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Penn Annual Conference 2014

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.

Advanced registration for the Conference has ended.  If you still wish to attend you may register onsite at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel on Tues., March 4 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm and on Wed., March 5 and Thurs. March 6 beginning at 6:30am. An additional $50 fee is charged for walk-in registrations.

Please note:  The Penn Annual Conference will take place regardless of weather.  Refunds will not be provided.

 

Wed., March 5 and Thurs., March 6, 2014 (Lectures)

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

Fri., March 7, 2014 (Wet Labs)

Penn Vet - Ryan Veterinary Hospital
3900 Delancey Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104


Click below for more detailed information.

Educational Program, Proceedings and Wet Labs

  • Proceedings - download a pdf of the 2014 Conference Proceedings
  • Continuing Education Credits:

  • The Penn Annual Conference provides 15 hours of continuing education, as per Section 31:16 of the Pennsylvania Code.  The Conference is also an approved sponsor of continuing education for veterinarians and veterinary technicians within the state of New York.

  • Lectures - Wednesday, March 5 & Thursday, March 6


  • Wet Labs - Friday, March 7

  • Intra-oral Nerve Blocks, Oral Examination and Dental Charting (Technicians and Veterinarians)

    Conducted by Bonnie Miller, RDH, BS
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM (3 CE hours)
    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. Regional anesthesia techniques will include the practice of mental, inferior alveolar, infra-orbital and maxillary nerve blocks.
    Space is limited to 8 registrants.  Cost: $200

  • Emergency and Critical Care Procedures (Veterinarians)

    Conducted by Dr. Lori Waddell, Dr. Dana Clarke, Dr. Erica Reineke and Dr. Vince Thawley
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM (3 CE hours)
    This wet lab will cover a number of life-saving procedures for patients presenting in critical situations.   The following procedures will be taught and then practiced on cadavers: thoracocentesis, pericardiocentesis, thorocostomy tube placement, tracheostomy, venous cut-downs for catheter placement, and mulitple lumen catheter placement. Participants will work with cadavers in groups of three, with each group under the direction of a board-certified ACVECC specialist. A handout reviewing the indications for the procedures and techniques will be provided. 
    Space is limited to 12 registrants.  Cost: $400

  • Cytology Skills (Technicians and Veterinarians)

    Conducted by Dr. Madhu Sirivelu-Prabhaker
    2:00 PM – 5:00 PM (3 CE hours)
    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 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.  Cost: $275

  • Dental Surgery: Tooth Extraction (Veterinarians) - SOLD OUT

    Conducted by Dr. Alexander Reiter
    2:00 PM – 5:00 PM (3 CE hours)
    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.  Cost: $400

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Attendee Registration

  • Advanced registration for the Conference has ended.  If you still wish to attend you may register onsite at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel on Tues., March 4 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm and on Wed., March 5 and Thurs. March 6 beginning at 6:30am. An additional $50 fee is charged for walk-in registrations.

    Please note:  The Penn Annual Conference will take place regardless of weather.  Refunds will not be provided.

  • Download: Conference Registration Booklet with speaker info and session topics (in pdf format)
  • Questions? Please contact Darleen Calahan at 215-746-2421 or email penn-conference@vet.upenn.edu.

Exhibitors and Sponsors

  • 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.
  • Please note: The following booth #s are still available in the exhibit hall: Standard booths - 602 to 604. Please make your selections from these booths when registering.  Click on the floor plan below for a current view of exhibitors in the hall.

  • PAC 2014 Current Exhibitor Grid / Exhibit Hall Floor Plan
  • PAC 2014 Exhibitor and Sponsorship On-line Registration Form
  • Exhibit Hall Information

  • Hours: 
  • Wed., March 5, 2014 - 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Thurs., March 6, 2014 - 7:00 am to 3:45 pm
  • Set-up:  Tues., March 4, 2014 - 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 5, 2014, for additional exhibitor set-up only.

    Dismantle: Thurs., March 6, 2014 - 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.
  • 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 December 13, 2013. 
  • 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 14, 2014 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, 2014, are eligible for a full refund of monies paid.  Cancellations postmarked February 1 through February 15, 2014, are eligible for a refund less a $250 administrative charge. No refunds will be made after the postmark date of February 16, 2014.
  • Security: A security guard will be in the exhibit hall from 6:00 pm on Tues., March 4, 2014 through 4:00 pm on Thurs., March 6, 2014.  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. 
  • Questions? Please contact Darleen Calahan at 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 $160 for a single room, $180 for double, $200 for triple and $220 for quad room. To book a room at this discounted rate, you can either reserve online at www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/2014PennVetAnnual or call the Sheraton at 1-800-325-3535 by February 14, 2014 and mention “Penn Vet Annual 2014”.   The room rate is available for the evenings of Mon., March 3 through Fri., March 7, 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, and the Phillips Seafood Restaurant is open for dinner. Room service is also available.

Special Conference Events

  • Wednesday, March 5, 2014

    • Keynote Presentation and Luncheon (sponsored by Elanco Animal Health) / Speaker: Dr. Gary Wu, Associate Chief for Research, Division of Gastroenterology at Penn Medicine
      1:00pm - 2:15pm

      Enjoy a complimentary lunch and receive CE credit for attending this special keynote presentation. There is no additional fees 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 6, 2014

    • Young Alumni Luncheon / 1:00pm - 2:15pm

      All Penn Vet young alumni (recent Penn Vet graduates from 2004 - 2013) and Penn Vet fourth-year students are welcome to attend. There are no additional fees to attend but pre-registration is required.

    • Lunch with the Experts (extra CE credit) / 1:00pm - 2:15pm

      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