Standard Registration is now Open.

Conference at a Glance

Celebrate nine decades of education, innovation and inspiration March 4–8, 2018 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.  WVC’s Annual Conference is one of the largest, most influential gatherings of veterinary professionals in the world. Spanning five days, participants will select from more than 1,000 CE hours, have an opportunity to meet with 500+ exhibitors, and be inspired and entertained.

2018 Registration

One Day Pricing
Participant Early Standard Onsite
Veterinarian $340 $340 $340
Veterinary Technician $225 $225 $225
Veterinary Assistant $225 $225 $225
Practice Manager $225 $225 $225
Administration Staff $225 $225 $225
General Attendee (No CE) $225 $225 $225

 

Please Note: If you are only visiting the Exhibit Hall, we request that you register as a General Attendee.

NEW THIS YEAR
Backstage Pass:  Celebrate WVC’s 90th Annual Conference and enjoy a Backstage Pass to WVC with our inaugural entertainment package.  Ensure access and reserved seating at the General Session, Hill’s Comedy Night and Merck’s Concert.  We are offering a limited number of Backstage Pass Packages (ONLY 50) so we encourage you to purchase now to ensure an intimate WVC Conference experience.

WVC Backstage Pass Includes:

  • Special entrance (no waiting in line) and reserved seating for the General Session, Hill’s Comedy Night and Merck’s Concert.
  • Exclusive “Meet and Greet” with each performer.
  • Two drink tickets for Hill’s Comedy Night and Merck’s Concert.

Quantity 50. First come, first served.
Price: $300 | Purchase in addition to Conference Registration

Important Dates

1Early Registration: September 1, 2017 to October 31, 2017
2Standard Registration: November 1, 2017 to February 15, 2018
3Onsite Registration: February 16, 2018 to March 8, 2018

Registration Hours:

Sunday, March 4: 7:00a – 6:00p
Monday, March 5: 7:00a – 5:00p
Tuesday, March 6: 7:00a – 5:00p
Wednesday, March 7:  7:00a – 5:00p
Thursday, March 8:  7:00a – 2:00p (TX Counter will be open until 5:00p)

Badge Pick-Up is located on Level 1, Foyer of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

Onsite Registration is located on Level 1, Foyer of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

DVM Students: Badge pickup will be on Level 1, Foyer, Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Please have your current student ID with you. To register onsite, please visit the Onsite Registration counter with your current student ID.

Texas Registrants: To meet the requirements for the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, you must check-in at the TX counter at Onsite Registration, Level 1, Foyer, where your badge will be printed. Before leaving the conference stop by the TX counter to sign your CE certificate and take it with you. Due to state CE requirements, WVC cannot mail your CE certificate, and it will not be available online. If you are licensed in Texas and did not register with a Texas address, please inform the attendant at the CE counter, and a certificate will be printed and ready for you when you check out.

North Carolina Registrants: Please note one hour of CE credit may be earned for each full hour of clinical seminar/presentation, lecture, discussions covering veterinary medicine, or lab attended. The maximum CE hours that may be obtained is 49.5 for Veterinarians and 40.5 for Veterinary Technicians.

Exhibit Hall: Visiting the Exhibit Hall only? Please register as a General Attendee.

Continuing Education (CE) Credit Information

Full Conference Registration for Veterinarians with Labs: Up to 57 CE Hours*
Full Conference Registration for Technicians with Labs: 48 CE Hours*
Full Conference Registration for Veterinarians and Technicians without Labs: 45 CE Hours
One-day Conference: 5-12 CE Hours
Exhibit Hall: Up to 2 CE Hours**

Each 50-minute lecture provides one hour of CE credit.  Please check with your respective state regarding the acceptance of hours spent inside the Exhibit Hall for continuing education credit. Total hours are determined according to the following schedule:

Saturday, March 3: 9 CE Hours*
Sunday, March 4:  8 CE Hours*
Monday, March 5:  10 CE Hours
Tuesday, March 6: 12 CE Hours
Wednesday, March 7: 10 CE Hours
Thursday, March 8: 8 CE Hours

*Additional CE hours may be obtained by purchasing Hands-on Labs and Workshops. View the educational program for a list of paid sessions.

**Please check with your respective state regarding the acceptance of hours spent inside the Exhibit Hall for continuing education credit.

When and where is the 2018 WVC Annual Conference?

Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
3950 S. Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119

Dates: Sunday, March 4, 2018 through Thursday, March 8, 2018.
Paid labs are available on Saturday, March 3, through Wednesday, March 7. You may sign up for these labs by logging into your profile and registering.

Oquendo Center
2425 E. Oquendo Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89120

How do I convince my boss that I will benefit from attending the WVC Annual Conference?

The five days that you spend at the WVC Annual Conference is the most practical and cost-effective professional development available.  You will learn from expert instructors and gain knowledge that you can return to your practice and put to use immediately. With over 1,000 hours of CE available, the conference is your opportunity to earn all required CE in one place.

WVC’s Annual Conference is known to be the highest quality program on offer, in a world-class destination that is also cost effective for travel and accommodation. 97% of last year’s attendees said they would recommend attending the conference to a colleague.

WVC has provided a template to help you convince your boss to say yes. Click HERE to download How To Get Your Boss To Say Yes!

When will the 2018 Exhibit Hall be open?

Location: Mandalay Bay South Conference Center level 1, Bayside BC.

Monday, March 5: 9:00a to 6:00p
Tuesday, March 6: 9:00a to 6:00p
Wednesday, March 7: 9:00a to 5:00p

Who can attend the WVC Annual Conference?

WVC presents scientific and practice relevant information to members of the veterinary profession and supporting paraprofessionals. The Annual Conference is not open to the general public and reserves the right to determine attendance and participation of non-veterinarians.

  • Graduate Veterinarians: Graduate veterinarians are welcome to attend the Conference regardless of their licensure status, employment status, or school of graduation. A graduate veterinarian, first-year graduate and retired veterinarian, must register as a veterinarian.
  • DVM Students: 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.
  • Veterinary Technicians, Veterinary Assistants, Practice Managers, and Administrative Staff: Veterinary Technicians, Veterinary Assistants, Practice Managers and Administrative Staff are eligible to attend the Conference. Administrative staff must be employed in a veterinary facility. The minimum age for all registrants is 18.
  • Veterinary Technician Students: (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, c.verduzco@wvc.org. Onsite registration available, with letter.

How many people usually attend the Annual Conference?

Nearly 15,000 veterinary professionals attend WVC Annual Conference, 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?

Continuing Education Credit Information

Full Conference: Up to 57 CE Hours
One-day Conference: 5-12 CE Hours
Exhibit Hall: Up to 2 CE Hours**

Each lecture is 50 minutes long and provides one hour of CE credit.  Please check with your respective state regarding the acceptance of hours spent inside the Exhibit Hall for continuing education credit. Total hours are determined according to the following schedule:

Saturday, March 3: 9 CE Hours*
Sunday, March 4: 8 CE Hours*
Monday, March 5: 10 CE Hours
Tuesday, March 6: 12 CE Hours
Wednesday, March 7: 10 CE Hours
Thursday, March 8: 8 CE Hours

ATTENTION VETERINARIANS AND VETERINARY TECHNICIANS LICENSED IN TEXAS
To meet the requirements for the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, you must check in at the TX counter at Onsite Registration, your badge will be printed at that time. Before leaving the conference stop by the TX counter to sign your CE certificate and take it with you. Due to state CE requirements, WVC cannot mail your CE certificate, and it will not be available online. If you are licensed in Texas and did not register with a Texas address, please inform the attendant at the CE counter, and a certificate will be printed and ready for you when you check out.

ATTENTION VETERINARIANS AND VETERINARY TECHNICIANS LICENSED IN NORTH CAROLINA
Please note one hour of continuing education credit may be earned for each full hour of clinical seminar/presentation, lecture, discussions covering veterinary medicine, or lab attended. The maximum CE hours that can be obtained per Veterinarian is 49.5 and Veterinary Technician is 40.5.


