ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Come for the Knowledge. Leave with the Know-How.

FEBRUARY 17-20, 2019
Mandalay Bay Convention Center | Las Vegas, NV

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YOU NEED TO BE WHERE
IT MATTERS...

Mark your calendar to attend the year’s most comprehensive veterinary educational event. This is your opportunity to:

  • Connect with Like-minded Professionals.
  • Fulfill Your Passion.
  • Improve Your Practice.
  • Stay up-to-date on all the new technology, techniques and procedures to improve patient care.
  • Enhance your skills through immersive hands-on labs in the state-of-the-art Oquendo Center.

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February 17-20, 2019 | Mandalay Bay Convention Center
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The Show You Attend Matters...

Patients and families rely on you to provide the best care for their pet. Rely on the WVC Annual Conference to provide the best education, technologies and resources you need to ensure your patients and practice thrive. With a 91-year proven track record, insights by the most highly sought-after speakers in the veterinary profession, hands-on labs and workshops, and an exhibit hall filled with innovative products and leading experts - you can’t afford not to be here.

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IT MATTERS

where you turn for education and expertise to treat your patients.

IT MATTERS

that you seek out the latest trends to keep you a cut above the rest.

IT MATTERS

that you learn from the best and brightest in the industry.

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Book your hotel now to receive the best rate

WVC brings you Las Vegas’ best hotels at a discounted price so you can get the most out of your Conference experience. Mandalay Bay is the Conference host hotel and is most convenient to the Convention Center. Click the “book now” button below your desired hotel for special pricing and hotel information. View a map of the Las Vegas Strip to help make your selection. Please see the transportation section for shuttle schedule to and from each Conference hotel.

Mandalay Delano FourSeasons

Mandalay Bay
Resort & Casino

3950 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
TF: 877.632.9001
Distance to Convention Center: Host Hotel

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Delano

3950 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
TF: 877.632.5400
Distance to Convention Center: Host Hotel 

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Four Seasons Hotel
Las Vegas

3960 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
TF: 877.632.5000
Distance to Convention Center: Attached to Host Hotel  

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Excalibur
Hotel & Casino

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

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Luxor Las Vegas

3900 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
TF: 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.
TF: 877.880.0880
Distance to Convention Center: .8 miles
Shuttle Service Provided 

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ParkMGM NYNY Tropicana

Park MGM

3770 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
TF: 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.
TF: 800.852.6061
Distance to Convention Center: 1.0 miles
Shuttle Service Provided

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Tropicana Las Vegas

3801 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
TF: 800.634.4000
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:

Margaret Fornesi
WVC Housing Manager
E: mfornesi@Trimarusa.com 
O: 949.215.7800

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Tuesday Night Concert with
GRAMMY Award Winner

KEITH URBAN

Tuesday, February 19 | 8:00p | Mandalay Bay Ballroom EG, Level 2
Complimentary with registration

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Monday, February 18 | 12:30p |Mandalay Bay Ballroom EG, Level 2
$35 Pre-registration | $50 Onsite | Lunch Included

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An Evening & Conversation with 

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Sunday, February 17 | 7:00p | Mandalay Bay Ballroom EG, Level 2
Complimentary with registration

Animal lover Mayim Bialik discusses being a scientist,
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Monday, February 18 | 9:00p - 12:00a | House of Blues | Mandalay Bay
$35 Pre-registration | $50 Onsite | 21 & Over Only

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Registration Information  Register Now

Participant

Early1

Standard2

Onsite3

One-day

Veterinarian

$450

$520

$610

$340 

Retired DVM 65+ (No CE)
Must show ID onsite

$195

$195

$195

 

1st Year DVM Graduates*

$195

$195

$195

 

Veterinary Technician

$325

$350

$425

$225

Veterinary Assistant

$325

$350

$425

$225

Practice Manager

$325

$350

$425

$225

Administrative Staff

$325

$350

$425

$225

General Attendee (No CE)

$325

$350

$425

$225 

DVM Student**

$55

$55

$55

 

Veterinary Technician Student^

$55

$55

$55

 

Guest

$55

$55

$55

 

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PDFDownload a registration form (PDF)

If only visiting the Exhibit Hall, please register as a General Attendee.

IMPORTANT DATES

Early Registration1 
September 4, 2018 to October 31, 2018

Standard Registration2
November 1, 2018 to January 31, 2019

Onsite Registration3
February 1, 2019 to February 20, 2019

*Graduates within 12 months of the Conference to qualify. Must be verified.

