Who We Are ...

WVC has a 90-year history of providing practical, high-quality continuing education to veterinary and medical professionals. Based in Las Vegas and operating as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, WVC provides year-round continuing education including career building and hands-on learning at its state-of-the-art Oquendo Center; Destination CE that offers continuing education in unique locations around the world; and the WVC Annual Conference, a five-day event held in Las Vegas, attracting veterinary professionals from every US state and more than 27 countries. 


Who Attends WVC Events ...

  • 23,854 participants attended a WVC event in 2018
  • 9,980 participants attended an Oquendo Center event in 2018
  • 72 attended Destination CE - Costa Rica
  • 723 CE hours were offered in 2018 at WVC courses
  • 200+ events hosted at Oquendo Center, a 26% increase over 2017

Annual Conference Quick Facts ...

General Info
  • 92nd Annual Conference dates are February 16-19, 2020
  • 91st Annual Conference dates are February 17-20, 2019
  • The conference will be held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 473 exhibiting companies

Conference Attendance Breakdown

  • 15,030 total attendance at the 2019 Annual Conference
  • 63% female | 35% male | 2% unknown
  • 5,425 veterinarians
  • 1,168 veterinary technicians
  • 9% increase from 2018
  • 50 states and over 29 countries represented
  • 95% participant satisfaction rating


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Annual Conference Event Venue

Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S
Las Vegas, NV 89119
T: 702.632.7777

Oquendo Center
Event Venue

2425 East Oquendo Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89120
TF: 866.800.7326
P: 702.739.6698

Descriptions ...

WVC Description (Full)

The World’s Leading Provider of Professional Medical Education
For more than half a century, WVC has provided the highest quality year-round continuing education to medical professionals. WVC has established itself as a world leader by engaging recognized authorities to deliver valuable information utilizing innovative and effective methodologies that enhance animal and human health worldwide. A trusted and highly regarded resource in the medical community, WVC advances the field of medicine through a wide variety of annual events including the highly anticipated Annual Conference, as well as a series of hands-on labs, specialized conferences, and destination events—ultimately demonstrating an investment in the overall advancement of medicine for patients of all walks of life.

Oquendo Center Description (Full)

Where Cutting-Edge Technology Meets State-of-the-Art Education
All the tools you need to succeed, all in one extraordinary learning environment. Oquendo Center, WVC’s state-of-the-art medical education facility, is devoted to practical, clinical, and experience-based learning. Distinctively designed for medical professionals to collaborate, teach, and learn, this cutting-edge center is fully equipped with the most advanced equipment and top-of-the-line technology; a large luxury theater for group learning and expert-led lectures; and a variety of intimate spaces for workshops and small-group discussions. A sought-out destination for forward-thinking education and innovation, Oquendo Center is a premier environment for professional learning, optimized to advance the field of medicine.

WVC Annual Conference (Full)

Discover Your Why
We know you, as a veterinary professional, are driven by heart and persistence to go the extra mile for your patients. Although saving lives is rewarding, we understand that your days don’t pass without some challenges. Ignite your passion and discover your why with WVC.

Whether you're motivated by medical research or a desire to care for an animal in need (or both!), WVC supplies the education and networking opportunities necessary to advance your career. Discover new interests within the field, cutting-edge techniques, and discover your purpose within the veterinary community during WVC’s Annual Conference.


Press Guidelines ...

Complimentary Registration

Press representatives receive complimentary registration. Complimentary badges are given at the discretion of the WVC.  WVC reserves the right to approve, deny, or rescind press badges at any time during the conference. The deadline for requesting the complimentary conference registration is January 31, 2020.  All press must be pre-registered for the conference prior to the deadline in order to receive complimentary registration. There are NO exceptions. Press registering after January 31, 2020, must register as a general attendee or purchase a one-day pass.

Who qualifies for a press badge at WVC?

  • Press registration shall be complimentary for working press or journalists for the sole purpose of gathering news for their publications.  

  • Publications must be animal health; livestock or consumer pet/animal-related and advertising sales are not permitted except in the context of a commercial exhibitor's booth.

  • There shall be no more than three (3) complimentary registrations per approved company. Additional badges can be purchased at the registration counter. 

Who does not qualify for a press badge at WVC?

