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Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference 2021 – Registration is open!

August 6, 2021

Online registration is open for this year’s Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference (PNWVC), taking place virtually October 1-3, 2021. This year, you’ll experience the same high-caliber education you’ve come to expect in a convenient format. And because it’s virtual, registrants can access and view all 150+ hours over the course of the next year. On the Socio platform, you’ll be able to meet with exhibitors, question speakers, reunite with friends, make new acquaintances, network, and most of all, have fun.

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.

Small Animal Medicine Program

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

  • Matt Miller, DVM, DACVIM – Cardiology
  • Pamela Jones, DVM, DACVIM, DACVR – Oncology
  • Boel Fransson, DVM, PhD, DACVS – Soft Tissue Surgery
  • Tamara Grubb, DVM, PhD – Chronic Pain and Analgesia
  • David Williams, VetMB, PhD, VetMD, DECAWBM – Ophthalmology
  • Kim Coyner, DVM, DACVD – Dermatology
  • Brad Crauer, DVM – Shelter Medicine

Several unique sessions will also be offered in the topics of aquatic medicine, wildlife rehab, avian and reptilian medicine. Speakers include Drs. Brian Joseph, Julie Ponder, Rebecca Duerr, Robert Adamski, and Mike Corcoran.

Equine Medicine Program

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

  • Macarena Sanz DVM, DACVIM, and Debra Sellon, DVM, DACVIM – Infectious Disease
  • Lynn Caldwell, DVM – Dentistry
  • Rachel Gottleib, DVM – Equine Athletic Health
  • Sarah Reuss, VMD, DACVIM – Equine Internal Medicine
  • Patricia Talcott, DVM, MS, PhD, DABVT – Equine and Production Animal Toxicology

Large Animal Medicine Program

The Large Animal Medicine Program covers a range of topics. Featured speakers and topics include:

  • Amelia Woolums, DVM, MVSc, PhD, DACVIM, DACVM – Sheep and goat medicine
  • Scott Waltner, DVM, MS – Calf Nutrition and Hay
  • Frank Garry, DVM, DACVIM – Beef Cattle Herds
  • Glenn Shewmaker, MS, PhD – Pasture
  • Shannon Nielsen, DVM – Practice Management
  • Amber Itle, VMD, MS – WA State Disease Trends
  • Craig McConnel, DVM, PhD – WSU Research Update

Sessions on pasture grazing and foraged-induced disorders will also be presented by Glenn Shewmaker, MS, PhD. In addition, Dr. Talcott’s toxicology sessions are also for large animal practitioners.

Practice Management

Carolyn Shadle, PhD and John Meyer, PhD will present interactive sessions on client and team communication. Nicole Clausen will share her expertise on inventory best practices, and marketing consultant Joey Viola will show you how to implement a digital social strategy for your practice.

HR topics are also on the agenda. Our favorite attorney, Amy Mensik, JD, will talk about disability accommodations and employee handbooks. Brandon Hess will present how OSHA can be fun (yes, really), and about removing the stigma on veterinary wellness.

Spotlight Sessions – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Wellbeing

Offered this year at PNWVC is a diversity track with five hours of basic diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) training. Why are we talking so much about DEI in veterinary medicine? What is intersectionality and how does it affect people? What is the meaning of all the letters in LQBTQA+? DEI experts will also talk about allyship and unconscious bias.

Three hours on wellbeing will be offered by Julie Squires. Julie is a gifted speaker and expert on wellness who will leave you inspired and ready to implement new strategies to make the most of your life. And Jeff Thoren, DVM will conduct sessions on thriving in challenging times. Being in the midst of the continued pandemic, these sessions are critical for everyone.

As is typical the PNWVC gives you unique CE geared towards the Washington veterinarian. We’ll have zoonotic and vector-borne disease updates, a talk on career options, and the Veterinary Board of Governor’s role in the disciplinary process.

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.

This year, Friday night’s event will include a visit to the Seattle Aquarium where we’ll get to know some of their cutest residents and learn about their species. We’ll have the Fun Run, yoga, meditation, 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!

For more information and to register, visit the WSVMA website.


Posted August 6, 2021