Conference Program 2015 Program

Avian & Exotics, Equine, Food Animal, Practice Management, Small Animal, and Veterinary Technician

Veterinary medicine’s finest presenters from around the globe offer the latest knowledge in Avian & Exotics, Equine, Food Animal, Practice Management, Small Animal, and Veterinary Technician.


Hands-on Labs

Hone your skills in these limited-enrollment, technique-mastering sessions where you complete advanced procedures under the expert guidance of specialists who love to teach. Hands-on Labs combine didactic lecture and actual hands-on experience. All labs are held at WVC’s Oquendo Center just minutes from the Mandalay Bay and are among the most popular offerings at the Conference. (Additional fee applies.) Available for purchase October 8.

Hands on Lab

Industry Breakfast/Lunch Seminars

Explore the veterinary profession’s most pressing topics as addressed by scientific and business experts while you enjoy a pleasant complimentary meal. Industry Breakfast/Lunch Seminars provide excellent opportunities for you to become up-to-date about the most recent clinical results and products new to the marketplace. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Available for purchase October 8.

Industry Breakfast

Lunch & Learns

WVC’s popular Lunch & Learn sessions gather small groups of attendees over an appealing lunch in an intimate setting where the audience can interact directly with a topic expert. Limited enrollment encourages participants to share questions and comments with each other as well as the featured specialist. Tickets for these special luncheons sell out quickly and seating capacity is limited, so register early. (Additional fee applies.) Available for purchase October 8.

Lunch & Learns

Special Presentations

WVC offers a number of complimentary special presentations that are directed to specific audiences, such as attendees with a keen interest in learning diagnostic and treatment techniques for challenging dermatology cases in a live-action demonstration setting.

Special Presentations


WVC is pleased to incorporate into its Scientific Program an array of complimentary corporate-supported Symposia that provide its core content with additional forward-looking Scientific Sessions. Each Symposium offers a focused, themed approach to CE for Conference attendees. Topics and speakers are cutting-edge, selected by the sponsoring companies, and subject matter will be submitted to AAVSB RACE for CE credit. Advance registration/ticket is not required.



WVC Workshops are intensive training sessions that enable you to acquire essential practice knowledge with a limited-size group of like-minded professionals. (Additional fee may apply.) Available for purchase October 8.


CE Information

  • Each 50-minute lecture provides 1 hour of CE credit (Excluding North Carolina).
  • CE credits for Hands-on Labs, Workshops and Lunch & Learns are calculated by the number of instructional hours for each.
Full Conference Registration: up to 53 CE hours*
Saturday, February 14 8 hours
Sunday, February 15 5 hours
Monday, February 16 10 hours
Tuesday, February 17 12 hours
Wednesday, February 18 10 hours
Thursday, February 19 8 hours
  • *Some CE hours are obtained by attending Hands-on Labs, Workshops, and Lunch & Learns and require an additional fee.

Activities & Events

Long days of learning deserve to be broken up with energizing activity and exciting entertainment! WVC Staff is busy working to negotiate the best deals, formulating the must-sees, and building a fun program for you to enjoy!



The details are coming soon but the great night out is a given. We work hard behind the scenes to bring you the best and brightest entertainers. Past acts have included: Phil Vassar, Chicago, Styx, and LeAnn Rimes

Comedy Night

Comedy Night

We haven’t yet announced the lineup, but we’re sure you’ll be laughing out loud all night long. Comedy night is always a favorite among attendees and their guests. Don’t miss it!

Guest Program

Guest Program

When you bring a guest with you to WVC, we make sure they are well taken care of. With a whole schedule of exciting activities like interactive tours, afternoon tea and much more, your guest will be entertained while you learn.



Establish instant rapport with your alumni and make new connections with veterinary professionals from around the world. Our host of specialty receptions will give you the chance to make the most of your networking opportunities. What’s more, you’ll get the chance to kick back and let loose after a long day of learning!

Conference Tools

All tools will be available for use soon. Registrants will be notified when tools are open.

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Exhibit Hall

Enter the most comprehensive assembly of veterinary-related exhibitors in the world under one roof, located directly across from the scientific sessions. As you plan your trip to the 2015 Annual Western Veterinary Conference, do not forget to build into your schedule a visit or two to the Exhibit Hall. Stop by your favorites among more than 500 exhibiting companies with representatives ready to demonstrate their latest products. Many offer free samples! In addition, all offer information on the most advanced equipment, supplies, and services for your practice. Take full advantage of all three exhibit days to build your industry contacts, discover new sources, and learn what your professional organizations are accomplishing.

Hotels / Transportation



Part of the fun of the annual Western Veterinary Conference is the experience of staying in an exciting Las Vegas hotel. For the most convenient conference access, our host hotel, Mandalay Bay is a great choice. Otherwise, WVC negotiates discounted hotel rooms at many other great locations.

