WVC Annual Conference
Passion Meets Education
March 5-9, 2017

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Program

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Reasons to attend Annual Conference

WVC has negotiated discounted hotel room rates with the hotels listed below, for the 89th Annual Conference. Click Book Now to reserve your rooms. Please note: rooms at the discounted rate will sell out quickly. You may view a map of the Las Vegas Strip to help make your selection.

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Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino

3950 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Toll-free: 877.632.9001
Distance to Convention Center: Host Hotel

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Delano

3950 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Toll-free: 877.632.9001
Distance to Convention Center: Host Hotel

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Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas

960 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Toll-free: 877.632.5000 | Local: 702.632.5000
Distance to Convention Center: Attached to Host Hotel

Conference Room Rates are Sold Out.
Non-Conference Room rates may still be available.

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Excalibur Hotel & Casino

3850 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Toll-free: 800.933.7733
Distance to Convention Center: .6 miles
Shuttle Service Provided

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Luxor

Luxor Las Vegas

3900 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Toll-free: 800.926.4737
Distance to Convention Center: .5 miles
Shuttle Service Provided

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MGM Grand Resort & Casino

3799 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Toll-free: 877.880.0880
Distance to Convention Center: .8 miles
Shuttle Service Provided

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Monte Carlo Resort & Casino

3770 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Toll-free: 866.562.3472
Distance to Convention Center: 1.4 miles

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New York-New York Hotel & Casino

3790 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Toll-free: 800.852.6061
Distance to Convention Center: 1.0 miles
Shuttle Service Provided

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Tropicana Las Vegas

3801 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Toll-free: 1.800.634.4000
Local Phone: 702.739.2645
Distance to Convention Center: .8 miles

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Hotel Scam:

Please be aware of people or groups pretending to be an “official WVC housing group.” WVC does not solicit “special offers” for lodging reservations via telephone or fax. All lodging reservations are to be made directly to the hotel using the 800 number or the link provided. Please do not provide your credit card information to anyone other than representatives from WVC’s approved hotel partners. If you receive such call or solicitation, please obtain their name and phone number and report them immediately to info@wvc.org or by phone at 866.800.7326.

Hotel Disclaimer:

72 Hour cancellation notice required, unless otherwise stated. A deposit of the first night room and tax will be charged to your credit card immediately upon booking. Please be aware, each property has their own resort fee and policies.

WVC receives a small commission nominal housing resort fee from designated hotels. Monies received as commission housing services fees are used to defray WVC and Oquendo Center expenses and help keep meeting and registration fees some of the lowest in the nation. Therefore, everyone benefits when you select an official hotel for your lodging.

For more information or questions concerning conference lodging, please contact:

Jill Pierce
Housing Coordinator
Email: j.pierce@wvc.org

Airport Arrival Shuttle Bus Service

Transport to the following hotels: Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Four Seasons, Luxor Hotel & Casino, and Excalibur Hotel & Casino.

Saturday, March 4, 9:00a-7:00p
Sunday, March 5, 8:00a-10:00p

Terminal 1, Group shuttles are available on the west side of baggage claim, outside door exits 7 – 13. Airport personnel are available to help queue the lines and provide assistance as needed.

Terminal 3, Shuttles are conveniently located outside on Level Zero on the west end of the building to serve domestic travelers and on the east side of the building to accommodate international travelers. Quick exit lanes will allow traffic to leave the airport quickly and airport personnel are available to assist as needed.

Airport Return Shuttle Bus Service: Pickup at Mandalay Bay Convention Center Shark Reef Entrance for shuttle to McCarran International Airport

Thursday, March 9, 6:00a-6:00p

Hotel Shuttle Transportation Schedule

Transportation will only be provided for the following hotels during conference. Shuttles will run every 15-25 minutes from Mandalay Bay Convention Center Shark Reef entrance, level 1.

Luxor Hotel & Casino: North Bus Plaza
MGM Grand Hotel & Casino: Lower level of MGM Grand Garden Entrance
New Your-New York Hotel & Casino: Main/valet entrance on Tropicana Blvd.
Excalibur Hotel & Casino: Rotunda entrance

Sunday, March 5: 7:00a-6:30p
Monday, March 6: 6:00a – 8:00p
Tuesday, March 7: 6:00a – 7:00p
Wednesday, March 8: 6:00a – 7:00p
Thursday, March 9: 6:00a – 5:00p

New this year!

Gain travel discounts with Delta Airlines and United Airlines.

Delta Airlines – visit www.delta.com/meetings or call 800.328.1111 and use meeting code NMNKA. Discount available on fares for travel between February 28, 2017 and March 14, 2017.

United Airlines – visit www.united.com or call 800.426.1122 and use meeting code ZXCH. Discount available on fares for travel between March 1, 2017 and March 13, 2017.

Discounted fares only applicable to flights to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport between the dates shown above.

Events

Sunday

Sunday, March 5, 2017

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5K Fun Run
Time 7:30-10:00a | Mandalay Bay Convention Center at 7:30a. Race starts at 8:30a | Location: Springs Preserves

Ready…Set…FUN. Whether you run, jog or walk, the 5K is a perfect opportunity to have a great time, work up a sweat and meet new people. Whether you’re a novice runner or a trained athlete, all are welcome to participate.

Tour includes: Roundtrip transportation, bottled water and light snacks. The first 175 registrants will receive a 5K T-shirt.

