Meeting Overview


The National Mastitis Council 59th Annual Meeting will be held January 28-31, 2020, at the DoubleTree at the Entrance to Universal Orlando. Known as the “Theme Park Capital of the World,” Orlando, Fla., is one of the world’s most visited tourist destinations. Orlando’s famous attractions form the backbone of its tourism industry. The two most significant attractions are Walt Disney World, opened by the Walt Disney Company in 1971, and the Universal Orlando Resort, which opened in 1990 as a major expansion of Universal Studios Florida. The NMC Annual Meeting venue sits adjacent to Universal Studios.

NMC’s annual meeting is designed for all individuals interested in mastitis control, quality milk production and udder health. Attendees come from around the world and include veterinarians, dairy producers, researchers, extension specialists, industry suppliers, dairy processor field representatives, regulatory officials, teachers and students. The meeting features world-renowned presenters who will address a variety of milk quality production principles and offer hands-on strategies to improve udder health.


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Conference Theme

This year’s NMC Annual Meeting takes on a global look, with speakers representing 11 different countries. The industry-leading speakers will address innovative products, technologies and services that help dairy producers around the world tackle mastitis prevention, treatment and control. In addition, researchers will present the latest findings in mastitis pathogen research. Armed with “hard science,” speakers will share how advisers can influence dairy producers to make positive management changes that enhance udder health and milk quality. 


Discounted pre-registration fees are $375 for NMC members and $540 for non-members. Student registration fees are $105 (members) and $130 (non-members). Non-members are automatically signed up as a new NMC member for one year. Registration includes two breakfasts, awards luncheon, Wednesday evening reception, coffee/milk breaks and a discount on the printed version of the annual meeting proceedings. Register by January 5, 2020, to get the discounted registration fees. 

Committee Meetings

NMC committees meet Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning. Registered attendees are encouraged to attend. Voting is limited to committee members and projects are generally assigned to committee members. Committees that will meet include: Antimicrobial Stewardship (previously called Residue Avoidance), Milk Quality Monitoring, Membership and Advancement (previously called Membership), Machine Milking, International, Teat Health and Research. 

Short Courses

Eighteen limited-enrollment short courses will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday morning and afternoon, and Thursday evening. An extra registration fee is required for each short course.

schedule-at-a-glanceGeneral Sessions

The Opening Session begins at 10 a.m. on Thursday, January 30. Thursday afternoon features two concurrent sessions, offering more options for meeting registrants. Presentations continue through Friday, January 31. Please note that the educational sessions conclude at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, followed by the Awards Luncheon, which ends at 2 p.m. Attendees may be able to catch a late afternoon or evening flight and potentially get home for the weekend. Or, stick around and enjoy one of the many tourist attractions in Central Florida.

Technology Transfer Session (poster session)

The Technology Transfer Session, featuring a poster session on mastitis control and milk quality, will be held on Thursday and Friday. Posters will be available for viewing all day.

Research and Development Summaries Session

Selected posters from the Technology Transfer Session will be presented Thursday afternoon in an oral session (held concurrently with the General Session).

Udderly Ridiculous 5K Fun Run/Walk

The Third Annual Udderly Ridiculous 5K Fun Run/Walk will start at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, leaving ample time for dinner and socializing after this fund-raising event. The Udderly Ridiculous 5K Fun Run/Walk supports the NMC Scholars program. For just $25, you can burn some calories, chat with a friend, support this worthy cause and receive a limited-edition T-shirt.

Silent Auction and Reception

A silent auction headlines Wednesday evening, along with an informal “meet and greet.” Auction proceeds fund NMC professional development efforts, including the NMC Scholars program. With a minimum of $50 cash, NMC staff will create an auction item on your behalf. The donation form is available on the meeting website.


The annual awards and business luncheon will be held at 12:35 p.m. on Friday. Help honor the recipients of the National Dairy Quality Awards, NMC Award of Excellence for Contribution to Mastitis Prevention and Control, and the NMC Scholars. The luncheon is open to all registrants as part of the registration fee.


Papers presented during the General Sessions, Technology Transfer Session and the Research and Development Summaries Session will be published in the Annual Meeting Proceedings and made available in the NMC Online Proceedings Library. Printed copies are available for an additional charge. 

Continuing Education Credits

RACE (Registry of Approved Continuing Education through the American Association of Veterinary State Boards) and ARPAS (American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists) continuing education credits are available for the NMC Annual Meeting.

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