My heart was full as I flew home last week! I am so proud of my profession! I was honored to be selected as one of the first instructors of the WVC Symposium at the Oquendo Center in Las Vegas. This type of event has been a dream of mine and many others for years. 120 veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants from all over the United State (including Hawaii) and Canada converged on Las Vegas on Sunday afternoon to begin a new chapter in Veterinary Technician Continuing Education on Monday morning. The event was three full days of continuing education in Dentistry, Emergency and Critical Care, and Anesthesia and Pain Management. The participants were divided into three groups and rotated through all the specialties each day.
The event began with a Keynote address by a veterinary technology icon, Dr. Dennis McCurnin. He explained the evolution of veterinary technology and emphasized the need to veterinarians to utilize their technicians fully. Of course, this was no surprise to the participants of the symposium.
I loved watching the participants come out of their shells and get excited about learning new skills. The combination of learning in a lecture and laboratory setting seemed to engage the students and allow them to get the most out of each day.
WVC and the Oquendo Center really went above and beyond with this event. The participants received three days of CE, three delicious meals a day and snacks and beverages galore! (I think I gained 10 pounds!) Entertainment each evening included a Polynesian theme and we all learned to Hula Dance. (Well, some of us gave it the old college try!)
The event could not have happened without the support of WVC, NAVTA and all of the industry sponsors. I sincerely hope that this event continues as we know veterinary technicians are thirsty for knowledge.