Program Areas

With an 85 year history, the Western Veterinary Conference is proud to be the largest gathering of veterinarian professionals in the world.  900+ hours of cutting-edge programming covering a wide spectrum of topics and species with specially designed courses for the Veterinarian, Veterinary Technician, and Practice Manager available at the Conference held February 17-21, 2013.

Avian & Exotics

Enjoy a variety of programming topics ranging from avian respiratory disease to anesthesia of reptiles to dermatological disease of exotic companion mammals in the 32 hours of offerings.


Head Nods & Hip Hikes, The Complete Colic Exam, and Attending the Injured Foot are just three of the 48 hours of programming in the Equine Section of this year’s continuing education program.

Food Animal

With 52 hours of food animal programming you can round out your Conference experience by learning about drug residues in cattle, animal welfare issues in the beef industry, and bovine respiratory disease.

Hands-on Labs

Learn new techniques in focused learning opportunities under the skilled guidance of veterinary authorities. These unique courses combine didactic lecture and actual hands-on experience.  All labs are held at the nearby Oquendo Center, and are among our most popular offerings so register early. Additional fee applies.

Industry Breakfast/Lunch Seminar

Industry Breakfast/Lunch Seminars feature some of the profession’s most pressing topics as addressed by scientific and business experts in the veterinary industry.  They provide an excellent opportunity for attendees to become informed on current clinical results and products new to the marketplace.  Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.  WVC does not endorse any commercial messages and does not acquire CE credit for Industry Breakfast/Lunch Seminars. If CE credit is available, the sponsoring company will be responsible for distribution of the CE certificate.

Lunch & Learn

WVC’s popular Lunch & Learn sessions provide attendees an informal setting over lunch where the small audience interacts with a topic expert. Tickets for these special sessions sell out quickly and placement is limited so register early. Additional fee applies.

Practice Management

Specially designed for practice management personnel and practice owners, WVC provides 66 hours of Practice Management programming covering a variety of topics. Join your peers and learn about investing in equipment, tackling a preventive care plan, and how to correctly discount your goods and services.

Small Animal

Top-shelf presenters bring the latest information on small animal topics in disciplines ranging from anesthesia to urology.

Special Presentations

WVC offers a select number of special presentations which are directed to specific audiences such as veterinary technician anesthetists or residents of states that require CE hours in DEA regulations.


WVC is pleased to offer Corporate Symposia in addition to the Scientific Sessions. Symposia provide a focused and themed approach to CE offerings for conference attendees. Topics and speakers are cutting-edge, selected by sponsoring companies, and will be submitted to AAVSB RACE for CE credit.  Advance registration/tickets are not required.

Veterinary Technician

The Veterinary Technician CE Program is specifically designed to allow technicians to apply what they learn at the conference to their hospital upon their return.  WVC also invites you to attend veterinarian and practice manager sessions of interest to you.


These intensive training sessions allow you to acquire knowledge with like-minded professionals.  Topics range from building your dental services to career advancement for veterinary technicians to handling HR conflicts and many more.  Additional fee may apply.

The full listing of programming will be available on the website September 4, 2012.