat them.


The Honey Bee Veterinary Consortium  was formed following the advent of the VFD for honey bees. This conference will focus on what large scale or hobbyist bee keepers need, especially with regards to the VFD and disease management. Our mission is to educate veterinarians and apiarists on how to integrate veterinary care into beekeeping.

This 2 day conference will have beginner and advanced tracks and will offer an optional wet lab including an introduction to equipment and live hive work. 11 hours of CVME, RACE approval pending.

The Conference will be held at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine. 1060 William Moore Drive. Raleigh, NC 27607

Nicolas Vidal-Naquet

DVM, DIE d'apiculture-pathologie apicole

Lecturer in honeybee biology and diseases 
at the Veterinary School of Alfort, France. VetoAdom
David Tarpy


NC State University, Professor and Extension 
Randy Oliver

BS, MS (Biological Sciences)

Donald Hopkins


NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 
Apiary Inspector
Gigi Davidson
NC State CVM. Director, Clinical Pharmacy Services
Dick Rogers

BSc, MSc

Principal Scientist / Entomologist / 
Manager at Bayer, Crop Science Division, Bee Care Center
Justin Maness

BS, Horticultural Science

Lead Beekeeper / Director of Community 
Development @ Bee Downtown
Coming Soon. Schedule under development is tentative

Time Beginner Track Speaker Advanced Track Speaker
7:00 - 8:00am Registration Check-in
8:00 - 9:00am Intro to bee anatomy, health, and diseases David Tarpy
9:00 - 10:00am General hive strategies/anatomy. Keeping, starting and equipment Justin Maness
10:00 - 10:15am Break
10:15 - 11:15am
11:15am - 12:15pm Bee Pharmacology and OTC
12:15 - 1:00pm Lunch
1:00 - 2:00pm
2:00 - 3:00pm
3:00 - 3:15pm Break
3:15 - 4:15pm VFD and disease treatable via VFD David Tarpy
4:15 - 5:15pm
6:30- 8:30pm

Registration is open for veterinary professionals.

Conference Registration $250

Hive Wet Lab $125 – includes beekeeping jacket and gloves

Credit Card Payment required at time of registration

Please register for either the Beginner or Advanced Track. Registration includes electronic proceedings, breaks and lunch on Saturday. Reception at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Secure Online Registration Here

A block of rooms will be reserved at the Ramada Inn Blue Ridge, located at 1520 Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh. This hotel is next door and within walking distance to the the College. To make your reservation, please call 919-832-4100 and reference the Honey Bee Veterinary Consortium Conference.

There is a home football game this weekend and rooms will be in short supply. Reserve early!

Special Needs

Please email or call 919.513.6421 with questions or, if you are a person with a disability, and desire any assistive devices, services, or other accommodations to participate in the activity. For special accommodations, please contact us least 30 days prior to the event.


September 29
September 30
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NC State College of Veterinary Medicine

1060 William Moore Dr.




United States


Office of Continuing Education & Outreach