*Additional purchase required.   **Contact your state for CE requirements.

How do I register for the 2018 WVC Annual Conference?

Registration opens September 1, 2017. You can register on our website by clicking the green “Register Now” button and completing the process. Onsite registration is available on level 1 Foyer of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. To save time we recommend registering online so when you arrive at the conference you can pick up your badge and begin your day.

What is your cancellation policy for registration and paid sessions?

Cancellation Policy

  • $50 processing fee applies to Conference registration cancellations.
  • $25 processing fee applies to Guest badge cancellations.
  • $75 processing fee applies to all Hands-on Labs. A full refund will be provided if a lab is canceled by WVC due to inadequate enrollment.
  • Lunch & Learn/Workshop registrations are nonrefundable and nontransferable.
  • $25 badge replacement fee (replacement is only available onsite).
  • DVM Student and Veterinary Technician Student registrations are nonrefundable.

Requests for Conference and/or session refunds must be received at the WVC Office in writing (via email /fax/U.S. mail) by February 25, 2018. Requests postmarked after February 25, 2018, will not be processed. No exceptions. All registrations are nontransferable. Email:c.verduzco@wvc.org or Fax: 702.739.6420

 

Cancellation Policy for Tours

To request a refund for the tours, please call Victoria’s Event Productions at 702.794.2492.

  • 90 days or more prior to event – 100% refund
  • 14-89 days from event  – 50% cancellation fee.
  • Less than 14 days from event – non-refundable

Can I bring a guest?

Yes, you may bring a guest by purchasing a guest badge. The guest badge allows access to the exhibit hall, evening entertainment, and complimentary shuttles from the Mandalay Bay to the off-site events. The guest badge DOES NOT include access to any scientific sessions. Guests who wish to attend the Scientific Program lectures must purchase an additional badge, registering in the appropriate category. You may purchase more than one guest badge. For Onsite Registration, the primary registrant must be present.

What is your Child Policy?

Children under the age of 18 do not require a guest badge. A child may enter the Exhibit Hall and certain events if accompanied by a badged adult. Children under the age of 18 are not permitted in any scientific sessions.

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 child care services within your hotel.

Will there be a Mother's Room?

The Mother’s Lounge will be available Sunday-Thursday, 7:00a-6:00p in Jasmine H, Level 3.

I am not going to the conference but would like to register several people from my clinic to attend. How do I do this?

Each participant must have their own account in order to keep a record of their CE hours. You may register via the WVC website or by completing a pdf registration form. You will have to enter the information of the participant as if you are the participant. You will be required to enter their contact information, email address, preferred phone number, home or business address, profession, and payment information, etc.

I tried to add a Labs/Workshops/LL/ Conference Activities to my registration and my confirmation states that I am on the waitlist. What is this?

When a course is full, the waitlist is an automated process, allowing a participant to place themselves in line for an opening. When a spot becomes available, WVC will contact you directly.

What sessions am I allowed to attend?

As a badged primary participant, you are welcome to attend all sessions/lectures, however; there are paid sessions such as Hands-on Labs, Lunch & Learns, and most Workshops that have an additional fee and can be exclusive to specific registrant types. Please review the sessions carefully before selecting. The 2018 Scientific Program will be online shortly.

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

No, WVC’s scientific lectures, including symposia, and special presentations are open to all registered participants on a first-come, first-served basis. However; for your own personal use, you may use the MySchedule application to list all the sessions you are interested in attending. Please note that Hands-on Laboratories, Workshops, and Lunch and Learns require an additional registration and fee.

Is lunch included in the registration?

No. However, lunch and food options are available inside the Exhibit Hall and throughout the Conference hotel and Convention Center. Complimentary breakfast is available for Industry Symposia and complimentary box lunches are also available from Industry Lunch Seminars, both on a first-come first-served basis for registered participants.

Are the Conference Notes included in the registration fee?

Yes, Conference Notes are available with your registration for a year through the WVC Learning Library. Guest registration does not include Conference Notes.

Conference Notes Disclaimer: The Annual Conference Notes contain lecture notes for over 650 sessions being presented at the WVC Annual Conference. While every effort has been made to include notes for all sessions, some notes are not available. In particular, notes for Hands-on Labs, Workshops, Industry Seminars, and Symposia are typically published separately and distributed directly to attendees during the session. Due to the level of audience participation, notes are not required for Lunch & Learn sessions and select sessions that focus on case presentations.

How do I access the WVC Learning Library?

To access the Learning Library, follow the instructions below.

  1. Type the following URL into your browser: http://library.wvc.org
  2. Navigate to the upper right hand corner and click on the Login text.
  3. Log in using your WVC login credentials (email address and password).

Please note the login is case sensitive.

If you need assistance retrieving this, please contact info@wvc.org or 866.800.7326.

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

Badge scanning technology is utilized at the Conference in order to better understand attendee interests and preferences. The information collected will be used to improve future events and enhance attendee experience. We encourage all participants to take part in this process to ensure the most accurate data is obtained. As an extra benefit, you can personally keep track of sessions you attend and refer to the information in your WVC account. Most WVC sessions comply with state mandates for continuing education credit (you are responsible for confirming specific requirements in states where you are licensed), and your onsite record can help supply the documentation you need.

To access a copy of your My Record, follow the instructions below.

  1. Click My Account on the top right corner of wvc.org and login
  2. Click My Record/Certificate on the left side.
  3. Click the Annual Conference event to view sessions attended and take the session survey. You may add or delete sessions as you prefer.
  4. Once you have finalized your selections, click on the Record of Sessions button to print and/or download a copy.
  5. Click on the Print CE certificate button to view and print your CE Certificate. If you have any questions or problems, please email info@wvc.org.

A Record of Sessions Form has also been provided for you in the Scientific Program & Exhibit Hall Guide.

How do I use the MySchedule?

MySchedule is accessible through the program website.

In order to use the MySchedule feature, you must be logged in to your WVC Account. 

Browse the program and favorite sessions and exhibitors by clicking on the star icon. This will add items to your My Schedule.

Click on the MySchedule button in the left-hand navigation area to view a full list of sessions. 

This information will automatically be added to the WVC-Connect mobile app when you download and log in for use while at the Conference. 

How do I download the WVC-Connect mobile app?

The 2018 WVC-Connect app will be released in January 2018. WVC encourages you to download and install the app before the Conference, and download any notes available before arriving to the Conference. The app is available for both Apple and Android devices via Apple’s App Store and Google Play, respectively. Search for WVC 2018. For iOS devices, you will need iOS 7.0 or higher, and for Android device, you will need Android 2.3 or higher. 

Once you download and install the app, you will log into your account with your email address and badge id number (found in your confirmation email).

If you have any difficulties, please contact CadmiumCD at support@cadmiumcd.com or call (410) 638-9239. We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!

Is there free WiFi offered at the Mandalay Bay South Convention Center?

Yes, on level 2 and 3, but unfortunately not on level 1 or in the Exhibit Hall.  Please check with your hotel front desk about WiFi in your room.

Where do I pick up my badge?

All badges will be printed and picked up onsite. Level 1, Foyer,  Mandalay Bay South Convention Center.

  • BADGE ENCODING DISCLOSURE: As a WVC primary registrant, your contact information is automatically encoded into your badge. When the badge is scanned at the Exhibit Hall, the encoding supplies your name, mailing address, email address, telephone number, and fax number. This badge system replaces a business card and should be protected, if possible, should be scanned at your discretion.
  • Badges will be printed onsite, U.S. and International. ID required.

Registration Hours:

Sunday, March 4: 7:00a – 6:00p
Monday, March 5: 7:00a – 5:00p
Tuesday, March 6: 7:00a – 5:00p
Wednesday, March 7:  7:00a – 5:00p
Thursday, March 8:  7:00a – 2:00p (TX Counter will be open until 5:00p)

How do I receive my CE certificate?