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Transportation during the Conference has been accounted for. Continuous shuttles run between the Mandalay Bay and the Oquendo Center, where some of the labs take place. All organized event transportation has been arranged but hotel shuttles and taxis are readily available for all of our personal travel and entertainment needs.

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Registration Fees

Full Conference Registration: up to 53 CE hours*

Attendee Early Standard Late
Veterinarian $395 $445 $495
Retired 65+ (No CE) $165 $185 $195
1st Yr Grad $145 $165 $175
Veterinary Technician $295 $315 $325
Veterinary Assistant $295 $315 $325
Practice Manager $295 $315 $325
Administrative Staff $295 $315 $325
General Attendee (No CE) $295 $315 $325
DVM Students $35 $35 $35
Veterinary Technician Student $35 $35 $35
Guest $65 $65 $75
Exhibits 3 Day $300
Registration (One Day Pricing)
Attendee Early Standard Late
Veterinarian $245 $265 $275
Veterinary Technician $125 $150 $175
Veterinary Assistant $125 $150 $175
Practice Manager $125 $150 $175
Administration Staff $125 $150 $175
General Attendee (No CE) $125 $150 $175
Exhibits 1 Day $125
Register Now Who can register? Texas/North Carolina CE Terms and Conditions

Exclusively for Technicians


WVC is pleased to welcome the hard-working Veterinary Technicians from all over the globe, and this year, the Technician schedule is jam-packed with ample opportunities for learning, networking, and just plain fun!

In addition to daily scientific programs and the Exhibit Hall, take time for events, exclusive entertainment, and the much-anticipated return of the attendee-favorite Technician Reception!

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Who can attend the Western Veterinary Conference?

Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians, Veterinary Assistants, Practice Managers, Administrative Staff, DVM Students, Veterinary Technician Students, allied veterinary health professionals. Photo ID required. DVM Students and Veterinary Technician Students in AVMA accredited programs require student credentials.

How many people usually attend the Annual Western Veterinary Conference?

Nearly 15,000 veterinary professionals attend WVC, 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?

In 2015, 53 hours of CE are available for a full registration. Please note that the Autotutorial Theater does not qualify for CE credit.

Is lunch included in the registration?

No. However, lunch and food options are available inside the Exhibit Hall and throughout the Conference hotels and Convention Center. Complimentary box lunches are also available from Industry Lunch Seminars.

Are the Conference Notes included in the registration fee?

Conference Notes will be available online only, after January 15, 2015. Notes are not included with a Guest registration.

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

WVC's scientific lectures, including symposia, and special presentations are open to all registered attendees on a first-come, first-served basis. Hands-on Laboratories, Workshops, and Lunch and Learns require an additional registration and fee.

As a Veterinary Technician, what sessions may I attend?

You are welcome to attend lectures designed specifically for Technicians, Veterinarians, and Practice Managers.

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

There are three ways to keep track of the sessions you attend.

  1. WVC allows you to track your sessions through MySchedule.
  2. You will be able to scan your badge when entering sessions rooms. Large lecture halls are equipped with passive scanning technology. Smaller rooms utilize an iPad to record your entry.
  3. A Sessions Attended from is provided onsite in the back of the Scientific Program & Exhibit Hall Guide. This form allows to you keep a written record to send to your state board. It is not necessary that you send a copy to WVC.

How do I receive my CE certificate?

Your CE Certificate will be available to print online after the Conference.  For previous conference certificates, please submit your request by email to

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

WVC negotiates discounted hotel rooms in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay, Delano, Four Seasons, Luxor, Excalibur, MGM Grand, Tropicana, New York-New York, Monte Carlo, Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, Courtyard, La Quinta Inn, and Residence Inn Las Vegas South.

Can I purchase additional Guest badge(s) for my family and friends?

Yes. Guest registration allows access to the Guest Program (Monday-Wednesday), Exhibit Hall, social activities and evening entertainment events. DOES NOT include access to any scientific session. Guests who wish to attend the Scientific Program lectures must purchase an additional badge, registering in the appropriate category.

What should I wear?

Business casual attire is recommended for official meeting functions. Bring a sweater or jacket. Session rooms tend to run on the cooler side.

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 baby-sitting services within your hotel, or contact the following independent child care sources near Mandalay Bay (not affiliated with WVC).

Bright Horizons-McCarran 1788 Landing Strip Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89119702.261.5437

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

Please contact the Mandalay Bay Concierge or the Concierge at the hotel where you are staying for information on dining, entertainment, and more.

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. Visit to learn more.

When do I get my badge and lanyard?

All badges will be printed onsite. Please go to Level 2 of the Mandalay Convention Center. If you have registered in advance, go to the Advance Check-In counters. ID will be required.

What is the weather like in Las Vegas in February?

A typical Las Vegas day in February usually includes a high temperature in the mid 60s with overnight lows in the 30 to 40 degree range. Las Vegas sees more rain, on average, in February than any other month, yet it's still drier here than in most other parts of the country. Click here to learn more about Las Vegas weather.