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TABLE OF CONTENTS About the Organization

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Oquendo Center

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President’s Statement

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CEO Message

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Past Presidents

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Board Officers/Remembrance

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Board of Directors

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Education Managers/WVC Officers

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WVC Team

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Annual Conference

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Academy

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Career Building

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Destination CE

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Digital Initiatives

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Community Service

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Awards & Recognitions

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Benchmarks

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Sponsor Recognition

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WVC IS A 501(C)3 NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION

ABOUT WVC Located in Las Vegas, NV, providing comprehensive, progressive and practical continuing education (CE) to veterinary professionals. Founded as an annual meeting in 1928, that flagship event continues today as the WVC Annual Conference which attracts over 14,000 participants each year.

Recognizing the importance of

Initially named, “Intermountain Livestock Sanitary Association,”

environment in the learning process, WVC

the association was renamed “Western Veterinary Conference”

launched the state-of-the-art Oquendo

in 1965. In 2014, the brand was changed from Western Veterinary

Center in 2009. A revolutionary facility

Conference to “WVC,” and in 2017, the organization officially began

in the field, the cutting-edge learning

operating as WVC. Las Vegas, a premier destination for large

center features a 190-seat theater,

conventions, has been home to WVC since 1963.

fully equipped clinical and diagnostic laboratories and the most advanced

WVC operates under the leadership of a board of directors, elected

technology available worldwide.

by participants of WVC programs.


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OUR MISSION To provide the highest quality year-round continuing education to veterinary and human healthcare professionals by engaging recognized authorities to deliver valuable information utilizing innovative and effective methodologies, that enhance animal and human health worldwide. Knowledge you can use now.

T R U S T R E S P E C T I N T E G R I T Y

OUR VA LU E S

P A S S I O N

TRUST - We know that each Team Member strives to do

INTEGRITY - Each Team Member strives to do the right thing

their very best and contribute in a worthwhile manner.

even when no one is looking.

We hold each other and ourselves accountable to strengthen an environment of trust.

PASSION - Seek knowledge, and grow. Work with energy and excitement as a Team, and contribute to the quality of care

RESPECT - Although we come from different experiences and backgrounds, we will listen and consider the views and opinions of each Team Member.

and the well-being of animals.


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WVC

IS EXPANDING...

Quality healthcare is essential for life. At the heart of healthcare are medical professionals who have the skills and knowledge to improve patient outcomes. WVC is positioned to play an even greater role to assure the highest quality of healthcare is delivered into the future. By 2021, it is projected that the remodeled campus will double the current footprint to more than 134,000 sq ft. This increased capacity will allow WVC to enhance its impact with more hands-on education for both veterinary and human medical professionals.


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STATE-OF-THE-ART EDUCATION

Since opening in 2009, Oquendo Center has hosted over 1,300 veterinary and human medical events, comprised of more than 26,000 veterinary professionals and 27,000 human medical doctors and surgeons. In 2018, 110 veterinary events were held at the Oquendo Center with over 3,900 participants, and 74 human medical courses were held with over 4,500 participants.

Oquendo Center is designed for veterinary and medical doctors and surgeons to share, collaborate, teach and learn. This versatile venue features more than 70,000 square feet of flexible space for hands-on learning, lectures and demonstrations, including a surgical operating room, prep area and radiology suite with state-of-the-art technology and knowledgeable onsite lab personnel. The full-service campus provides a surgical environment that simulate realworld scenarios, from which to perfect operating techniques.

CME ACCREDITATION With plans for expansion well underway, WVC will not only have the opportunity to more than double its offering for veterinary CE, but also expand their portfolio of course offerings to include human continuing medical education. In 2018, WVC began the process for CME (continuing medical education) accreditation, hosting the first of many self-generated courses, featuring a Sleep Disorders Symposium in July and Wellness and Weight Loss Symposium in October.

CLINICAL PROFICIENCY EXAM Developed by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), the Clinical Proficiency Examination (CPE) is the fourth step in assessing educational equivalency for purposes of the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) or Canadian National Examining Board (NEB) certification. It is intended to assess the practical, clinical veterinary skills of an “entry-level� veterinarian. The hands-on, performance based CPE is

a three-day, seven-section, clinical skills examination, administered by the faculty of a college of veterinary medicine or other authorized testing institution. Since 2005, nearly 4,000 veterinary candidates selected Oquendo Center as their Clinical Proficiency Exam testing site. As one of two testing locales available in the country, the Oquendo Center accommodates the highest number of exam dates for global veterinary school graduates who seek licensure in the United States.