Price: $40 per person – Early Registration
$45 per person – Feb 6 – March 4
$50 per person – Onsite

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Joel Sartore presents: A World Worth Saving – The Photo Ark
Time 11:00a-12:30p | Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Oceanside B, C, D

The National Geographic Photo Ark is an ambitious project committed to documenting every species in captivity—inspiring people not just to care, but also to help protect these animals for future generations. Photo Ark founder and National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore has visited 40 countries in his quest to create this photo archive of global biodiversity. To date, he has completed intimate portraits of more than 6,000 species.

“I want people to care, to fall in love, and to take action.” Joel Sartore

Price: Included in Conference registration. Seating is limited and is on a first come, first served basis.

Hill’s Comedy Night
Time 7:00-8:30p | Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Doors open at 6:30p.

Laugh out loud with comedian Kathleen Madigan. A career that has spanned over 25 years, she has performed on nearly every standup television show ever made. She’s won the American Comedy Award for “Best Female Comedian” and the Phyllis Diller award for “Best Female Comedian.” While her resume is vast, her show is a must-see. See you there!

Included in Conference registration. Seating is limited and is on a first come, first served basis.

Sponsored By:
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Monday

Monday, March 6, 2017

Red Rock
Hiking at Red Rock Canyon
Time 8:00a-12:30p | Shuttle Bus departs Mandalay Bay Convention Center at 9:00a

Leave the city behind and take in the splendor of Red Rock Canyon. This national conservation area is a vast geological wonder with a 400 million year old history. A favorite destination for nature-loving locals, Red Rock is located 17 miles west of The Strip (about 20 min drive). Your hike will feature winding trails and towering peaks with colorful surroundings only the Mohave Desert can offer.

It is recommended you bring a hat and sunglasses, wear well-fitted sturdy hiking or running shoes and dress in layers due to the possibility of changing temperatures throughout the day. Don’t forget your camera. Minimum age for all hikers is 10 years old.

Tour Includes: Roundtrip transportation and bottled water.
Price: $99 per person

Downtown Las Vegas Shuttle
Time 10:00a-6:00p | Shuttle Bus departs Mandalay Bay Convention Center commencing at 10:00a and will depart hourly, on the hour.

Explore revitalized Downtown Las Vegas. With stops on famed Fremont Street, The Container Park and The Mob Museum, there’s something for everyone. Gamble at the local casinos and watch the entertaining street performers all while visiting eateries and souvenir shops along the way. The complimentary shuttle runs continuously through the Downtown Arts District.

Tour Includes: Roundtrip transportation and bottled water.
Price: Complimentary

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Culinary Walking Tour – Las Vegas Strip
Time 11:30a-3:00p | Shuttle Bus departs Mandalay Bay Convention Center at 11:30a

Sample delectable gourmet foods from the Las Vegas Strip. The Culinary Walking Tour begins with transportation to the Aria Hotel where you’ll begin your tasting adventure. Experience exquisite appetizers, entrees and desserts created by award winning chefs. Each of the three restaurant locations is a unique dining adventure designed to showcase Las Vegas’ culinary talents. Your personal guide will provide insider knowledge and insightful tips. The Optional Drink package includes one signature cocktail at each of the three restaurant destinations.

The Optional Drink package includes one signature cocktail at each of the three restaurant destinations.

Tour includes: Roundtrip transportation and food at three locations.

Price: $130 – Tour | $45 – Optional Drink package

Brewery Tour & Beer Tasting
Time 1:00-3:30p | Shuttle Bus departs Mandalay Bay Convention Center at 1:00p

Tour one of Las Vegas’ largest beer breweries and survey how popular ales are crafted. After the tour, relax and let your taste buds experience a flight of beer as your tour guide explains the difference in each brew.

Tour includes:  Roundtrip transportation and beer tastings.
Price: $65 per person

Veterinary Technician Reception
Time 6:30-9:00p | Stoney’s Rockin’ Country – Shuttle Buses depart Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Luxor North Lobby Entrance & Excalibur Rear Rotunda at 6:30p.

Where else can you show off your line dancing skills, ride the mechanical bull and listen to great country music? Stoney’s Rockin’ Country is the best place to do it all. Located minutes from the strip, come see where country lives in Las Vegas.

Price: Complimentary for Veterinary Technicians

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Alumni Receptions
Time 7:30 – 9:30p | Schedule Coming Soon

Alumni receptions will be held by most veterinary schools: stop by to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. Full list of participating schools to be provided.

Location: TBD
Price: Complimentary

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Veterinary Student Reception
Time 7:30 – 9:30p | Mandalay Bay Convention Center – Breakers K, L2

Enjoy finger food while mingling and swapping stories with fellow veterinary students.

Location: Breakers K, L2
Price: Complimentary

Tuesday

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Tasting
Brewery Tour & Beer Tasting
Time 1:00p-3:30p | Shuttle Buses depart Mandalay Bay Convention Center at 1:00p

Tour one of Las Vegas’ largest beer breweries and survey how popular ales are crafted. After the tour, relax and let your taste buds experience a flight of beer as your tour guide explains the difference in each brew.

Tour includes: Roundtrip transportation and beer tasting.

Price: $65 per person

Red Rock Canyon: City Highlights Tour
9:00a-12:30p | Shuttle Buses depart Mandalay Bay Convention Center at 9:00a

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is one of the hidden treasures of Nevada. It’s an area of worldwide geological interest and beauty. It has also been used as the backdrop for many movies and commercials. On your way to Red Rock Canyon, you will enjoy a leisurely drive through the famous Las Vegas Strip where you will be intrigued with tales of the past and present. Tour will make a Photo Stop at the famous Las Vegas Welcome Sign. You will then see our China Town and how the locals live as you see Las Vegas’ diverse residential areas.

Tour Includes: Roundtrip transportation.
Price: $65 per person

Premium Outlets Shopping Shuttle
10:00a-6:00p | Shuttle Buses depart Mandalay Bay Convention Center commencing at 10:00a and will depart hourly, on the hour.

