Veterinary Technician Symposium

June 25–27, 2018

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The WVC Veterinary Technician’s Symposium (VTS) was a sell-out event for the last three years with participants not only accelerating their careers but also having a great time and making valuable connections. Due to popular demand, WVC is hosting two Veterinary Technician Symposia in 2018:

June 25–27: Behavior, Anesthesia and Diagnostics

August 6–8: Surgery, Pain Management, Rehabilitation

Cost: $345

The VTS is a unique event for Veterinary technicians to increase knowledge and sharpen skills in just three days. Offered at the world-famous Oquendo Center in Las Vegas, NV, expert instructors – using today’s most innovative instructional approaches and technology – present skill-based training in critical practice areas. Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Experience hands-on exercises that translate immediately to new skills
  • Master and practice techniques in the superbly equipped Oquendo Center
  • Interact with a like-minded group of technicians who are serious about their careers
  • Enhance proficiency to improve patient care
  • Have FUN in the Entertainment Capital of the World

The 3-day seminar will begin with community-building activities and a baseline knowledge assessment via preliminary Elearning.

Working in small groups, participants rotate through active learning stations that enable everyone present to experience the full extent of authority-centered lectures and cooperative small group interaction. Hands-on labs round out the curriculum as individuals work with state-of-the-art equipment under the expert guidance of veteran instructors and knowledgeable equipment representatives.

What’s Included

WVC provides a hands-on CE experience across three days, which includes breakfast and lunch, and snacks and drinks for the breaks. An opening reception will be hosted Monday night at Virgil’s Real BBQ at the Linq, RSVP is required and guests are welcome for an additional $55; a $30 room credit will be provided for those staying at Harrah’s to be used for Tuesday dinner. Transportation to and from Harrah’s and the Oquendo Center is also provided.

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Veterinary Technician





CE Hours:



June 25-27, 2018

Start Time:

Monday 8:00a

End Time:

Wednesday 5:00p


Oquendo Center


Las Vegas, NV

Course Price:


2018 Disciplines

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June 2018 Speakers



Debbie Martin
LVT, VTS (Behavior), Lead Instructor



Monique Feyrecilde
BA, LVT, VTS (Behavior), Lead Instructor


Kimberly Spelts
CVT, VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia), Lead Instructor



Kristen Cooley
BS, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia), Lead Instructor

Harrah’s Las Vegas

3475 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Tel: (800) 214-9110
Room rates for June 24 – 28 are $70/night, plus $20 resort fee (excludes taxes)

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* Room rates cutoff for June dates is June 4, 2018.



7:00a Transportation to Oquendo Center
7:30a Breakfast
8:00a Welcome by Dr. Anthony Pease, WVC Chief Veterinary Medical Officer
How to Successfully Implement Change in Your Practice: Applying Newly Gained Knowledge & Skills by Heather Prendergast, WVC Veterinary Technician Board of Director

Breakout Sessions in Fear Free Behavior, Diagnostic Procedures, Anesthesia

12:00p Lunch

Breakout Sessions in Fear Free Behavior, Diagnostic Procedures, Anesthesia

5:00p Transportation to hotel, dinner to follow


7:00a Transportation to Oquendo Center
7:30a Breakfast
8:00a NAVTA with Julie Legred
9:00a Breakout Sessions in Fear Free Behavior, Diagnostic Procedures, Anesthesia
12:00p Lunch
1:00p Breakout Session in Fear Free Behavior, Diagnostic Procedures, Anesthesia
5:00p Transport to hotel, dinner on your own


7:00a Transportation to Oquendo Center
7:30a Breakfast
8:00a Breakout Sessions in Fear Free Behavior, Diagnostic Procedures, Anesthesia
12:00p Lunch, class photo in the lobby
1:00p Breakout Session in Fear Free Behavior, Diagnostic Procedures, Anesthesia
4:00p Set Your Course – Speaker Q&A, Kara Burns will moderate
5:00p Transport to hotel or airport


  • This was my first CE and it was amazing. The instructors were very helpful and knowledgable and the labs were great for hands on learning. I will definitely be trying to get my coworkers to come with me next year. - Sophia Troyer
  • I cant wait to come back next year! - Carla Artiaga (Knapp)
  • I really enjoyed the entire conference very informative and enjoyed all of the hands on we were able to perform. - Charlene Chantel Downey
  • I hope all the techs at my practice are able to come to future events. - Lindsey Bott
  • This was my first out of state CE and i came with no expectations. Ive had such a great experience both in class and outside of class with other people that share and understand my passion. Well done! - Alexis Tetrick
  • Best decision I’ve ever made. - Juerena Mccullegan

Thank You To Our Sponsors


What are the terms & conditions?

