The Perks of Attending Veterinary Conferences 

Sarah Rae Murray is a writer, former veterinary practice receptionist and an advocate for all animals. 

Where can you sharpen your skills, gain new knowledge, check out the industry’s latest innovations, network, reconnect with colleagues and pick-up some swag in the process? At a veterinary conference of course! With the CanWest Veterinary Conference in Banff, Alberta coming up in just a few days, it’s the perfect time to get excited about the opportunities industry gatherings provide. 

There are plenty of perks that come along with attending vet conferences. Whether you’re already registered at CanWest or if you’re considering a future conference, here are four opportunities that attendees can look forward to:

1. A change of scenery:

It’s no secret that burnout is common in veterinary professions. The clinic walls can start to feel like they’re closing in on you when you’re feeling stagnant and uninspired in your day-to-day work. Shake things up by venturing outside those walls. Conferences are a great place to reignite your spark for practicing veterinary medicine and connect with other industry professionals who share the same passion.

2. A way to earn Continuing Education (CE) credits:

There are countless ways to earn your annual CE credits, but some are just more fun than others. Veterinary conferences tend to offer a mix of hands-on wet labs, lectures, and interactive sessions. Conference offerings are varied, dynamic, and showcase industry leaders and experts. It’s the perfect opportunity to advance your knowledge and skills while fulfilling your mandatory CE requirements. 

3. A chance to reconnect and network:

A veterinary conference isn’t far off from a reunion. Chances are you’ll see some familiar faces: from school alumni to former coworkers—you never know who you might run into. It’s always a treat to catch up with old friends but be open to making new connections too. Meet-and-Greets are a fantastic setting to get to know other people in the veterinary industry. You never know, you could cultivate a new friendship or learn of an exciting career opportunity. 

4. A look at technological advancements and industry innovations:

Beyond the educational seminars, you’ll find the wonders of the trade fair. When you think trade fair, the first thing that comes to mind is probably free swag. While this is an undeniable perk, don’t forget that these companies contribute to the overall growth and advancement of the veterinary industry. Engage with the booth representatives for insights and sneak peeks into exciting technology, innovations, and products.

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Myers, Wendy S. “Getting the most from a conference.” Veterinary Practice News, Mar. 2018, Web.

“The Importance of Attending a Veterinary Seminar.” Focus and Flourish, Apr. 2017, Web.

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