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September 21, 2015

Americas: Creating an Event for the Underserved Vet Tech

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When WVC, a provider of high-quality continuing education to veterinary professionals, first opened the Oquendo Center in Las Vegas in 2009, its mission was to provide hands-on educational opportunities for all veterinary professionals, including veterinarians, veterinarian technicians and assistants, and students—the entire veterinary team.

While WVC’s 15,000-person annual conference, held in February at the nearby Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, does offer tracks for all of these professionals, the small, hands-on workshops WVC provides at the Oquendo Center for veterinarians were just too expensive a proposition for veterinary technicians—until now.

Getting Buy-in
“This event has been a long time coming,” says WVC CEO David Little, of the inaugural WVC Veterinary Technician Symposium. Even though WVC’s mission has always been to provide hands-on training for all veterinary professionals, shortly after opening the Oquendo Center, it became clear that the direct costs involved in producing those types of events—things like faculty, overhead, and staffing—quickly priced the veterinary technicians out of the market.

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