PRESIDENT’S S TAT E M E N T DARWIN R. YODER, DVM, MS 2018 marked the 90-year anniversary of WVC, a critical milestone in our journey of building this exceptional nonprofit organization. As the world’s most influential gathering for the advancement of veterinary medicine, WVC has brought together the best of the best in veterinary medicine for impactful education, innovation, collaboration and connections that truly matter. Much has changed since our founding, I’m sure nobody could have fathomed the reputation WVC would have back in 1928 – a world-renowned nonprofit charged with creating groundbreaking programs and events. While so many aspects of WVC and the Annual Conference have evolved; our passion and mission have remained steadfast. We proudly attribute our success to the continuous dedication to enhancing veterinary health through trust, respect, integrity and passion. In our pursuit of providing the highest-quality continuing education, we have expanded our

learning processes dramatically over the 90 years. We started as a small gathering of like-minded individuals, to what you know WVC to be today with year-round hands-on education in a stateof-the-art facility. WVC is now globally recognized as a pillar of the veterinary community and a trusted educational partner for all divisions within a veterinary practice. If we all stop for a moment to take a collective look back at just how far WVC has come over the past 90 years, it is astounding. However, resting on our laurels is simply not possible because new technologies and practices continue to emerge, and WVC must adapt to address them. As we look forward to the future of this great organization, I know that success is inevitable because of the combined strength of the wonderful people who comprise our team, and the Board of Directors who guide us.

A MESSAGE As I look back on 2018 one word continually flashes through my mind…“Big”. This year we celebrated our 90th year of bringing high-quality continuing education to the veterinary profession. 90-years since the time the founding members of this prestigious organization decided to try their hand at producing a conference that would bring together veterinary professionals to learn new ideas, techniques, and treatments. An event where like-minded individuals could gather, share experiences, have a little fun, and get away from the day-to-day of the demands of the profession. As I think about the 2018 WVC Annual Conference it seems many of those foundational elements have remained the same. But my goodness how we have grown. I picture those founding fathers walking through the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Convention Center, poking their heads into any one of the 32-plus educational sessions occurring simultaneously, stepping foot into the more than 350,000 sq. ft. of Exhibit Hall, wading through the crowds of cheering participants at the world-class entertainment events, and finally stepping out onto the streets of Las Vegas Boulevard to take in the lights, sights and sounds of the city. I picture one turning to the other and saying…“Wow, this little meeting has become so Big”. And then they might catch ride to the Oquendo Center, only minutes away from the Mandalay Bay, where they would be wowed by WVC’s one-of-a-kind facility, created to provide hand’s-on educational opportunities for veterinary professionals year-round. They would walk through the building stopping in the Bioskills Lab where portable surgical lights, mayo trays, specimen tables, instrumentation, and technicians were


FROM THE CEO busy preparing the space for an upcoming course. Next they might enter the 190-seat Auditorium, with stage, lighting, and oversized seating. Truly a remarkable space, “like none other”, they would say. They would then take an elevator to the second floor where they would peek into classrooms full of people soaking in information on the latest scientific subjects, a formal Board Room, and areas for in-house dining, all before walking out onto the Mezzanine of the Large Animal Facility, where they would peer down over stalls, gates, and chutes to handle the horses, cows, goats, and sheep utilized during the monthly Clinical Proficiency Exams (CPE) administered by WVC. Finally, they would find their way to the Surgical Suite, where 12 fixed-station surgery tables had been laid out with surgery tables and instrumentation underneath. They would be shocked to find not only those from their own profession enhancing skills and confidence through the educational experiences regularly offered at the Oquendo Center, but also sharing these spaces with human medical surgeons who utilize the Center throughout the year for exactly the same purpose those in the veterinary profession do. Again, my mind develops the picture of one turning to another and saying… “Wow, this place is Big”. I am sure at some point during their tour of the Oquendo Center, the group might run into one or more of the 60+ full/ part-time staff or 40+ on-call technicians. Or maybe they would happen to walk into a conversation between some of the 16 WVC Board of Directors, or 6 Education Managers, or hundreds of lecture speakers or hand’s-on course instructors. And most certainly they would meet a few of the more than 26,000 veterinary or 27,000 human medical professionals who have walked through the doors of the Oquendo Center since it’s opening in February 2009. Knowing how far the organization has come since its infancy in 1928, and what that growth has meant in complexity of operations and services to the profession, some in the group would voice out loud to no one in particular…“This organization has become so Big”. And finally, at the end of their tour of the Oquendo Center, as they are passing through the reception area they would come across the model of the Oquendo Center campus expansion

