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Ignite Your Passion! Familiarize Yourself with the CVMA Convention’s Preliminary Program

March 5, 2018

2018 CVMA Convention
July 5 to 8, 2018

With registration open as of February 21, if you haven’t already familiarized yourself with the CVMA Convention’s Preliminary Program, now is the time as some events are limited in seating and require pre-registration.

The CVMA Summit entitled "Changing Dynamics of Private Practice" will take place on the morning of Thursday, July 5 and will be chaired by Dr. Terri Chotowetz, CVMA president-elect. The National Issues Forum will be held in the afternoon for the 3rd consecutive year and will focus on the "Use of Cannabinoids in Veterinary Medicine."

This year, hands-on labs and specialty workshops will be held on Thursday, July 5. "Tooth Extraction Techniques and Nerve Blocks in Dogs and Cats" will be offered by Dr. Kevin Stepaniuk and Dr. Sue McTaggart and sponsored by Serona Animal Health. The morning session is a basic level with the afternoon session being rated moderate to advanced.

Dr. Ameet Singh will be offering a surgical lab "Common Surgical Procedures of the Canine Abdomen,” which will allow practitioners to gain valuable experience performing prophylactic gastropexy, splenectomy, small intestinal resection and anastomosis, and organ biopsy.

Ms. Tara Evans will host a workshop on Sunday, July 8 entitled “Dental Instrument Sharpening” providing participants with an opportunity to practice their sharpening techniques using stones. Additionally, there will be a demonstration of a RX Honing Machine as an alternative sharpening method.

Lastly, experience the splendor of Vancouver aboard the stunning Magic Spirit, where you will sail out of False Creek into Coal Harbour during sunset. This is an evening you won’t want to miss — buffet dinner, entertainment and an astonishing view that will leave you breathless.

With all these events being limited in availability and requiring pre-registration, you will want to peruse the Preliminary Program to review the available continuing education (CE) sessions and register early to ensure you don’t miss out. CE sessions are offered from Friday, July 6 through Sunday, July 8 and include the following tracks: companion animal, ruminant, equine, animal welfare, workplace wellness, and for the first time, an introduction to honey bees.

Stay up-to-date with the latest event details by downloading the Convention app or view online at ( Visit the CVMA website to register before the early bird deadline of May 31, 2018 to receive the discounted registration fees. See you in Vancouver!