**U.S. and International students may register online or onsite. Students must present their current school ID, at Badge Pickup or Onsite Registration. Note: DVM student registration does not apply to DVM graduates with a residency or internship status.

^(U.S. and Canada): Must be enrolled in an AVMA accredited program. Available to 2nd, 3rd or 4th-year students only. NOTE: Student must provide a letter from Program Director on school letterhead, verifying enrollment. When registering online, letter can be uploaded during the registration process. Once verified by WVC, the registration will be completed and a confirmation will be sent via email. Letter can also be faxed, mailed or emailed, p.mckay@wvc.org. Onsite registration available, with letter.

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Knowledge You Can Use Right Now    EXPLORE PROGRAM

That’s the philosophy behind WVC, the standout leader in continuing education for veterinary professionals. Offering hundreds of sessions to choose from over the course of four impactful days, WVC provides expert insight and practical education that can be immediately applied to your practice. Stay up to date on all the new technology, techniques and procedures to improve patient care. Learn this year’s trends and cutting-edge research from renowned leaders in the field. Produce optimal outcomes by enhancing your skills through intensive, hands-on labs in the state-of-the-art Oquendo Center.

Whether you are a veterinarian, veterinary technician, practice manager or other veterinary professional, attending WVC is the most worthwhile investment to enrich your personal and professional development.

CE Credit Information

  • Full Conference Registration for Veterinarians with Labs | Up to 56 CE Hours*
  • Full Conference Registration for Technicians with Labs | 48 CE Hours*
  • Full Conference Registration for Veterinarians and Technicians without Labs | 45 CE Hours

Potential CE Credits

  • Saturday, March 4 | 8 Hours**
  • Sunday, March 5 | 8 Hours**
  • Monday, March 6 | 10 Hours
  • Tuesday, March 7 | 12 Hours
  • Wednesday, March 8 | 10 Hours
  • 50 minute sessions = 1 CE credit hour
  • North Carolina Participants 1 hour = 1 CE credit hour
  • Hands-on Labs and Workshops are accredited  based on the hours attended.
  • To qualify for your CE certificate, your badge must have been printed.

 

*Includes hours obtained by purchasing Hands-on Labs and Workshops (additional fees apply) 
**Hands-on Labs require additional fees

EXHIBIT HALL HAPPENINGS

Source the Products and Services You Need to Enhance Your Practice

Staying on the cutting edge of veterinary care means utilizing top-of-the-line tools and state-of-the-art technology. It means staying on top of new trends and patient-care techniques. And it means discovering new ideas and inspiration to enhance the patient experience, improve operational efficiencies and uncover new ways to grow your customer base and increase your profits. WVC’s Annual Conference trade show floor introduces you to more than 550 exhibitors showcasing the latest technologies, products and services that will help you stay competitive and excel at patient care.



More Time to Explore

WVC is proud to announce that we have arranged the Scientific Schedule to allow for additional breaks. These extra breaks will enable our participants more time to visit our robust Exhibit Hall. 

Exhibit Hall Hours

Monday & Tuesday 9:00a-6:00p  |  Wednesday 9:00a-2:00p

New! Dedicated Break Time

Morning Break | 9:30 - 10:30a
During Lunch | 12:30 - 2:00p
Afternoon Break | 4:30 - 5:30p


 

More Educational Opportunities

For the 2019 Conference, WVC has created two educational areas on the Exhibit Floor. These areas will accommodate our Industry Sessions during our three non-educational break times. These two areas will seat approximately 250 people and will have snack or lunch options available to the participants.

Learning Lounge

WVC has developed an area dedicated to fast-paced educational sessions. Learning Lounge presentations are conducted on the Exhibit Floor. These quick-fire in-depth sessions allow to find out about the latest developments in the Veterinary world. Meetings begin at 9:30a Monday - Wednesday. Each session is followed by an opportunity to speak with the presenter. While attending the sessions, please take advantage of our convenient Wi-Fi accessible zone.

