Early-Bird ticket prices until August 25, 2019

Frequently Asked Questions


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

Guests of registered attendees may also pay a nominal fee to attend. Guests may not be veterinary personnel and they cannot attend CE sessions, but can participate in meals, events, and visit the exhibit hall.

How many professionals typically attend the Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference?
Approximately 1,300 veterinary professionals attend the Conference.

How can I register for the Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference?
Visit wsvma.org and click on the link on the homepage.

Are meals included in the registration fee?
All meals and refreshment breaks are included (except for the Friday evening event) with your registration. RSVP for meal attendance is required. Contact conference staff at info@wsvma.org if you’ve already registered but want to sign up for meals. The deadline is Sept. 15, 2019.

The Friday night Awards Banquet & Evening of Comedy requires advance ticket purchase. Please contact our office at (800) 399-7862 or info@wsvma.org if you’ve already registered and would like to purchase tickets. Event tickets are available for purchase until September 15, 2019.

Will there be dietary-specific food options available?
Vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free meals can be requested in advance when registering for the conference.  On-site requests cannot be accommodated.

Are scientific proceedings included in the registration fee?
The Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference Proceedings will be available September 15, 2019 for downloading from the WSVMA website and are included in the meeting registration fee. A password to access online proceedings will be provided before, during and after the conference. Electronic proceedings allow for printing only the sections that you wish to print and is an effort to be both responsible toward our environment and to increase the quality and timeliness of the resources provided through this learning experience. A thumb drive of the proceedings may be purchased for $25.00.  No printed proceedings are available this year.

How Can I Make Changes to My Registration?
Changes to your registration may be made through the WSVMA office until September 15, 2019.

Can I Cancel My Registration?
Cancellations received on or before September 1, 2019 will receive a full refund less a $25 processing fee. After September 1, 2019 and before September 15, 2019, there is a 20% administrative charge for cancellations. No refunds for cancellations received after September 15, 2019; no-shows receive no refund.

Are there options for daycare?
Child care is not provided. If visiting from out of town, check your hotel to see if they provide child care, or if they have suggestions on how to find local providers.

Mothers Nursing Room
A private room for nursing mothers is located on the third floor of the Greater Tacoma Convention Center.

Continuing Education Credits

How many CE hours are offered?
The conference will offer 150 hours of CE to choose from.

Veterinarians can earn up to 18 hours of CE. Technicians can earn up to 17 hours, plus an additional 2 – 4 hours if attending one of the two offered wet labs on Sunday.

Are Pacific Veterinary Conference CE hours RACE approved?

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.

The 2019 Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference has been approved for CE credit by the Idaho Board of Veterinary Medicine.


  • To receive credit for your CE at the Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference, you must follow proper procedures per the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (TBVME).
  • Sign in at the Registration Desk upon arrival.
  • Track your CE hours on the CE Verification Form.
  • Sign out before you leave the conference each day.
  • A Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference staff member must verify your hours and give you a certificate of attendance/completion. (Per the TBVME these certificates cannot be mailed or given out after the conference).

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 a CE Verification Form at check-in to record your hours and keep for your records. Do not turn it into the registration desk.

What’s the Wi-Fi password?
The Greater Tacoma Convention Center offers free and open wifi. No password is needed.

Travel and Parking

What are the driving directions?
Access the Google Maps link to the Greater Tacoma Convention Center to get your driving directions.

Is there any parking available at the venue?
Follow this link to google maps to show various parking locations around the Convention Center. We cannot guarantee the availability of these parking garages or which may be pass/permit garages/lots, but this will give you a starting point if you would like to do some research on parking ahead of time. There is also some street parking, but that parking does go fast!

Another parking option is to park near the Tacoma Dome and ride the Tacoma Link Light Rail. There are two parking structures located next to the Sounder train platform and the Tacoma Link light rail station:

North Building is at 610 Puyallup Ave.
South Building is at 424 E. 25th St.
The Tacoma Link station is located at: 424 E. 25th St., Tacoma

The light rail is free to ride. More information can be found here. The light rail will drop you off across the street from the Convention Center.

There is also information about directions and parking on the Tacoma Convention Center Website.

What transportation is available from SeaTac Airport to convention hotels and the Greater Tacoma Convention Center?

  • Shuttle services: Shuttle Express (425) 981-7000 or Capital Aeroporter (800) 962-3579. Schedule in advance.
  • UBER or Lyft
  • Taxi service
Visit Tacoma

What’s so great about Tacoma?

Tacoma is located 25 miles south of SeaTac Airport and boasts the following:

  • Six museums within walking distance of the convention center (Museum of Glass, LeMay’s America’s Car Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, Washington State History Museum, Children’s Museum of Tacoma and the Foss Waterway Seaport)
  • 40 restaurants with walking distance of the convention center
  • 25 breweries within a five-mile radius the convention center
  • 47 miles of beautiful Tacoma waterfront
  • 1.5 hour drive from Mt. Rainier and surrounding state and national parks with miles of trails and unsurpassed beauty.
  • 17-minute drive from world class Pt. Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
  • 8.8 miles from a U.S. Open golf course
  • Free light rail throughout downtown
  • For more information, visit traveltacoma.com