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scheduled to begin in April 2019. They would see plans for a 24,000 sq. ft. administrative office building; a new Large Animal Facility; a full-service Kitchen and 400-seat Cafeteria; purposebuilt veterinary space for enhanced learning opportunities; and the most compelling facet of the expansion…a new wing to the existing Oquendo Center providing more than 42,000 sq. ft. of additional lab, lecture, auditorium, and ancillary learning spaces. The model would show a campus…unlike any in the world…specifically built for both veterinary and human hand’son medical continuing education. They would quickly do the math in their head, computing with the new spaces added to the approximately 50,000 medical professionals already having taken part in a hand’s-on educational program at the Oquendo Center, that by 2028 more than 150,000 medical professionals will have been welcomed through the doors of the expanded Oquendo Center. I can both see and hear them in my mind almost screaming with amazement…“We never imagined what we started becoming so Big”. And all the while…as in my mind I watch the group that initially formed what was called the Intermountain Livestock Association travel through the excitement that has become today’s WVC…I smile and laugh a little to myself thinking… “You think this is Big? Just wait…you haven’t even begun to see where we’re going and just how BIG this thing is going to be”.


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W V C PA S T PRESIDENTS Attending the 90th Annual Conference Clockwise from top left

Drs. James Furman, Charles Vail, Dennis McCurnin, Jon Pennell, George Dyck, Hal Jenkins, Ross Clark, Wallace Wolf, & William Wafer


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BOARD OFFICERS DARWIN R. YODER, DVM, MS President

DENNIS M. MCCURNIN, DVM, MS, DACVS

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ROBERT SMITH, DVM, MS, DABVP Vice President

President-Elect

W. MARK HILTON, DVM, PAS, DABVP

E. DAVID STEARNS, RVT

Immediate Past-President

Secretary-Treasurer

IN REMEMBRANCE OF DR. RANDALL EZELL It is with great sadness and profound appreciation, that we honor the contributions of Dr. Randall Ezell. For more than 15 years, Dr. Ezell played a pivotal role in shaping the future and growth of WVC. Most prominently, as Chairman of the Building Committee, for the 70,000 square-foot Oquendo Center, but also a contributing member of the WVC family serving as Secretary-Treasurer from 2002 to 2008, followed by election to the board and finally serving as President in 2013-14.

In 2016, WVC dedicated the 88th Annual Conference in his name, then awarding him with the special honor of a Program Dedication. “WVC would not be where it is today if it were not for the dedication and leadership of Dr. Randall G. Ezell. We are proud to honor Dr. Ezell as a true visionary, consummate professional, and lifelong friend of WVC and the veterinary profession.” - David Little, CEO WVC.

RANDALL G. EZELL, DVM


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BOARD OF DIRECTORS BRIAN POTEET, DVM, MS

JOAN (JONI) SAMUELS, DVM

Director

Director

JOHN BURKHARTSMEYER, DVM Director

DEBBIE WHITE, DVM, BS

GARY D. WEDDLE, DVM

WILLIAM (BILL) WRIGHT, DVM

Director

Director

Director

THERESA FOSSUM, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVS

MORGAN McARTHUR, DVM

HEATHER PRENDERGAST, RVT, CVPM, SPHR

Director

Director

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Veterinary Technician Director

SUZANNE RUSSO, DVM, MS

TRAVIS McDERMOTT, DVM

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EDUCATION MANAGERS

JEFFREY APPLEGATE, DVM Avian & Exotics

ANN RASHMIR-RAVEN, DVM, MS, DACVS Equine

ROBERT SAGER, DVM, MS, PhD, DABVP

LESLIE, A. MAMALIS, MBA,MSIT,CVA

TIM ALLEN, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)

Food Animal

Practice Management

Small Animal

KARA BURNS, MS, MEd, LVT, VTS(NUTRITION)

STUART GALBRAITH, RVT Moderator Facilitator

Veterinary Technician

WVC OFFICERS

Organization

DAVID LITTLE

Chief Executive Officer

Finance/Human Resources

Operations

Chief Financial Officer

Chief Operations Officer

STEPHANIE GERLING

AUBREY ARREOLA, CMP

Education

ANTHONY PEASE, DVM, MS, DACVR

Chief Veterinary Medical Officer

Technology/Marketing

STEVE GEBHART

Chief Information Officer

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90TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE Nearly 14,000 veterinary professionals gathered at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas for the WVC 90th Annual Conference, March 4-8. Participants had the opportunity to attend in more than 1,000 scientific sessions, interact with over 518 exhibiting companies in the Exhibit Hall and network with colleagues from 27 countries and all 50 states.

