Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference – Registration now open!

  |   Continuing Education, WSVMA News

Online registration is open for this year’s Pacific NW Conference taking place October 2-4, 2020. This year we’re going virtual! 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 registration can be found here.

Small Animal Medicine Program

The Small Animal Medicine Program covers a range of topics this year. Featured speakers and topics include:

  • Beth Davidow, DVM, DACVECC – Emergency Critical Care
  • Gary Oswald, DVM, DACVIM – Gastroenterology
  • Margie Scherk, DVM, DABVP – Feline Medicine
  • Dr. Lisa Parshley, DVM, DACVIM –Oncology
  • Dr. Jessica Rodriguez, DVM, DAVM – Parasitology

Several unique sessions will also be offered in the topics of wildlife rehab, avian and exotics medicine, backyard chickens, canine aging, biomedical research, and the use of CRISPR. Speakers include Drs. Nicki Rosenhagen, Tracy Bennett, Cathy Johnson-Delaney, Julie Mathieu, Daniel Promislaw and Ken Gordon.

Equine Medicine Program

The Equine Medicine Program covers a range of topics this year. Featured speakers include:

  • Sarah Puchalski, DVM, DACVR – Radiology
  • Cate Mochal, DVM, ACVS – Equine injuries

In addition, Dr. Hoyt Cheramie, will present on Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome, and Dr. JD Conway will focus on pre-purchase exams.

Large Animal Medicine Program

  • Dr. Philippa Gibbons, DVM, DACVIM – Sheep and goat medicine
  • Dr. Laura Chen, DVM – Poultry medicine
  • Dr. HH Jody Wade – Bovine Respiratory Disease Complex

Other exciting topics include Dr. Russell Daly on cow-calf herd health, Asst. State Veterinarian Dr. Amber Itle with WSDA updates, and Dr. Craig McConnel on WSU research updates.

Disaster & Emergency

On Sunday, a joint program for veterinarians and teams across all practice types will focus on disaster and emergency preparedness and response. Speakers will include Gretchen McCallum from WA State Animal Response Team and Dr. Carrie La Jeunesse, a national expert on planning for responding to disaster crises.

Practice Management and Can’t Miss Topics

In the midst of the pandemic, conference sessions will be highly focused on how to ensure your practice remains economically viable. Switched over from the spring VetMed Matters Conference that was cancelled, practice finance expert Jeff Sanford will present six hours on how to not just weather the storm but thrive. Charlotte Hanson, AVMA economist, will present information on the state of the profession and John Payne will talk about corporatization. Joe Coury will also talk about practice transitions. We’re also fortunate to have well-known veterinary economist Darren Osborne present on creative pricing strategies.

Other very timely sessions will include a focus on cultural humility in your practice. And Dr. Michael Blackwell will instruct on what veterinarians can do to improve access to veterinary care by underserved communities.

Two hours on wellbeing will be offered. We’ll learn the science behind human behavior and explore the impacts of trauma and toxic stress. Included will be developing skills to help everyone flourish.

Our favorite attorney Amy Mensik will offer up important updates in employment law given the current pandemic.

Well-known practice management speaker Rebecca Rose will offer sessions in healthy work environments, and individual and team wellbeing

Exhibit Hall

Just like every other year, you will still have opportunities to meet with exhibitors and sponsors to learn about the latest goods and services they offer to help us in our work. Thanks to partnering with a premier online platform, just like the usual PNWVC, we’ll include a virtual exhibit hall that will provide ample opportunities to meet with vendor representatives, learn about their products, and place orders.


Just because we’re virtual, doesn’t mean we can’t have fun. This year’s conference will provide robust opportunities to create a virtual community, network with one another, meet new friends, and connect with old ones. We’ll have group happy hours, surprise guests, awards presentations, contests, and raffles with prizes to win – all to make your conference experience fun and memorable.

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!

Veterinarians, veterinary students, and hospital staff (except technicians and assistants) register here.

Veterinary technicians and assistants register here.