  • Public relations representatives (e.g., marketing, creative services, circulation, and other employees of magazines, newspapers, and television stations).
  • Writers and publishers of personal or corporate newsletters.
  • Family members of approved media personnel.
  • Public relations representatives must register as "exhibitor personnel" if your clients are confirmed participants in the tradeshow. Please check with your client directly to order your badge. If you are not working with an exhibitor, public relations representatives may register for a general attendee badge ($450) 

Other Information

  • WVC will receive complimentary subscriptions to the respective publications.

  • Photo ID and a business card may be requested by WVC onsite.

Complimentary Workroom

In this room, you will find press kits from WVC and exhibiting companies at the conference. This location also provides you with a quiet place to interview conference speakers and write materials.



Questions about Annual Conference press registration and
activities as well as image requests should be directed to:

Abby Crimm
Content Coordinator, WVC

If you are interested in scheduling an interview or have follow up questions, please submit a written request to:

Tracy Covert
Director of Marketing, WVC

Request Complimentary
Annual Conference Media Registration

Complimentary media registration is issued at the discretion of WVC. All submitted requests will be reviewed according to press guidelines posted above. A WVC team member will reach out to you with follow up paperwork if your request is approved. Thank you.

Press Releases

WVC is pleased to announce that they have been named one of Nonprofit Times’ 50 Best Nonprofits to Work For in 2019. This annual ranking is dedicated to recognizing top employers in the nonprofit industry by considering a number of factors, including employee engagement and the ability to tap into employees’ skills... Read More
In an effort to recognize educators that take the lead role in furthering veterinary education, WVC is pleased to honor the 2019 WVC Continuing Educators of the Year as voted on by conference participants at the recent 91st Annual Conference. Eight outstanding instructors were highlighted as presenters that made a lasting impression and impact at this year’s event... Read More

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (March 4, 2019) – A record number of veterinary professionals descended upon Las Vegas for the WVC’s 91st Annual Conference, held February 17-20 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. 

As the year’s most influential gathering of veterinary professionals and the organization’s flagship event, WVC brought together a record 15,030 of the best and brightest in the veterinary profession for four impactful days of education, innovation, and collaboration... Read More
LAS VEGAS (February 6, 2019) - WVC is less than two weeks away from the 91st Annual Conference at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, February 17-20, 2019...Read More
LAS VEGAS (November 19, 2018) Veterinary postgraduates and students across North America were honored by WVC for their leadership and dedication to veterinary medicine. Together they will join over 14,000 veterinary professionals for the WVC 91st Annual Conference held February 17-20 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas...Read More
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (September 27, 2018) – WVC, the leading veterinary conference, has announced registration is now open for the 91st Annual Conference, February 17-20, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Themed “It Matters”, the Annual Conference will celebrate the passionate, educated, dedicated veterinary professionals who are committed to providing optimal care to their animal patients...Read More
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (July 24, 2018) – WVC, producers of the widely regarded WVC Annual Veterinary Conference, has announced two Veterinary Technician Symposia for 2018. Each event offers 24 hours of continuing education credits and a unique opportunity for veterinary technicians to increase their knowledge, sharpen their skills, and experience unparalleled networking to collaborate and collect new ideas...Read More
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (June 21, 2018)—WVC is pleased to announce the 2018 incoming board president Dr. Darwin R. Yoder, as well as new board members Drs. Travis McDermott and Suzanne Russo. Announced at the most recent WVC Annual Conference held this past March 2018, these professionals bring a wealth of knowledge, expertise, and leadership to the organization...Read More
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (May 31, 2018)— WVC is pleased to honor the 2018 WVC Annual Conference Continuing Educators of the Year. Event participants selected seven outstanding instructors who were superior in their ability to deliver innovative and effective continuing education content with insight, accuracy, depth, and openness...Read More
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (April 24, 2018)—WVC Annual Conference show organizers annually survey their more than 14,000 participants in an effort to gain show-related insight. In response to the needs reflected in the feedback, WVC is moving their conference back to February and has shortened the duration by one day. New dates for the WVC Annual Conference will be February 17-20, 2019 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center...Read More

