Viva Las Vegas!: Broadview University, Orem at the Western Veterinary Conference

Published on February 26, 2015 by arothstein

By Ryan Farley, Campus Director

Vet Tech Students Kendra Fleming, Sammy Christensen, Gera Taylor, and Ashley Maycock

For the past 87 years, the Western Veterinary Conference (WVC) Annual Conference has grown to be one of the most anticipated events in the veterinary community—and for good reason. As their website states, “More than a conference, it has become an industry institution—a place where the best and brightest congregate for five days every year. It’s where the latest breakthroughs are announced, the most innovative techniques are shared, and lasting connections are made.”

With these expectations in mind, three Veterinary Technology Orem campus faculty and thirteen Orem campus students descended on the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. The week-long event consisted of numerous classes each day, a vendor exhibition area, and, of course, lots of networking and connecting. The Veterinary Technology students from Orem returned with rave reviews of their experience at the WVC. Here is a sampling of what they had to say:

“One of my favorite classes was the ‘Fear Free Visits’ class,” said Jennifer Duthie. “It was a great reminder that animals are usually scared to come into a clinic and it is the responsibility of a vet tech to ensure they are comfortable and treated with respect.”

Nicole Mellor added, “The castration debate class was very interesting to me. I loved how they talked about all the pros and cons and different breeds. I learned a lot!”

Kimberly Laidler said, “Being the proud owner of a pit bull, it was really exciting for me to learn about aggression in pit bulls through the ‘Evaluating Aggression in Fight-bred Pit bulls’ class at WVC.”  Her classmate, Emery Garner, said, “The new medications and technology that are available were fascinating to learn about and will change the world!”

Cynthia Day, Vet Tech student, summed up her experience as follows: “WVC was amazing! I met a lot of very interesting people and learned a lot of really cool things. There was even a lecture on lemurs! I cannot wait to go back next year.”

Kylee Poulsen, Orem Vet Tech instructor, agreed. “WVC was very informational! I attended a lot of anesthesia courses and was able to bring new tips and tricks back to our students at the Orem campus.”

A big thank you to Heather Riggs, Orem Veterinary Technology Program Chair, for her efforts to promote and coordinate this outstanding experience for the Orem Vet Tech students.

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