AVMA offers educational programming at WVC

Published on January 09, 2020

Conference attendees sit in a continuing education session

The AVMA is offering four special-topic continuing education (CE) tracks at the 2020 Western Veterinary Conference in February. They’ll cover cannabis and opioid issues, companion animal air transport, planning for your financial future, and wellbeing and healthy workplaces. Join the AVMA during these tracks, or meet up with us in the Exhibit Hall at booth 4529.

Planning in the present for your financial future
Feb 16, 2:00 – 5:50 PM
Oceanside C, Level 2

This four-part series begins with AVMA economist Dr. Bridgette Bain and will take attendees through a variety of topics, from the macro view of economics to veterinary debt—student and otherwise. Gain a broader understanding of the veterinary economic landscape and take away practical tactics to address debt.

Wellbeing and diversity inclusion
Feb 17, 8:00 AM – 12:25 PM
Mandalay Bay J, Level 2

This series of sessions with AVMA’s Dr. Jen Brandt will address a wide variety of topics. Learn how to identify risk factors that contribute to workplace incivility and discover practical strategies for promoting civility in the workplace. We’ll discuss giving and receiving feedback, so you can take home a proven framework and an immediately actionable skill set for improving performance, building stronger relationships, and increasing engagement. Finally, attendees will learn how to maintain a culture of wellbeing in the workplace and set boundaries that reduce conflict.

Cannabis and opioid issues
Feb 18, 8:00 AM – 12:25 PM
Mandalay Bay B, Level 2

A presentation from AVMA Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Gail Golab will support attendees in acquiring a working knowledge of the regulatory framework surrounding cannabis and its status in the practice of veterinary medicine at the federal and state levels. Then, stick around to learn about the laws affecting controlled substances and the applications of those laws—including registration, record keeping requirements, storage, dispensing, inventory, and prescribing—as well as how to prevent diversion of controlled substances.

Companion animal air transport
Feb 19, 8:00 – 11:25 AM
Oceanside B, Level 2

This session, led by Dr. Gail Golab and representatives of three major airlines, will provide attendees with information about how animals are transported by air and the various requirements that currently exist for each type of transport. Then, we’ll go step by step through the transport journey with attention to what the animal might experience during the process, including risks and stressors and their consequences. Finally, AVMA’s Dr. Warren Hess and AVMA PLIT’s Dr. Linda Ellis will provide attendees with a better understanding of Certificates of Veterinary Inspection, including their content, rationale, and requirements for completion, including attention to conducting a thorough physical examination.

Not attending WVC?

Don’t worry—you’ll be able to find many of these sessions afterward in AVMA Axon. As we did with our 2019 AVMA Convention and AVMA Economic Summit, we’ll make our top CE sessions available as on-demand webinars following the conference.