Industry Seminars

Explore the veterinary profession's most pressing topics as addressed by scientific and business experts while you enjoy a complimentary meal. Industry breakfasts are offered Monday -Wednesday at 9:30-10:20a. Industry lunches are available 12:30-1:20p Monday - Wednesday. PM refresh are available 4:00-4:50p Monday - Tuesday. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Saturday,  Feb 16

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Grand Canyon
West Rim Tour

LOCATION
Grand Canyon West Rim
(Shuttle departs MBCC at 7:15a)

7:15a–6:00p
$200/person

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Sunday, Feb 17

Red rock hiking tour

2019 Bike the Rails Tour

 

Red Rock
Hiking Tour

LOCATION
Red Rock Canyon 
(Shuttle departs MBCC at 8:00a)

8:00a–1:30p
$136/person

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Bike the Rails

LOCATION
Nevada Southern Railroad Museum
(Shuttle departs MBCC at 9:00a)

9:00a–1:00p
$90/person

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Monday, Feb 18

2019 Eldorado Canyon Tour

Red rock hiking tour

Hoover Dam Photo

El Dorado Canyon
Mine Tour

LOCATION
Techatticup Mine
(Shuttle departs MBCC at 8:00a)

8:00a–12:00p
$165/person

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Red Rock Hiking Tour

LOCATION
Red Rock Canyon 
(Shuttle departs MBCC at 8:00a)

8:00a–1:30p
$136/person

BUY TICKET

Colorado River Calm Water Rafting

LOCATION
Colorado River
(Shuttle departs MBCC at 8:30a)

8:30a–1:30p
$200/person

BUY TICKET

2019 T-Mobile Behind the Scenes Tour

2019 Boulder City Brewery

2019 Las Vegas Culinary Tour

 

T-Mobile Arena/Vegas Golden Knights Tour

LOCATION
T-Mobile Arena
(Shuttle departs MBCC at 10:00a)

10:00a–12:00p
$65/person

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Boulder City
Brewery Tour

LOCATION
Boulder City
(Shuttle departs MBCC at 10:30a) 

10:30a–2:30p
$100/person

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Las Vegas
Culinary Tour

LOCATION
Boulder City
(Shuttle departs MBCC at 1:00p)

1:00–4:00p
$172/person 

(Optional Drink Package $56)

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 VETERINARY TECHNICIAN RECEPTION

DJ  |  DANCING  |  MINGLING

Located inside Mandalay Bay for convenience and no need for outside transportation
Fun Atmosphere
Complimentary Food & Beverage
Close Proximity to host hotels

All participants can stay and attend the “Party for a Purpose” at no charge.

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FREE Event for
Veterinary Technicians

Monday, Feb 18 | 7:30-9:00p
LOCATION 
House of Blues

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Event admission open to veterinary technicians/veterinary assistants/veterinary technician students only.

A guest pass can be purchased with your registration for an additional fee. $35 includes Reception only $50 includes Reception and Party for a Purpose access.

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Tuesday, Feb 19

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Spring Mountain
Ranch & Red Rock Canyon

LOCATION
Red Rock Canyon
(Shuttle departs MBCC at 8:00a)

8:00a–1:00p
$82/person

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Valley of Fire Tour

LOCATION
Valley of Fire State Park
(Shuttle departs MBCC at 8:00a)

8:00a–2:30p
$150/person

BUY TICKET

El Segundo
Sol Cooking Class

LOCATION
El Segundo Sol
(Inside Fashion Show Mall)
(Shuttle departs MBCC at 9:30a)

9:30a–12:30p
$105/person

BUY TICKET

 
 2019 T-Mobile Behind the Scenes Tour  Hoover Dam Photo  2019 Downtown Las Vegas Culinary Tour

T-Mobile Arena/
Vegas Golden
Knights Tour

LOCATION
T-Mobile Arena
(Shuttle departs MBCC at 10:00a)

10:00a–12:00p
$65/person

BUY TICKET

Lake Mead Cruise
& Boulder City
Brewery Tour

LOCATION 
Lake Mead, Boulder Dam Brewing Company
(Shuttle departs MBCC at 10:30a)

10:30a–4:30p
(Cruise 12:00-1:30p)
$160/person 

BUY TICKET

 

Downtown Las Vegas Culinary Tour

LOCATION
Downtown Las Vegas
(Shuttle departs MBCC at 1:00p)

1:00–4:00p
$172/person 

(Optional Drink Package $50)

BUY TICKET

 

TRAVEL

Airline Discounts

Participants can receive discounted airfare through Delta, American Airlines, United Airlines.

