The inaugural WVC Veterinary Technician Symposium welcomed 120 veterinary technicians from around the U.S. and Canada, each earning up to 25 continuing education (CE) hours during the three-day event, held June 29 to July 1 at the Oquendo Center in Las Vegas.

Attendees had the opportunity to participate in hands-on exercises and master their newly learned techniques in small group sessions, allowing instructors to cater to participants and provide them with practical knowledge they can immediately apply to their clinics.

“The learning doesn’t stop when the symposium ends,” said E. David Stearns, RVT, Veterinary Technician Director, WVC Board of Directors. “Veterinary technicians are able to take the skills they learned here and teach others in their practice, which strengthens the practice as a whole.”

During the sold-out symposium, veterinary technicians had the chance to earn CE hours within four program areas, including Practice Management, Emergency and Critical Care, Anesthesia and Dentistry.

“I enjoyed the smaller group learning sessions that gave me the opportunity to meet and get to know the attendees,” said Jill Medenwaldt, CVT, VTS (D), a course instructor. “I was thrilled by the attendees’ passion for their career as veterinary technicians and their enthusiasm participating in the lectures and labs.”

Also included at the Veterinary Technician Symposium was Career Building 101 with Kara Burns, MS, MED, LVT, VTS, and a closing presentation from Julie Legred, CVT, executive director of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), who, along with a panel of instructors, provided attendees a personal blueprint for career advancement.

“WVC could not be more pleased with the success of our inaugural WVC Veterinary Technician Symposium,” said David Little, CEO of WVC. “We at WVC will continue to provide these cutting-edge and never-before-offered educational experiences, which blow the lid off of current educational practices, to all veterinary professionals, and we’re fortunate to have such a technologically advanced facility like the Oquendo Center that allows for unique training.”

With the success of the first Veterinary Technician Symposium, WVC plans to make this an annual event. Next year’s symposium will be held June 27-29, with additional information to be released later this year.

To register for an upcoming educational event, or to learn more about the variety of programs available, visit wvc.org.