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Penn Annual Conference 2015

Come be a part of Penn Vet’s annual continuing education program and one of the largest gatherings of veterinary colleagues, alumni, friends and clients in the Philadelphia region.

Wed., March 11 and Thurs., March 12, 2015 (Lectures)

Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel
201 N. 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Fri., March 13, 2015 (Wet Labs)

Penn Vet's Ryan Hospital
3900 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Conference Updates

Click below for more detailed information.

Educational Program and Wet Labs

  • Continuing Education Credits:

  • The Penn Annual Conference provides continuing education credits, as per Section 31:16 of the Pennsylvania Code, and as an approved sponsor of continuing education for veterinarians and veterinary technicians within the state of New York.  Registration includes the following CE hours:

  • Wed., March 11, 2015 - 8 hours

  • Thurs. March 12, 2015 - 7 hours

  • Lunch with the Experts - 1 hour


  • Lectures - Wed., March 11 & Thurs., March 12, 2015

  • This year's Conference tracks and topics include:

  • Small Animal Tracks: Behavior, Dermatology, Emergency and Critical Care, Endocrinology, Exotic Companion Animal Medicine, Ophthalmology, and Surgery

  • Equine Medicine Track

  • Food Animal Medicine Track

  • Veterinary Technician Track

  • Educational Program Grid with Session Titles and Speakers


  • Wet Labs - Friday, March 13

  • CO2 Laser Surgery: Dermatologic Procedures and More - conducted by Dr. David Duclos (9:00am to 12:00pm) - Registration Fee: $400

  • Learn and practice the principals of successful laser surgery using the latest state of the art technology. Beginning with a Power Point presentation, you will be shown the fundamentals of CO2 laser technology, tissue reaction depending on settings, tip to tissue contact and spot sizes followed by a hands on wet lab. You will be using the laser for skin incisions, tumor excisions, eyelid and oral surgeries and other common procedures you come in contact with daily.Space is limited to 18 registrants.  Registration is open to veterinarians only. 

  • Oral Examination and Dental Charting - conducted by Bonnie Miller, RDH (9:00am to 12:00pm) - Registration Fee: $250

  • Along with a review of oral/dental anatomy, participants in this wet lab will perform the steps included in the completion of a dental chart. Examination of the soft tissues of the head, neck and mouth will be performed along with periodontal disease assessment techniques to evaluate the supporting structures of the teeth. Space is limited to 8 registrants. Registration is open to technicians and veterinarians.

  • Dental Surgery: Tooth Extraction - conducted by Dr. Alexander Reiter (2:00pm to 5:00pm) - Registration Fee: $400

  • This lab will provide hands-on training for closed extraction of single and two-rooted teeth. Participants will also learn flap techniques for open extraction of canine and large multi-rooted teeth, including tension-free closure of extraction sites. Instrument choices, safe use of power equipment, and proper bur selection will be reviewed.  Space is limited to 8 registrants. Registration is open to veterinarians only.

  • Cytology Skills - conducted by Dr. Alexander Reiter (2:00pm to 5:00pm) - Registration Fee: $275

  • Cytology is one of the most useful but underused diagnostic procedures. In this lab, you will improve your skills to interpret cytology samples by evaluating multiple cases representing common inflammatory and neoplastic diseases involving the skin, lymph nodes, body cavity effusions, and various other organs. A brief presentation on smear preparation techniques, optimal sample submission, and general approaches to evaluating a cytologic slide are included. Space is limited to 15 registrants. Registration is open to technicians and veterinarians.

Attendee Registration - (Register Now!)

  • Registration (3 ways to register):

  • Hotel Group Rate Reservations: Hotel reservations may be made at the preferred rate of $165 for a single or double room and $185 for a triple or quad room. To book a room at this discounted rate you may do so on-line via the following link www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/2015PennVetAnnual or call the Sheraton reservation line at 1-800-325-3535 by February 16, 2015 and mention “Penn Vet Annual 2015”.   The room rate is available for the evenings of Tues., March 10 through Thurs., March 12, based on availability.

  • Questions? Please call 215-746-2421 or email penn-conference@vet.upenn.edu.

Exhibitors and Sponsors (Register Now!)

  • Be a part of Penn Vet's continuing education conference, providing access to more than 1,000 animal health care practitioners of all specialties, as well as veterinary technicians and students. A variety of sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities offer optimal time with our participants.
  •  Registration Forms

  • PAC 2015 Exhibit Booth Floorplan
  • PAC 2015 Exhibitor Rules and Regulations
  • PAC 2015 Exhibitor and Sponsorship On-line Registration Form
  • PAC 2015 Exhibitor and Sponsorship Registration Form (in pdf format)

  •  Exhibit Hall and Booth Information

  • Hours: 
  • Wed., March 11, 2015 - 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Thurs., March 12, 2015 - 7:00 am to 3:45 pm
  • Set-up:  Tues., March 10, 2015 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  Set-up times are subject to change.
  • The conference contractor will be available during this time to assist with additional equipment needs. The exhibit hall will close promptly at 6:00 pm on Tues. evening and will be guarded after that time.  The exhibit hall will open again at 7:00 am on Wed., March 11, 2015, for additional exhibitor set-up only.

