2016 Continuing Educator of the Year Awards: WVC has revealed the six recipients of its annual Continuing Educators of the Year awards, which recognizes instructors of the Dr. Randall G. Ezell 88th Annual Conference in Las Vegas. The nominees are selected by event participants at the conference, March 6–10, 2016, and are then subject to popular vote from April 26–May13. The six winners represent an established mix of veterinary leaders versed in both topical and practical expertise of their specialty. They are:
· Avian & Exotics: Brian Speer, DVM, DABVP (Avian), DECZM
· Equine: Joseph Bertone, DVM, MS, DACVIM (LAIM)
· Food Animal: David Pugh, DVM, MS, DACT, DACVN, DACVM
· Practice Management: Karen Bradley, DVM
· Small Animal: Brook Niemiec, DVM, DAVDC, FAVD
· Veterinary Technician: Heather Prendergast, RVT, CVPM
Learning Library Update: Subscribers to WVC’s Learning Library may have recently noticed a new look and feel for this robust educational resource, which offers access to training videos, audio, presentations, podcasts, notes and more. Since its original launch in 2015, the Learning Library has been revamped to include even more content.
Topics vary from small animal and exotics to resources designed specifically for veterinary technicians. Among the regularly updated materials include an “Ask the Expert” podcast series, audio tracks and more than 500 videos, ranging from surgical and skills procedures to sessions captured at the WVC Annual Conference. Thousands of notes from the Annual Conference and other courses presented by WVC are available as well.
A new online forum, WVC Connections, is also accessible through the WVC website, and gives participants the chance to connect and share information with other veterinary professionals. In addition to an open forum where discussions range from teaching leadership to supervisors and managing stress to digital X-rays and trends in veterinary medicine, community boards related to WVC events—such as the Veterinary Technician Symposium June 27 – 29—are also featured and allow participants the opportunity to network and start conversations with like-minded professionals before and after the course.