Attendees, Exhibitors sum up the 2013 Western Veterinary Conference with grand enthusiasm
Conference highlights include sought-after topics, cutting-edge formats, and not to be missed Exhibit Hall
Participants in The Dr. Jack Walther 85th Annual Western Veterinary Conference expressed high praise for the meeting, held February 17-21. Nearly 14,500 attendees enjoyed this year’s prolific learning and lab opportunities and Exhibit Hall activities. Conference amenities enhanced the overall conference experience for many attendees who chose from activities including the 5K Fun Run, wildly popular alumni receptions, restaurant-hosted cooking classes, and wine and beer tastings. Star-studded entertainment with comedian Jake Johannsen, musician and composer Kenny Loggins, and fitness guru Jillian Michaels, as well as celebrity chef Katie Lee rounded out the Conference offerings.
Considered one of the world’s most influential veterinary meetings, WVC registered more than 6,000 Veterinarians, nearly 1,500 Veterinary Technicians and Practice Managers, almost 500 Veterinary and Technician Students, more than 3,500 Exhibitors, and thousands of additional Staff and Guests with a variety of key connections to the animal health community.
Conference pays tribute
The 2013 Conference paid tribute to Dr. Jack Walther by carrying his name –only the sixth time in its history that WVC has so honored an individual. This honor was bestowed upon Dr. Walther for his many years of service to the organization in key roles and his numerous contributions to the veterinary medicine profession.
Distinguished Service awards were presented at the President’s reception to Dr. James Creed and Dr. W. Bruce Wren, both of whom have served the Conference with unwavering dedication. Food Animal Incentive Awards encouraging recent graduates to enter Food Animal practice went to Dr. Chance Armstrong, Auburn University; Dr. Rachael Gately, Tufts University; Dr. Kaitlyn Lutz, University of Pennsylvania; Dr. Chad Paetsch, University of Saskatchewan; and Dr. Clare M. Scully, Oregon State University.
During the Conference WVC also recognized its 2012 Continuing Educators of the Year, selected by vote of Conference attendees: Dr. Douglas R. Mader, Avian & Exotics; Dr. Robert M. Miller, Equine; Dr. David G. Pugh, Food Animal; Dr. Ernest Ward, Practice Management; Dr. David J. Maggs, Small Animal; and Mr. David Liss, RVT, VTS (Emergency and Critical Care), Veterinary Technician.
Program delivers excellence in continuing education
The 2013 scientific agenda offered an array of dynamic topics in Small Animal, Food Animal, Equine, and Avian & Exotics medicine as well as Veterinary Technician and Practice Management sessions and 34 sponsored Symposia. Multiple Workshops, Lunch & Learns, and Town Hall added personal instruction to the wealth of contemporary lectures and large-group presentations.
Hands-on labs proved to be a popular selection for over 600 Attendees who ventured over to the Oquendo Center for in depth learning in diverse topics such as small animal endoscopy, clinical emergency medicine techniques, and abdominal ultrasound. Over 88% of Attendees rated the quality and professionalism of the Scientific Sessions as “Excellent” or “Very Good.”
Exhibit Hall and Vet Detective Contest delight
WVC was the show of choice for 534 exhibitors in 2013, including 78 first-time participating companies. The WVC Exhibit Hall featured nearly 95,000 square feet of booth space along with inviting open areas that received rave reviews. Not to be missed sights in the Exhibit Hall included the New Product Showcase, Silent Auction Gallery, and Cyber Café. The ever popular activity of learning about new products, gaining insight into product and service options, and visiting with company representatives were available for three full days.
The new Vet Detective contest drew in enthusiastic attendees as they search for clues located in exhibitor booths throughout the Exhibit Hall. Congratulations went to Mr. Patrick Pertuset, winner of the $5,000 Grand Prize; Dr. Irene Garden, winner of the $3,000 Second Prize; and Ms. Laura DelGiorno, winner of the $2,000 Third Prize. This promotion was a huge success – more than 95% of survey respondents indicated they are eager to see the Vet Detective contest return in 2014.
Members elect two new Directors
Dr. Darwin Yoder of Idaho and Dr. Debora Greco of New York were elected to the Western Veterinary Conference Board of Directors for three year terms. Dr. Jon Pennell, a small animal practitioner from Las Vegas, was elected Vice-President.
2014 WVC Advance Registration opens May 1
Online registration for the 86th Annual Western Veterinary Conference – February 16-20, 2014 – opens May 1, 2013, at wvc.org. For additional information on WVC or year-round specialty courses offered at the Oquendo Center call 866.800.7326 (toll-free) or 702.739.6698 or visit wvc.org and oquendocenter.org.