Steph Barr
April 5th, 2023
9 min read

The best veterinary conferences happening in the USA in 2023

The best veterinary conferences happening in the USA in 2023

Are you looking to stay up-to-date with the latest advances in your field? Or maybe you're seeking new skills and techniques to enhance your practice? Whatever your role in the veterinary industry, attending conferences is an excellent way to stay informed and connected with like-minded professionals - not to mention boosting your CE! In this article, we'll be taking a look at some of the best veterinary conferences taking place in the USA over the rest of the year. From small regional events to large national conferences, we've got you covered - so let's dive in!

The Best Veterinary Conferences in the USA in 2023

American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) Symposium 2023

When: April 20 - 23, 2023

Where: Baltimore

If you're looking to delve deep into the world of veterinary medicine, you can't miss the ABVP Symposium! It's the ultimate destination for veterinary professionals who are passionate about expanding their knowledge and expertise. Whether you're looking to broaden your skillset, stay on top of the latest industry trends, or simply connect with like-minded professionals, the ABVP Symposium has got it all. With a plethora of sessions, workshops and lectures, you'll have access to an unparalleled wealth of information and resources, from cutting-edge surgical techniques to advanced diagnostics. Whether you're an experienced veteran in the field or a budding newcomer, you're bound to be impressed by the breadth and depth of this program!

Find out more about the ABVP Symposium here.

Vet Show Chicago 2023

When: May 18 - 19, 2023

Where: Navy Pier, Chicago

The first of three Vet Show conferences taking place in the US this year, join the best and brightest in veterinary medicine for two days of learning, networking and fun! This highly anticipated veterinary conference offers an impressive 20 hours of RACE-approved CE across various specialised tracks, ensuring that you'll leave with a wealth of knowledge and practical skills to take back to your practice. World-class speakers and interactive labs are sure to leave you inspired and motivated, and the incredible program is packed with opportunities to learn and grow. Don't miss out on this unforgettable experience that's sure to take your veterinary career to the next level!

Find out more about the Vet Show Chicago here.

MVMA Great Lakes Veterinary Conference

When: June 25 - 27, 2023

Where: Traverse City, MI

The Great Lakes Veterinary Conference is an annual event that brings together veterinarians and veterinary technicians from across the country to learn, network and explore the latest advances in veterinary medicine. With up to 12 hours of available CE on a variety of topics, including small and large animal medicine and practice management, attendees can also participate in hands-on labs and workshops to improve their clinical skills.

Find out more about the MVMA Great Lakes Veterinary Conference here.

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Convention

When: July 14 - 18, 2023

Where: Denver

The AVMA Convention is one of the largest gatherings of veterinary professionals in the world, with thousands of attendees each year. It's the perfect chance to take a break from your daily routine and reignite your love for veterinary medicine! With over 600 hours of top-notch continuing education, exciting special events, cutting-edge solutions and much more, this convention has something for everyone! Don't miss out on the chance to elevate your veterinary career and gain an educational edge through hands-on labs, workshops, panels and lectures taught by the best-of-the-best in the field. Plus, you'll have the chance to network with colleagues, make new friends and discover new products and services that will take your veterinary career to new heights!

Find out more about the AVMA Convention here.

VETgirl U 2023

When: August 10 - 13, 2023

Where: Scottsdale, AZ

The online veterinary continuing education platform, VETgirl, returns with their annual VETgirl U conference. With a veterinarian track and a veterinary technician track covering a huge variety of topics from surgery to anesthesia to neuro - plus over 20 hours of CE on offer - this is definitely an event you won't want to miss!

Find out more about VETgirl U 2023 here.

Fetch dvm360 Conference

When: August 25 - 27, 2023

Where: Kansas City Convention Center, Kansas City

Whether you're looking to network with colleagues and friends, engage with exhibitors, or just soak up some knowledge, the Fetch dvm360 Conference offers numerous opportunities to learn from and connect with a variety of experts in the field. A series of inspiring keynote addresses will help reignite your passion for veterinary medicine, and with sessions focused on everything from dental care to soft-tissue surgeries, you'll be able to tailor your education to your practice's specific needs. But that's not all - you'll also have access to action-based continuing education that provides clear takeaways, resource materials and strategies you can put into practice right away. So if you're a veterinary professional looking to stay current and make valuable connections, this is an event you won't want to miss!

