The 87th WVC Annual Conference, the world’s largest veterinary continuing education event, kicks off in Las Vegas on Sunday, Feb. 15, offering nearly 15,000 veterinary professionals more than 1,000 continuing education (CE) hours at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino.

Attendees will earn up to 53 CE hours in seven program categories, such as Practice Management, Equine, Food Animal, Avian & Exotics, Small Animal and more. The Conference will also feature presentations from subject matter experts covering a wide variety of topics such as small animal gastroenterology, behavior, urology, equine dermatology and food animal pharmacology.

“We build our educational program to cater to the needs of various veterinary professionals,” said WVC CEO David Little. “We want our participants to get as much as possible out of every program and leave with information they can immediately apply in their everyday lives.”

Some of the new highlights of this year’s Conference include:

·         Badge Scanning: A badge-scanning process allowing guests to track the sessions they attend. Badges automatically scan upon entering the classroom and will house course information on attendees’ individual accounts that can be accessed at any time.

·         eLearning: An online library will serve as a repository of information readily accessible to veterinary professionals. As part of the organization’s blended learning initiative, online platforms will combine pre-event coursework with content addressed onsite in the classroom.

·         Green Initiative: All previously mailed information about the annual conference will be going digital to reduce the organization’s carbon footprint, and allow for up-to-the-minute updates on programming.

“We continually strive to offer new and improved resources to enrich the conference experience for our participants,” Little said.

The Exhibit Hall will feature more than 500 veterinary-related exhibiting companies demonstrating their latest products and providing information on the most recent and advanced equipment and services for veterinary practices.

Guests can also attend industry breakfast and lunch seminars for updated information about new products and recent clinical results, as well as WVC’s popular Lunch & Learn sessions that allow participants to talk directly to a topic expert.

Along with hands-on labs and workshops, WVC will offer a variety of activities and events, including a Technician Fair at Mandalay Bay, a shuttle to the Mob Museum and Fashion Show Mall, and a visit to the Red Rock Canyon and Spring Mountain Ranch State Park.

Additional Conference activities and entertainment include:

·         An evening comedy show with Rocky LaPorte

·         5K fun run/walk

·         Tuscan-style cooking demonstration and lunch

·         Red Rock Canyon bike tour

The complete 2015 WVC Annual Conference program, online registration and other Conference information are available at wvc.org/conference. Full conference and one-day onsite registration opportunities are still available. Additional information on WVC’s portfolio of educational programs is available online at wvc.org or by calling toll-free 866-800-7326.