Virtual Conference

150+ CE Hours / Access to Replays through Aug. 2022 / Discounted Pricing Now Available

Hot Topics & Spotlight Program

Beth Lipton


Friday, October 1, 2021

Zoonotic and Vector-borne Disease Updates

Overview of zoonotic and vector-borne diseases locally, including recent outbreak and case investigations. Presentation will include updates on SARS-CoV-2 epidemiology and disease in animals from a public health perspective.

Sara Kirschenman

Sue Moriyasu


Loralei Walker

Friday, October 1, 2021

The Board’s Role, the Disciplinary Process, and Hot Topics – How They Affect You

The Washington State Veterinary Board of Governors will discuss its role, the disciplinary process and current topics that impact your practice. There will be time set aside for questions.

Brian Joseph


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Friday, October 1, 2021

Alternative Careers in Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Joseph’s presentation discusses the perception that veterinarians may be less happy with the profession today, economic realities of a veterinary education and captures the unique skills possessed by veterinarians. Also, discussed are the many non-traditional career opportunities for veterinarians, the likelihood that today’s veterinarian may pass through more than one career, and the opportunity to create a fulfilling personal pathway.

Nikki Nitz


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Friday, October 1, 2021

Buying and Selling: The Process and Current Market Trends

This session will cover the important drivers of practice value. There is confusion in the marketplace over Fair Market Value and Investment Value; both will be defined. The current market conditions will be discussed with examples from current purchase and sale transactions. This is the session to attend if you want to purchase a hospital well or maximize your sale!

Julie Squires


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Friday, October 1, 2021


How To Cultivate Resiliency in an Ever-changing World: It’s been one heck of a ride! Veterinary medicine barely skipped a beat during a global pandemic and you are likely still feeling the effects. This session will teach you what you need to know to stay flexible during tough times.

How To Feel Better: The Power of Mindset: What you think you become. We often think we have no control over how we feel and that how we feel is the result of what’s happening around us. Nothing could be further from the truth! Mental health is all about using your mind for you, not against you. (Note-could you maintain the italics in this description?)

Radical Self-Care: What if it’s true that the better you take care of yourself, the better you can take care of others? Well it is. Let’s simplify self-care, address what’s getting in the way and make it a no-brainer like breathing!

Christine Jenkins


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Saturday, October 2, 2021

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine: The Business Case

This presentation will cover the business case for D & I in organizations and the relevance to the future of veterinary medicine. Strategic approaches to D & I will be covered with use of examples in veterinary organizations who proactively build inclusive cultures that leads to their success.

Lisa Greenhill


October 2, 2021

The Complexity of Identity: Intersectionality in Veterinary Medicine

This talk explores the concept of intersectional identities and how harmful intersectional oppression is for veterinary professionals. The presentation also zeros in on meaningful recommendations to reduce discrimination while promoting full inclusion in the veterinary profession.

Matthew Jeffries


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Saturday, October 2, 2021


This workshop is designed to give the participant an introduction to the LGBTQ+ community. The facilitator will cover who is included in the LGBTQ+ umbrella and definitions and concepts related to sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. After, you will learn about the coming out process and how to support individuals as they come out. We will conclude with an overview of pronouns and what is an ally.

Mia Cary


Saturday, October 2, 2021

Active Allyship

You likely have heard the phrase “getting comfortable being uncomfortable” more and more often as of late. It means that to help create real change, to expand and grow, to be antiracist, to stand up for the oppressed and marginalized – we must invite and initiate tough conversations. We must speak up. We must be active allies. Does this ring true but you are not sure what to do next and how to incorporate this concept in your workplace? Then join us as we discuss important elements of allyship including self-education, leveraging privilege and power, reaffirming that allyship centers on the oppressed, and the power of committing fully.

Garnetta Santiago


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Saturday, October 3, 2021

Did She Really Just Say That? The Impact of Unconscious Communication Patterns on Wellbeing in the Veterinary Profession

This presentation will define and explore the nuances of microaggressions: understand their origins, the power they have on interpersonal communications, and identify what our collective and individual responsibility is in addressing them as part of promoting wellbeing.

Jeff Thoren


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Saturday, October 2, 2021

Say “Yes, And” to Thrive in Challenging Times

As much as you might like to have a script, to thrive amidst uncertainty you have to get comfortable coping without a plan that you can confidently control. When it comes to acceptIng your reality, trusting the process, and adapting to whatever your clients, colleagues or life gives you, there’s much to learn from the principles of improvisation.