Need some retail therapy? The Las Vegas North Premium Outlets is the right prescription. Make use of the complimentary shuttle service and shop at 175 designer and name-brand outlet stores. There’s shopping for every member of the family with savings to boot. A coupon book will be provided to aid in your savings.

Tour Includes: Roundtrip transportation.
Price: Complimentary

Merck’s Concert at House of Blues
Time 8:00-9:30p | House of Blues located at Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Doors open at 7:30p.

Gary Allan is a celebrated country music singer who is nothing short of a showstopper. He rocks the house with his elegant lyrics, and a raspy voice to boot. This country phenomenon has a soulful sound that resonates with his audience across all genres. As one of the coolest performers in country music, you don’t want to miss this special evening.

Price: Included in Conference registration. Seating is limited and is on a first come, first served basis.

Sponsored by:

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Wednesday

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Top Golf
Topgolf
Time 12:30-3:00p | Buses depart Mandalay Bay Convention Center at 12:30p

Fore! Topgolf is a family friendly, four-level entertainment venue with interactive golf games. Climate-controlled hitting bays allow you to enjoy golf in a new, fun-packed way. Complimentary golf clubs are provided, as are the breathtaking views of The Strip.
Tour Includes: Roundtrip transportation, light food, and non-alcoholic beverages plus two hours of golf-play.
Price: $65 per person

Tasting
Brewery Tour & Beer Tasting
Time 1:00p-3:30p | Shuttle Buses depart Mandalay Bay Convention Center at 1:00p

Tour one of Las Vegas’ largest beer breweries and survey how popular ales are crafted. After the tour, relax and let your taste buds experience a flight of beer as your tour guide explains the difference in each brew.

Tour includes: Roundtrip transportation and beer tasting.

Price: $65 per person

Casa de Shenandoah
Casa de Shenandoah Platinum Tour
1:00-4:00p | Buses depart Mandalay Bay Convention Center at 1:00p

A visit to Las Vegas isn’t complete without touring the home of Mr. Las Vegas himself, Wayne Newton. Casa de Shenandoah, named by CBS News as one of the top five homes in the country, features a Platinum tour where you stroll through this palatial home at your own pace, touring his private jet and luxury automobile collection that once belonged to Johnny Cash, Steve McQueen and more. You’ll see star-studded stage and screen memorabilia and items from showbiz royalty like Frank Sinatra, Jackie Gleason, Michael Jackson and Jack Benny. Not to be missed is the Aramus Arabian horse showcase and Mr. Newton’s collection of exotic animals. The tour concludes with a visit through the Mansion Foyer, Formal Dining Room, Grand Salon, Billiards Room, Kitchen and the world famous Red Room. Don’t miss out.

Tour Includes: Roundtrip transportation.
Price: $40 per person

Culinary Walking Tour – Downtown
Time 5:30-9:00p | Buses depart Mandalay Bay Convention Center at 5:30p

Downtown is a bustling nighttime spot and this food tour will feature restaurants that offer farm-to-table, seasonally focused and artisan-crafted fare. Receive VIP seating along with VIP service. Each stop is a different, unique dining adventure specially prepared for the foodie.

The Optional Drink package includes one signature cocktail at each of the three restaurant destinations.

Tour Includes: Roundtrip transportation and food at three select venues.

Price: $130 – Tour | $45 – Optional Drink package

Thursday

Thursday, March 9, 2017
Annual Meeting of the Members
Time 7:00a | Mandalay Bay Convention Center – Breakers E, L2

Open to the public, this annual event provides a summary of the year for WVC.

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Daily Schedule

Saturday

7:00a Oquendo Center Lab Bus departs MBCC
7:30a – 5:30p Oquendo Center Labs / Speaker Enhancement
8:00a – 6:00p Exhibitor Registration
9:00a – 7:00p Airport Arrival Shuttle Bus Service
2:00p – 5:00p Information booth open Level 1

Sunday

7:00a Oquendo Center Lab Bus departs MBCC
7:00a – 6:00p Association booth open
7:00a – 6:30p Shuttle busses from hotels to Mandalay Bay
7:00a – 7:00p Registration Open
7:00a – 8:00p Exhibitor Registration
 7:30a – 10:00a  5K Fun Run
 8:00a – 10:00p  Shuttle busses from airport to hotels
 7:30a – 5:30  Oquendo Center Labs / Speaker Enhancement
 9:00 – 5:00p  Luggage storage service
 11:00a – 12:30p  General Session A World Worth Saving w/ National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore
 12:00 – 6:00p  Titers Vaccine
 1:00 – 5:00p  Scientific Program
 5:30 – 6:00p  FAIA Leadership Awards Mixer
 7:00 – 8:30p  Hill’s Comedy Night with Kathleen Madigan

Monday

6:00a – 8:00a Shuttle busses from hotels to Mandalay Bay
6:00a – 7:00p Registration Open
6:30 – 7:30a Industry Breakfast Seminar
7:00a Oquendo Center Lab Bus departs Mandalay Bay
7:00a – 5:30p Luggage storage service
7:00a – 6:00p Association booth open
7:30a – 5:30 Oquendo Center Labs / Speaker Enhancement
8:00a – 12:30p Hiking at Red Rock Canyon
8:00 – 10:00a Dr. Jack Walther Leadership Awards Breakfast (1st)
8:00a – 6:00p Exhibitor Registration
8:00a – 6:00p Scientific Program
9:00a – 5:00p Titers Vaccine
9:00a – 6:00p Exhibit Hall Hours
 9:00a – 6:00p Technician Lounge Sponsored by NAVTA
 10:00a – 6:00p  Downtown Shuttle
 11:30a – 3:00p  Culinary Walking Tour: The Strip
 12:00 – 1:00p  Industry Lunch Seminar
 1:00 – 2:00p  Exhibit Hall Only Hour
 1:00 – 3:00p  Brewery Tour
 6:30 – 9:00p  Technician Reception at Stoney’s
 7:30 – 9:30p  Alumni Receptions
 7:30 – 9:30p  DVM Student Reception