Your CE Certificate will be available to print online after the conference in your WVC MyAccount.

CE certificates will not be issued to Retired Veterinarian, DVM Students, Veterinary Technician students, General Attendees, and Guests, as they are not eligible for continuing education credits, however, a participation certificate will be available to print if needed, excluding guests.

TEXAS CE: To meet the requirements for the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, you must check-in at the TX counter at Onsite Registration, Level 1, Foyer, where your badge will be printed. Before leaving the conference stop by the TX counter to sign your CE certificate and take it with you. Due to state CE requirements, WVC cannot mail your CE certificate, and it will not be available online. If you are licensed in Texas and did not register with a Texas address, please inform the attendant at the CE counter, and a certificate will be printed and ready for you when you check out.

For previous conference certificates or other WVC continued education events, please submit your request by email to c.verduzco@wvc.org.

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

WVC negotiates discounted hotel rooms in Las Vegas. Hotel booking will open September 1, 2017. You can book online or by calling the hotel directly. Be sure you mention you will be attending the WVC 90th Annual Conference when reserving your room.

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. Please visit their website to learn more.

2711 W. Windmill Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89123
Phone: 1-800-566-4707
Website: www.oasislasvegasrvresort.com

Is WVC providing transportation to and from McCarran International Airport?

Airport Arrival Shuttle Bus Service.
Transportation to the following hotels: Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Delano, Four Seasons, Luxor Hotel & Casino, and Excalibur Hotel & Casino.

Saturday, March 3, 9:00a-7:00p
Sunday, March 4, 8:00a-10:00p

Terminal 1, Group shuttles are available on the west side of baggage claim, outside door exits 7 – 13. Airport personnel are available to help queue the lines and provide assistance as needed.

Terminal 3, Shuttles are conveniently located outside on Level Zero on the west end of the building to serve domestic travelers and on the east side of the building to accommodate international travelers. Quick exit lanes will allow traffic to leave the airport quickly and airport personnel are available to assist as needed.

Airport Return Shuttle Bus Service. Pickup at Mandalay Bay Convention Center Entrance for shuttle to McCarran International Airport

Thursday, March 8, 6:00a-6:00p

Is WVC providing hotel shuttle transportation to and from the other contracted hotels to Mandalay Bay Convention Center?

Transportation will only be provided for the following hotels during the Conference. Shuttles will run every 15-25 minutes from Mandalay Bay Convention Center entrance, level 1.

Luxor Hotel & Casino: North Bus Plaza
MGM Grand Hotel & Casino: Lower level of MGM Grand Garden Entrance
New York-New York Hotel & Casino: Main/valet entrance on Tropicana Blvd.
Excalibur Hotel & Casino: Rotunda entrance

Sunday, March 4: 7:00a-6:30p
Monday, March 5: 6:00a – 8:00p
Tuesday, March 6: 6:00a – 7:00p
Wednesday, March 7: 6:00a – 7:00p
Thursday, March 8: 6:00a – 12:00p

Is there a place to check our bags during Annual Conference?

Yes, you may check-in your baggage on Sunday and Monday for arrivals and again on Thursday for departures. Location is the Level 1, Entrance Foyer of the Mandalay Bay Convenetion Center. For participants not staying at Mandalay Bay, the hotel bell desk will not hold luggage.

What should I wear?

Business casual attire is recommended. Wear comfortable shoes, and bring a sweater or jacket, session rooms tend to run on the cooler side. If you are participating in a hands-on lab, please wear closed-toe shoes and scrubs.

What is the weather like in Las Vegas in March?

The temperature in Las Vegas during March averages in the 60’s – 70’s (Fahrenheit).

Attendees with Disabilities

Please contact the WVC office toll-free at 866.800.7326 or 702.739.6698 before December 1, 2017, so we can anticipate and assist with your special needs. Wheelchair and scooter rentals are available at Hotel Bell Desks, on a first come, first served basis. In addition, you can contact Universal Mobility at 800.852.3006, or info@lvscooter.com or the company’s website at lvscooter.com.

What do I do if I lose an item at conference?

For lost or stolen items at the Mandalay Bay Conference Center, please find the closest house phone and request to speak to the security department. WVC staff turns in all lost items at the end of each conference day.

Book Your Hotel

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. Hotel room rates are valid until February 5, 2018, or until the WVC block is full. 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.

 

TO PRINT a selection of hotels that are available, including phone numbers and pricing, click here and proceed with selecting your dates, number of rooms, and number of guests. Your options will be listed on the next screen and are printable through your normal computer print selections. 

Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino

3950 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Toll-free: 877.632.9001
Distance to Convention Center: Host Hotel

Book Now

Delano

3950 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Toll-free: 877.632.9001
Distance to Convention Center: Host Hotel
The WVC room block is full. Prevailing rates apply.

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Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas

960 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Toll-free: 877.632.5000
Distance to Convention Center: Attached to Host Hotel
The WVC room block is full. Prevailing rates apply.

Book Now

Excalibur Hotel & Casino

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

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Luxor Las Vegas

3900 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Toll-free: 800.926.4737
Distance to Convention Center: .5 miles
Shuttle Service Provided

Book Now

MGM Grand Resort & Casino

3799 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Toll-free: 877.880.0880
Distance to Convention Center: .8 miles
Shuttle Service Provided

Book Now

Monte Carlo

3770 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Toll-free: 866.562.3472
Distance to Convention Center: 1.4 miles

Book Now

New York-New York Hotel & Casino

3790 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Toll-free: 800.852.6061
Distance to Convention Center: 1.0 miles
Shuttle Service Provided

Book Now

Tropicana Las Vegas

3801 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Toll-free: 1.800.634.4000
Local Phone: 702.739.2645
Distance to Convention Center: .8 miles

Book Now

Travel Discount

Gain travel discounts with Delta Airlines and United Airlines.

Delta Airlines – visit www.delta.com/meetings or call 800.328.1111 and use meeting code NMQSY. Discount available on fares for travel between February 27, 2018, and March 13, 2018.

United Airlines – visit www.united.com or call 800.426.1122 and use meeting code ZZ3k and the Agreement code 904681. Discount available on fares for travel between February 27, 2018, and March 13, 2018.

Discounted fares only applicable for flights to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport between the dates shown above.

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
Email: mfornesi@Trimarusa.com 
Office Number: 949.215.7800

Airport Arrival Shuttle Bus Service

Transport to the following hotels: Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Four Seasons,* Delano,* Luxor Hotel & Casino, and Excalibur Hotel & Casino.
*Four Seasons and Delano exit the shuttle bus at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.

Saturday, March 3, 9:00a – 7:00p
Sunday, March 4, 8:00a – 10:00p

Terminal 1, Group shuttles are available on the west side of baggage claim, outside door exits 7 – 13. Airport personnel are available to help queue the lines and provide assistance as needed.

Terminal 3, Shuttles are conveniently located outside on Level Zero on the west end of the building to serve domestic travelers and on the east side of the building to accommodate international travelers. Quick exit lanes will allow traffic to leave the airport quickly and airport personnel are available to assist as needed.

Airport Return Shuttle Bus Service: Pickup at Mandalay Bay Convention Center Entrance for shuttle to McCarran International Airport

Thursday, March 8, 6:00a – 6:00p

Hotel Shuttle Transportation Schedule

Transportation will only be provided for the following hotels during the conference. Shuttles will run every 15-25 minutes from Mandalay Bay Convention Center entrance.

Luxor Hotel & Casino: North Bus Plaza
MGM Grand Hotel & Casino: Lower level of MGM Grand Garden Entrance
New York New York Hotel & Casino: Main/valet entrance on Tropicana Blvd.
Excalibur Hotel & Casino: Rotunda entrance

Sunday, March 4: 7:00a – 6:30p
Monday, March 5: 6:00a – 8:00p
Tuesday, March 6: 6:00a – 7:00p
Wednesday, March 7: 6:00a – 7:00p
Thursday, March 8: 6:00a – 12:00p

Oquendo Center Lab Shuttle Bus

Complimentary shuttle service is provided for attendees participating 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. Please be early.

