Western Veterinary Conference 2021: What to See and Do
Will you be attending WVC this year? If you’re not familiar, WVC is an annual, you-gotta-be-there conference for vet professionals. It balances learning, entertainment, and networking to drive the veterinary industry forward and improve the future of patient and client care in veterinary practices. It also gives you and your team the opportunity to see where the veterinary industry is going and learn about emerging products, protocols, technology, and much more. WVC will run from September 6th through 9th, with 4 full days of exhibits, lectures, hands-on labs, and over 800 continuing education hours to choose from!
Tips to Help You Prepare
If you’re new to the WVC experience, we can offer some guidance to help you plan your trip and get the most out of each day you’re there. WVC has a LOT to offer, which can be overwhelming for first-timers.
Here are some general recommendations to ensure a great experience for yourself and/or your team at WVC:
- Stay hydrated
- Anticipate a LOT of walking (opt for comfortable footwear)
- Plan out your route in the Exhibit Hall in advance so you know where to go
- Plan out which lectures you’ll be attending in advance
- Get your coffee when you can; the Starbucks line will be VERY long
- If you’re a practice owner attending WVC with your team, organize post-meeting briefs/presentations with staff on what they learned and what they can bring back to the practice
- Pack protein-rich snacks and water–food lines will be long, and waiting in line can take time away from visiting booths and attending lectures
Countless Opportunities to Learn
WVC offers a wealth of opportunities for you and your team to learn something new. With a total of over 800 continuing education hours available, it’s a goldmine of knowledge in the form of lectures, hands-on labs, and workshops. You should plan out which courses you’re going to attend ahead of time so you can keep to a schedule and not miss out on anything.
For the full WVC 2021 program, click here.
Continuing Education for Veterinarians, Technicians, and Management
A tremendous variety of veterinary topics will be covered in WVC’s many CE sessions for vets, technicians, and practice management staff. While WVC will be offering virtual courses, we know you’re probably psyched about attending in-person courses, so you can network, socialize, and enjoy an immersive learning experience among like-minded professionals.
Below are just a few examples of what veterinarians, vet techs, and practice managers can experience:
- Aim High: 7 Easy Ways to Build Your Hospital’s Presence & Reputation
- The SECRET to Finding (& Keeping Happy) DVMs
- Ticks are in the Wild, West! What is the Risk of Disease?
- Nutrition Basics 101: Everything Dr. Google Didn’t Learn in Vet School!
- It’s Time to Spread the Herd (Immunity)!
- Combustible Compassion
- A Case Study in Veterinary Team Wellbeing
- Tips from a Vintage Vet Tech: Thriving in a Tough Profession
- Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Symposium
- Paying for Care: Getting Clients to Say “Yes”
- Practice Ownership Roadmap: Navigating the Obstacles for Practice Ownership
Be Sure to Swing by the Exhibit Hall!
The Exhibit Hall is another place to earn CE credits, mingle, and have fun! The Learning Lounge on Level 1 offers fast-paced, in-depth educational sessions that teach audiences about the latest developments in veterinary medicine, with time available after for questions and answers.
WVC will be featuring over 400 exhibitors this year, including:
- American Animal Hospital Association
- Chi University
- Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health
- Fear Free
- Human-Animal Bond Association (HABA)
- Lifelearn, Inc.
- Pet Poison Helpline
Play Vet Detective to Win Prizes
Play the Vet Detective game for WVC swag and the chance to win a cash prize. Download the WVC-Connect app and answer questions to help you earn points in the Exhibit Hall. If you earn up to 1,000 points, you’ll be entered into the grand prize drawing!
…But the Fun Doesn’t Stop There
WVC will also be offering FREE entertainment (it’s included with your registration)! This includes:
- Award-winning country singer Carly Pearce at Mandalay Bay Beach
- The Blue Man Group, performing at the Annual Conference Opening Ceremony
- Veterinary Technician Reception at the House of Blues (vet assistants and vet tech students are also welcome, ages 21+ only)
- Party for a Purpose (with all proceeds going to the Kaua’i Humane Society)
If you’d rather hit the town and see what Vegas has to offer, well, there’s a lot to recommend. But before you head out to see the Neon Museum, ride the Ferris wheel or go zip lining over Fremont, be sure to redeem your Vet Detective points for a sweet prize (or two) and catch up with your industry friends.
There’s no better time or place than WVC for mingling with vet professionals and touching base with amazing people. If you’re packing up and planning to head to WVC 2021, we hope you have an incredible experience and get to bring back valuable techniques and tips to implement in your practice.