WVC

Western Veterinary Conference (WVC)

USA | Affiliate Member

President:
Joe M. Howell

WSAVA Representives:
Dr. James Nave

Members: 15,000 Annually

 

 

WESTERN VETERINARY CONFERENCE®
2425 E. Oquendo Road
Las Vegas, NV  89120
Tel:  702-2739-6698
Fax:  702-739-6420
Email:  info@wvc.org
Web:  www.wvc.org

CONTACTS:
Dennis McCurnin, DVM, MS, DACVS
2012 - 2013 WVC President
Randall Ezell, DVM
President Elect (becomes President 2/21/2013)
Guy Pidgeon, DVM, Diplomate, ACVIM (Small Animal)*
Chief Executive Officer

David Little*
Assistant Chief Executive Officer

Manolita Moore, MBA*
Annual Conference Director
*WSAVA Representatives

WVC Annual report to WSAVA for 2013

 

Overview

Western Veterinary Conference (WVC) is a non-profit, Nevada-based, 501 C3 organization.  Members of the Corporation shall consist of the following:  a) each veterinarian registered at the Annual Conference; and, b) each veterinary para-professional registered at the Annual Conference.  Each is a member until the next Annual Conference.

WVC’s mission is to provide the highest quality year-round continuing education to veterinary health care professionals by engaging recognized authorities to deliver valuable information, utilizing innovative and effective methodologies, to enhance animal and human health.

WVC celebrated its 85th Annual Conference at Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on February 17-21, 2013, with an attendance of nearly 15,000.

WVC’s Annual Conference is an interactive educational opportunity and a networking event for the forward-thinking veterinary community. The Annual Conference provides comprehensive continuing education to veterinary professionals and related groups in a world-class destination – Las Vegas.  International authorities and emerging speakers present the most advanced information in superb convention facilities.Held annually in Las Vegas, WVC is recognized as the top convention in the veterinary field, assembling first-class presenters from around the globe to focus on high-impact topics with immediate practical application. 

In addition to the Annual Conference, WVC owns and operates the Oquendo Center, opened in February 2009, a facility designed for veterinary professionals to share, communicate, teach, and learn. It is a venue housing over 66,000 sq. ft. of state-of-the-art space devoted to practical, clinical and knowledge-based learning.  Built to house WVC Annual Conference hand’s-on laboratories, the Oquendo Center also serves as a venue for hand’s-on learning throughout the year; hosts a monthly Clinical Proficiency Exam (CPE) for graduates of non-accredited veterinary schools; serves as a learning environment for M.D. training and education; and also provides meeting space for local/regional non-medical events. The Oquendo Center has earned the distinction as one of the only facilities of its kind in the country. For more information visit www.oquendocenter.org

2013 List of Activities:

  1. Held the 85th Annual Conference, Mandalay Bay Convention Center, February 17-21, 2013, with a total attendance of 14,332.
  2. WVC awarded 32 DVM StudentScholarships through The Jack Walther Leadership Program.  Recipients received expense-paid travel to the Annual Conference and a stipend of $1,000.
  3. WVC awarded 5 five highly qualified food animal postgraduate recipients through WVC’s Food Animal Incentive Award Program.  Recipients received expense paid travel to the Annual Conference and a stipend of $1,000.
  4. Conducted 10 Clinical Proficiency Exam Courses.
  5. Conducted 40 year-round veterinary hands-on haboratories at the Oquendo Center.

 

the 2013 Annual Conference

 

 

WVC Annual report to WSAVA 2013

ABOUT WVC

Western Veterinary Conference (WVC) is a non-profit, Nevada-based, 501 C3 organization.  Members of the Corporation shall consist of the following:  a) each veterinarian registered at the Annual Conference; and, b) each veterinary para-professional registered at the Annual Conference.  Each is a member until the next Annual Conference.
WVC has three (3) lines of business – the Annual Conference, Year-round continuing education and hand’s-on training at the Oquendo Center (Veterinary and M.D.), and hosting the Clinical Proficiency Examination (CPE) for graduates of non-AVMA veterinary schools also at the Oquendo Center.
WVC’s Annual Conference is an interactive educational opportunity and a networking event for the forward-thinking veterinary community. The Annual Conference provides comprehensive continuing education to veterinary professionals and related groups in a world-class destination – Las Vegas, The Entertainment Capital of the World. International authorities and emerging speakers present the most advanced information in superb convention facilities.
Held annually in Las Vegas, WVC is recognized as the top convention in the veterinary field, assembling first-class presenters from around the globe to focus on high-impact topics with immediate practical application.

WVC will be celebrating its 85th Annual Conference at Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on February 17-21, 2013. Along with nearly 700 hours for veterinarians, the Conference offers 80 additional hours especially for veterinary technicians and 68 hours dedicated to practice managers.  Attendees can accrue 39 CE credit hours during the five-day Conference.  This year's program also includes more than 30 Hands-on Labs, 42 Symposia, 9 Workshops, 4 of which are free with Conference registration, 8 lunch & learn sessions, and a complimentary panel discussion for veterinary technicians who would like to become Specialists.  Conference attendance is expected to reach nearly 15,000.
The Oquendo Center, opened in February 2009, is a facility designed for veterinary professionals to share, communicate, teach, and learn. It is a truly incomparable venue housing over 66,000 sq. ft. of state-of-the-art space devoted to practical, clinical and knowledge-based learning.  Built to house WVC Annual Conference hand’s-on laboratories, the Oquendo Center also serves as a venue for hand’s-on learning throughout the year; hosts a monthly Clinical Proficiency Exam (CPE) for graduates of non-accredited veterinary schools; serves as a learning environment for M.D. training and education; and also provides meeting space for local/regional non-medical events. The Oquendo Center has earned the distinction as one of the only facilities of its kind in the country. For more information visit www.oquendocenter.org

 

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Western Veterinary Conference (WVC) is to provide the highest possible quality continuing education to the veterinary medical profession and related groups. The professional material presented will be state-of-the-art information delivered by nationally and internationally recognized and emerging authorities. The mission will be accomplished in a professional and financially responsible manner in the best interest of all Conference members.