Conference Activities Bus Service

Complimentary shuttle bus service is available for Conference activities. The pickup area is located at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center entrance. It is best to be at the bus pickup location at least 5 minutes in advance, buses depart promptly according to schedule. If you miss the bus, there is no refund for the activity.

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.

Complimentary Parking

If you are a participant staying at Mandalay Bay or Delano in the WVC room block, willl receive free parking. The parking lot for oversized vehicles is open to WVC Conference participants for FREE as well. The lot is located at the corner of Las Vegas Blvd. and Four Seasons Hotel, behind the Shell Station.

MGM Resorts Parking Fee

All MGM Resorts properties, including Mandalay Bay, have added a parking fee to self-parking and valet. If you are a participant who isn’t staying at Mandalay Bay or Delano or a local, please see below for the following rates. Click HERE for additional details. 

Self- Parking:

  • 0 to 60 minutes: No Charge (1st Day Only)
  • Over 1 to 2 hours: $7
  • Over 2 to 4 hours: $10
  • Over 4 to 24 hours: $12
  • Over 24 hours: $12 each additional day or fraction thereof

Valet Parking

  • 0 to 4 hours: $15
  • Over 4 to 24 hours: $20
  • Over 24 hours: $20 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. 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 702.699.8299.
Taxi Service: Taxis are readily available at most hotels entrances.
Uber & Lyft: Uber & Lyft are also available. Most hotels have a designated pickup/dropoff location. Please check with the hotel for these locations.

Travel Discounts

Gain travel discounts with Delta Airlines and United Airlines.

Delta Airlines – visit www.delta.com/meetings or call 800.328.1111 and use meeting code NMQSY. Discount available on fares for travel between February 27, and March 13, 2018.

United Airlines – visit www.united.com or call 800.426.1122 and and use promotional code ZZ3K904681. Discount available on fares for travel between February 27, and March 13, 2018.

Discounted fares only applicable for flights to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport between the dates shown above.

Daily Schedule

Saturday

7:00a Oquendo Center Lab bus departs Mandalay Bay
7:15a – 6:30p Grand Canyon West Rim Tour
7:30a – 5:30p Oquendo Center Labs
8:00a – 6:00p Exhibitor registration
9:00a – 7:00p Airport arrival shuttle bus service
12:00 – 5:00p Registration open level 1
2:00 – 5:00p Information booth open level 1

Sunday

7:00a Oquendo Center Lab bus departs Mandalay Bay
7:00a – 6:00p Association booth open
7:00a – 6:00p Registration open
7:00a – 6:30p Shuttle busses from hotels to Mandalay Bay
7:00a – 8:00p Exhibitor registration
7:30 – 10:00a 5K Fun Run
8:00a – 10:00p Shuttle busses from airport to hotels
7:30a – 5:30p Oquendo Center Labs
9:00a – 5:00p Luggage storage service
10:30a – 12:00p General Session with Lisa Ling
12:00 – 6:00p AVMA Wellness Booth
1:00 – 5:00p Scientific Program
5:30 – 6:00p FAIA Leadership Awards Mixer
7:00 – 8:30p Hill’s Comedy Night

Monday

6:00a – 8:00p Shuttle busses from hotels to Mandalay Bay
7:00a – 5:00p Registration open
6:30 – 7:30a Industry Breakfast Seminars
7:00a Oquendo Center Lab bus departs Mandalay Bay
7:00a – 5:30p Luggage storage service
7:00a – 6:00p Association booth open
7:30a – 5:30p Oquendo Center Labs
8:00a – 12:30p Red Rock Hiking Tour
8:00a – 10:00a Dr. Jack Walther Leadership Awards Breakfast (1st)
8:00a – 1:00p Zip Lining in Boulder City
8:00a – 6:00p Exhibitor registration
8:00a – 6:00p Scientific Program
9:00a – 5:00p AVMA Wellness Booth
9:00a – 6:00p Exhibit Hall Open
9:00a – 6:00p Technician Lounge sponsored by NAVTA
9:30a – 5:00p Learning Lounge
12:00 – 1:00p Industry Lunch Seminars
12:00 – 4:00p Spring Mountain Ranch and Red Rock Canyon Tour
1:00 – 2:00p Exhibit Hall only hour
1:00 – 3:00p Sights and Sounds City Tour
6:30 – 9:00p Technician Reception
7:30 – 9:30p Alumni Receptions
7:30 – 9:30p DVM Student Reception

Tuesday

6:00a – 7:00p Shuttle busses from hotels to Mandalay Bay
6:30a – 7:30a Industry Breakfast Seminars
7:00a Oquendo Center Lab bus departs Mandalay Bay
7:00a – 5:00p Registration open
7:00a – 5:30p Luggage storage service
7:00a – 6:00p Association booth open
7:30a – 5:30p Oquendo Center Labs
8:00a – 10:00a Dr. Jack Walther Leadership Awards Breakfast (2nd)
8:00a – 12:30p Red Rock Hiking Tour
8:00a – 6:00p Exhibitor registration
8:00a – 8:00p Scientific Program
8:30a – 1:30p Hoover Dam Tour and Ethel M Chocolate Factory
8:30a – 2:00p Hoover Dam Tour with stop at Boulder Dam Brewing Co.
9:00a – 5:00p AVMA Wellness Booth
9:00a – 6:00p Exhibit Hall Open
9:00a – 6:00p Technician Lounge sponsored by NAVTA
9:30a – 5:00p Learning Lounge
10:00a – 12:00p El Segundo Sol Cooking Class
12:00 – 1:00p Industry Lunch Seminars
12:00 – 3:00p Red Rock Rocky Gap Adventure
1:00 – 2:00p Exhibit Hall only hour
4:30 – 6:00p Exhibit Hall Mixer
8:00 – 9:30p Concert sponsored by Merck

Wednesday

6:00a – 7:00p Shuttle busses from hotels to Mandalay Bay
6:30 – 7:30a Industry Breakfast Seminars
7:00a Oquendo Center Lab bus departs Mandalay Bay
7:00a – 5:00p Registration open
7:00a – 5:30p Luggage storage service
7:00a – 6:00p Association booth open
7:30a – 5:30p Oquendo Center Labs
8:00a – 3:00p Exhibitor registration
8:00a – 6:00p Scientific Program
8:30a – 1:30p Black Canyon River Float Trip on the Colorado River
9:00 – 11:30a Las Vegas Mob Tour
9:00a – 1:00p Richard Petty Driving Experience at LVMS
9:00a – 3:00p Valley of Fire Tour
9:00a – 5:00p Exhibit Hall Open
9:00a – 5:00p Technician Lounge Sponsored by NAVTA
9:00a – 5:00p AVMA Wellness Booth
9:30a – 4:00p Learning Lounge
12:00 – 1:00p Industry Lunch Seminars
1:00 – 2:00p Exhibit Hall only hour
 1:50p Vet Detective drawing
6:30 – 10:30p Ultimate Las Vegas Strip Tour with Helicopter Flight

Thursday

6:00a – 5:30p Luggage storage service
6:00a – 12:00p Shuttle busses from hotels to Mandalay Bay
6:00a – 6:00p Airport shuttle bus service
7:00a WVC Annual Meeting of the Members
7:00a – 2:00p Registration open – TX Counter open until 5p.
7:30a – 5:00p Association booth open
8:00a – 5:00p Scientific Program

Scientific Program

The Scientific Program provides advance access to the entire education program and exhibit hall, allowing you to search and view all of the education sessions by date, area, audience, type, category, speaker, sponsor or keyword. If you are registered, you can also log in and create your very own personal itinerary (My Schedule) that reflects your professional interests. With over 1,000 hours of quality CE available through interactive sessions and hands-on labs, there is something for everyone at the WVC 90th Annual Conference. (Program subject to change)

