Best 2023 veterinary conferences

Last year marked the return of in-person veterinary conferences and reuniting with friends and colleagues was a welcome change from virtual continuing education (CE) seminars. As the new year gets under way, you need to start planning how you will fulfill your 2023 CE requirements. Veterinary conferences offering live and virtual learning opportunities abound, and we list some of the best.

Veterinary Meeting and Expo (VMX)

For VMX’s 40th anniversary, they are offering 40% off registration. VMX is the world’s largest veterinary conference, offering educational tracks for small animal, farm animal, equine, exotics, practice management, personal development, and veterinary nurse/technicians. The VMX Expo Hall boasts hundreds of exhibitors who will solve your problems with innovative and creative solutions. For an additional fee, attendees can attend “meet the professor” luncheons, hands-on workshops and labs, and behind the scenes tours. The entertainment lineup includes Kevin Bacon, Jay Shetty, and Lady A. Other information includes:

  • Date — Hurry to reserve your spot, because VMX 2023 is January 14 to 18.
  • Location — Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida
  • Details — Go to the VMX website to register and view the complete program guide.

Midwest Veterinary Conference (MVC)

Hosted by the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, MVC is a growing, regional, three-day conference that every year brings together thousands of veterinary professionals from every discipline who can take advantage of educational, networking, and social opportunities. Highlights include cutting-edge topics for your entire veterinary team, renowned expert speakers from around the globe, unrivaled veterinary product and service exhibits, and the lowest price of any regional or national veterinary conference. Other information includes:

  • Date — MVC  2023 is scheduled for February 16 to 18, and virtual attendees will have access from February 27 to May 28.
  • Location — Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio
  • Details — To register and request a program guide, go to the MVC website.

Western Veterinary Conference (WVC)

WVC’s 95th annual conference offers more than 800 CE hours over four full days. Topics include small animal, food animal, avian and exotic, equine, practice management, and veterinary technicians. Attendees can increase their knowledge in learning lounges, workshops, symposia, industry seminars and, for an additional fee, hands-on labs. WVC’s keynote lunch speaker is actress, philanthropist, and producer Kristen Bell. Luncheon attendance requires  a CE-conference badge and an RSVP. Other entertainment highlights include a Cirque Du Soleil performance, country music’s leading female artist, Ashley McBryde, and a veterinary technician reception. Other information includes:

  • Date — WVC 2023 is scheduled for February 19 to 22.
  • Location — Mandalay Bay Convention Center in  Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Details — Go to the WVC website to register and view the educational program and conference schedule.

World Veterinary Association Congress (WVAC)

Since 1863, the World Veterinary Association (WVA) has represented the global veterinary profession to connect veterinarians worldwide to share experiences, exchange ideas, and join forces to improve veterinary medicine. The 38th WVAC will explore fields in clinical veterinary medicine, veterinary public health, animal welfare, and academic research. More than 90 leading international speakers will cover 100 topics in 22 fields of interest. Other information includes:

  • Date — WVAC 2023 is scheduled for April 26 to 29.
  • Location — Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center in Taipei, Taiwan
  • Details — To learn more and register, go to the WVAC website.

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Convention 

More than 7,000 people attended AVMA’s 2022 convention in historic Philadelphia, and another 1,000 participated virtually and gained CE in a wide array of topics and disciplines. Veterinary professionals from all practice sectors gather at the AVMA Convention to learn, network, and advance their career. Alumni receptions help you reconnect with old classmates and find new friends, and exhibit hall events keep you up to date on the latest trends that you can implement in your practice. Other information includes:

  • Date — The 2023 AVMA Convention is scheduled for July 14 to 18.
  • Location — Denver, Colorado
  • Details — Registration is scheduled to open early 2023, and you can go to the AVMA Convention website to check for more details as information becomes available.

World Small Animal Veterinary Association Congress (WSAVAC)

The WSAVAC offers an opportunity for veterinarians from around the world to learn, share ideas, and forge relationships. The congress presents a cutting-edge scientific program that features global experts and includes events and initiatives to help build networks with regional veterinarians to improve veterinary professional development in the area. Social programs allow attendees to learn about and experience the local culture. WSAVAC’s large trade exhibition also helps build relationships between veterinarians and industry partners. Other information includes:

  • Date — The 48th WSAVAC is scheduled for September 27 to 29.
  • Location — Lisbon, Portugal
  • Details — Registration is not yet open, but you can go to the WSAVAC website to learn more and check for updates.

Whether you choose to travel internationally or attend a virtual session from the comfort of home, these exceptional conferences should help you receive the CE you need and allow you to network with experts in the veterinary field. 

About the author

Jenny Alonge received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Mississippi State University in 2002. She completed an equine medicine and surgery internship at Louisiana State University. After her internship, she joined an equine ambulatory service in northern Virginia where she practiced for almost 17 years. Alonge later decided to make a career change in favor of more creative pursuits and accepted a job as a veterinary copywriter for Rumpus Writing and Editing in April 2021. She and her husband adopted two unruly kittens, Olive and Pops, in February 2022.

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