94%

of conference survey participants are extremely likely or likely to recommend attending the WVC Annual Conference to a friend.* *Based on those responding 8-10 from a scale of 1–10.

13,802 PARTICIPANTS

27 COUNTRIES

The WVC Annual Conference attracted 13,802 participants — including 5,424 Veterinarians and 2,572 Veterinary Technicians, Assistants, Practice Managers, Administrative Staff and Students.

Spectacular reach: participants represented 27 countries on six continents.

518 EXHIBITING COMPANIES

50 STATES + 2 U.S. TERRITORIES REPRESENTED

A wide variety of companies were represented at the conference, showcasing products and services in more than 80 veterinary-related categories. 90.4% of 2018 exhibitors report they will return again in 2019.

From coast to coast, WVC participants represented all 50 states at the 2018 Annual Conference.


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The WVC 90th Annual Conference scientific sessions covered topics across a large array of important subject matters, including: Small Animal, Avian and Exotics, Food Animal, Equine, Veterinary Technician and Practice Management. The lectures, hands-on labs and workshops were specifically designed for Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians, and Practice Managers. The Exhibit Hall featured a newly reinvented New Product Showcase, which gave participants an exclusive look at the newest veterinary products, introduced through interactive trivia and podcast elements to create a learning experience and enhance engagement. The Learning Lounge returned in 2018, hosting 34 educational bite-size CE sessions.

6,224 APP USERS

1,033 EDUCATION HOURS

235 SPEAKERS

26 HANDS-ON LABS

Participants were also treated to complimentary professional portraits and celebrated with WVC at the Exhibit Hall Mixer Anniversary Celebration. Conference entertainment and events provided an added opportunity for the industry to gather, make connections and build relationships. Conference goers enjoyed a general session with American music artist Jewel, who shared unique stories of her life growing up in Alaska and her career as a singer-songwriter. Hill’s Comedy Kickoff with Emmy-nominated actor and comedian Kevin Nealon and a concert sponsored by Merck Animal Health with Grammy award-winning country music artist Darius Rucker, rounded out the week.

WVC hosted veterinary professionals from around the world for an inspirational week of education and networking designed to help them grow their skills and clinical offerings.

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ACADEMY COURSES HANDS-ON LABS Developed in collaboration with veterinary specialists, WVC provides more than 30 labs throughout the year, ranging from Endoscopy to Small Animal Dentistry, Critical Care, Orthopedic, Ultrasound and Spinal Surgery. Through hands-on practice, participants gain confidence to perform new procedures immediately applicable in practice. WVC’s Academy courses are offered yearround across two to four days to ensure an immersive learning experience. We maintain a low instructor to participant ratio that encourages an intimate, personalized learning experience and peer-to-peer interaction. In 2018, over 900 veterinary professionals attended an Academy course at the Oquendo Center, where participants could earn up to 32 CE hours.

“This is a course that every general practitioner should take. The knowledge base is amazing, and the insider tips make for more.” -Dr. Shawn Caudle Practical Techniques in Soft Tissue & Orthopedic Surgery Participant


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2018 ACADEMY COURSES HANDS-ON COURSES JANUARY

Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy Brian Beale, DVM, DACVS Practical Techniques in Soft Tissue & Orthopedic Surgery Howard Seim, DVM, DACVS Flexible & Rigid Endoscopy Todd Tams, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM

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Minimally Invasive Joint Surgery & Arthroscopy Brian Beale, DVM, DACVS

MAY

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Minimally Invasive Joint Surgery & Arthroscopy Brian Beale, DVM, DACVS

Flexible & Rigid Endoscopy Todd Tams, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM

Flexible & Rigid Endoscopy Todd Tams, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)

Intermediate Abdominal Ultrasound Ryan King,DVM, DACVR

Surgical Oncology for the Small Animal Practitioner Lori Cesario, DVM, DACVIM (ONCOLOGY)

Comprehensive Surgical Management of Stifle Disease Brian Beale, DVM, DACVS

Advanced CBLO Donald Hulse, DVM, DACVS, DECVS

Advanced Tooth Extractions & Fractured Tips: Staying in the Frying Pan, Avoiding the Fire Steven Holmstrom, DVM, DAVDC

