History

1928 – 1937

1928: WESTERN VETERINARY CONFERENCE (WVC) originated in 1928 in Logan, Utah, as the “Intermountain Livestock Sanitary Association.” In keeping with the focus of the practitioner-founders, the meetings in the early years were held at the Ogden Livestock Show.

1938 – 1947

1938: The Association moved to Salt Lake City.

1947: The name was revised to the “Intermountain Veterinary Medical Association” to reflect the many changes occurring in the profession.

1948 – 1957

1958 – 1967

1963: The meeting moved to the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas to allow for greater accessibility for the growing veterinary population in the Western and Southwestern United States. With the exception of a one-year cancellation because of a hotel fire, the conference met annually since and emphasized diversity and quality presentations for practicing veterinarians in all species areas.

1965: The name Western States Veterinary Conference, sponsored by the Intermountain Veterinary Medical Association, was adopted.

1968 – 1977

1970: In response to continuous needs for more meeting and exhibit space, the Conference moved to the Sahara Hotel.

1974: The Western Veterinary Conference moved again to the Las Vegas Hilton.

1978 – 1987

1985: The term “states” and reference to “Intermountain Veterinary Medical Association” were discontinued, and the association was renamed the “Western Veterinary Conference.”

1987: The association incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Nevada.

1988 – 1997

1988: The Riviera Hotel provided additional meeting space from 1988 to 2000.

1998 – 2007

2001: The meeting moved to the MGM Grand Conference Center.

2003: The Conference moved to Mandalay Bay Convention Center to accommodate more meetings and exhibitors.

2004: Western Veterinary Conference Silent Auction Gallery and Gift Clinic were started.

2005: Electronic voting for board of directors was introduced.The international reception was provided to hundreds of international attendees for the first time.The Conference Call newspaper was developed and delivered Monday through Wednesday at the Conference.

2006: The 78th Annual Western Veterinary Conference attendance exceeded 14,000. WVC-TV, WVC-Encore, and a key Sunday kick-off event were launched at this conference.

2007: Opportunities for technicians increased with the technician night event and technician. The auto tutorial library went digital. Western Veterinary Conference Continuing Educator of the Year was implemented via electronic voting by WVC attendees.

2008 – Present

2008: The 80th Annual Conference was held on February 17-21 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

2009: The Oquendo Center opens in Las Vegas.