NAVC broadening reach

Published on March 20, 2013
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The 2013 North American Veterinary Conference, Jan. 19-23 in Orlando, Fla., offered more than 1,300 hours of continuing education and attracted nearly 16,000 attendees.

On Feb. 15, the NAVC as an organization unveiled a new brand identity, featuring a new name—the North American Veterinary Community. The community includes the annual conference, other CE offerings, a journal, and partner conferences abroad.

“Together, the new name and logo signify our ongoing goal of helping veterinary professionals refresh and renew their knowledge about the newest trends and techniques in diagnostics and treatment,” said veterinary technician Lynne E. Johnson-Harris, 2013-2014 NAVC president.

Attendees participate in a hands-on lab during the 2013 North American Veterinary Conference. (Courtesy of NAVC/Nick Mistretta)

The NAVC also recently formed an agreement with Vetstream, a United Kingdom–based supplier of online veterinary content, to bring NAVC content to veterinarians around the world via the new Vetacademy, a source of online CE. Vetstream is working with the NAVC to make other Vetacademy content available to the U.S. audience.

Among the many CE offerings during the 2013 annual conference was a new track on Backyard Chicken Medicine. Janine Driver, an expert on body language, was a featured speaker for the practice management sessions. For the first time, the conference provided Spanish translation for a number of sessions.

Conference attendance included 6,126 veterinarians, 1,435 veterinary technicians, 561 practice managers, 459 support staff members, and 865 students. Attendees hailed from more than 70 countries.

The 2013-2014 NAVC officers are Lynne E. Johnson-Harris, Hinckley, Ohio, president; Dr. Charlotte Lacroix, Whitehouse Station, N.J., president-elect; Dr. Richard A. LeCouteur, Davis, Calif., vice president; Dr. Earl H. Rippie Jr., Pennsauken, N.J., secretary-treasurer; and Dr. M. Gatz Riddell, Auburn, Ala., immediate past president. Thomas M. Bohn is the new chief executive officer.