Wound Management & Reconstructive Surgery Michael Pavlectic, DVM, DACVS

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Canine Orthopedic Sports Medicine & Regenerative Medicine Sherman O. Canapp, Jr., DVM, MS, CCRT, DACVS, DACVSMR

Basic Abdominal Ultrasound Ryan King, DVM, DACVR

Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy Brian Beale, DVM, DACVS

Cruciate Management by CBLO Don Hulse, DVM, DACVS, DECVS

Principles of Fracture Repair Brian Beale, DVM, DACVS

Top Ten Surgical Procedures Don Waldron, DVM, DACVS

Comprehensive Small Animal Dentistry Paul Mitchell, DVM, DAVDC

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Isometric Extra-articular Stabilization of Cranial Cruciate Ligament Don Hulse, DVM, DACVS, DECVS

Intensive Abdominal Ultrasound Ryan King,DVM, DACVR

Advanced Spinal Surgery Level II Karl Kraus, DVM, MS, DACVS

JULY

Advanced Spinal Surgery Level I Karl Kraus, DVM, MS, DACVS

APRIL

Fracture Repair in Toy Breed Dogs & Cats Brian Beale, DVM, DACVS

OCTOBER

Advanced Soft Tissue Surgery for General Practitioners Philipp Mayhew, BVMS, DACVS Flexible & Rigid Endoscopy Todd Tams, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)

Core Surgery Procedures for the Small Animal GP Don Waldron, DVM, DACVS

Practical Techniques in Soft Tissue & Orthopedic Surgery Howard Seim, DVM, DACVS

Practical Techniques in Soft Tissue & Orthopedic Surgery Howard Seim, DVM, DACVS

Principles of Fracture Repair Brian Beale, DVM, DACVS

Intensive Abdominal Ultrasound Ryan King,DVM, DACVR

Advanced Fracture Repair Brian Beale, DVM, DACVS

Practical Techniques in Soft Tissue & Orthopedic Surgery Practical Techniques in Soft Tissue & Orthopedic Surgery

Ophthalmic Examination Techniques for the General Practitioner David Maggs, BVSc, DACVO Ophthlamic Surgery for the General Practitioner: Surgery of the Eyelids & Orbit David Maggs, BVSc, DACVO

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Advanced Spinal Surgery Level I Karl Kraus, DVM, MS, DACVS Advanced Spinal Surgery Level II Karl Kraus, DVM, MS, DACVS

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in the Dog Boaz Arzi, DVM, DAVDC, DEVDC

DECEMBER

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CAREER BUILDING VETERINARY TECHNICIAN SYMPOSIUM Due to overwhelming demand and multiple years of selling out a single event, WVC recognized the need for additional technician-focused events, so in 2018, WVC produced two successful Veterinary Technician Symposia featuring a variety of topics. Both events reached near capacity, attracting a combined 213 participants. June 25-27 | Anesthesia, Behavior, Diagnostic Ultrasound August 6-8 | Surgery, Pain Management, Rehabilitation These specialized sessions are the only stand-alone, handson continuing education events available that are specifically designed for veterinary technicians. Each event offered 24 hours of continuing education credits and a unique opportunity for veterinary technicians to increase their knowledge, sharpen their skills, and experience unparalleled networking to collaborate and collect new ideas.

Everything! Amazing 3 Days of learning. I felt like I can not only go back to my practice and help better our facility, but better myself overall as a technician.

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RECENT G R A D U AT E S Y M P O S I U M Held July 16-18, this inaugural event was designed to meet the needs of veterinarians either new to the field or returning to practice improve the skills and confidence needed to both succeed with patient care as well as personal well-being. Hosted at the world-famous Oquendo Center in Las Vegas, NV, expert instructors – using today’s most innovative instructional approaches and technology – presented skill-based training in critical practice areas: Cardiology, Finance, and Soft Tissue Surgery.

WOMEN’S VETERINARY SUMMIT

The most inspirational CE I have ever attended. It gave me new light and hope for my future in this career.

Dr. Julia Outland

Now in its third year, the summit is a unique continuing education opportunity focused on self-education, guided reflection, and exploring one’s full potential over two days of authority-centered immersive sessions and workshops. Featuring expert instruction with three module rotations, presentations taught techniques to cultivate communication, drive emotional intelligence and grow leadership skills. In 2018, WVC welcomed 35 veterinarians, and seven additional veterinary paraprofessionals to the Oquendo Center July 22-23, providing 14 hours of continuing education credits.


