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Vet Techs Flock to WVC Symposium

The second such event will take place in June 2016.

Small groups rotated through learning stations during the inaugural Veterinary Technician Symposium.


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WVC has already scheduled its second Veterinary Technician Symposium after luring 120 vet techs to Las Vegas for three days of continuing education.

The inaugural symposium, held June 29 to July 1 at the Oquendo Center, was a sellout—and proof that demand exists for such an event, WVC officials said.

The second symposium is set for June 27 to 29, 2016.

WVC could not be more pleased with the success,” CEO David Little said. “We … will continue to provide these cutting-edge and never-before-offered educational experiences, which blow the lid off of current educational practices, to all veterinary professionals.”

Veterinary technicians from across the United States and Canada showed up in Las Vegas to earn up to 25 CE hours in four subjects: anesthesia, dentistry, emergency and critical care, and practice management.

“[They] are able to take the skills they learned here and teach others in their practice, which strengthens the practice as a whole,” said E. David Stearns, RVT, WVC’s veterinary technician director.

The symposium included a session called “Career Building 101,” featuring Kara Burns, MS, LVT, VTS. Julie Legred, CVT, executive director of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, also addressed the group.

WVC produces the Western Veterinary Conference and organizes continuing education programs at the Oquendo Center and other locations. The 88th annual conference is scheduled for March 6 to 10, 2016, at Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

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