WVC conference features new collaboration between AVMA, Viticus Group

At the 2022 WVC Annual Conference, a new collaboration was announced between the AVMA and Viticus Group, the organization that hosts the WVC conference.

The AVMA and Viticus Group are partnering to enhance opportunities for continuing education for the entire veterinary team, bringing together the AVMA’s digital education platform—AVMA Axon—and Viticus Group’s hands-on training programs.

Representatives of the AVMA and Viticus Group
Representatives of the AVMA and Viticus Group, the organization behind the WVC conference, announced a collaboration to provide new educational opportunities for the entire veterinary team. (Photo by Tonya Harvey)

WVC 2022 attracted more than 12,550 attendees from March 6-9 in Las Vegas. The conference offered hundreds of hours of continuing education sessions, with tracks for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and practice managers.

 “We are thrilled to have welcomed veterinary professionals from across the United States and the world to Las Vegas for the 2022 WVC Annual Conference,” said Andrea Davis, CEO of Viticus Group, in a summary of the conference. “It was also a great opportunity to show the veterinary community that WVC continues to grow and offer even more, despite the challenges of the past year.”

The partnership between the AVMA and Viticus will offer new curricula for veterinarians and veterinary technicians that will combine virtual and hands-on components, including courses throughout the year on topics such as dentistry and ultrasonography. Other offerings through the partnership will include CE during the WVC Annual Conference and the AVMA Convention and an Early Career Bootcamp set to take place in June on-site at the Viticus Center.

The AVMA offered six sessions during WVC 2022:

  • “African Swine Fever for the Companion Animal Practitioner”
  • “Language of Veterinary Care”
  • “State of the Profession Report”
  • “Rudeness on the Rise: When Work Hurts”
  • “The Double-Edged Sword of Workplace Communication”
  • “Something to Talk About: A New Era for Workplace Wellbeing”

The top 5 best-attended sessions at WVC 2022 were as follows:

  • “Sedation & Anesthesia for Fractious/Aggressive Patients”
  • “Practical Approach to Urethral Obstruction”
  • “Rational Approach to Acute Diarrhea in Dogs”
  • “Canine & Feline Diabetic Monitoring 1.0”
  • “Approach to Respiratory Distress in Dogs: What to Do in the First 30 Minutes”

The 2022-23 Viticus Group officers are Dr. Debbie White, Las Vegas, president; Dr. Gary D. Weddle, Henderson, Nevada, president-elect; registered veterinary technician Heather Prendergast, Las Cruces, New Mexico, vice president; and registered veterinary technician E. David Stearns, Fall Creek, Wisconsin, secretary-treasurer.