WVC Celebrates New Look,Expanded Space, and Innovative “Firsts”

LAS VEGAS, February 1, 2011 " Advances in veterinary medicine and surgery, includingoncology, pain management, rehabilitation and critical care, are the primary focus of the 83rd AnnualWestern Veterinary Conference (WVC) being held from February 20-24, 2011. The 2011 Conferencealso features a striking list of attendee-friendly additions as well as exceptional programming.

“”I am very excited about showcasing the 2011 Annual Conference,”” says Manolita Moore,WVC Director. “”Along with a new look, we’ve added a number of attendee amenities to enhance theirvisit, such as complimentary massages in our Wellness Zone sponsored by Merial, free WiFi, on-siteprinting of CE certificates, mobile charging stations and a thoughtfully equipped room just for newmoms. We can’t wait until attendees walk into the fantastic 2011 Exhibit Hall, with its Grand Pavilioninformation lounge and New Product Showcase. And this year we have more entertainment at WVC thanever. Of course, we never lose sight of our core purpose: to provide the most comprehensive veterinaryCE at the best value.””

Scheduled yearly in Las Vegas, WVC is recognized as the leading veterinary convention,assembling more than 13,000 international veterinary professionals in the Mandalay Bay ConventionCenter and the Oquendo Center for Clinical Education located just minutes away. According to Dr.Cynthia Sprigg, 2011 WVC President, “”WVC is the largest gathering of veterinarians and staff in theworld, yet stays sensitive to individual requirements.”” WVC provides a broad array of progressivecontinuing education options for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, hospital administrators, practicemanagers and others in the animal health industry.

The Conference educates attendees about the latest procedures, scientific discoveries andproducts used in veterinary medicine. Along with traditional classroom lectures, WVC features handsonlearning labs, focused seminars and symposia, novel small group sessions, state-of-the-art technology,multimedia access and hundreds of commercial/educational exhibits. More than 800 hours of instructionare being offered in companion animal, food animal, equine, avian, exotic animal, cross species andshelter medicine, as well as veterinary technician and practice management programs. The 2011scientific program sessions will be located entirely on Mandalay Bay Convention Center Levels 2and 3.

The WVC 2011 Exhibit Hall has increased in size by an extraordinary 65% and is moving toShoreline AB on Level 2 of the Convention Center, which enables accommodation of more exhibitorsand additional amenities. Over 500 companies are displaying their products and services for practices ofall types. Included in the hall is the pioneering New Product Showcase where the market’s most recentproducts " only those released within the past 12 months " will be spotlighted for fast, easy familiarity.According to Joel Altman, WVC Exhibits Manager, “”Our expanded 2011 Exhibit Hall has enabled us toadd nearly 100 new exhibitors, many of which we have not been able to accommodate previously. Theseadditions, along with our terrific new perks for attendees, will make the trade show aspect of this year’smeeting a really remarkable experience.””

Free entertainment and receptions are a welcome part of the WVC package. JasonAlexander, of the TV show “”Seinfeld,”” kicks off opening night activities by hilariously portrayingmotivational speaker Donny Clay on Sunday, February 20, an event sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition.Receptions for DVM students and alumni of many veterinary schools are being held on Monday,February 21. On Tuesday, February 22, Styx, known as the “”captains of rock,”” takes over the stage with aconcert presented by Bayer HealthCare Animal Health. On Wednesday evening, February 23, VirbacAnimal Health is sponsoring a performance by Mike Rowe, host of Discovery Channel’s “”Dirty Jobs,””who will get down and dirty about some of his wilder times working with dogs, horses and cows.The complete 2011 WVC program and other conference information are online at wvc.org.Registration is available on-site. Details about the Oquendo Center and courses offered can be accessed atoquendocenter.org. Additional information on either the Conference or Oquendo Center is also availableby calling: 702.739.6698 or toll-free at 866.800.7326.

About Western Veterinary Conference

WVC is an interactive educational opportunity and a networking event for the progressive veterinarycommunity. The Conference provides comprehensive continuing education to veterinary professionalsand related groups in a world-class destination " Las Vegas, The Entertainment Capital of the World.International authorities and emerging speakers present state-of-the-art hands-on labs in superbconvention facilities and the high-tech Oquendo Center for Clinical Education. For information, visitwvc.org. Contact Dr. Guy Pidgeon, [email protected] or 702.739.6698, with questions.

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