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What you need to know about VMX 2018

Chances are that if you can only attend one conference this year, you’re heading to VMX: Veterinary Meeting & Expo (formerly the NAVC Conference) in February. This post shares the highlights of the conference so you know exactly how to make the most of your visit!

Let’s start with the basics for VMX 2018

VMX 2018 will be held in Orlando, Florida, in just over two weeks on February 3–7 at the Orlando County Convention Center (OCCC). The event schedule is packed with more than 1,200 CE credit hours of educational events, over 700 exhibiting companies, dynamic learning sessions, and regular networking opportunities.

Celebrity keynotes and entertainment

There are two “can’t miss” celebrity keynote speakers at this year’s VMX. Award-winning actor and Parkinson’s disease advocate, Michael J. Fox, will share his life experiences and about his book, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future, on Saturday, February 3, at 10:30 a.m. at the Hilton Orlando.

On Saturday night, be sure to check out the host of Ocean Mysteries, renowned conservationist, and environmental journalist, Jeff Corwin, as he shares lessons that can be learned from wildlife conservation and talks about the movement to save our natural world for future generations.

Rob Thomas is best known for some of his Matchbox Twenty hits, such as “Push,” “3AM,” “Unwell,” and “If You’re Gone,” and as an avid pet lover and supporter of animal charities. Make sure you don’t miss his all-star performance on Monday, February 5, at 8:00 p.m. at the Hilton Orlando.

In-depth and hands-on

VMX 2018 boasts daily learning opportunities to fulfill your CE credit hours across a range of small-animal health categories, such as behavior management, infectious diseases, orthopedics, parasitology, practice management, dentistry, surgical techniques, and acupuncture. Be sure to review each day’s schedule of hands-on laboratories to practice specialized procedures, rounds with top practitioners as they share their most unusual or challenging cases, opportunities to “meet the professor” during daily luncheons, and finally, the Behind the Scenes Tours for a robust and rare chance to learn about and observe sea animals in their environment.

With so many options, it is possible to obtain as many as 41.5 CE credits by taking advantage of the full list of scheduled sessions during the 5-day conference. For more information or to track your CE credit hours, be sure to visit

What’s up with IDEXX?

IDEXX will sponsor a number of tracks including the Maximize the Minimum Database track on Sunday, February 4.

Increased SDMA: What Should I Do Differently?
Jane Robertson, 8:00AM – 9:15AM

CBC: Beyond the Basics to Maximize Results 
Guillermo Couto, 9:55AM – 10:45AM

Biochemical Profile: Beyond the Basics to Maximize Results 
Dennis DeNicola, 10:55AM – 11:45AM

Urinalysis: Why Pan for Gold? 
Holly Brown, 1:45PM – 2:35PM

All About Fecal Diagnostics: Classic and Cutting Edge 
Michael Dryden, 2:45PM – 3:35PM

Exposed! Why Exposure to Infected Ticks Is Just the Beginning 
Adam Birkenhauer, 4:35PM – 4:50PM

Other noteworthy happenings

The VMX Expo Hall will feature over 700 exhibiting companies, hundreds of innovative products, and educational sessions, so be sure to stop by there at least a few times during the conference. If you need some R&R, swing by the NAVC Central lounge, where you can sit back, network with other veterinarians, and watch live recordings of the latest veterinary news.

Or if you’re feeling like some action and movement in your conference, sign up for the  5K Fun(d) Run/Walk, sponsored by IDEXX, with your pet on February 4 at Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake. If you don’t have a dog or are unable to bring your dog, you can find a new furry friend to run with you from the local shelter.

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