    Dismantle: Thurs., March 12, 2015 - 3:45 pm to 7:30 pm.  Exhibitors are asked not to break down prior to this time.

    Equipment: General Exposition Services will provide one 8’ x 10’ draped booth, one 6’ table, two chairs, an identification sign and a small wastebasket at the booth. Upon receipt of payment for your exhibit booth you will receive a service kit from which you may choose additional items for an added fee.
  • Electricity and Internet Access: Exhibitor registration does not include electricity or internet connection at your booth. These services are available through the Sheraton and can be ordered by filling out the following forms:
  • Lead Retrieval: Bartizan Connects will be offering lead retrieval devices for interested organizations. Ordering information will be distributed after booth registration and payment.  Additional fees will apply.
  • Booth Assignment: Booths will be assigned by the conference management based on a first-come, first served basis according to the postmark on your reply that includes the application and payment. Should all choices be filled, booths will be assigned by conference management. Written or e-mail confirmation of booth assignment will be forwarded only upon payment in full. To be acknowledged in the conference registration booklet, application and payment must be received by November 15, 2014. 
  • Exhibitor Badges: Only those individuals listed on your company’s exhibit application will have access to the exhibit hall. Any change or addition to exhibit representatives must be made by the exhibitor contact in writing via email or fax and must be submitted to conference management no later than February 25, 2015 to penn-conference@vet.upenn.edu or by fax to 215-573-3544.  Passing of badges is strictly prohibited.  Conference management reserves the right to request photo identification of any conference participant and refuse admittance to individuals who do not meet entrance requirements.  Additional badges can be purchased for $25 each.
  • Refunds: Conference management requires written receipt of a cancellation request that explains the reason for cancellation.  Conference management will be the final determining authority as to whether an exhibitor has complied with the conditions of these rules and regulations and qualifies for a refund of exhibit fees paid.  Written cancellations postmarked by January 31, 2015, are eligible for a full refund of monies paid.  Cancellations postmarked February 1 through February 15, 2015, are eligible for a refund less a $250 administrative charge. No refunds will be made after the postmark date of February 16, 2015.
  • Security: A security guard will be in the exhibit hall from 6:00 pm on Tues., March 10, 2015 through 4:00 pm on Thurs., March 12, 2015.  Penn Vet will not be responsible or liable for the exhibitor’s property and any and all claims, arising out of judgments and expenses of litigation from any property loss or damages, costs and expenses, or personal injury or death caused by or arising out of the use of the leased space.

  • Hotel Group Rate Reservations:
    Hotel reservations may be made at the preferred rate of $165 for a single or double room and $185 for a triple or quad room. To book a room at this discounted rate you may do so on-line via the following link www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/2015PennVetAnnual or call the Sheraton reservation line at 1-800-325-3535 by February 16, 2015 and mention “Penn Vet Annual 2015”.   The room rate is available for the evenings of Tues., March 10 through Thurs., March 12, based on availability.
  • Questions? Please call 215-746-2421 or email penn-conference@vet.upenn.edu.

Conference Venue and Hotel Information

  • Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel
    201 N. 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA
  • Reservations: Hotel reservations may be made at the preferred rate of $165 for a single or double room and $185 for a triple or quad room. To book a room at this discounted rate you may do so on-line via the following link www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/2015PennVetAnnual or call the Sheraton reservation line at 1-800-325-3535 by February 16, 2015 and mention “Penn Vet Annual 2015”.   The room rate is available for the evenings of Tues., March 10 through Thurs., March 12, based on availability.

  • Amenities: Located in the heart of Center City Philadelphia, you are within walking distance of an exciting array of restaurants, theaters, museums and shopping. The Sheraton Philadelphia features an indoor swimming pool and fitness center.
  • Restaurants: The Sheraton Philadelphia features the Terrace Cafe, which offers American cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Room service is also available.

Special Conference Events

  • Wednesday, March 11, 2015

    • Keynote Presentation and Luncheon - 1:00pm - 2:00pm - "Abnormal Repetitive Behaviors - Where Medical and Behavior Problems Meet" presented by Dr. Valarie Tynes, President-Elect, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists

      Enjoy a complimentary lunch and receive CE credit for attending this special keynote presentation. There is no additional fee but pre-registration is required.
    • Dean’s Reception (sponsored by Best Pet Rx) / 6:00pm - 7:00pm

      Come join Dr. Joan Hendricks, the Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of Veterinary Medicine, to relax and unwind before gathering with friends and classmates for individual dinners.  All are welcome but pre-registration is suggested.

    Thursday, March 12, 2015

    • Young Alumni Luncheon / 1:00pm - 2:00pm

      All Penn Vet young alumni (recent Penn Vet graduates from 2005 - 2014) and Penn Vet fourth-year students are welcome to attend. There is no additional fee to attend but pre-registration is required.

    • Lunch with the Experts (1 extra CE credit) / 1:00pm - 2:00pm

      Reserve your seat at the table of one of our conference speakers for a discussion-based lunch talk. Each speaker will host an individual table in which they will discuss and answer questions within their specialty. Each table can accommodate ten people so space is limited.   Registrants receive an extra CE credit for attending.

     


  Tiny Kitten patient at Ryan Hospital    Erika Krick, Penn Vet Oncology