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Hands-on Labs

Learn new techniques in focused learning opportunities under the skilled guidance of veterinary authorities. These unique courses combine didactic lecture and actual hands-on experience. All labs are held at the nearby Oquendo Center and are among our most popular offerings, so register early. Complimentary shuttle service is available from the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

Session # Title Date Time Speaker Fee CE Hours Sponsor(s)
HO24 Canine TTA-2 for Cranial Cruciate Ligament Repair 3/3 7:30a-5:30p Slobodan Tepic, Instructor TBA $825 9 Kyon Veterinary Surgical Products
HO25 Repair of Simple & Comminuted Fractures in Dogs & Cats 3/3 7:30a-4:30a Brian Beale, Caleb Hudson, Donald Hulse $825 8 Veterinary Orthopedic Implants
HO13 Small Animal Abdominal Ultrasound: Introductory 3/4 7:30-11:30a Clifford Berry, Maria Evola, Amy Habing, Chelsea Kunst, Matt Lemon, Nathan Nelson, Krystina Stadler, James Sutherland-Smith $675 4 Midmark, Sound, Universal Imaging
HO19 Updating Your Ocular Surgical Techniques for the Primary Care Practitioner 3/4 7:30-11:30a Ruben Merideth, Rustin Sturgeon, Neal Wasserman $600 4 Eye Care for Animals
HO26 Extracapsular CrCL Repair & Meniscal Treatment 3/4 7:30a-4:30p Brian Beale, Caleb Hudson, Donald Hulse $825 8 Intrauma
HO7 Clinical Diagnostic & Therapeutic Techniques in Companion Animals 3/4 7:30-11:30a Etienne Cote, Julie Lopez $550 4 Smith’s Medical
HO12 Radiographic Positioning & Radiation Safety: Lower the Dose 3/4 1:30-5:30p Instructor TBA $300 4 IDEXX
HO14 Small Animal Abdominal Ultrasound: Introductory 3/4 1:30-5:30p Clifford Berry, Maria Evola, Amy Habing, Chelsea Kunst, Matt Lemon, Nathan Nelson, Krystina Stadler, James Sutherland-Smith $675 4 Midmark, Sound, Universal Imaging
HO20 Updating Your Ocular Surgical Techniques for the Primary Care Practitioner 3/4 1:30-5:30p Ruben Merideth, Rustin Sturgeon, Neal Wasserman $600 4 Eye Care for Animals
HO15 Abdominal Ultrasound: Introduction Small Animal 3/5 7:30-11:30a Maria Evola, Amy Habing, Chelsea Kunst, Matt Lemon, Nathan Nelson, Krystina Stadler, James Sutherland-Smith $675 4 Midmark, Sound, Universal Imaging
HO2 Canine Extraction Lab & Regional Nerve Blocks 3/5 7:30-11:30a Barden Greenfield, Curt Coffman, Chris Snyder $475 4 Henry Schein, IM3, Midmark, Scii
HO27 Key to Successful Treatment of Patellar Luxation in Small & Large Breed Dogs 3/5 7:30a-4:30p Brian Beale, Caleb Hudson, Donald Hulse $825 8 Veterinary Orthopedic Implants
HO10 CPR Laboratory 3/5 1:30-5:30p Daniel Fletcher, Kenichiro Yagi $300 4
HO16 Small Animal Abdominal Ultrasound: Comprehensive 3/5 1:30-5:30p Clifford (Kip) Berry, Maria Evola, Amy Habing, Chelsea Kunst, Matt Lemon, Nathan Nelson, James Sutherland-Smith $675 4 Midmark, Sound, Universal Imaging
HO17 Small Animal Abdominal Ultrasound: Comprehensive 3/6 7:30a-11:30p Maria Evola, Clifford (Kip) Berry, Chelsea Kunst, Matt Lemon, Nathan Nelson, Krystina Stadler, James Sutherland-Smith $675 4 Midmark, Sound, Universal Imaging
HO5 Feline Extraction Lab & Regional Nerve Blocks 3/6 7:30a-11:30a Barden Greenfield, Curt Coffman, Chris Snyder $475 4 Henry Schein, IM3, Midmark, Scii
HO6 Dermatology for the Practitioner: Procedures & Interpretations for Pruritic Dogs 3/6 7:30a-11:30a Craig Griffin $475 4
HO18 Small Animal Abdominal Ultrasound for Technicians 3/6 1:30a-5:30p Clifford (Kip) Berry, Amy Habing, Chelsea Kunst, Matt Lemon, Nathan Nelson, Krystina Stadler, James Sutherland-Smith $350 4 Midmark, Sound, Universal Imaging
HO3 Honing Advanced Skills in Veterinary Dentistry for Technicians 3/6 1:30a-5:30p Benita Altier $350 4
HO8 Intra-articular Treatment of Osteoarthritis in the Canine 3/6 1:00p-5:30p Sherman Canapp, Debra Canapp $550 4 Campanion Animal Health by Litecure, Everost
HO21 Essentials of Abdominal Surgery 3/7 7:30a-11:30a J. Brad Case, Howard Seim, Daniel Smeak $600 4
HO11 Upper GI Endoscopy Lab 3/7 1:30p-5:30p Todd Tams, Instructor TBA $550 4 Karl Storz Veterinary
HO22 Essentials of Abdominal Surgery 3/7 1:30p-5:30p J. Brad Case, Howard Seim, Daniel Smeak $600 4
HO23 Surgery Lab for Technicians 3/7 1:30p-5:30p Instructor TBA $350 4

Workshops

If focused, small group learning is what you are looking for, enroll in a workshop today. Workshops are an opportunity to enjoy an active learning experience focused on a topic of keen interest to the success of your practice or the well-being of your patients. These expert led sessions will allow you to interact with other participants and discuss the latest trends in business, problem solve medical challenges, or suggest concepts to implement immediately upon your return to the practice.

Session # Title Date Time Speaker Fee CE Hours Sponsor(s)
WS1 Advanced Session: Measuring Client Satisfaction Online & Off 3/5 8:00-9:50a Louise Dunn, Eric Garcia $55 2
WS2 Advanced Session: Build & Market an Experience Clients Love 3/5 10:00-11:50a Eric Garcia, Stancee Santi $55 2
WS10 Reading An Electrocardiogram: Beyond Lead II There Be Monsters! 3/5 2:00-3:50p Edward Durham $35 2
WS3 Advanced Management Workshop: Using Management Systems – A Recipe for Success! 3/5 2:00-5:50p Diederik Gelderman, Peter Weinstein $55 4
WS11 Teaching Diabetic Care to The Diabetic Pet Owner 3/5 4:00-5:50p Rachel Poulin $55 2
WS12 Leadership for Technicians 3/6 8:00-9:50a Kara Burns $35 2
WS4 Advanced Financials: Financial Planning for 50 & OVER 3/6 8:00-9:50a Fritz Wood $55 2
WS5 Advanced Session: Clients Say They Can’t Afford Me. Help! 3/6 10:00-11:50a Karen Felsted $55 2
WS13 Should I Become A Veterinary Technician Specialist? 3/6 2:00-3:50p Kara Burns $35 2
WS6 Advanced Management Workshop: Hands-On HR: Headaches & Solutions 3/6 2:00-5:50p Kurt Oster, Mary Ann Vande Linde $95 4
WS7 Advanced Session: Fix & Manage Your Inventory

3/7

 8:00-9:50a Kara Felsted $55 2
WS8 Advanced Financials: Financial Planning for 50 & Under 3/7 10:00-11:50a Fritz Wood $55 2
WS14 USDA Accredited Veterinarian’s Workshop I 3/7 2:00-5:50p Speaker TBA $0 4 USDA-APHIS
WS9 Advanced Management Workshop: Using a No Hierarchy Management Plan 3/7 2:00-5:50p Jeff Thoren, Speaker TBA $95 4 VETPARTNERS
WS15 USDA Accredited Veterinarian’s Workshop II 3/8 8:00a – 1:50p Speaker TBA $0 5 USDA-APHIS

What is MySchedule?