Find out more about the Fetch dvm360 Conference here.

The Southwest Veterinary Symposium (SWVS) 2023

When: September 21 - 24, 2023

Where: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, TX

With four jam-packed days of continuing education, exhibits, interactive labs and events, you're sure to have a great time at SWVS 2023 - particularly as there's also a maximum of 28 CE credit hours on offer! And if you're hungry for even more knowledge, additional credit hours are available through the purchase of ticketed events like Interactive Labs, Master Classes, and CE Tours.

Find out more about the Southwest Veterinary Symposium here.

Vet Forum USA 2023

When: September 27 - 28, 2023

Where: Hyatt Hill Country Resort, San Antonio

Looking to connect with industry decision makers? Look no further than VetForum! Over two days, you can meet owners and operators of veterinary corporates and GPOs and showcase your products and services to some of the best in the region. With talks from thought leaders, hosted roundtable sessions, and speed-meetings between group decision makers and vendors, VetForum is a great opportunity to make valuable connections. Plus, the invitation-only policy ensures you'll only be meeting with the decision makers themselves! 

Find out more about Vet Forum USA 2023 here.

The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) Conference 2023

When: October 12-15, 2023

Where: Renasant Convention Center, Memphis, TN and Virtually

Attention all feline specialists! The AAFP Conference is a must-attend event for anyone looking to learn more about feline health, whether they are new to the field or an experienced practitioner. This year's annual conference theme is 'The Ins and Outs of Feline Nutrition and Gastroenterology', and aims to provide a unique conference experience that caters to attendees at different stages of their professional development, helping them expand their knowledge of feline health and elevate their standard of care for cats. And with the conference being a hybrid event, you have the opportunity to attend in-person or virtually!

Find out more about the AAFP Conference here

Vet Show Wild West 2023

When: October 18 - 21, 2023

Where: Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, Reno

Get ready for an unforgettable experience at Wild West Vet Show 2023! This exciting conference features 4 jam-packed days of back-to-back sessions on a wide variety of topics, with world-class speakers and interactive labs. Plus, you'll have the opportunity to earn up to 36 CE credits and connect with fellow veterinary professionals from around the country. With the incredible program packed with opportunities to learn and grow, you won't want to miss out on this unforgettable experience that's sure to help take your veterinary career to the next level! 

Find out more about the Vet Show Wild West here.

Veterinary Dental Forum 2023

When: October 25 - 28, 2023

Where: Louisville, Kentucky 

Get ready for the Veterinary Dental Forum (VDF®), the largest and longest-running veterinary dental conference worldwide. Founded in 1987, the forum promotes knowledge, education, and awareness of veterinary dentistry among everyone interested in the field. This event is hosted by the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry, the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry, and the American Veterinary Dental College. You’ll find the finest lectures and labs from top experts in veterinary dentistry, with the Exhibit Hall showcasing the latest dental instruments, texts, supplies, and activities from dental organisations worldwide.

Find out more about the Veterinary Dental Forum here.

The North Carolina Veterinary Conference

When: 3 - 5 November, 2023 

Where: Raleigh Convention Center

Since 1995, the North Carolina Veterinary Conference has been one of the go-to continuing education events for vets, vet techs and practice managers in Raleigh. On offer is 116 hours of CE lectures for vets and 136 hours for techs, approved in 34 states! You'll learn from world-renowned leaders in veterinary medicine and can choose from tracks like small animal, equine, practice management and animal welfare. There are even tracks specifically for techs specialising in small or large animals!

Find out more about The North Carolina Veterinary Conference here.

Vet Show New York 2023

When: November 8 - 9, 2023

Where: Javits Center, New York

The final Vet Show conference in 2023 takes place at the Javits Center in New York, and you won't want to miss it! This two-day event offers an array of clinical tracks, business theaters, veterinary technician tracks, practice operations theaters, and sponsor-led workshops, ensuring that you get the most out of your conference experience. With up to 16 hours of RACE-approved CE, you'll learn from some of the most knowledgeable and experienced professionals in small animal medicine while having fun and making new connections. Interact with leading thinkers, visionaries and practitioners in the field and get ready to leave with practical skills and knowledge that you can apply immediately in your practice! 

Find out more about the Vet Show New York here.

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