David Little, formerly Assistant CEO of the Western Veterinary Conference and Director of WVC’s Oquendo Center for Clinical Education, has assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer. Little joined the WVC Executive Staff in February 2009 and moved into his new position on March 4. Previous CEO Guy Pidgeon, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM), who became Assistant Director at WVC in 2006 and CEO in 2007, has retired and is now being recognized with deep appreciation by WVC as Chief Executive Officer Emeritus through June 2013. The two officers are working together for a seamless transition in leadership of the organization, which has headquarters in Las Vegas.
Strong convention management skills support Little’s new position
Little has provided highly effective, multifaceted direction for WVC and particularly for the Oquendo Center through strategic planning and collaborative management of staffing, events, activities, and services. Before joining the administration at WVC, he was affiliated with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Convention and Meeting Planning Division, spending the majority of his tenure there as Division Director. Throughout his career he has been actively involved in organized event and meeting planning, including service on the Board of Directors of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and on Customer Advisory Boards in Atlanta, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. In contemplating his new role, Little said, “I am extremely excited to assume leadership of Western Veterinary Conference at this time. WVC is an outstanding organization, with a tremendous Board and a hardworking and dedicated staff. The WVC Annual Conference continues to be an industry leader in the veterinary continuing education arena, and with the success and growth of WVC’s hands-on training facility, the Oquendo Center, our organization has many opportunities ahead to redefine the way postgraduate veterinarians learn and improve their skills and confidence. It is an honor to be named CEO of Western Veterinary Conference, and I look forward to contributing toward our future successes.”
Raised in a veterinary family, Little began working at age 7 in his father’s mixed animal practice. Little’s brother is a thoroughbred racetrack veterinarian in the Chicago area, and their father recently retired from his position as AVMA’s Executive Vice President. Little has been married to his wife Stacey for 22 years. They have three children, Trey, Haley, and Travis; a Chihuahua named Jellybean; and a cat named Kimo.
Dr. Pidgeon praises his WVC associates
Past CEO Dr. Guy Pidgeon has skillfully served the Western Veterinary Conference since 2006. Prior to accepting a position on the Conference’s Executive Staff, Pidgeon was CEO of the Animal Medical Center in New York City and was elected President of the Center’s Board of Trustees. His career has also included a 12-year term on the faculty at Auburn University. In 1990, he joined Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. as Associate Director of Veterinary Affairs and was later promoted to Director of that department. Recipient of multiple awards for teaching and previously recognized as Veterinarian of the Year by the New York City Veterinary Medical Society, Pidgeon also received the inaugural Spirit of Excellence Award from Veterinary Specialists in Private Practice (VSIPP).
“I have truly enjoyed my years with the Western Veterinary Conference as well as the opportunity to play a small part in the development of the Oquendo Center, ” says Dr. Pidgeon. “I am delighted to leave the organization in the hands of such a capable Board and executive crew. The talent represented in new CEO David Little, Manolita Moore as Annual Conference Director, and Don Waldron as Chief Medical Officer, as well as the dedicated support staff, assures a bright, exciting future for the Conference and the Oquendo Center.” Dr. Pidgeon has achieved an exemplary record worthy of admiration by everyone involved with the Western Veterinary Conference and in the veterinary community at large.