The MySchedule tool allows participants to easily sort through the wide selection of CE offerings and create a custom schedule online before arriving at the Conference. This tool is used to guide you throughout the week. MySchedule carries over into the mobile app, WVC-Connect and converts to a virtual and printable MyRecord after the conference. Participants can then use the record of sessions to track what was attended.

Why is my badge being scanned?

Badge scanning technology is utilized to assist you in keeping track of the sessions that you attend. Most rooms employ overhead units located at the doorway with the digital sign announcing the sessions in the room. Following the conference, your record of sessions attended can be accessed from your WVC account. You will be able to see the scanned information and make any adjustments that you feel are necessary. In addition to this purpose for scanning, WVC uses this information to improve future events.

What is the WVC Learning Library?

The Learning Library is the ultimate veterinary education resource center, available 24/7.
As well as access to select Conference proceedings, we continuously add new content including podcasts, audio, and video. Learn more at online.wvc.org.

How do I access Conference Notes?

Conference Notes will be available 30 days prior to the Annual Conference.

As a Conference participant or subscriber to the Learning Library, you receive access to the Conference Notes at no cost. Videos & other content are available for $19.99/month or $198/year. There is no required commitment. You can adjust your account to pay for a single month or subscribe on a reoccurring plan. Courses and events are not included in the subscription.  You can browse the Library at no cost with a 90-sec preview on video and audio files. In order to access notes, you must be logged in using the email address and password used when you registered for the event. If you are not logged in, you will not be able to view the notes.

How long are Conference Notes available?

Conference Notes are available on the program website for up to one year. Extended access to notes from the year attended are available on the WVC Learning Library website at no additional cost (digital.wvc.org). Additional content requires a subscription to Learning Library (online.wvc.org).

Can I upload them to my personal or work computer? How?

You can download the notes from the various sources (See question above about “How do I access Conference Notes?”). Once the notes have been downloaded, they are yours for personal use. Notes are copyrighted materials and not available for sharing or use beyond personal reference.

What is WVC Connections?

Connections is a complimentary resource developed for you and is only open to previous participants of the Annual Conference, a hands-on lab or other WVC career development course. Connections is a secure and private place where you can pose questions to industry experts, participate in discussions on topics that impact your practice and find professionals who share your interests. Visit connections.wvc.org to:

  • CONNECT and communicate with fellow participants
  • NETWORK via a comprehensive directory of veterinary professionals
  • PARTICIPATE in focused discussion groups or connect individually
  • ACCESS useful and informative documents in the resource center
  • SHARE documents. Organize, tag, and rate resource materials

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Activities, Tours and Events

Saturday

Saturday, March 3, 2018

GRAND CANYON WEST RIM TOUR

Time: 7:15a – 6:30p | Shuttle departs at 7:15a

Known as one of the seven wonders of the world, a trip to the Grand Canyon is a once-in-a- lifetime experience. Come explore the West Rim of the Grand Canyon with a guided tour that takes visitors to the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a 10-foot wide glass bridge that extends 70 feet over the rim of the canyon, and includes a photo opportunity at Hoover Dam. The daylong tour will stop at the Hualapai Market and the Native American Village at Eagle Point where visitors will have the opportunity to meet Native American tribal members and shop for handmade authentic jewelry and crafts. Other stops include: Guano Point, an 8,800 feet viewpoint with 360-degree views of the Grand Canyon and Colorado River, and Hualapai Ranch, a classic, old-west style setting that offers horseback riding and cowboy entertainment. Visitors are asked to dress in layers and bring sunglasses, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes. Please note, the West Rim tour is not handicapped accessible.

Tour includes: Round-trip private transportation, administrative fees, morning snack (sweet roll, chips & water), boxed lunch (Honey Baked Ham sandwich options: ham, turkey, roast beef, vegetarian, plus chips & cookie), admission to the Skywalk.

Price: $195.00 per person

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Sunday

Sunday, March 4, 2018

marathon

5K FUN RUN

Time 8:30 – 10:00a | Shuttle departs at 7:30a. Race starts at 8:30a |
Location: Sunset Park

Ready…Set…FUN. Whether you run, jog or walk, the 5K Fun Run is a perfect way to start the day: working up a sweat and meeting new people. Sunset Park is approximately 5 miles from Mandalay Bay, and offers unique, desert scenery and a flat terrain. All are invited to participate.

Tour includes: Roundtrip transportation, bottled water and light snacks. The first 175 registrants will receive a free 5K T-shirt.

Price: $45 per person – Early Registration
$55 per person – Onsite
Sponsored By:

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HILL’S COMEDY KICK-OFF

Time 7:00 – 8:30p | Location: Mandalay Bay EG

What better way to commence WVC Annual Conference than with the Hill’s Comedy Kick-Off? WVC is pleased to announce Emmy-nominated actor and comedian Kevin Nealon will perform at this year’s conference. Nealon is best known as a cast member on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” Showtime’s TV series “Weeds,” and has appeared in several films, including “Happy Gilmore,” “Anger Management,” “Little Nicky,” and “Daddy Day Care.”

Price: Complimentary with registration
Sponsored By:

Monday

Monday, March 5, 2018

RRTour

RED ROCK HIKING TOUR

Time: 8:00a – 12:30p | Shuttle departs at 8:00a

Red Rock Canyon is only a short 30-minute drive from the Las Vegas Strip and offers a wide variety of outdoor activities for both the experienced and novice hiker. This unique guided tour of Red Rock Canyon will take hikers on a two-hour trip through the mountains and desert landscape to see native flora, fauna and unique rock formations. Participants are asked to wear sturdy hiking or walking shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses and dress in layers. Bring your camera as there will be numerous photo opportunities along the trail.

Tour includes: Roundtrip transportation, bottled water and light snacks.

Price: $136 per person

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BOULDER CITY ZIPLINE TOUR

Time: 8:00a – 1:00p | Shuttle departs at 8:00a

Spend a morning zip lining from the top of Red Mountain, only 30 minutes outside of Las Vegas.  The Boulder City Zip Line Tour provides a scenic ride up the Mountain, where a guide will lead participants on a 10 to 15-minute hike to the zip lining point, 3,800 feet above sea level. Participants will see aerial views of Boulder City on the trip down at speeds of up to 60 mph. Zip liners are asked to wear pants or shorts, secure, closed-toe shoes and sunglasses. “Selfie sticks” are not allowed on the zip line and a wrist or neck strap for your camera is recommended.

Note: Participants under 75 lbs. or exceeding 250 lbs. will not be able to participate in the zip line activity. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by a participating adult who can also sign the waiver.

Tour includes: Round-trip private transportation, administrative fees, safety class, bottled water, admission, and gratuities.

Price: $233 per person

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Spring

SPRING MOUNTAIN RANCH & RED ROCK TOUR

Time: 12:00 – 4:00p | Shuttle departs at 12:00p

Located 15 miles outside of Las Vegas in the Red Rock Canyon area, the Spring Mountain Ranch State Park is a 520-acre oasis featuring numerous hiking trails, Lake Harriet and historical sites such as an 1860’s blacksmith shop, Wilson Cemetery and sandstone cabin, which was previously owned by millionaire Howard Hughes. The Spring Mountain Ranch and Red Rock Tour offers a chance to explore exclusive areas of the Ranch only accessible on the tour and learn about the Park’s history. The tour will end with a drive around the 13-mile Red Rock Canyon loop before returning to Mandalay Bay. Participants are asked to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a camera.