Terms of Payment

WVC Veterinary Technician Symposium fees must be paid in full at the time of online enrollment. Should you wish to pay by check, please make check payable to WVC and mail check and registration form to P.O. Box 50755, Henderson, NV 89016.

Cancellation by WVC

WVC reserves the right to cancel courses at any time due to inadequate enrollment. Every effort will be made to notify registrants as early as possible of a course cancellation. A full refund of the course registration fee will be issued to the registrant in a timely manner. All fees and charges for travel and lodging arranged by the registrant are the sole responsibility of the registrant.

Cancellation by Registrant

Any person wishing to cancel their registration for WVC’s Veterinary Technician Symposium must make the request in writing by email, fax, or mail 30 days in advance of the course. A $75.00 processing fee will be applied. For your convenience, course registration is transferable to another qualified individual. A request for transfer of registration must be for the same course and must be completed by email at info@wvc.org or by faxing 702.739.6420.

Privacy Disclosure

WVC may release your contact information to sponsoring companies. As an attendee, your image may be captured and used for future promotional purposes.

For additional information please view our legal section of the website or contact Penny McKay at p.mckay@wvc.org.

Who can register?

Veterinary Technicians and Veterinary Assistants

Can I register via fax, email or mail?

Yes, you can. Please download the PDF form.

WVC Registration
2425 E Oquendo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89120



What hotel will we be staying at?

WVC has negotiated discounted room rates and will provide transportation to and from the Oquendo Center and:

3475 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Tel: (800) 214-9110

Room rates for June 24–28 are $70/night, plus $20 resort fee (excludes taxes). Room rate cut-off is June 4, 2018. After that date, standard rates apply.

Will there be a CE certificate? How will I receive it?

Yes, certificates will be available after the event online at MyAccount.

Can I bring a guest to the opening night dinner?

Yes, you can pre-register any guest using this form.

Are meals included?

Breakfast and lunch will be provided during the Symposium. There is a reception Monday night which includes food and a ticket for one drink.

A $30 room credit will be issued for those staying at Harrah’s to be used at participating restaurants at Caesar’s hotels. Guests should check with the restaurant to be certain they allow hotel room charges. This room credit is for Tuesday’s dinner.

There are snacks, soft drinks and coffee available during breaks.

If you didn’t include your dietary request when registering (food allergies, vegan, gluten-free, etc.), please email events@wvc.org by June 11. WVC will do our best to accommodate all dietary request but cannot guarantee all needs will be met.

Will there be a reception?

WVC will host an opening night dinner at Virgil’s Real BBQ located inside the Linq Promenade on Las Vegas Blvd.

The restaurant is a five minute walk from Harrah’s. The dinner will be Monday night 6:30 – 8:00p on the upper level of the restaurant and includes tray passed hors d’oeuvres and a mac and cheese bar with pulled pork and smoked sausage. One drink ticket will be provided for call brands, beer, or house red or white wine.

Guests are welcome for a fee of $55.

RSVP is required at check-out and the option to purchase for a guest will be available as well.

Is transportation provided?

If you arrive by air, WVC is offering a one-time $25 Uber credit for transportation to Harrah’s from McCarran International Airport. Estimated fare to the hotel is $18. Please check Uber for additional rates and surge charges.

Click HERE to claim your credit or apply code eoqkaxw in the app.  HERE is a video to help you find the Uber pick-up location at the airport. Follow signs to Share Ride Pick-up.

Daily shuttle bus pick-up is promptly at 7:00a from the Harrah’s with a 5:00p return. WVC will provide a shuttle bus from the Oquendo Center to the airport and Harrah’s  on the last day, leaving at 5:00p.

What should I pack?

Las Vegas is HOT HOT HOT in the summer with temperatures reaching the 100s during the day and 90s at night. Although your learning experience will take place inside the nicely air-conditioned Oquendo Center, you will want to plan accordingly for the hot weather should you venture out during your downtime. Don’t forget to pack:

  • Scrubs – Additional scrubs are available for use if needed
  • Closed-toe shoes are required during labs
  • A light sweater to combat the AC
  • Sunscreen
  • Electronic device chargers
  • Valid ID – We highly recommend you carry your ID at all times in Las Vegas

Is there anything I need to do before the event?

Log in to Connections, WVC’s free online community, to connect with other participants, ask questions and meet the instructors. Use your WVC account details to log in, and then navigate to the Veterinary Technician Symposium Forum. WVC will post information and updates pre and post the event.

Will there be luggage storage onsite?

Yes, there will be luggage storage onsite. The Oquendo Center concierge will hold luggage until the end of the day.

During my down time, what is there to do in Las Vegas?

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More Information

Course Content
Janis Knoetzel, Med
Director of Education
E: j.knoetzel@wvc.org

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