90+ Year Legacy
Since 1928, WVC has provided comprehensive, progressive and practical continuing education [CE] to veterinary professionals. The Association was founded in Logan, Utah as Intermountain Livestock Sanitary Association and was renamed Western Veterinary Conference in 1965. In 2014, the name was officially changed from Western Veterinary Conference to WVC.
Las Vegas, a premier destination for large conventions, has been home to WVC since 1963.
With the exception of a one-year cancellation due to a hotel fire, the Conference has met annually and is now in its 90th year. Drawing participants from 50 states, six continents and 43 countries, participants experience a variety of learning environments and can choose from 1,000 continuing education hours in Avian & Exotics, Equine, Food Animal, Practice Management, Small Animal, and Veterinary Technician. Almost 14,000 participants convened at the Annual Conference in March 2018.
Over the years, WVC, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), has grown to expand its offerings and be the preferred continuing education provider for the entire veterinary and human healthcare professions. Year-round continuing education in the Oquendo Center grew to more than 30 courses in 2018 and additional offsite courses and digital resources further expanded WVC offerings.
WVC’s continued passion for excellence has made it one of the 2018 50 best nonprofits to work for at #23! – NPT’s Best Nonprofits To Work
View our 2017 Annual Report for additional details about WVC.
Knowledge you can use now.
WVC is dedicated to providing quality continuing education to the veterinary and human medical communities through an array of learning styles and environments. Our courses provide comprehensive, progressive and practical knowledge that can be applied immediately in practice.
To provide the highest quality year-round continuing education to veterinary and human healthcare professionals by engaging recognized authorities to deliver valuable information utilizing innovative and effective methodologies, that enhance animal and human health worldwide.
WVC has grown in size and expanded in scope since it was founded in 1928 in Logan, Utah. With a program that began as an Annual Conference, WVC is now a dedicated year-round source for continuing education that provides comprehensive, progressive and practical knowledge to veterinary practitioners and paraprofessionals.
In early 2009, WVC launched Oquendo Center, a 66,000-square-foot facility, and an evolution in veterinary training and education. Its amenities, from the 190-seat theater, flexible meeting space accommodating various capacities and fully equipped clinical and diagnostic laboratories, advance worldwide health solutions. Participants in Oquendo Center courses experience a variety of learning styles from hands-on labs and lectures to professional and career development workshops; as well as networking functions and special events. Located in the entertainment capital of the world, Oquendo Center is only minutes from the Las Vegas Strip.Take a Tour!
WVC provides a variety of resources, supplies, and staff time to local charities, in support of the Las Vegas community.
Supporting a Desert Native
Since 2014 WVC has worked with the Desert Tortoise Group to help control the domesticated tortoise population in Nevada. Domesticated tortoises live to be over 80 years old and often outlive their owners. They cannot return to the wild due to a variety of factors including the risk of infecting the local population with disease. The Oquendo Center hosts the Desert Tortoise Group several times a year for sterilization procedures, health checks, micro chipping, tagging, and more. To date, over 150 tortoises have been sterilized.
Staff participate in a variety of programs to donate gifts and food to local school children and military personnel and their K-9 colleagues, stationed overseas. They also have participated in the Three Square program which seeks to meet the needs of almost 300,000 food insecure people in the area.
The Oquendo Center staff work closely with local animal shelters and ensure that all animals spending time there leave with a better chance of adoption, having been sterilized, health checked, and, in some cases, socialized. Facility space is donated to nonprofit groups such as K-9 Medic, when the Center is not booked for other courses. Oquendo Center staff volunteer their own time to community vaccination events in low-income areas.