Tour includes: Round-trip private transportation, administrative fees, bottled water, admission, and boxed lunch (deli sandwich, fruit, chips & cookies)

Price: $75 per person

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Sight

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS LAS VEGAS CITY TOUR

Time: 1:00 – 3:00p | Shuttle departs at 1:00p

Cover the main attractions of the Las Vegas Strip in as little as two hours with the Sights and Sounds Las Vegas City Tour. A guide will take participants down the Strip pointing out famous hotels and casinos while sharing history about Las Vegas. The tour includes a photo opportunity at the iconic “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign and a 30-minute ride on the 550-foot High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel offering 360-views of the city.

Tour includes: Round-trip private transportation, administrative fees, High Roller admission, bottled water, and gratuities.

Price: $85 per person

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ALUMNI RECEPTION

Time: 7:30 – 9:30p | COMPLIMENTARY

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TECHNICIAN RECEPTION

Time: 7:30 – 9:30p | COMPLIMENTARY

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DVM STUDENT RECEPTION

Time: 6:30 – 9:00p | COMPLIMENTARY
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Tuesday

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

RRTour

RED ROCK HIKING TOUR

Time: 8:00a – 12:30p | Shuttle departs at 8:00a

Red Rock Canyon is only a short 30-minute drive from the Las Vegas Strip and offers a wide variety of outdoor activities for both the experienced and novice hiker. This unique guided tour will take hikers on a two-hour trip through the mountains and desert landscape to see native flora, fauna and unique rock formations. Participants are asked to wear sturdy hiking or walking shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses and dress in layers. Bring your camera, as there will be numerous photo opportunities along the trail.

Tour includes: Roundtrip transportation, bottled water and light snacks.

Price: $136 per person

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HOOVER DAM / ETHEL M CHOCOLATE FACTORY TOUR

Time: 8:30a – 1:30p | Shuttle departs at 8:30a

Located 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas, Hoover Dam attracts over a million visitors every year. Its construction in the early 1930s is considered one of the greatest engineering projects of all time and has grown into a must-see attraction for those visiting Nevada. Starting at 8:30a, participants will drive to Hoover Dam, stopping at the Boulder Dam bridge viewing area, then the visitor center, the penstock viewing platform and the observation deck. After the Hoover Dam, the tour continues to the Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Gardens. Developed by the famous Mars family, participants will be able to visit the factory viewing area, sample a premium chocolate, visit the gift shop and stroll through the Botanical Cactus Gardens.

Tour includes: Round-trip private transportation, administrative fees, bottled water, Hoover Dam’s Power Plant Tour, stop at Ethel M Chocolate Factory &; Botanical Gardens.

Price: $70 per person

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HD

HOOVER DAM & BREWERY TOUR

Time: 8:30a – 2:00p | Shuttle departs at 8:30a

Located 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas, Hoover Dam attracts over a million visitors every year. Its construction in the early 1930s is considered one of the greatest engineering projects of all time and has grown into a must-see attraction for those visiting Nevada. Starting at 8:30a participants will drive to Hoover Dam, stopping at the Boulder Dam bridge viewing area, then the visitor center, the penstock viewing platform and the observation deck. The tour will end with a trip to the Boulder Dam Brewery Co. where participants will enjoy a brewery tour, a sampling of six 5 oz. beer samples, learn about the different brewing styles and take home a complimentary souvenir mug.

Tour includes: Round-trip private transportation, administrative fees, bottled water, admission to Hoover Dam’s Power Plant Tour, Beer Sampling at Boulder Dam Brewing Company, souvenir sample mug, all taxes and gratuities.

Price: $95 per person

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food

EL SEGUNDO SOL COOKING CLASS

Time: 10:00a – 12:00p | Shuttle departs at 10:00a

Situated on the renowned Las Vegas Strip, El Segundo Sol is an authentic Mexican favorite for both locals and tourists. This exclusive cooking class will give you a chance to learn about some of the traditional cooking techniques that bring together Mexican flavors featured in the restaurant’s popular dishes. During the class, participants will enjoy chips and salsa, an appetizer, entrée and dessert, plus two alcoholic beverages. Participants will also receive a complimentary cookbook and gift bag.

Tour includes: Round-trip private transportation, administrative fees, bottled water, all materials and supplies, cookbook, gift bag and meal.

Price: $73 per person

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Gap

RED ROCK ROCKY GAP ADVENTURE

Time: 12:00 – 3:00p | Shuttle departs at 12:00p

Take a ride in customized transportation built to travel this unique landscape. This professionally-guided backcountry tour will allow you to explore unique rocky terrain of Rocky Gap road, while you learn about the geology, history and wildlife of the area. Participants will see the Keystone Thrust, a wall of rock that rises 3,000 feet above the valley floor, Native American pictographs and fossilized sand dunes at Calico Hills. The tour includes a stop at Red Rock Canyon Visitors Center to learn about the canyon’s history, explore the exhibits and see the Desert Tortoise habitat.

Tour includes: Round-trip private transportation, administrative fees, bottled water, admission and gratuities

Price: $160 per person

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Gap

TUESDAY NIGHT CONCERT

Time: 8:00 – 9:30p | Location: Mandalay Bay EG

To celebrate WVC’s 90th Annual Conference, Merck will present a special concert featuring a popular band you will not want to miss. Details to be released soon.

Price: Complimentary with registration
Sponsored By:

Wednesday

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

RRTour

BLACK CANYON RIVER RAFTING

Time: 8:30a – 1:30p | Shuttle departs at 8:30a

There’s no better way to explore the scenic beauty of the Black Canyon than from a rafting trip down the Colorado River. Experience the other side of Las Vegas on this five-hour rafting tour that that offers an opportunity to learn about the river’s history and see Nevada wildlife such as desert bighorn sheep, osprey and great blue herons. The 12-mile tour starts at the base of Hoover Dam, stopping midway for lunch, and will end downstream at Willow Beach, Arizona where private transportation will meet rafters for the short ride back to Las Vegas. Participants are asked to wear comfortable clothing, closed-toe shoes, sunglasses and apply sunscreen before the tour.

Tour includes: Round-trip private transportation, administrative fees, bottled water, and lunch (turkey wrap, chips, apple & cookie) in a souvenir bag. Vegetarian or gluten free lunch choices are available; please note this on your reservation.

Price: $146 per person

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LAS VEGAS MOB TOUR

Time: 9:00 – 11:30a | Shuttle departs at 9:00a

They don’t call Las Vegas “Sin City” for nothing. Learn how and where the Mafia shaped Las Vegas with the Las Vegas Mob Tour. Participants will visit the house where the famous 1995 film “Casino” starring Robert De Niro was filmed as well as sites where mob murders, burglaries, a car bombing and other organized crime activities occurred. This two-hour educational tour is influenced by the minds of former FBI agents, mob historians and ex-mob hit-man Frank Cullota. Please note, this tour is not handicapped accessible.

Tour includes: Round-trip private transportation, admission and fees.

Price: $90 per person

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HD

RICHARD PETTY DRIVING EXPERIENCE – RIDE-ALONGS

Time: 9:00a – 1:00p | Shuttle departs at 9:00a

The Richard Petty Driving Experience offers a chance to experience life in the fast lane on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Participants will be paired with a professional driver and taken around a 3-lap track in an authentic NASCAR race car at speeds exceeding 160 mph. Riders must be at least 14 years old and have the ability to climb through a 15-by-30 window that is 36 inches tall, as the cars do not have doors. Closed-toe shoes with socks are recommended for the ride.

Tour includes: Round-trip transportation, bottled water, admission and fees.

Price: $225 per person

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VALLEY OF FIRE

Time: 9:00a – 3:00p | Shuttle departs at 9:00a

Sixty miles northeast of Las Vegas, the Valley of Fire State Park is Nevada’s first and largest state park and spans almost 40,000 acres of the Mojave Desert. This daylong tour travels through the Park’s red sandstone formations learning about its history, ecology, and geology, with stops at Rainbow Vista, Elephant Rock, Atlatl Rock and The Cabins. The tour will end at the Valley of Fire Visitor Center and gift shop before returning to Las Vegas. Participants are asked to wear sturdy shoes, sunglasses, a hat, and are encouraged to bring a camera.

