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Veterinary Education Today Conference & Medical Exposition

New VET conference – Absolutely Fabulous

The inaugural Veterinary Education Today (VET) conference and medical exposition took place in Toronto, Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, 2016 at The International Centre. More than 475 veterinary clinicians from across Canada attended the newest option for a low-cost, high-quality continuing education (CE) conference. Affordable conference fees, free parking, convenient location, relevant content, and excellent networking all contributed to the overall success of the conference.

“The feedback we are getting from delegates is overwhelmingly positive,” says Dr. Duncan Hockley, director of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s (WCVM) Veterinary Medical Centre and planning committee chair for VET. “Hundreds of delegates made a point of thanking us for creating this conference and delivering world-class practical CE for our industry, and they are already asking when registration will open for next year.”

More than 80 per cent of delegates rated the WCVM CE program as Very Good to Excellent, and more than 90 per cent validated the education was relevant to their practice.

Conference delegates had 30 different CE sessions to choose from, tailored to companion animal, bovine and equine tracks; earning up to 12 RACE approved CE credit hours. Optional small-group pre-conference workshops offered participants the chance to advance their skills through seminars on wellness, social media, medical imaging and pet rehabilitation. Neil Pasricha, the New York Times bestselling author, set the tone for the conference with his engaging opening keynote on workplace happiness. The exhibit area featured more than 60 companies representing all aspects of the industry from equipment to food to the latest technology. Delegates loved the wellness lounge where they received complimentary massages, relaxed and recharged their energy.

“We wanted VET to deliver a unique experience for both delegates and exhibitors,” said Steve Dempsey, senior vice president of Diversified Communications Canada, organizers of VET. “Without a doubt we exceeded expectations. Planning has already started for 2017 and we are forecasting VET to grow significantly based on the feedback we’ve been receiving so far. When we hear comments such as ‘keep doing what you are doing and you will become the number one meeting in Canada to attend,’ from CanMedical, we know we are headed in the right direction.”

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