Tuesday

6:00a – 7:00p Shuttle busses from hotels to Mandalay Bay
6:30 – 7:30a Industry Breakfast Seminar
7:00a Oquendo Center Lab Bus departs MBCC
7:00a – 6:00p Registration Open
7:00a – 6:00p Association booth open
7:30a – 5:30p Oquendo Center Labs
8:00 – 10:00a Dr. Jack Walther Leadership Awards Breakfast (2nd)
8:00a – 6:00p Exhibitor Registration
8:00a – 8:00p Scientific Program
9:00a – 12:30p Las Vegas and Red Rock National Park tour
9:00a – 5:00p Titers Vaccine
9:00a – 6:00p Exhibit Hall Hours
9:00a – 6:00p Technician Lounge Sponsored by NAVTA
10:00a – 6:00p LV Premium North Outlet Mall Shuttle
12:00 – 1:00p Industry Lunch Seminar
1:00 – 2:00p Exhibit Hall Only Hour
1:00 – 3:30p Brewery Tour
4:30 – 6:00p Exhibit Hall Mixer
6:30 – 7:30p VIP Reception House of Blues (invitation only)
8:00 – 9:30p Gary Allan at House of Blues

Wednesday

6:00a – 7:00p Shuttle busses from hotels to Mandalay Bay
 6:30 – 7:30a  Industry Breakfast Seminar
7:00a  Oquendo Center Lab Bus departs MBCC
 7:00a – 6:00p  Registration Open
 7:00a – 6:00p  Association booth open
 7:30a – 5:30p  Oquendo Center Labs
 8:00a – 3:00p  Exhibitor Registration
 8:00a – 6:00p  Scientific Program
 9:00a – 5:00p Exhibit Hall Hours
 9:00a – 5:00p  Technician Lounge Sponsored by NAVTA
 9:00a – 5:00p  Titers Vaccine
 12:00 – 1:00p  Industry Lunch Seminar
 12:30 – 3:00p  Top Golf
 1:00p – 2:00p  Exhibit Hall Only Hour
 1:00 – 4:00p  Casa de Shenandoah tour
 1:00 – 3:30p Brewery Tour
 1:50p  Vet Detective Drawing
 5:30 – 9:00p  Culinary Walking Tour: Downtown

Thursday

6:00a – 5:30p Luggage Storage Service
 6:00a – 6:00p Shuttle busses from hotels to Mandalay Bay
6:00a – 6:00p  Airport Shuttle Bus Service
 7:00a  WVC Annual Meeting of the Members
 7:00a – 2:00p  Registration Open – TX Counter open until 5p.
 7:30a – 2:00p  Association booth open
 8:00a – 5:00p  Scientific Program

WVC Connect App

Your number one conference tool, the WVC Connect App, is ready for download from the Apple App Store or Google Play. This year’s app is fast, easy to use and comes with lots of new features. Watch a quick tutorial for a guide on how to best use the app.

Fast, Easy Functional!

  • Create your personal “My Schedule”
  • Participate in the 2016 Election by voting directly from the app
  • Play the all-new digital Vet Detective game, offering $3,500 in cash prizes
  • Annotate & download Conference Notes
  • Watch WVC-TV sessions right on your device
  • Post questions for speakers
  • Complete the conference survey and a survey for each course you attend
  • Receive alerts about room and schedule changes
  • Search for anything and everything WVC in the palm of your hand!

 

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CE Certificate

Your CE Certificate is ready to print from your WVC Account.

  • Click My Account on the top right corner and login
  • Click My Record/Certificate on the left side.
  • Click the 88th Annual Conference event to view sessions attended and take the session survey. You may add or delete sessions as you prefer.
  • Once you have finalized your selections, click on the Record of Sessions button to print and/or download a copy.
  • Click on the Print CE certificate button to view and print your CE Certificate. If you have any questions or problems, please email info@wvc.org.

Conference Notes

You may download all conference notes as a zip file (200 MB) to your desktop by going to the 2016 Educational Program, then by clicking Download All Conference Notes on the left side navigation. This is a larger file and you must be logged into your WVC My Account to access them.

  • VIEW NOTES BY SESSION:  From the 2016 Educational Program, click on the My Schedule in the gray bar at the top of the page, then click on the program button and select how you want to view the sessions. You will be able to view the notes once on the individual session page. You must be logged in to view the notes.

2016 Conference Survey

Thank you to everyone who participated in the conference and session surveys. WVC has randomly selected five winners to receive a $100 Visa Gift Card, please see below for the winners.

  • Dervla Lim
  • Amritveer Toor
  • Ashley Erick
  • Jade Maser
  • Wendy Ping

WVC-TV

Schedule conflict? Missed your favorite speaker? WVC-TV is the official broadcast of the Annual Conference. Catch a session you missed or watch bonus content such as interview and updates about what’s happening. You may watch WVC-TV throughout the Convention Center, online at digital.wvc.org, or on the WVC Connect app. SEE WHAT’S ON

Full Educational Program

Browse the full five day program, by date, speaker, area of specialty, type of course, and even key word. With over 1,000 hours of available CE, you can easily favorite and add sessions or exhibitors to create a personal plan by using My Schedule! Adding a session or exhibitor to My Schedule does not mean you are registered or guaranteed a seat for that course. All sessions are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage you to plan ahead and arrive at your session early. You must be logged into your WVC account to use My Schedule. 

