President’s Message – PNWVC is the place to be
Registration is open for the Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference (PNWVC). Registration packets have been sent in the mail and online registration has begun! This year’s event will be the best yet! The PNWVC has grown each year offering more innovative experiences. This event gives the veterinary community including veterinarians, technicians, students, practice managers and staff an opportunity to connect and grow. The conference starts Friday September 27 and goes through Sunday September 29 at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center located in the beautiful downtown district of Tacoma, Washington.
The 2019 convention offers over 150 hours of continuing education opportunities. Program tracks include Small Animal Medicine with wet and dry laboratories, Large Animal Medicine, Equine Medicine, Practice Management, Hot Topics from a variety of disciplines including wellbeing and digital transformation, and technician/assistant programs with laboratories.
This PNWVC will have our expanding wet and dry labs available including small animal abdominal ultrasound both beginning and intermediate, small animal gait and lameness, cardiopulmonary resuscitation for technicians and a “monitoring mishaps” for technicians. Sign up now for your laboratory session as they fill up fast!
This year’s conference will be entertaining and educational. Did you ask, “Where’s the fun?” This year’s WSVMA’s Awards Banquet is an evening of comedy featuring special guest Frank King. Don’t forget Friday night Happy Hour, and the bigger and better vendor Exhibit Hall to get your swag on. More fun? We got you with morning yoga, and Saturday fun run.
As always, the WSVMA wants to keep our members in the know. There is the annual business meeting luncheon open to all attendees. Members are highly encouraged to attend to vote for Board of Director candidates for two open positions. Let your voice be heard. This luncheon is an opportunity to hear current initiatives and what is happening within the state and national legislature for our profession.
We also highly encourage everyone to stop by the WSVMA booth always located at the entrance of the exhibit hall. The booth is designed with you in mind. Stop by, take a breather and rest a while. It’s an area to connect with current and past board members to give us your ideas, feedback and comments on anything and everything related to veterinary medicine within our state and the conference. Previous booth themes of Glamping from 2018 and the world renowned 2017 Kittens and Beer has the WSVMA really pulling out all the stops for the 2019 theme. Not to give away any surprises, it will be one to remember!
This conference’s success is based on your ideas, feedback and needs. Your board is made up of veterinarians working for the betterment of the veterinary community in our state and beyond, but we can’t do it without your help. Engage us with your ideas to foster change and help develop a positive impact for our profession. We always appreciate your feedback.
See you in September!
By Dr. Jean Gulbransen, WSVMA president
Posted July 5, 2019