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Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference & Trade Show – Registration now open!

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Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference – Registration now open!

Online registration is open for this year’s Pacific NW Conference taking place September 28 – 30, 2018 in Tacoma. Register today to learn from stellar scientific speakers, business experts and special guests that will be presenting a variety of cutting edge topics. Veterinary technicians will hold their Annual Conference concurrently and may also register at the link.

Small Animal Medicine Program

Featured speakers for Small Animal Medicine include Dr. J. Scott Weese on infectious disease, Dr. Catherine Scott-Moncrief, Purdue University, on endocrinology and Dr. David Wilkie, Ohio State, on ophthalmology. There will be two tracks on Friday and Saturday which will include Dr. Gary Goldstein on dentistry, Dr. Mark Harmon on cardiology, Dr. E.B. Okrasinski on orthopedics, Dr. Rebecca Murray on surgery and Dr. Barbara Fougere on herbal medicine.

There will be two Small Animal Labs offered this year. Dr. John Mattoon, WSU, will conduct an introduction to small animal abdominal ultrasound on Friday. On Saturday, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Scott Lozier will conduct a dry lab on MPL/Patella Luxation.

Large Animal and Equine Medicine Programs

The Large Animal Medicine program will be a comprehensive weekend on bovine welfare featuring the Humane Euthanasia Lab for both bovine and equine practitioners by Dr. Jan Shearer from Iowa State University. Shearer will also cover treatment of lameness and prioritizing performance, profit and welfare in food animal practice.

Dr. Mike Kleinhenz, KSU, will cover pain management therapeutics and Drs. Janet Helms, Amber Itle, Travis Thayer and Jen Walker will present additional welfare sessions on dairy employee training, supply chain perspectives, and welfare audits.

In addition to the Humane Euthanasia Lab, the Equine Medicine program features Drs. Sarah le Jeune from UCD on neck and back pain, Michael Hoge from Murrieta Equine on hindlimb lameness, and Joseph Bergevin from Pilchuck on podiatry. Dr. Nicola Pusterla, UCD, will cover equine infectious diseases and biosecurity, and Dr. Kim Pattullo from Phoenix Lab, will cover chemistry and urinalysis.

Practice Management Program

Dr. Peter Weinstein, practice management expert and executive director of the Southern California VMA will present sessions on the topic of working on your practice, not just in your practice.  Popular speaker Rebecca Rose, CVT, will cover veterinary team retention and hiring strategies. HR expert Suzan Sturholm will follow Rose with additional deep dive sessions on employee relations and creating best workplaces. Dr. Joy Furhman will present a half day on Sunday on a medical diagnostics approach to practice profitability.

Can’t Miss Sessions

Drs. Gail Golab and Mia Cary of AVMA will present three hours on understanding telehealth in veterinary medicine. Spokane attorney Paul Kirkpatrick will join them to provide legal information based on Washington laws.

Seeking strategies to manage student debt? Dr. Tony Bartels, veterinary student loan guru, will present a half-day session on consolidation, loan forgiveness and how to navigate repayment options.  Are you interested in learning how to de-stress? Local expert Karen Schisow will provide hands-on training in mindfulness. Other can’t-miss sessions include topics in bee biology and disease, understanding the disciplinary process, and what to know about corporate purchasers.

Awards and Vintage Cars

On Friday evening, plan to attend the Awards Gala at the famous LeMay – America’s Car Museum, not far from the Tacoma Convention Center. In addition to presenting awards to our veterinary celebs, the event will feature a steak or salmon dinner and full access to the museum to explore over 350 cars spanning over 100 years of automotive history.

Access conference information on the WSVMA website and watch for the registration packet to arrive in your mailbox soon. The weekend promises to be fun and educational and we look forward to seeing you at the premier Pacific Northwest CE weekend for veterinarians, veterinary technicians and the entire veterinary team!