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (April 11, 2018) – WVC is pleased to announce that they have been named one of Nonprofit Times’ 50 Best Nonprofits to Work For in 2018. The report asked employees culture questions in eight key business and operational categories regarding leadership and planning; corporate culture and communications; pay and benefits; training, development and resources; and more...Read More

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (March 16, 2018) – Nearly 14,000 veterinary professionals gathered at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas for the WVC 90th Annual Conference, March 4-8. Participants had the opportunity to attend in more than 1,000 scientific sessions, interact with over 518 exhibiting companies in the Exhibit Hall and network with colleagues from 27 countries and all 50 states...Read More

In the News

As the year’s most influential gathering of veterinary professionals and the organization’s flagship event, WVC brought together a record 15,030 of the best and brightest in the veterinary profession for four impactful days of education, innovation, and collaboration, truly creating an event experience that mattered... Read More

WVC’s former education manager and chief veterinary officer has received the Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his longtime work with the organization. Don Waldron, DVM, DACVS, was honored at WVC’s 91st annual conference for what was called “his unselfish dedication to veterinary education and the advancement of veterinary knowledge, and for his significant contribution to WVC over the years”... Read More

Chad Van Koot, of the DVM Class of 2020, was honored as one of 37 DVM students selected to receive the Dr. Jack Walther Leadership Award, presented by the WVC.  The award recognizes veterinary students who display leadership values at their respective schools or colleges... Read More

Over the last 20 years, Dr. Cranfield's life has been bounced between Africa and North America. The thread through his career has been, and still is species preservation, from within the bounds of the Maryland Zoo, to in the field in Africa. There he contributes to the preservation of the Mountain Gorilla and the fight to bring the species back from the brink of extinction...Read More

November 19, 2018 - If you have yet to attend an international veterinary conference, it is certainly something you should consider before booking your next CPD course in the cold, grey UK. A quick search online will reveal a large number of options – whether you want to couple your learning with a weekend of culture, a beach break or even a ski holiday. When I booked the Western Veterinary Conference (WVC) a few months before its start, while I was looking forward to the huge variety of innovative lectures on offer, I have to admit I was most excited about the chance to explore Sin City for the first time.

July 29, 2018 – Las Vegas is more than gambling, fast-track marriages, and topless dancers. Your vet tech is getting smarter about treating paralyzed dogs in my hometown. The city is hosting the Veterinary Technician Symposium called Surgery, Pain Management and...Read More

July 9, 2018 – Event professionals and meeting planners spend a lot of time in Vegas. Like, a lot of time. My team often refers to Vegas as their second home, as they spend weeks there every year. When meeting planners think of Vegas, a few clichés come to mind: heavily air-conditioned meeting...Read More

June 28, 2018  The Western Veterinary Conference (WVC) has announced the appointment of its 2018 incoming board president, Darwin R. Yoder, DVM...Read More

June 28, 2018  Western Veterinary Conference (WVC) has announced three additions to the organization: 2018 incoming board president Darwin R. Yoder, MS, DVM, and new board members Travis...Read More

May 2, 2018  WVC Annual Conference show organizers annually survey their more than 14,000 participants in an effort to gain show-related insight. In response to the needs reflected in the feedback, WVC is moving their conference back to February and has shortened the duration by one day.  New dates for the WVC Annual Conference will be February 17-20, 2019 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.  The conference dates will stay on President’s Day Week, with an exception in 2021 due to “MAGIC” reserving much of the convention space in the city for their international apparel show...Read More

April 24, 2018  Based on after-show feedback from the more than 14,000 participants of the WVC Annual Conference held in Las Vegas, the show is moving their conference back to February and has shortened the duration by one day...Read More

April 16, 2018  Western Veterinary Conference (WVC) has been named one of the NonProfit Times’(NPT) 50 Best Nonprofits to Work For in 2018, landing in spot No. 23...Read More

April 13, 2018  Every year, Nonprofit Times, a newspaper that covers the business management of nonprofit organizations throughout the United States, releases its list of the 50 best nonprofits to work for. This year, two animal-related nonprofits made the cut...Read More

March 30, 2018  Significant change, like, say, a new chief executive officer, can have an impact on an organization’s culture, as well as other aspects of a nonprofit. Stability in the C-suite is usually helpful while consistent turnover at the top is not likely to enjoin success… Read More