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Frequently Asked Questions

Registration

Who can attend the Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference?
Veterinarians, veterinary students, licensed veterinary technicians (LVT), veterinary technician students, practice managers, unregistered veterinary assistants, and other staff employed at veterinary hospitals. 

How can I register for the Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference?
There are two ways to Register (for Veterinarians, Veterinary Students and Hospital Staff that are not veterinary technicians or assistants):

  1. Submit online registration at pnwvc.wsvma.org/. Major credit cards, ACH payments, and checks are accepted.
  2. Download the registration form and submit via the following:
    1. By email – info@wsvma.org
    2. By fax – Fax registration form to (425) 396-3192
    3. By mail – Mail your registration form to WSVMA, 8024 Bracken Place, Snoqualmie, WA 98065

Veterinary technicians and assistants register separately through the Washington State Association of Veterinary Technicians at program@wsavt.org. 

**You MUST register with the email address you will use to sign into the Socio platform for the conference. One email address per person.

Conference registration is required to attend and participate in the Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference and Virtual Exhibit Hall. Registrations received by September 20, 2020 will receive a discounted registration rate. Register today and save up to $100!

The deadline to register is October 1, 2020. Registration closes at 3:00 pm on October 1 and day-of registration is not available.**

Attendees outside Washington: The Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference welcomes the participation of those from other states and provinces and extends member rates to any registrant who is a member of their state or provincial Veterinary Medical Association.  

What are the registration rates?
Please visit the PNWVC web page for pricing and discounts.

What’s included in the registration fee?
The registration fee includes access to all live and on-demand CE sessions and Virtual Exhibit Hall October 2 – 4, 2020. Access to On-Demand sessions will be available for one year.

How do I access the proceedings?
The Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference Proceedings will be available September 21, 2020 for downloading from the website and are included in the meeting registration fee. A password to access online proceedings will be provided before, during and after the conference.

Do I have to be a WSVMA member to attend the virtual conference?
No, you do not have to be a WSVMA member to attend the 2020 Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference, however, you can save money on your registration if you join today! Just choose to become a member when you register for the conference. For assistance with membership please contact the WSVMA office at (425) 396-3191 or info@wsvma.org

To join the Washington State Association of Veterinary Technicians visit https://www.wsavt.org/join.

Attendees outside Washington: The Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference welcomes the participation of those from other states and provinces and extends member rates to any registrant who is a member of their state or provincial Veterinary Medical Association. If you are a current VMA member in another state or province please contact the WSVMA office for a discount code to receive member rates on conference registration. 

Can I participate if I live outside of the US?
Absolutely! For no additional cost, you can participate in the Virtual Conference as long as you have Internet access that meets the technical requirements.

I am a veterinary student and wish to attend the virtual conference. Is there a discount for students?
Attendance for students of AVMA-accredited veterinary schools is free! 

Can I Cancel My Registration?
Cancellations received on or before September 7, 2020 will receive a full refund, less a $25.00 processing fee.  After September 8, 2020 and before September 26, 2020, there is a 20% administrative charge for cancellations.  No refunds for cancellations received after September 26, 2020; no shows receive no refund. 

What happens once I register?
Registrants will receive a confirmation email after registering with us. Registrants will receive an email notification when the program is available for viewing along with a link to access it. Users will use their name and unique email used from their PNWVC 2020 registration. 

Will I receive more information about how to navigate the virtual Conference before the event?
We will have learning opportunities available prior to the conference to ensure your comfort with the online platform and make the most of your virtual experience.

What if I can’t attend on the live Conference days?
Rest assured, you’ll have a full year’s access to the platform to return and view all the recorded sessions and download proceedings. 

The Exhibit Hall will only be live during the weekend on Friday, October 2 and Saturday, October 3.

Continuing Education Credits

How many CE hours are offered?
The conference will offer 132 hours of CE to choose from: 

  • There will be 104 hours of live sessions that can be attended over two and half days, as well as a live lab for technicians only on Sunday afternoon. 
  • There will be 28 hours of pre-recorded sessions that can be attended at any time over the conference weekend and for a period of one year. 
  • All live sessions will be recorded for later viewing. These sessions will not be RACE approved however.

**Until December 31, 2020, the WA Veterinary Board of Governors has issued a temporary policy that all pre-recorded CE sessions qualify for live CE credits. If located outside WA, check with your state requirements to determine applicability of non-live (pre-recorded) sessions. 

Are Pacific Veterinary Conference CE hours RACE approved?

  • The Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference has been approved for 131 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize RACE approval – but only if they’re attended live or the recorded sessions are viewed during the conference weekend October 2 -4, 2020.
  • CE sessions viewed after the conclusion of the Conference on Oct. 4 do not qualify for RACE approval. However, CE credit is approved for these sessions in the state of Washington and other states that allow CE credit from other state veterinary medical associations.

Washington
The Washington State Veterinary Medical Association, the sponsor of the Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference, is a statutorily approved CE provider in Washington. CE earned at the Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference will be accepted by the Washington Veterinary Board of Governors toward the mandatory 30 hours required every two years for re-licensure.

Idaho
The 2020 Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference has been approved for up to 18 hours of CE credit by the Idaho Board of Veterinary Medicine.

All other states
Contact your state Veterinary Medical Board or licensing agency to determine what CE at the Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference qualifies in your state.

