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Penn Vet’s Annual Conference to Showcase Practical, Current Continuing Education Opportunities for Veterinary Professionals

By Hannah Kleckner Published: Aug 2, 2018

[August 2, 2018; Philadelphia, PA] – Registration is now open for the 118th Penn Annual Conference on September 26-27, 2018, at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware. The event offers up to 15 continuing education (CE) credits and is one of the largest gatherings of veterinary professionals in the region.Attend PAC 2018

Designed with practice-based veterinary professionals in mind, this year’s conference will showcase practical, applicable, and current clinical techniques and advancements by nationally-recognized experts in the profession, including many of Penn Vet’s board-certified specialists.

Attendees can select from four tracks – Companion Animal, Equine, Food Animal, and Nursing – offering more than 75 lectures geared specifically to veterinarians working in or running a practice, and includes topics such as companion-animal low stress management, communicating with multi-generational clientele, and implementing telemedicine into a veterinary business.

More than 50 exhibitors will be on-hand to serve the specific needs of veterinary professionals and practice owners.

Conference attendees will also have the opportunity to meet Penn Vet’s new Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Andrew Hoffman, at the Dean’s Reception to be held on Wednesday, September 26, 2018.

Dr. Gerald O’Malley will deliver Wednesday evening’s keynote presentation discussing the opioid epidemic and its effects on the veterinary community. Dr. O’Malley serves as a Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University’s Sidney Kimmel School of Medicine, a Clinical Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, and the Director of Toxicology at the Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The keynote presentation for Thursday, September 27th, to be delivered by Dr. Christine Jenkins, Chief Veterinary Medical Officer for Zoetis, will discuss future trends for the veterinary profession. As a member of the Zoetis U.S. Leadership Team, Jenkins is responsible for the Commitment to Veterinarians™ platform. She also leads philanthropic efforts for Zoetis US Operations, including support of the veterinary profession through scholarships, veterinary wellness initiatives, disaster relief, and diversity. Prior to joining Zoetis, Dr. Jenkins held Director roles in clinical research, regulatory affairs, and marketing at Pfizer Animal Health, Merial Ltd. and Hill’s Pet Nutrition.

Offering a convenient location between Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center and Ryan Hospital campuses for attendees, alumni, clinicians, and students, the conference will again be held at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington, Delaware.

Registration is available through September 5, 2018. For more information or to register, visit www.vet.upenn.edu/pac2018. On-site registration will be available for an additional $50. 

The Penn Annual Conference provides up to 15 credit hours of continuing education credits for veterinarians and nurses as per Section 31:16 of the Pennsylvania Code. 

Penn Vet hosts CE credit opportunities for veterinary professionals throughout the year. Learn about other upcoming CE events hosted by Penn Vet

About Penn Vet

Ranked among the top ten veterinary schools worldwide, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) is a global leader in veterinary education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, Penn Vet is the first veterinary school developed in association with a medical school. The school is a proud member of the One Health initiative, linking human, animal, and environmental health.

Penn Vet serves a diverse population of animals at its two campuses, which include extensive diagnostic and research laboratories. Ryan Hospital in Philadelphia provides care for dogs, cats, and other domestic/companion animals, handling nearly 35,300 patient visits a year. New Bolton Center, Penn Vet’s large-animal hospital on nearly 700 acres in rural Kennett Square, PA, cares for horses and livestock/farm animals. The hospital handles nearly 5,300 patient visits a year, while the Field Service treats more than 38,000 patients at local farms. In addition, New Bolton Center’s campus includes a swine center, working dairy, and poultry unit that provide valuable research for the agriculture industry.

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