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2016

WVC Annual Conference Wraps its 88th Year
Thousands of veterinary professionals descended upon Las Vegas for the WVC Dr. Randall G. Ezell 88th Annual Conference, held March 6–10 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. The organization’s flagship event made its March debut last week … READ MORE

Research Supports Change in Heartworm Protocol
A groundbreaking study by John McCall, MS, PhD, highlights the need to change the approach in fighting the rising incidence of heartworm infection in dogs. McCall’s research shows the value of topical repellent insecticidal products in a “double defense” … READ MORE

Hill’s introduces Prescription Diet® Derm Defense™ the first nutrition formulated to reduce signs of environmental allergies in dogs by helping disrupt allergic response and aid skin healing
Environmental allergens pose an invisible but constant nuisance to many dogs. Pollens, molds, and house dust mites can be found almost anywhere, and in any season.  It is estimated that more than 50 percent of allergy cases in dogs are caused … READ MORE

Hill’s and AGL announce strategic partnership to advance veterinary health care for dogs
Today at the WVC 88thDr. Randall G. Ezell 88th Annual Conference, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. and AGL announced a strategic alliance that will combine Hill’s expertise in pet nutrition with AGL’s new Vetrax veterinary medical analytics system. READ MORE

VetCell Therapeutics Begins Production of Advanced Cell Therapies for Dogs with OA
VetCell Therapeutics, a pet-focused subsidiary of PrimeGen Biotech, a pioneer in the research and discovery of practical therapeutic uses for stem cells, today announced that it has begun production of two advanced cell therapies, … READ MORE

VedaJag, Inc. releases AGADA
VedaJag, Inc. releases AGADA, a revolutionary wound-care dressing for skin, dental, and mucosal surfaces that controls bleeding, reduces bacterial infection, enhances wound-epithelialization, and reduces pain. AGADA aims to significantly enhance … READ MORE

Vet2Pet Launches Data-Enabled PetSync™ Platform for Veterinary Practice App
Vet2Pet is revolutionizing veterinary practice app capabilities with the introduction of its cutting-edge PetSync™ platform. Vet2Pet builds branded apps that help veterinary practices connect with their clients and bond them to the practice. The new … READ MORE

Firefly Returns to Western Vet with Henry Schein Animal Health
Returning for another year at the Western Veterinary Conference, Firefly brings its award winning Wireless Video Otoscope back to Las Vegas together with Henry Schein Animal Health. The Boston based company, which has been selling its cameras to some of … READ MORE

OMNI Practice Group Announces National Veterinary Placement Service
Omni Practice Group, a leading veterinary practice transition, valuation and real estate company is announcing the launch of a national veterinarian placement service. This service will allow veterinarians to minimize their time interviewing and screening … READ MORE

Research Supports Change in Heartworm Protocol
A groundbreaking study by John McCall, MS, PhD, highlights the need to change the approach in fighting the rising incidence of heartworm infection in dogs. McCall’s research shows the value of topical repellentinsecticidal products in a “double defense” protocol for … READ MORE

Smart Collar That Monitor Pet Health Can Now Assist in Early Diagnosis of Genetic Diseases
PetPace, the developer of an innovative wearable tech IoT collar for remote real-time monitoring and analysis of pet vital signs and activity, and Orivet, a leader genetic testing of pets for building personalized wellness and prevention plans, announce a strategic … READ MORE

WVC Gears Up for 88th Annual Conference in Las Vegas
One of the world’s largest veterinary continuing education (CE) events is expected to attract nearly 15,000 veterinary professionals to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas from March 6–10. The WVC Annual Conference, which has long been … READ MORE

Researchers Leverage PetPace Smart Collar in Groundbreaking Canine Epilepsy Study
PetPace, the developer of an innovative wearable tech, IoT collar for remote real-time monitoring and analysis of pet vital signs and activity, announces the initiation of a large, groundbreaking study of dogs with epilepsy, a common neurological disorder affecting … READ MORE

Trustedhousesitters Vet Referral Scheme Comes To WVC
Today, TrustedHousesitters – the world’s largest house sitting network – will be showcasing its Veterinary Referral Scheme at WVC, Las Vegas. The scheme offers veterinarians the opportunity to work with TrustedHousesitters to promote the benefits of house and … READ MORE

AniCell Biotech launches their CanisCell product line of regenerative therapies for dogs that requires no harvesting of Bone Marrow or Fat Stem Cells.
Today, AniCell Biotech launched its CanisCell Product Line of regenerative products for the dog market.  These products will be used to treat tendon and ligament damage, broken bones, ocular wounds and chronic joint issues. This product line does not require … READ MORE

WVC Announces Year-Round Lineup: 2016 Continuing Education
WVC announced today a full lineup of continuing education (CE) opportunities available in 2016, including hands-on labs offered at the Oquendo Center in Las Vegas and courses in four new cities for the On The Road series. As part of WVC’s commitment to providing … READ MORE

WVC Honors veterinary practitioner, teacher and leader Dr. Bruce Wren
WVC is pleased to announce the naming of its Food Animal Incentive Awards after W. Bruce Wren, DVM, PhD, who has been involved with WVC’s Annual Conference for decades serving as the food animal, equine and exotics program chair, in addition to serving on … READ MORE

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2016 – 88th Annual Conference

Scientific Program & Exhibit Hall Guide

Educational Program

Record of Sessions – Blank PDF

CE Certificates are available to print in your WVC Account

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2013 – The Dr. Jack Walther 85th Western Veterinary Conference

Scientific Program & Exhibit Hall Guide

Record of Sessions – Blank PDF

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2011 – 83rd Western Veterinary Conference

Scientific Program & Exhibit Hall Guide

Where is the 2017 WVC Annual Conference?

Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino is located 2 miles from McCarran International Airport.

Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
3950 S. Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119

Click here to view a map

Dates: Sunday March 5th, 2016 through Thursday March 9th, 2017.
Paid labs are available on Saturday March 4th, through Wednesday March 8th. You may sign up for these labs by logging into your profile and registering.

How do I convince my boss that I will benefit from attending the WVC Annual Conference?

The five days that you spend at the WVC Annual Conference is the most practical and cost-effective professional development available.  You will learn from expert instructors and gain knowledge that you can return to your practice and put to use immediately. With over 1,000 hours of CE available, the conference is your opportunity to earn all required CE in one place.

WVC’s Annual Conference is known to be the highest quality program on offer, in a world-class destination that is also cost effective for travel and accommodation. 97% of last year’s attendees said they would recommend attending the conference to a colleague.

WVC has provided a template to help you convince your boss to say yes. Click HERE to download How To Get Your Boss To Say Yes!

When will the 2017 Exhibit Hall be open?

Location: Mandalay Bay South Conference Center level 1, Bayside BC.

Monday March 6th: 9:00a to 6:00p
Tuesday March 7th: 9:00a to 6:00p
Wednesday March 8th: 9:00a to 5:00p

Limited education sessions are available in the Exhibit Hall from 1:00-2:00p each day.

Who can attend the WVC Annual Conference?

WVC presents scientific and practice relevant information to members of the veterinary profession and supporting paraprofessionals. The Annual Conference is not open to the general public and reserves the right to determine attendance and participation of non-veterinarians.

  • Graduate Veterinarians: Graduate veterinarians are welcome to attend the Conference regardless of their licensure status, employment status, or school of graduation. A graduate veterinarian, first-year graduate and retired veterinarian, must register as a veterinarian.
  • DVM Students: U.S. and International students may register online or onsite. Students must present their current school ID to the DVM Student Counter, at Onsite Registration. Note: DVM student registration does not apply to DVM graduates with a residency or internship status.
  • Veterinary Technicians, Veterinary Assistants, Practice Managers, and Administrative Staff: Veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants, practice managers and administrative staff are eligible to attend the Conference. Administrative staff must be employed in a veterinary facility. Minimum age for all registrants is 18.
  • Veterinary Technician Students (U.S. and Canada): Must be enrolled in an AVMA accredited program. Available to 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year students only. Online registration is available, September 1, 2016 to February 16, 2017. NOTE: Student must fax, mail, or email c.verduzco@wvc.org, letter from Program Director, on school letterhead, confirming enrollment, or submit documentation of current program enrollment, prior to Conference, for badge to be printed. Onsite registration is not available.

How many people usually attend the Annual Conference?

Nearly 15,000 veterinary professionals attend WVC Annual Conference, of which over 6,000 are veterinarians. Approximately 90% are from the U.S. and 10% from other countries.

How many CE hours are offered?

With your conference registration, a veterinarian or veterinary technician can earn 45 hours of continuing education credit. Veterinarians who elect to take a Saturday or Sunday morning lab, may earn up to 53 hours. Veterinary technicians can earn 45 hours of continuing education credits.

How do I register for the 2017 WVC Annual Conference?

Registration opens September 1, 2016. You can register on our website by clicking the green “Register Now” button and completing the process. On-site registration is available located at our registration counter on level 2 of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. To save time we recommend registering online so when you arrive at the conference you can pick up your badge and begin your day.

What is your cancellation policy for registration and paid sessions?

Cancellation Policy

  • $50 processing fee applies to Conference registration cancellations.
  • $25 processing fee applies to Guest badge cancellations.
  • $75 processing fee applies to all Hands-on Labs. Full refund will be provided if a lab is canceled by WVC due to inadequate enrollment.
  • Lunch & Learn/Workshop registrations are nonrefundable and nontransferable.
  • $25 badge replacement fee (replacement is only available onsite).
  • DVM Student and Veterinary Technician Student registrations are nonrefundable.
  • Requests for refunds must be received at the WVC Office in writing (via email /fax/U.S. mail) by February 25, 2017. Requests postmarked after February 25, 2017 will not be processed. No exceptions. All registrations are nontransferable. Email:c.verduzco@wvc.org or Fax: 702.739.6420

Can I bring a guest?

Yes, you may bring a guest by purchasing a guest badge. The guest badge allows access to the exhibit hall, evening entertainment, and complimentary shuttles from the Mandalay Bay to the off-site events. The guest badge DOES NOT include access to any scientific sessions. Guests who wish to attend the Scientific Program lectures must purchase an additional badge, registering in the appropriate category. You may purchase more than one guest badge.

What is your Child Policy?

Children under the age of 18 do not require a guest badge. A child may enter the Exhibit Hall and certain events if accompanied by a badged adult. Children under the age of 18 are not permitted in any scientific sessions.

Does WVC provide childcare?

WVC does not provide childcare services due to current Clark County, Nevada restrictions. WVC does not recommend that you bring children under 18 due to the professional and medical nature of the Conference. Please contact your hotel concierge directly for information about child care services within your hotel.

I am not going to the conference but would like to register several people from my clinic to attend. How do I do this?

