2024 Veterinary Conferences: Third Quarter Happenings

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Jun 13, 2024 at 4:43 pm

Numerous veterinary conferences are scheduled across the United States during the third quarter of 2024. These conferences offer updates on cutting-edge research, emerging technologies, and veterinary care best practices. Additionally, conferences provide valuable networking and promotional opportunities for VetPartners members from diverse veterinary backgrounds. The following continuing education conferences from July through September 2024 offer invaluable learning opportunities.


July 11–14, 2024
San Francisco, California
The 2024 Pacific Veterinary Conference, affectionately known as PacVet and organized by the California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), will take place in July in vibrant San Francisco. Known for comprehensive and practical continuing education, PacVet attracts more than 1,600 veterinary professionals each year and offers more than 200 sessions, allowing attendees to earn up to 28.5 CE hours. Although online attendees will miss San Francisco’s uniquely rich culture, the PacVet conference also offers a virtual attendance option.

VetPartners Mid-Year Conference

August 20–22, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri
Don’t miss the essential conference for veterinary business professionals. The VetPartners 2024 Mid-Year Conference will include dynamic speakers and panels on sessions on the history of the Animal Health Corridor, important legal updates (non-compete, anyone?), how to become a speaker and get published in the veterinary industry, and much more.

Veterinary Innovation Summit

August 22–23, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri
Join some of the most progressive veterinary thinkers as they network and strategize ways to move the veterinary profession forward at the 2024 Veterinary Innovation Summit (VIS). Transformative change is possible in vet med, and it starts with ideas cultivated at VIS.

Fetch Kansas City

August 23–25, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri
Already in Kansas City for VetPartners and VIS? Stay for a few more days and enjoy DVM360’s Fetch Kansas City. Fetch will be hosted at the Kansas City Convention Center and will provide a mix of more than 180 keynote speakers, lunch-and-learn sessions, lectures across various veterinary topics and disciplinary tracks, and presentations by prominent figures in particular fields. Attendees can earn up to 17 CE hours, plus explore or exhibit in the three-day exhibit hall expo.

VHMA Annual Meeting and Conference

September 5–7, 2024
Charlotte, North Carolina
This September, the premier 2024 Veterinary Hospital Managers Association (VHMA) Annual Meeting and Conference, which is geared toward veterinary practice managers seeking to enhance their skills and network with peers, comes to Charlotte, North Carolina. Key highlights include specialized workshops, roundtable discussions, career planning services, and the VHMA General Membership Meeting and CVPM Pinning Ceremony. Attendees can look forward to NASCAR-themed events, thanks to this year’s “Racing Towards Success” theme.


September 12–14, 2024
National Harbor, Maryland
AAHA CON’s perfect blend of medical, practice management, and technician CE, along with energetic keynote presentations from Soledad O’Brien (Communicating in Times of Change) and Dr. Cherice Roth (Superhero Strategies for Veterinary Professionals) in the intimate, sophisticated setting of the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center should have you excited to head to National Harbor, Maryland, in September.

AAFP Annual Conference

September 26–29, 2024
Minneapolis, Minnesota
The 2024 American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) Annual Conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center this September will focus on feline-specific dermatology, cardiology, and diagnostic methodology, to help practitioners and other attendees better understand unique feline medical needs. As we all know, cats are not small dogs, and this conference can help veterinarians expand their businesses to attract more cat owners.

Southwest Veterinary Symposium

September 26–29, 2024
Fort Worth, Texas
The Southwest Veterinary Symposium (SWVS) is set to take place at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Texas this September. This premier event is a collaborative effort between the Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas VMAs, as well as the Arkansas Veterinary Technician Association, Oklahoma Veterinary Technician Association, New Mexico RVT Association, and the Veterinary Team Association of Texas. SWVS provides veterinary and industry professionals with an exceptional opportunity to engage in continuing education, attend interactive labs, explore an extensive exhibit hall, and participate in various social activities in a bustling metro area.


September 7–11, 2024
St. Louis, Missouri
The International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Symposium (IVECCS), which will take place this September in St. Louis, Missouri, marks the event’s historic 30th year. The conference is renowned for offering high-quality and practical continuing education for professionals already immersed in emergency and critical care, as well as those hoping to gain valuable ER skills and knowledge they can apply to other veterinary practice and business areas. The conference will feature 15 daily tracks for up to 43 earned CE hours, more than 200 speakers, multiple labs and workshops, a traditional exhibit hall, and a unique career fair.

2024’s third quarter promises exciting opportunities to expand your knowledge, engage with industry leaders, promote your business, and explore veterinary innovations. Whether you want to get your CE while on vacation, stay home and learn online, or make a quick road trip getaway, you’ll find something to love at one of these featured veterinary conferences.

And, don’t forget to register for the VetPartners 2024 Mid-Year Conference. Early bird pricing ends July 20!

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Dr. Angela Beal

Angela Beal, DVM, is COO of Rumpus Writing and Editing, a veterinary-specific writing and editing company. Her past endeavors include working in small animal practice and directing a veterinary technician program for 15 years. Angela resides in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and two soccer-loving teenage boys.

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