Honey Bee Veterinary Consortium

August 26, 2022 - August 28, 2022

Registration Deadline: August 14, 2022 - 11:59PM

Biomedical Physical Sciences, 567 Wilson Rd., East Lansing, MI 48824

Contact: ANR Event Services, events@anr.msu.edu, 517-353-3175

The 5th annual Honey Bee Veterinary Consortium conference will be held at Michigan State University on Aug. 26-28, 2022.  Registrants will be able to attend in-person, watch the conference live via zoom, or access the content virtually on-demand for a period of two months. With 17 hours of lecture to choose from covering everything from the basics to more advanced topics, there is certain to be something for everyone! New this year is one hour of research talks highlighting current work being done in the field of honey bee veterinary medicine. There are also four hands-on labs covering hive inspections for both beginner and advanced, honey bee anatomy, and how to diagnose the honey bee bacterial diseases. As veterinarians are now tasked with the oversight of medically-important antimicrobials in honey bee colonies, this conference will provide knowledge needed to work with this novel species.

Tentative Schedule

Friday, Aug. 26, 2022
Time Session    
7 - 9 p.m. Icebreaker Reception    
Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022
Time Beginner (Available Livestreamed)
Advanced (Available Livestreamed)
8 - 9 a.m.

Pollinators: how they help us and how we can help them

Elaine Evans

Understanding honey bee nutritional ecology and practical applications for improving colony health

Pierre Lau

Clinical Examinations (advanced)

Meghan Milbrath/Terry Kane

9  - 10 a.m.

Introduction to Honey Bees and Beekeeping

Ana Heck

Tools for Diagnosing Bacterial Brood Diseases

Peter Fowler

Clinical Examinations Continued


10 - 10:30 a.m. Break    
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Performing a Hive Inspection

Melissa Hollahan

Commercial Beekeeping


Honey Bee Anatomy

Zachary Huang

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

The Bacterial Diseases

Meghan Milbrath

Varroa: using mite and bee biology to inform management

Katie Lee

Honey Bee Anatomy Continued

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.


1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Getting Antibiotics for the Beekeeper

Chris Cripps

Do Healthy Queens lead to Healthy Colonies?

Katie Lee

Microscopy for diagnosing bacterial brood diseases

Peter Fowler

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Varroa biology and management: the basics

Katie Lee


Microscopy for diagnosing bacterial brood diseases - Continued

3:30 - 4 p.m.


4 - 5 p.m.

Lessons from a honey bee veterinarian

Melissa Holahan

Bumble Bees Biology and Conservation

Elaine Evans

Microscopy for diagnosing bacterial brood diseases - Continued

5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Dinner Reception





Sunday, Aug. 28, 2022




8 - 9 a.m.

Lightning Research Talks - Available Livestreamed

Hive Inspections for the Beginner

9 - 10 a.m.


Madonna Benjamin


Hive Inspections for the Beginner - Continued

10 - 10:30 a.m.




10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

The Veterinarian in Beekeeping - Available Livestreamed

Chris Cripps


Hive Inspections for the Beginner - Continued

Consortium Pricing:

Students $150
Members $325
Non-Members $375
Online Only $200
Saturday Inspection $250
Saturday Anatomy $250
Saturday Diagnostics $300
Sunday Beginner Lab $300

Cancellation Policy:
Full Refunds will be accepted through Aug. 1, 2022, less an administrative fee of $15.
No refunds will be allowed after Aug. 1, 2022. Replacements will be allowed.

Lodging and Transportation Information:
Lodging will be available in Okemos at the Comfort Inn and Best Western (they are adjacent).
The lodging rates are $109 a night until Aug. 14, 2022.
To book rooms at the Comfort Inn go to: https://www.choicehotels.com/reservations/groups/KN97K6
To book rooms at the Best Western go to: https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotel-rooms.23172.html?groupId=M85PV5U9

There will be bus transportation available to and from the hotel and MSU for those without ground transportation. Please include your transportation needs as part of registration. There will be parking options at MSU available for those with ground transportation.

Additional Information:
Visit the website for additional details about parking and the conference at: https://www.canr.msu.edu/hbvc2022


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