Each participant must have their own account in order to keep a record of their CE hours. You may register via the WVC website or by completing a pdf registration form. You will have to enter the information of the participant as if you are the participant. You will be required to enter their contact information, email address, preferred phone number, home or business address, profession, and payment information, etc.

I tried to add a Labs/Workshops/LL/ Conference Activities to my registration and my confirmation states that I am on the waitlist. What is this?

When a course is full, the waitlist is an automated process, allowing a participant to place themselves in line for an opening. When a spot becomes available, WVC will contact you directly.

What sessions am I allowed to attend?

As a badged primary participant, you are welcome to attend all sessions/lectures, however; there are paid sessions such as Hands-on Labs, Lunch & Learns, and most Workshops that have an additional fee and can be exclusive to specific registrant types. Please review the sessions carefully before selecting. Click Here to view the 2017 Scientific Program.

Do I sign up for each session I want to attend?

No, WVC’s scientific lectures, including symposia, and special presentations are open to all registered participants on a first-come, first-served basis. However; for your own personal use, you may use the MySchedule application to list all the sessions you are interested in attending. Please note that Hands-on Laboratories, Workshops, and Lunch and Learns require an additional registration and fee.

Is lunch included in the registration?

No. However, lunch and food options are available inside the Exhibit Hall and throughout the Conference hotel and Convention Center. Complimentary breakfast is available for Industry Symposia and complimentary box lunches are also available from Industry Lunch Seminars, both on a first-come first-served basis for registered participants.

Are the Conference Notes included in the registration fee?

Yes, Conference Notes are available with your registration for a year through the WVC Learning Library. Guest registration does not include Conference Notes.

Conference Notes Disclaimer: The Annual Conference Notes contain lecture notes for over 650 sessions being presented at the WVC Annual Conference. While every effort has been made to include notes for all sessions, some notes are not available. In particular, notes for Hands-on Labs, Workshops, Industry Seminars, and Symposia are typically published separately and distributed directly to attendees during the session. Due to the level of audience participation, notes are not required for Lunch & Learn sessions and select sessions that focus on case presentations.

How do I access conference notes?

There are a couple of ways to access conference notes. They are available through the program website eventscribe.com/2017/wvc and on the WVC-Connect mobile app. You must be logged into to your WVC account to view session notes.

DOWNLOAD ALL CONFERENCE NOTES: You may download all conference notes as a zip file (200 MB) to your desktop by clicking the Login/My Schedule text in the gray bar at the top of the page, then by clicking Download All Conference Notes text on the left side navigation. This is a larger file and you must be logged into your WVC My Account to access them.

VIEW NOTES BY SESSION: You must be logged in to view the notes. Click on the Login/My Schedule text in the gray bar at the top of the page, then click on the program button and select how you want to view the sessions. You will be able to view the notes once on the individual session page.

WVC-CONNECT APP:

Log in to the mobile app, then select schedule. If sessions notes have been provided, an icon will appear in the footer area. You can favorite sessions to easily reference in the future through My Schedule.

Conference Notes Disclaimer: The Annual Conference Notes contain lecture notes for over 650 sessions being presented at the WVC Annual Conference. While every effort has been made to include notes for all sessions, some notes are not available. In particular, notes for Hands-on Labs, Workshops, Industry Seminars, and Symposia are typically published separately and distributed directly to attendees during the session. Due to the level of audience participation, notes are not required for Lunch & Learn sessions and select sessions that focus on case presentations.

How do I access the WVC Learning Library?

To access the Learning Library, follow the instructions below.

  1. Type the following URL into your browser: http://library.wvc.org
  2. Navigate to the upper right hand corner and click on the Login text.
  3. Log in using your WVC login credentials (email address and password).

Please note the login is case sensitive.

If you need assistance retrieving this, please contact info@wvc.org or 866.800.7326.

How do I keep track of sessions I attended so I can submit my CE to my state regulator?

Badge scanning technology is utilized at the Conference in order to better understand attendee interests and preferences. The information collected will be used to improve future events and enhance attendee experience. We encourage all participants to take part in this process to ensure the most accurate data is obtained. As an extra benefit, you can personally keep track of sessions you attend and refer to the information in your WVC account. Most WVC sessions comply with state mandates for continuing education credit (you are responsible for confirming specific requirements in states where you are licensed), and your onsite record can help supply the documentation you need.

To access a copy of your My Record, follow the instructions below.

  1. Click My Account on the top right corner of wvc.org and login
  2. Click My Record/Certificate on the left side.
  3. Click the Annual Conference event to view sessions attended and take the session survey. You may add or delete sessions as you prefer.
  4. Once you have finalized your selections, click on the Record of Sessions button to print and/or download a copy.
  5. Click on the Print CE certificate button to view and print your CE Certificate. If you have any questions or problems, please email info@wvc.org.

A Record of Sessions Form has also been provided for you in the Scientific Program & Exhibit Hall Guide.

How do I use the MySchedule?

MySchedule is accessible through the program website at https://www.eventscribe.com/2017/WVC

In order to use the MySchedule feature, you must be logged in to your WVC Account. 

Browse the program and favorite sessions and exhibitors by clicking on the star icon. This will add items to your My Schedule.

Click on the MySchedule button in the left hand navigation area to view a full list of sessions. 

This information will automatically be added to the WVC-Connect mobile app when you download and log in for use while at the Conference. 

How do I download the WVC-Connect mobile app?

The 2017 WVC-Connect app will be released in January 2017. WVC encourages you to download and install the app before the Meeting, and download any notes available before each session starts. The app is available for both Apple and Android devices via Apple’s App Store and Google Play, respectively. Search for WVC 2017.For iOS devices, you will need iOS 7.0 or higher, and for Android devices you will need Android 2.3 or higher. 