Contact the Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference staff prior to the conference with any questions or special requirements by email at info@wsvma.org or by phone at (800) 399-7862.

How do I keep track of the sessions I attend so I can submit my CE to my state regulator?
To keep track of your sessions, you will receive via email a CE certificate after the conference with the number of hours you attended during the conference weekend. You will then be required to mark which individual sessions you attended. CE certificates for recorded sessions viewed after October 4 will be provided upon the successful completion of a quiz. 

What are the continuing education requirements for Washington veterinarians?
Washington veterinarians must obtain 30 hours every 2 years offered by an approved provider listed in WAC 246-933-460. Twenty hours must be scientific or clinical instruction. Only ten hours are allowed in non-interactive, e.g. pre-recorded, instruction and must be accompanied by a quiz.**

**Until December 31, 2020, the WA Veterinary Board of Governors has issued a temporary policy that all pre-recorded CE sessions qualify for live CE credits. If located outside WA, check with your state requirements to determine applicability of non-live (pre-recorded) sessions. 

What days/times are the live sessions?
View the conference schedule. All session times listed are in PACIFIC DAYLIGHT TIME (PDT). Convert to your local time here.

There will be 6 concurrent tracks of live sessions each day, running from 8am to 5pm on Friday, October 2; 8:30am to 5:30pm on Saturday, October 3; and 8:30am to 12:30pm on Sunday, October 4. Live sessions will also be recorded and made available after the conference.

Conference Platforms & Technology

What platforms will be used to access the conference?
The Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference has partnered with premier virtual conference host, Socio, and Zoom to give attendees, exhibitors and speakers a seamless experience. All CE and activities are available for desktop/laptop computers and through a companion app for Android or iOS phones/tablets. You’ll be able to access the live streams, all content, engage with other attendees, visit the exhibitors, and more! 

Haven’t attended a virtual conference before? Attendees and participants will receive instructions via a series of emails, videos and tips to help you make the most of your virtual experience. Helpers will be standing by during the Conference should you run into issues. It is important to test your system and review the tips prior to the start of the conference so that you don’t miss the first session due to access issues.

What system requirements will I need for Socio and Zoom?
Please view the system requirements for Zoom. Socio requires the same bandwidth. Socio recommends Google Chrome for your Internet browser.

A full menu of tips for accessing both platforms will be added soon. 

Will I be able to move from session to session during the conference?
Yes, you will be able to move from session to session similar to how you would during the in-person conference. If you register for the conference, you will have access to all tracks and sessions.

Is there a mobile app?
Yes, download (add link later) our mobile app on Android or iOS as a recommended companion to the web version. You can network and chat with others and receive helpful push notifications. You can do everything on your phone the same as the computer.

Search for it using the name PNWVC20.

Can I purchase access to the recordings of the virtual conference sessions after it has ended?
Recordings from the PNWVC 2020 will only be available for purchase before the actual conference. So even if you cannot attend the conference you will want to register so that you have access to the recorded sessions.

How do I interact with the presenter during the session if I have a question or something to share
Each live-streamed session will have a dedicated moderator who will relay your content-related questions and comments to the presenter(s) as appropriate. If you have a question or comment, enter it into the Q&A window. The moderator will relay it to the presenter, either at the end during the Q&A portion, or when/if the presenter pauses to take questions.

Exhibit Hall

How many exhibitors will there be?
To date, there are over 65 exciting exhibitors and sponsors participating in the Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference. 

Will I still be able to purchase, view or discuss products with company representatives?
Yes, you will be able to meet with company representatives, view product information through the Socio platform. Make sure to tell your favorite exhibitors you’re looking forward to seeing them.

Code of Conduct

WSVMA Virtual Programs Code of Conduct
WSVMA is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all meeting participants and staff. All participants, including, but not limited to, attendees, speakers, volunteers, exhibitors, staff members, service providers, and all others are expected to abide by this Virtual Programs Code of Conduct. This Policy applies to all WSVMA meeting-related events, including those sponsored by organizations other than WSVMA but held in conjunction with WSVMA events, on public or private platforms.

WSVMA has zero-tolerance for any form of discrimination or harassment, including but not limited to sexual harassment by participants or our staff at our meetings. If you experience harassment or hear of any incidents of unacceptable behavior, WSVMA asks that you inform Candace Joy, Chief Executive Officer, candacejoy@wsvma.org or 800-399-7862, so that we can take the appropriate action.

Unacceptable Behavior is defined as:

  • Harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in any form.
  • Verbal abuse of any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, WSVMA staff member, service provider, or other meeting guest.
    • Examples of verbal abuse include, but are not limited to, verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, national origin, inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces or in presentations, or threatening or stalking any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, WSVMA staff member, service provider, or other meeting guest.
  • Disruption of presentations during sessions, in the exhibit hall, or at other events organized by WSVMA throughout the virtual meeting. All participants must comply with the instructions of the moderator and any WSVMA virtual event staff.
  • Presentations, postings, and messages should not contain promotional materials, special offers, job offers, product announcements, or solicitation for services except where specifically allowed. WSVMA reserves the right to remove such messages and potentially ban sources of those solicitations.

WSVMA reserves the right to take any action deemed necessary and appropriate, including immediate removal from the meeting without warning or refund, in response to any incident of unacceptable behavior, and WSVMA reserves the right to prohibit attendance at any future meeting, virtually or in person.

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