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DESTINATION CE C O S TA R I C A AN ADVENTURE IN EDUCATION Destination CE provided participants the unique opportunity to join world-renowned veterinary experts in one of the top travel destinations while honing their feline medicine skills over a five day adventure. Presented by world-reknowned instructors, Michael Lappin, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM) and Catriona MacPhail, DVM, PhD, DACVS, 72 veterinary professionals ventured off to the exclusive beachfront of Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort in Costa Rica, September 16-21, where education sessions focused on critical topics, most innovative approaches and practical techniques in feline medicine. Once again receiving rave reviews from participants, WVC plans to venture back to sea in 2019 with Destination CE Alaska.

“I attended the first annual Destination CE and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I had to attend a second one! I highly recommend the CE experience whether you need the CE or not.� -Dr. Dannette Deweese


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DIGITAL LEARNING I N I T I AT I V E S LEARNING LIBRARY The Learning Library was a year-round subscriptionbased veterinary education online resource center, which allowed unlimited access how- to videos detailing surgical procedures led by expert instructors; review the latest medical and surgical updates; and Annual Conference proceedings. In 2018, over 643 veterinary professionals accessed the Learning Library. With a renewed focus on handson education, WVC sunset the site at the end of December 2018.

CONNECTIONS With over 39,000 community subscriptions, Connections was an engaging online complimentary community where veterinary professionals could post questions, engage in discussions, network, and gain support from peers. Launched in April 2016, the WVC social site operated as a no-cost open forum available to veterinarians and paraprofessionals. The site closed officially in November 2018 after the organization’s strategic goals were realigned to focus on hands-on education.

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K9 MEDIC Twice in 2018, WVC hosted K9 Medic training at the Oquendo Center, where first responders (i.e. firemen, paramedics and metro officers) are trained how to respond to a K9 officer emergency in the field. Dutch Special Forces practiced maneuvers and first-aid techniques during their recent visit to the Oquendo Center.

LAS VEGAS HOSPITALITY ASSOCIATION FILL-A-BAG WITH CHEER Each year, WVC provides gift bags filled with toys, books, school supplies, and winter clothes for underprivileged elementary school children. These philanthropic efforts are aligned with the Las Vegas Hospitality Association (LVHA) Fill-a-Bag with Cheer program. Clothing and shoe sizes, favorite colors and favorite characters are provided and team members fill bags with these items to help children during the holiday season.

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K9 Medics K9 MEDIC is devoted to ensuring all K9s have access to leading edge medical care equal to the best human standards available in the field. K9 MEDIC, dedicated to Serving K9s in THEIR Time of Need!

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Children in need For the 11th consecutive year, representatives from the Las Vegas Hospitality Association delivered “bags of cheer” to over 500 children in need. This included donations from WVC.

NOTABLE CONTRIBUTIONS Surgeons spay and neuter many of the shelter dogs and cats utilized during WVC courses Several WVC Veterinary Technicians volunteer their services at the local NSPCA throughout the year WVC provided canine dental examinations and services for NSPCA to increase adoption chances Provided Jerry’s Rescue manikins for CPR training offered to the public through a local fire house Donated oxygen delivery mask sets to local fire houses for animal emergencies Upcycled tshirts into braided dog toys and donated to Mayte’s rescue


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2018 WVC AWARDS

WVC awarded these five outstanding postgraduate recipients of the 2018 Dr. W. Bruce Wren Food Animal Incentive Awards and commends their commitment to Food Animal practice.

DR. W. BRUCE WREN FOOD ANIMAL INCENTIVE AWARDS The Dr. W. Bruce Wren Food Animal Incentive Awards (FAIA) recognize recent graduates from veterinary colleges or schools to encourage veterinarians to enter food animal practice or other careers directly related to food animal practice, such as food animal education and/or research; assist in the development of leadership skills and aid in the progress of future leaders in food animal practice and related activities; and showcase the educational enrichment opportunities offered by WVC. In 2018, five postgraduates were honored with the Dr. W. Bruce Wren Food Animal Incentive Award, named for longtime WVC food animal program manager and industry leader W. Bruce Wren, DVM.