Tour includes: Round-trip transportation, admission and fees, bottled water and lunch (an Artisan sandwich, homemade chips, seasonal fruit or vegetable and cookie)

Price: $205 per person

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ULTIMATE LAS VEGAS STRIP TOUR

Time: 6:30 – 10:30p | Shuttle departs at 6:30p

The Ultimate Las Vegas Strip Tour offers an evening on the Strip and Downtown – two of the most popular areas for nightlife and entertainment. The tour will start at the iconic “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign for a photo opportunity and then drive down the entire length of the Strip to Downtown where participants will stop at the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop, home of the “Pawn Stars,” and Wedding Chapel Row. Next stop is the Fremont Street Experience to see the Viva Vision Light Show, a 12.5 million LED light show. The tour will end with a helicopter tour over the Las Vegas Strip.

Tour includes: Round-trip transportation, admission and fees, bottled water, Helicopter Tour over the Las Vegas Strip.

Price: $205 per person

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Thursday

Thursday, March 9, 2017
Annual Meeting of the Members
Time 7:00a | Mandalay Bay Convention Center – Breakers E, L2

Open to all Conference participants, this annual meeting provides a summary of the year for WVC.

Cancellation Policy for Tours

To request a refund please call Victoria’s Event Productions at 702.794.2492.

  • 90 days or more prior to event – 100% refund
  • 14-89 days from event  – 50% cancellation fee.
  • Less than 14 days from event – non-refundable

Complimentary Entertainment

Sunday

Sunday, March 4, 2018

HILL’S COMEDY KICK-OFF

Time 7:00 – 8:30p | Location: Mandalay Bay EG

What better way to commence WVC Annual Conference than with the Hill’s Comedy Kick-Off? WVC is pleased to announce Emmy-nominated actor and comedian Kevin Nealon will perform at this year’s conference. Nealon is best known as a cast member on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” Showtime’s TV series “Weeds,” and has appeared in several films, including “Happy Gilmore,” “Anger Management,” “Little Nicky,” and “Daddy Day Care.”

Price: Complimentary with registration
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Monday

Monday, March 5, 2018

ALUMNI RECEPTION

Time: 7:30 – 9:30p | COMPLIMENTARY

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TECHNICIAN RECEPTION

Time: 7:30 – 9:30p | COMPLIMENTARY

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DVM STUDENT RECEPTION

Time: 6:30 – 9:00p | COMPLIMENTARY
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Tuesday

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

 

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TUESDAY NIGHT CONCERT

Time: 8:00 – 9:30p | Location: Mandalay Bay EG

To celebrate WVC’s 90th Annual Conference, Merck will present a special concert featuring a popular band you will not want to miss. Details to be released soon.

Price: Complimentary with registration
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Thursday

Thursday, March 9, 2017
Annual Meeting of the Members
Time 7:00a | Mandalay Bay Convention Center – Breakers E, L2

Open to all Conference participants, this annual meeting provides a summary of the year for WVC.

Exhibit Hall Hours

Monday, March 5: 9:00a-6:00p
Tuesday, March 6: 9:00a-6:00p
Wednesday, March 7: 9:00a-5:00p

NEW IN 2018!

PROFESSIONAL PORTRAITS

Whether you need an updated LinkedIn photo or image for your business card, WVC has you covered. Stop by the Want Ad area during Conference for a complimentary professional portrait. Professional attire is provided for the photo session.

RETURNING FOR 2018

NEW PRODUCT SHOWCASE

Visit the reinvented and cutting-edge New Product Pavilion to get an exclusive look at the newest and hottest veterinary products on the market. Located inside the Exhibit Hall, this unique area features an interactive trivia challenge. Learn all about the new products by listening to New Product Podcast episodes and browsing product displays, then test your knowledge at the trivia challenge for your chance to win one of 90 FREE Amazon Echo Dots. The top 30 players each day will walk away winners!

WANT ADS

Want Ads is a job forum for individuals and organizations to promote jobs, products and clinics for hire or for sale. Whether you’re a job seeker or employer, WVC’s Want Ads serve as a valuable resource for your employment needs.

LEARNING LOUNGE

WVC is proud to present fast-paced Learning Lounge presentations conveniently located in the Exhibit Hall. These bite-sized, intimate sessions allow you to learn the latest innovations from a wide variety of companies. Sessions begin at 9:30a, Monday-Wednesday. Each session is followed by a short Q&A segment. These MUST-SEE sessions take place in a handy Wi-Fi accessible zone.

EXHIBIT HALL MIXER

The Exhibit Hall Mixer is a great way to network with your fellow colleagues at Conference. On Tuesday, March 6, from 4:30-6p, come mix and mingle over drinks at the Exhibit Hall. Beer and wine is available for purchase or stop by a participating sponsor to possibly get a free drink ticket.

FOOD AND BEVERAGE

Enjoy lunch and visit more than 500 participating companies at the Exhibit Hall from 12:00-2p, Monday to Wednesday.

For assistance, visit our technical support page here

For Video Tutorials related to WVC’s Annual Conference, click here

For additional Annual Conference FAQs, click here

Dr. W. Bruce Wren Food Animal Incentive Awards (FAIA)

Dr. Jack Walther Leadership Award

2018 Conference Press Releases

WVC Announces 90th Annual Conference in Las Vegas, March 4-8, 2018

September 5, 2017 – WVC today opens registration and releases the preliminary program for its 90th Annual Conference at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, March 4-8, 2018. Over five … Read More

Press Contact

India Heady
WVC Communications Coordinator
i.heady@wvc.org
702.443.9231

How to register

To obtain your complimentary press pass, contact India Heady, Communications Coordinator, at i.heady@wvc.org with your name and press credentials. Once your credentials are verified, you will be instructed on how to register online.

The registration form is also available by mail or fax. Onsite registration will be available during the Conference in the pressroom, where press badges should be picked up if you have pre-registered. A business card will be required to verify credentials during onsite registration.

Continuing Education (CE) credit is not available with your complimentary registration. If you wish to receive CE credit, you must purchase a veterinary registration. All press registration inquiries are subject to approval.

Registration Form

With a 90-year conference history, WVC is proud to be one of the largest gatherings of veterinary professionals in the world. Take a look at past WVC Conference materials.

2013 – The Dr. Jack Walther 85th Western Veterinary Conference

2011 – 83rd Western Veterinary Conference

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Thank You To Our 2018 Sponsors

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EXECUTIVE 

COMPANION ANIMAL HEALTH BY LITECURE
NUTRAMAX LABORATORIES VETERINARY SCIENCES, INC
VETS FIRST CHOICE
CALICO FINANCIAL
AKORN, INC.
CEVA ANIMAL HEALTH
KINDRED BIOSCIENCES, INC.
PRN PHARMACAL

HANDS-ON LAB 

Companion Animal
Dentalaire
Ethicon
Everost
EYECARE for Animals
Henry Schein
iM3
IMS Animal Health
Intrauma
Jorgensen
Karl Storz Veterinary
KYON Veterinary Surgical Products
Medtronic
Midmark Corporation
MILA International
Millpledge
Scil Animal Care
Sound
SurgiVet
Universal Imaging
Veterinary Orthopedic Implants

GENERAL 

VAN BEEK NATURAL SCIENCE
ROYAL CANIN
SOUND
DECHRA VETERINARY PRODUCTS
BLUE BUFFALO COMPANY
SHEPHERD SOFTWARE, INC.
K-LASER
LIVE OAK BANK
MASON COMPANY
MEDIVET BIOLOGICS
VETMATRIX
AESCULIGHT
BANK OF AMERICA PRACTICE SOLUTIONS
NAVTA
ULTIMED
ADDISON BIOLOGICAL LABORATORY, INC.
ANSELL
DOCSINNOVENT LTD.
VIAGEN PETS
BEYOND INDIGO PETS
FIRST FINANCIAL BANK
NOVA BIOMEDICAL