Our History

Est. 1928

90+ Year Legacy

Organizational History


2018: WVC made the list of the 2018 50 best nonprofits to work for at #23! – NPT’s Best Nonprofits To Work

2017: WVC set sail for the first Destination CE with a cruise to Alaska.

2016: The Women’s Veterinary Summit, a leadership and business event was held for the first time in July.

2015: The first Veterinary Technician Symposium, a technician only three-day event, was a sell-out success.

2014: Officially changed the organization name from Western Veterinary Conference to WVC. On the Road, a six-hour lecture series in cities across the US was created.

2009: Oquendo Center opens in Las Vegas, NV.

2008: The 80th Annual Conference was held on February 17-21 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

2007: Opportunities for technicians increased with the technician evening event and fair. The auto tutorial library went digital. Western Veterinary Conference Continuing Educator of the Year was implemented via electronic voting by WVC Annual Conference attendees.

2006: The 78th Annual Western Veterinary Conference attendance exceeded 14,000. WVC-TV, WVC-Encore, and a key Sunday kick-off event were launched at this conference.

2005: Electronic voting for board of directors was introduced.The international reception was provided to hundreds of international attendees for the first time.The Conference Call newspaper was developed and delivered Monday through Wednesday at the Conference.

2004: Western Veterinary Conference Silent Auction Gallery and Gift Clinic were started.

2003: The Conference moved to Mandalay Bay Convention Center to accommodate more meetings and exhibitors.

2001: The meeting moved to the MGM Grand Conference Center.


1988: The Riviera Hotel provided additional meeting space from 1988 to 2000.

1986: The association incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Nevada.

1985: The term “states” and reference to “Intermountain Veterinary Medical Association” were discontinued, and the association was renamed the “Western Veterinary Conference.”


1974: The Western Veterinary Conference moved again to the Las Vegas Hilton.

1970: In response to continuous needs for more meeting and exhibit space, the Conference moved to the Sahara Hotel.


1965: The name Western States Veterinary Conference, sponsored by the Intermountain Veterinary Medical Association, was adopted.

1963: The meeting moved to the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas to allow for greater accessibility for the growing veterinary population in the Western and Southwestern United States. With the exception of a one-year cancellation because of a hotel fire, the conference met annually since and emphasized diversity and quality presentations for practicing veterinarians in all species areas.


1947: The name was revised to the “Intermountain Veterinary Medical Association” to reflect the many changes occurring in the profession.


1938: The Association moved to Salt Lake City.


1928: WESTERN VETERINARY CONFERENCE (WVC) originated in 1928 in Logan, Utah, as the “Intermountain Livestock Sanitary Association.” In keeping with the focus of the practitioner-founders, the meetings in the early years were held at the Ogden Livestock Show.