Veterinary Conferences to Attend in 2020
(Stay tuned for more information on which conferences have changed due to COVID-19.)
A new year is here, so it's time to start thinking about which veterinary conferences you and your team should attend in 2020. While there are many local, regional, and national conferences to choose from, here's a glimpse into a few of the more well-known events.
Veterinary Meeting & Expo (VMX)
When: January 18–22, 2020
Where: Orlando, Florida
Who should attend: All veterinary professionals can partake in useful continuing education (CE) at VMX.
Why it's great: One of the largest veterinary conferences in the country, VMX offers something for everyone. The learning opportunities are endless, with 1,200 CE credit hours, including more than 900 sessions led by over 350 speakers. Topics include practice management, behavior, dentistry, dermatology, pain management, surgical techniques, veterinary nurse tracks, and more.
In addition to great CE, attendees love VMX's special events. This year, actor, author, and former NFL star Terry Crews will speak at the welcome session, and the opening ceremony will feature Howie Mandel.
What you shouldn't miss: The VMX Concert Series with Jake Owen.
How to register: Learn more and register on the NAVC website.
Western Veterinary Conference (WVC)
When: February 16–19, 2020
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
Who should attend: There's something for the entire veterinary team at WVC.
Why it's great: For veterinary professionals looking for a large conference with ample CE and networking opportunities, WVC is a no-brainer. The entire team can fulfill all of their CE requirements, choosing from among hundreds of sessions, workshops, and labs.
True to Vegas form, WVC provides plenty of entertainment. Attendees will enjoy performances from country music star Brett Eldredge, TV personality and comedian Sherri Shepherd, and stand-up comedian Tammy Pescatelli.
What you shouldn't miss: The Q&A luncheon with tennis superstar Venus Williams.
How to register: Learn more and register on the WVC website.
Midwest Veterinary Conference (MVC)
When: February 20–23, 2020
Where: Columbus, Ohio
Who should attend: MVC is a great choice for anyone on the team looking for CE without all the extra "fluff."
Why it's great: MVC offers more than 400 hours of CE, hands-on labs, and workshops covering a range of topics and provides a variety of networking receptions and lunches. And, since MVC focuses on education without all the extra entertainment and big-name attractions, attendees will pay a lower registration fee.
What you shouldn't miss: Keynote speaker Dr. Claire Simeone will discuss the importance of understanding how knowledge is shared between species.
How to register: Learn more and register on the MVC website.
American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) Forum
When: June 10–13, 2020
Where: Baltimore, Maryland
Who should attend: Veterinarians and technicians — especially those working in specialty hospitals — can benefit from attending the ACVIM Forum.
Why it's great: The ACVIM Forum offers high-level scientific education for veterinary professionals in a variety of specialties, including internal medicine, cardiology, neurology, and oncology. It's a smaller, more specialized conference; last year's forum attracted more than 3,200 attendees, offered 309 scientific sessions and 44 hours of technician programming, and featured 170 exhibiting companies.
What you shouldn't miss: The Specialty Symposium Reception.
How to register: Learn more and register on the ACVIM website.
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Convention
When: July 31–August 4, 2020
Where: San Diego, California
Who should attend: The AVMA Convention offers CE and networking events for the entire veterinary team.
Why it's great: Since it changes location each year, the AVMA Convention allows attendees to visit different cities and venues, and 2020 is being held in sunny San Diego, California. It has a smaller feel than some of the other national conferences but still provides plenty of cutting-edge CE that all veterinary professionals can benefit from.
What you shouldn't miss: 2020 convention details are yet to be released.
How to register: Stay tuned to the AVMA website for details and registration information as they become available.
When: August 28–31, 2020
Where: Kansas City, Missouri
Who should attend: The whole veterinary team can enjoy Fetch dvm360.
Why it's great: One of the newer conferences on the scene, the increasingly popular Fetch dvm360 offers evidence-based learning. The 2020 Kansas City conference will have more than 2,000 new people to connect with, $200 in free yoga and meditation, and three inspiring keynote presentations.
What you shouldn't miss: 2020 conference details have yet to be released.
When: September 30–October 3, 2020
Where: Denver, Colorado
Who should attend: Exclusively for American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) members, Connexity is ideal for practice owners and managers looking for practice management CE.
Why it's great: When AAHA rebranded its veterinary conference in 2018, many in the industry had doubts about this new approach. But, Connexity guests in 2018 and 2019 had a lot of positive things to say about this intimate, interactive conference. If you feel like nothing but a number at the large conferences, Connexity offers a smaller setting at a hotel rather than a convention center and caps attendance numbers. Connexity is heavily focused on improving practice culture and well-being in the profession, and it provides many opportunities for guests to network and connect with colleagues on a deeper level.
What you shouldn't miss: Keynote speaker Johnny Earle of Johhny Cupcakes will share his experience of building customer loyalty.
How to register: If you're an AAHA member, log in to your account on the AAHA website to register.
No matter which event you attend, these veterinary conferences will keep your staff engaged and grow your practice. Plus, they're a great way for your team to keep on top of the latest trends, get hands-on experience, and network with other professionals. Which conference will you attend in 2020?