Code of Ethics

The Board of Directors of the Western Veterinary Conference (“Corporation”), adopts a specific Code of Ethics as policy to guide the directors, officers, and employees of the Corporation and its subsidiaries regarding the ethical standards that WVC expects the individuals to follow in their personal and business conduct. It is WVC’s intent to conduct our business according to the highest ethical standards to merit the complete confidence and trust of our customers, stakeholders, and the general public. The Corporation’s directors, officers, and employees must assume responsibility for their personal and business conduct so that it does not harm the Corporation’s reputation as a responsible and ethical not-for-profit organization.

Awards

Dr. Jack Walther Leadership Award

WVC is proud to announce the Dr. Jack Walther Leadership Award, recognizing veterinary student leaders and promoting lifelong professional service.
One entry is allowed per student. Applications accepted May 1- September 15, 2012. Final selections will be based on the student’s current activities and long-term leadership potential and announced on October 15, 2012.  See additional requirements below:
•    Applications from 2nd-year veterinary students (entering 3rd year Fall of 2012) attending North American schools/colleges will be accepted.
•    Recipients will receive a $1,000 award, complimentary registration, lodging, airfare, and a daily stipend to attend the 2013 Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 17–21, 2013.
•    Students must be able to attend the WVC Annual Conference to receive the award as a 3rd-year student.
•    Each scholarship recipient is also entitled to one additional complimentary registration to a future Annual Conference to be utilized within five years following graduation from veterinary school.
To apply or obtain the application, visit wvc.org or go to:  http://www.wvc.org/about-wvc-2/awards-scholarships/wvc-scholarship-progr...

WVC Food Animal Incentive Awards

The Western Veterinary Conference (WVC) is also accepting applications for the 2013 Food Animal Incentive Award. Five (5) veterinarians will be selected to receive the award and they will receive paid travel and $1,000 stipend to attend the WVC in Las Vegas, Nevada in February 2013. Applicants should be a graduate veterinarian engaged in a food animal medicine, surgery, production medicine or theriogenology internship or in the first year of an AAVC listed residency. Graduate students in epidemiology may also apply.
PURPOSE
The Food Animal Incentive Awards recognize recent graduates from veterinary colleges or schools to:
•    Encourage veterinarians to enter food animal practice or other careers directly related to food animal practice, such as food animal education and/or research.
•    Help develop their leadership skills and aid their progress as future leaders in food animal practice and related activities.
•    Showcase the educational enrichment opportunities offered by the Western Veterinary Conference.
EXPECTATIONS OF THE RECIPIENTS
•    Meet certain deadlines for travel planning and conference registration.
•    Provide a 5×7 head shot 300 dpi in .TIFF or .jpg format
•    Attend the food animal sessions throughout the week of the conference
•    Attend certain social functions, including an awards luncheon
•    Assist with a hands-on or “wet lab” program that emphasizes food animal topics, if possible
•    Present an overview of their experience at the WVC to fellow interns/residents during rounds or house officer meetings within one month following their return home.

REQUIREMENTS

Recipients must be a graduate of an AVMA-accredited college or school of veterinary medicine and engaged in a food animal medicine, surgery, production medicine, theriogenology, or epidemiology graduate program, internship or in the first year of an AAVC recognized residency, either at a university or private practice. Graduate veterinarians from other schools or colleges, or in other training programs, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
To apply:
•    Obtain the application by visiting wvc.org or http://www.wvc.org/about-wvc-2/awards-scholarships/food-animal-incentive...
•    Complete and submit the application form and other required documents.
•    Provide letters of recommendation from two veterinarians.
The completed application and letters of reference must be received on or before October 1, 2012. Questions regarding the awards should be directed to:
Guy Pidgeon, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM
CEO, Western Veterinary Conference
2425 East Oquendo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89120-2406
Phone 702.739.6698 Fax: 702.739.6420
Email guy@wvc.org
The applications should be directed to Sandi Schroder at sandi@wvc.org. The recipients will be notified on or before November 1, 2012.

AWARD DESCRIPTION

  • Complimentary registration with Conference Notes for the 2013 Western Veterinary Conference
  • $1,000 stipend
  • $75 per day for daily allowance, food and travel incidentals
  • Hotel room at a WVC hotel
  • Airfare-coach class
  • Awards luncheon and other social networking opportunities


SELECTION CRITERIA

  • Recipients will be selected based on the following criteria:
  • Demonstrated interest and involvement in some phase of food animal medicine and production
  • Background and prior experience
  • Career goals and objectives
  • Academic accomplishments and recommendations

Completed applications should be sent by mail under separate cover or electronically to sandi@wvc.org by October 1, 2012.
For more information about WVC, please visit www.wvc.org.

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