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Max at NAVC Conference

Get Ready, Here It Comes!

If you have not had the opportunity to attend the NAVC VMX (Veterinary Meeting and EXPO), now is your time to join us at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, February 3-7, 2018.

The VMX vision is to empower all members of the veterinary health care team to expand knowledge, sharpen skills and learn what is new and exciting in the industry to provide ongoing, high quality care to your patients.

For veterinary nurses, there are sessions and hands-on labs designed to meet your level of experience on a variety of topics such as: avian handling, low-stress patient handling, cytology, ultrasound and wound management. Other hands-on labs include FEAR FREEsm, Technician Essentials, Technician Progressive Knowledge and Technician State of the Art. There are also sessions on personal health and well-being to ensure you stay connected on and top of your game.

This year visit the re-designed VMX Expo Hall with over 700 exhibiting companies. The EXPO Innovation and Technology Center will feature the newest products and services in the VMX New Product Gallery and the Startup Circle. Visit NAVC Central to network and relax. Sit and watch NAVC Spark!, live recordings with the latest industry news. The Health and Wellbeing Center is designed to encourage you to pay attention to you and your personal health. Sessions will cover topics focusing on mental and professional health and diversity in the workplace. You can also schedule to have a rabies titer and other biochemical assays collected.

Browse through the VMX Bookstore for publications and visit the VetFolio Booth to learn about all the online programs offered.


As always, it can’t be all work and no play. When not attending meetings, sessions, or hands-on labs, you’ll get to experience top entertainment from actor Michael J. Fox, conservationist and environmental journalist Jeff Corwin, and a high-energy concert featuring Matchbox Twenty’s Rob Thomas.

Looking for adventure? Register for one of the tours and swim with the manatees in Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park or get a first-hand look at veterinary care at SeaWorld. You can also pick up tickets to popular theme parks and dinner shows.

Feel like going for a run? Register for the Fun(d) Run, where all proceeds benefit the WSAVA Foundation. Football fan? Attend the Big Game Event Sunday evening, and watch Super Bowl LII. With food, fun and football, what could be better?

There are multiple lunches and receptions just for veterinary technician/nurses. Stop by the partner-sponsored Today’s Veterinary Nurse Lounge in the EXPO Hall to relax, recharge and network.

For more information about the NAVC VMX 2018, visit NAVC.com/conference.

See you in the sun!

Do you have a story you’d like to share? Write me at LJohnson@navc.com.