Once you download and install the app, you will log into your account with your email address and badge id number (found in your confirmation email).

If you have any difficulties, please contact CadmiumCD at support@cadmiumcd.com or call (410) 638-9239. We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!

Is there free WiFi offered at the Mandalay Bay South Convention Center?

Yes, on level 2 and 3, but unfortunately not on level 1 or in the Exhibit Hall.  Please check with your hotel front desk about WiFi in your room.

Where do I pick up my badge?

All badges will be printed and picked up onsite. Level 2, Oceanside A Ballroom,  Mandalay Bay South Convention Center.

  • BADGE ENCODING DISCLOSURE: As a WVC primary registrant, your contact information is automatically encoded into your badge. When the badge is scanned at the Exhibit Hall, the encoding supplies your name, mailing address, email address, telephone number, and fax number. This badge system replaces a business card and should be protected and should be scanned at your discretion.
  • Guest badges will also be encoded with the primary contact information.
  • Badges will be printed onsite, U.S. and International. ID required.

How do I receive my CE certificate?

Your CE Certificate will be available to print online after the conference in your WVC MyAccount.

CE certificates will not be issued to Retired Veterinarian, DVM Students, Veterinary Technician students, General Attendees and Guests, as they are not eligible for continuing education credits, however a participation certificate will be available to print if needed, excluding guests.

TEXAS CE: To meet the requirements for the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, you must check in at the Texas CE counter at Onsite Registration, your badge will be printed at that time. Before leaving the conference stop by the Texas CE counter to sign your CE certificate and take it with you. Due to Texas CE requirements, WVC cannot mail your CE certificate, and it will not be available online. If you are licensed in Texas, and did not register with a Texas address, please inform the attendant at the CE counter, and a certificate will be printed and ready for you when you check out.

For previous conference certificates or other WVC continued education events, please submit your request by email to c.verduzco@wvc.org.

How do I reserve my hotel room and what options do I have?

WVC negotiates discounted hotel rooms in Las Vegas. Hotel booking will open September 1, 2016. You can book online or by calling the hotel directly. Be sure you mention you will be attending the WVC 89th Annual Conference when reserving your room.

Can I bring my RV to the Conference?

The 5-Star Oasis RV Resort is located only 2.5 miles from Mandalay Bay and offers beautiful sites with many amenities. Please visit their website to learn more.

2711 W. Windmill Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89123
Phone: 1-800-566-4707
Website: www.oasislasvegasrvresort.com

Is WVC providing transportation to and from McCarran International Airport?

Airport Arrival Shuttle Bus Service.
Transport to the following hotels: Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Four Seasons, Luxor Hotel & Casino, and Excalibur Hotel & Casino.

Saturday, March 4, 9:00a-7:00p
Sunday, March 5, 8:00a-10:00p

Terminal 1, Group shuttles are available on the west side of baggage claim, outside door exits 7 – 13. Airport personnel are available to help queue the lines and provide assistance as needed.

Terminal 3, Shuttles are conveniently located outside on Level Zero on the west end of the building to serve domestic travelers and on the east side of the building to accommodate international travelers. Quick exit lanes will allow traffic to leave the airport quickly and airport personnel are available to assist as needed.

Airport Return Shuttle Bus Service. Pickup at Mandalay Bay Convention Center Shark Reef Entrance for shuttle to McCarran International Airport

Thursday, March 9, 6:00a-6:00p

Is WVC providing hotel shuttle transportation to and from the other contracted hotels to Mandalay Bay Convention Center?

Transportation will only be provided for the following hotels during conference. Shuttles will run every 15-25 minutes from Mandalay Bay Convention Center Shark Reef entrance, level 1.

Luxor Hotel & Casino: North Bus Plaza
MGM Grand Hotel & Casino: Lower level of MGM Grand Garden Entrance
New Your-New York Hotel & Casino: Main/valet entrance on Tropicana Blvd.
Excalibur Hotel & Casino: Rotunda entrance

Sunday, March 5: 7:00a-6:30p
Monday, March 6: 6:00a – 8:00p
Tuesday, March 7: 6:00a – 7:00p
Wednesday, March 8: 6:00a – 7:00p
Thursday, March 9: 6:00a – 5:00p

Is there a place to check our bags during Annual Conference?

Yes, you may check-in your baggage on Sunday and Monday for arrivals and again on Thursday for departures. Location is TBD. For participants not staying at Mandalay Bay, the hotel bell desk will not hold luggage.

What should I wear?

Business casual attire is recommended. Wear comfortable shoes, and bring a sweater or jacket, session rooms tend to run on the cooler side. If you are participating in a hands-on lab, please wear closed-toe shoes and scrubs.

What is the weather like in Las Vegas in March?

The temperature in Las Vegas during March averages in the 60’s – 70’s (Fahrenheit).

Attendees with Disabilities

Please contact the WVC office toll-free at 866.800.7326 or 702.739.6698 before December 1, 2015, so we can anticipate and assist with your special needs. Wheelchair and scooter rentals are available at Hotel Bell Desks, on a first come, first served basis. In addition, you can contact Universal Mobility at 800.852.3006, or info@lvscooter.com or the company’s website at lvscooter.com.

What do I do if I lose an item at conference?

For lost or stolen items at the Mandalay Bay Conference Center, please find the closest house phone and request to speak to the security department. WVC staff turns in all lost items at the end of each conference day.

How can I find options for dining and Las Vegas shows?

Seats Taken concierge service will be available at the concierge desk on Level 1 of the convention center, next to the elevators.

Updated link to WVC discounts page coming soon.

What are the future dates for the WVC Annual Conference?

March 4-8, 2018