special events

The MVC is an excellent place to stay current on medical advances and expand your knowledge into new areas—but the conference offers more than lectures! Participate in social events, network with colleagues, learn about new products and services, and more at this jam-packed, four-day experience.

More information on the 2022 MVC will be posted in the fall.

Featured Event

MVC Sunday Lunch with Claire Simeone

Join us for a complimentary lunch on Sunday, Feb. 23, as we welcome marine mammal veterinarian Claire Simeone as the MVC 2020 keynote speaker.

Listening to Seals: How Knowledge Transfer Fuels Medical Innovation

Learn about Dr. Simeone’s work in marine mammal conservation and the importance of "zoognosis," or the understanding how knowledge is shared between species.

Claire Simeone has worked with unique marine mammal species around the world, and built a career focused on conserving species and furthering our understanding of health. She tells tales of gathering knowledge about wild, endangered animals, and caring for seals so sick their progress is counted in minutes.

Claire has created novel therapies, like a treatment for sea lion eye disease, and has researched health trends for marine mammals across North America. In her studies, Claire has focused on knowledge – and how our scientific discoveries spread in much the same way as the diseases we treat.

Innovations in the veterinary field continue to expand rapidly. Claire believes that the largest challenges of our lifetime will be solved with a return to listening to what the natural world has to share. This inspiring talk will leave audiences with a new perspective of how close the fundamentals are to the leading edge of our medicine.

About the Speaker

Dr. Claire Simeone specializes in working with marine mammals, studying the connections between animal health, ocean health, and our own health. During her decade-plus in the veterinary field, she has created novel therapies and has researched diseases, treatments, and health trends for marine mammals across North America. Dr. Simeone has worked both in the field and in hospitals around the world to improve animal health and welfare, train the next generation of health leaders, and advocate for wildlife conservation.

Event Details
  • When: Sunday, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Open to: All attendees
  • Registration: No advance registration required; free lunch for first 300 attendees

Connection Corner

Connection Corner Networking Lunch

Practicing veterinarians and veterinary students will come together at this popular speed networking event. Students will be able to ask questions about their future careers and strengthen their networking skills, while veterinarians will have a chance to give back to the profession (and maybe even find summer interns or future associates).

Event Details
  • When: Friday, 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
  • Open to: OVMA Veterinarian Members and OVMA Student Members
  • Max Capacity: 20 veterinarians / 130 students
  • Registration: Advance RSVP required; please sign up during online registration by selecting "Connection Corner" (under "Special Events") on the session selection page
  • Questions? Contact event coordinator Krysten Bennett

Shelter Animal Reception

Decompress after a long day of sessions and mingle with colleagues at this informal gathering of shelter professionals.

Event Details
  • When: Friday, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Open to: Shelter professionals, including veterinarians, technicians/nurses, staff and volunteers, dog wardens, animal control officers, humane society personnel, humane agents/investigators, rescue groups, etc.
  • Registration: Please sign up for this event during online registration by selecting "Shelter Reception" (under "Special Events") on the session selection page
Shelter Reception

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