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Drs. Taika von Königslöw, Celeste Morris, Shari Kennedy, Jessica B. Rush, and Michael E. Pesato

Dr. Shari M. Kennedy ������������������������������������������������������������ Kansas State University Dr. Taika von Königslöw ������������������������������������������������������������ University of Guelph Dr. Celeste Morris ����������������������������������������������������� VA/MD regional College of Vet Med Dr. Michael E. Pesato ��������������������������������������������������������� University of Pennsylvania Dr. Jessica B. Rush ���������������������������������������������������������������������� Auburn University

Distinguished Service Award Given for exceptional service over time, unselfish dedication to veterinary education and advancement of veterinary knowledge, and significant contributions to WVC and to the U.S. and global veterinary medicine. In 2018, this award was bestowed upon Drs. James Peddie and Charles Vail. JAMES PEDDIE, DVM

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DR. JACK WALTHER LEADERSHIP AWARDS Commencing in 2002, the leadership awards were developed by WVC to foster leaders at the start of their profession. The annual award is bestowed upon 35 DVM Students and two Veterinary Technician students in the U.S. and Canada, who are actively involved and show leadership potential. WVC recognized the following student leaders in 2018...

VETERINARY STUDENT AWARD RECIPIENTS Camille Roemhild..............................................................Auburn University Claire Tucker............................................................. Colorado State University Jeremy Eule...................................................................... Cornell University Holly Salzbrenner..........................................................Iowa State University Brett A. Montague.......................................................Kansas State University Ashley Rose Kotran................................................ Lincoln Memorial University Joseph Kamper........................................................ Louisiana State University Katelynn Youatt.........................................................Michigan State University Katherine H. Larson.............................................. Mississippi State University Erin Beasley........................................................North Carolina State University Jesse Caitlin Alexis Jenny ��������������������������������������Oklahoma State University Emily Mangan............................................................. Oregon State University Mary Jordan.......................................................................Purdue University

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Kimberly Reid....................................................................... Ross University Meagan E. Bilotta......................................................... St. George’s University Brandon Nettles............................................................ Texas A&M University Eba Kim..................................................................... The Ohio State University Lauren Unger.......................................................................Tufts University Aaron Judson.................................................................. Tuskegee University Rachel Gauvin..............................................................Universite de Montreal Paige Livingston........................................................... University of CA-Davis Christina M. Jeffries ������������������������������������������������������University of Florida Matthew C. Tanner......................................................... University of Georgia Laura Hartman...............................................................University of Guelph Darcy Stephenson...........................................................University of Illinois Kristen E. Capen.........................................................University of Minnesota Emily C. Brookshire...................................................... University of Missouri Linnea M. Tracy........................................................ University of Pennsylvania Jolene Ann Vermeulen.................................... University of Prince Edward Island Kenny May.............................................................. University of Saskatchewan Alisha Pedersen.......................................................... University of Tennessee Rachel O’Leary............................................................ University of Wisconsin Kelly C. Freudenberger Cantanzaro ������������������VA/MD Reg. College of Vet Med Drew Asher Fleischman........................................Washington State University Tolulope Olagbaju............................................................ Western University

VETERINARY TECHNICIAN STUDENT AWARD RECIPIENTS Marie Gabriella Madaras................Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology Vet Tech Program Clair A. Sauer................................................Harcum College-Veterinary Technology Program

Recipients of these awards receive $1,000, complimentary registration, accommodations, airfare and a daily stipend to attend WVC’s Annual Conference in Las Vegas.


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CONTINUING EDUCATORS OF THE YEAR Each Year, Annual Conference participants select the Conference presenters who they feel are superior in their ability to deliver information with insight, accuracy, depth, and openness. Six exemplary educators were honored at WVC’s 90th Annual Conference for their significant role to deliver innovative and effective methodologies that enhance animal health.


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JOERG MAYER, DVM, MS, DABVP (ECM), DECZ (SMALL MAMMAL), DACZM

VANESSA COOK, VETMB, DACVS, DACVECC, PHD Equine

Avian and Exotics

MEREDYTH JONES, DVM, MS, DACVIM (LAIM)

PETER A. WEINSTEIN, DVM, MBA

Food Animal

Practice Management

ELIZABETH GIULIANO, DVM, MS, DACVO

H. EDWARD DURHAM, JR., CVT, LATG, VTS (CARDIOLOGY)

Small Animal

STUART GALBRAITH, RVT Moderator

Veterinary Technician

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RECOGNITION Success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life. It’s about what you inspire others to do.