Delta: delta.com/meetings
Click on "Advanced Search" and enter code NY2FD in the meeting event code to receive your discounted fare.

American Airlines: aa.com
Visti aa.com and under promo code enter 1929BT.

United Airlines: united.com
Visit united.com and click on the "all search options" link to search for your flight using Z code ZFSB and agreement code 993008

Luggage Storage

For your convenience, WVC offers complimentary luggage storage service, located on the first floor of the convention center.



TRANSPORTATION

Convention Center Parking

Convention center parking is available at Mandalay Bay for a nominal fee.

0–60 minutes No Charge (1st Day Only)
1–2 hours $9
2–4 hours $12
4–24 hours $15

Over 24 hours $15 each additional day or fraction thereof.

Local Transportation

Advantage Car Rental
Participants receive a discount on car rentals  from Advantage Car Rental. The discount code is CD02D12BAA

Local Bus

Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) offers a transportation option along the Las Vegas Strip. The Deuce double-decker buses provide both economical and environmentally sound transit. Tickets can be purchased on the buses and at deuce ticket vending machines located at most bus stops. A 2-hour pass is $6, a 24-hour pass is $8 and a 3-day pass is $20.

Las Vegas Monorail

Las Vegas offers a quick and convenient monorail to explore The Strip, providing easy, inexpensive access to major attractions and hotels. Nine trains travel up to 50 mph, and passengers board every four to twelve minutes at each station. For more information call 702.699.8200.

Taxi/Lyft/Uber also available.

Mandalay Bay - Excalibur Tram

Guests staying at Excalibur and Luxor are strongly encouraged to use the Mandalay Bay tram system. The tram is available each day from 6:00–12:30a. The one-way trip from Excalibur to the Mandalay Bay Hotel is estimated at seven minutes, including a stop at Luxor and is free.



SHUTTLE SERVICE

Airport Shuttle

Airport pickup shuttle service is available Saturday, February 16 from 9:00a-7:00p and Sunday, February 17 from 8:00a-10:00p. We drop off to the following hotels: Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Four Seasons, Delano, Luxor Hotel & Casino, and Excalibur Hotel & Casino. Airport shuttle service is available commencing Wednesday, February 20 from Mandalay Bay Convention Center, every 15–20 minutes, from 6:00a–6:00p.

Hotel Shuttle & Pickup Locations

Service is available directly from the following Conference Hotels to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center: Excalibur, Luxor, MGM Grand, and New York-New York. Shuttles are scheduled to run every 15-25 minutes from Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

Sunday 7:00a–6:30p
Monday 6:00a–10:00p
Tuesday 6:00a–8:30p
Wednesday 6:00a–7:00p

Excalibur | Rotunda Entrance
Luxor | North Bus Plaza
Mandalay Bay | Convention Center Entrance
MGM Grand | Grand Garden Entrance
New York-New York | Main valet entrance on Tropicana

Conference Activities Shuttle

Complimentary shuttle bus service is available for Conference activities. The pickup area is located at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center Shuttle Pickup/Drop off.

Oquendo Center Shuttle

Complimentary shuttle service is provided for participants in hands-on labs. The pickup area is located at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center Entrance. Buses depart promptly 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time of each lab.

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Need More Convincing? Here's 5 More Reasons to Attend! ...

  1. Earn All Required Credits in Just Four Days - With your busy schedule it’s important to make the most of your time away from your practice. Earn all required credits just four days, with hundreds of varied sessions to choose from.
  2. Increase Knowledge and Sharpen Skills - Educate yourself with trainings offered in diagnostic, behavioral, and management sessions and labs, taught by world-renowned leaders in veterinary medicine.
  3. Enhance Proficiency to Improve Patient Care - Participate in hands-on exercises that translate to new skills that you can incorporate into your own practice right away.
  4. Discover New Products - Over 550 exhibitors offering the most innovative services and products to immediately improve your care and your practice.
  5. Connect with the Entire Veterinary Community - Share ideas and inspiration with 14,000 of your peers and leading experts in the veterinary field—from classroom workshops and hands-on labs to show floor receptions and social events— this is where the brightest minds in veterinary medicine come together.

    Download a 'Convince Your Boss' Letter

General Info

TF: 866.800.7326
P: 702.739.6698
F: 702.739.6420
E: support@wvc.org

Registration

Penny McKay
Supervisor of Participant Experience
E: p.mckay@wvc.org

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