March 15, 2016


 NAVC holds conference, launches Today’s Veterinary Technician

​Posted March 2, 2016

The North American Veterinary Community Conference, Jan. 16-20 in Orlando, Florida, attracted 17,328 veterinary professionals and other attendees. During the conference, NAVC launched a new clinical journal, Today’s Veterinary Technician.

(Courtesy of NAVC)

The NAVC Conference 2016 delivered more than 1,200 hours of continuing education in multiple formats. Attendees explored new solutions for veterinary care in two exhibit halls and joined peers at special events, including a performance by comedian Brian Regan and a concert with Sheryl Crow. 

Among the attendees were 7,087 veterinarians, 1,613 veterinary technicians, 601 practice managers, 407 support staff members, and 894 veterinary and veterinary technician students.

The nonprofit NAVC not only holds an annual conference but also provides other educational offerings plus publications. In late 2014, the organization added Today’s Veterinary Practice to its portfolio. In late 2015, the organization announced that Today’s Veterinary Technician would debut in January 2016. Veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants, veterinary technology students, and other veterinary team members may subscribe to the new journal for free here.

Thomas M. Bohn, NAVC chief executive officer, stated in the announcement: “Our mission with Today’s Veterinary Technician is to provide medical insights and techniques that help improve skill sets and professional development specific to the veterinary technician audience. Readers may earn CE through opportunities covering a variety of practical nursing and technical skills in areas such as emergency and critical care, dentistry and nutrition, presented through peer-reviewed quality articles and tutorials from experts in veterinary medicine.”

The 2016-2017 NAVC officers are Drs. Melinda D. Merck, Austin, Texas, president; Gail Gibson, Skowhegan, Maine, president-elect; K. Leann Kuebelbeck, Brandon, Florida, vice president; Laurel Kaddatz, Pound Ridge, New York, treasurer; and Christine Navarre, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, immediate past president. The other members of the board of directors are veterinary technician Paige Allen, West Lafayette, Indiana; veterinary technician Harold Davis, Davis, California; and Dr. Cheryl Good, Dearborn, Michigan.

Starting next year, the NAVC will hold its annual conference at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, rather than at three hotels.  

Related JAVMA content:

NAVC kicks off the year (April 1, 2015)  
NAVC grows its brand (March 15, 2014)  
NAVC broadening reach (April 1, 2013)