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WVC chief executive officer. “It is because of each of them that WVC is able to provide the veterinary community with the highest quality continuing education

WVC is on this list because of our incredibly dedicated, responsible and passionate WVC team.

and world-class facilities, which support their personal and professional growth. We are honored to have received this recognition. It is confirmation we are on the right track as an organization.”

David Little, WVC CEO

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WVC Named One of Nonprofit Times’ 50 Top Nonprofits to Work For in 2018 WVC was named one of Nonprofit Times’ 50 Best Nonprofits to Work for in 2018. The report asked employees culture questions in eight key business and operational categories regarding leadership and planning; corporate culture and communications; pay and benefits; training, development and resources; and more. More than 70 percent of the 59-person WVC staff completed the voluntary survey. Their participation resulted in the organization being ranked 23 on this prestigious list of nonprofits. Awarded organizations scored 90 percent or better in the rated categories which included; professional development, training, communication and confidence in leadership. “WVC is on this list because of our incredibly dedicated, responsible and passionate WVC team,” said David Little,


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Revenue

2018 YEAR IN REVIEW The World’s Leading Provider of Professional Medical Education 2018 EVENTS

<1% <1% 23% 60% 17%

23,854

Expenses 1% <1%

PARTICIPANTS ATTENDED A WVC EVENT IN 2018

723 CE Hours were offered in 2018 at WVC courses

30% 51%

13,802 Participants attended the 2018 Annual Conference 90% Academy sell-out with an average net promoter score of 84 200+ Events hosted at Oquendo Center, a 26% increase over 2017

17% Annual Conference

eLearning

Oquendo Center Human Medical Oquendo Center Veterinary

Destination CE


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2018 OQUENDO CENTER ACTIVIT Y Total Events: 203

116

74

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VETERINARIAN

HUMAN MEDICAL

OTHER

Veterinary Participants

3,919

Human Medical Participants

4,517

Other Event Participants

1,544

9,980

TOTAL PARTICIPANTS 0

1,000

2,000

3,000

4,000

5,000

6,000

7,000

8,000

10,000

9,000

2018 WVC NET PROMOTER SCORES 94

90

88

97 84 73 55

Human Bioskills Events

Destination Career Building Academy CE Costa Rica Courses Courses

Annual Conference

Tesla

Sources: NPS Benchmarks powered by CustomerGauge; www.npsbenchmarks.com Net Promoter Scores are for 2017; except for Harvard Business School, most current published is 2015.

Apple iPhone

45

Costco

41

40

Harvard Business School

Walmart


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SPECIAL THANKS SAPPHIRE SPONSORS

PLATINUM SPONSORS

GOLD SPONSORS ®

®

SILVER SPONSORS

BRONZE SPONSORS


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EXECUTIVE SPONSORS Akorn, Inc. Calico Financial Ceva Animal Health Companion Animal Health by Litecure Kindred Biosciences, Inc. Nutramax Laboratories Veterinary Sciences, Inc. PRN Pharmacal Sound Vets First Choice

GENERAL SPONSORS 3M Animal Care

Blue River Petcare

Live Oak Bank

Spectrum Veterinary

Addison Biological Laboratory, Inc.

Care Credit

Mason Company

Suntech Medical, Inc.

Dechra Veterinary Products

Medivet Biologics

Ultimed

Diamondback Drugs

NAVTA

Van Beek Natural Science

Diagnostic Imaging Systems, Inc.

Norbrook Inc.

Vet Innovations, Inc.

Nova Biomedical

Vet Strategy

Pearl Companies

Veterinary Practice Solutions

PetMap

Varl

Petplan Pet Insurance

Veen America, Inc.

Royal Canin

Vetmatrix

Shepherd Software, Inc.

Viagen Pets

Smiths Medical

Wellhaven Pet Health

Advanced Monitors Corp. Aesculight Alfa Wassermmann Diagnostic Technologies AllAccem Sanos Ansell Bank of America Practice Solutions Beyond Indigo Pets Blue Buffalo Company

DRE Veterinary DVM Mulitmedia First Financial Bank Havel's, Inc. IM3, Inc. JNA Advertising K-Laser

HANDS-ON LAB SPONSORS Companion Animal Health by Litecure Dentalaire Ethicon Everost Eye Care for Animals Henry Schein

Hitachi Aloka

Intrauma

Sound

Jorvet

Karl Storz Veterinary

Universal Imaging

Jurox

Kyon Veterinary Surgical Products

Veterinary Orthopedic Implants

Midmark Corporation

Zoetis

IDEXX IM3 IMS Steris

Smiths Medical Sonosite Fujifilm

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