Best Veterinary Conferences for 2022

Alex Balabanov
Head of Marketing

Veterinary conferences in USA and Canada plus virtual for 2022

With variants of the Covid-19 pandemic coming in waves, the vet industry event landscape has adapted to this reality. Numerous forums, meetups, and symposia will still be there to look forward to in 2022.

We’ve gathered the most interesting and important veterinarian shows across the United States and Canada for 2022. Below you can find them whether in the table form or as a list.

Conference schedule table

ConferenceDatesLocationCE Hours
AVMA Veterinary Leadership ConferenceJanuary 6 – 9, 2022Chicago, Illinois + virtual
VMX (Veterinary Meeting and Expo)January 15 – 19, 2022Orlando, Florida + virtual940
Virtual Congress 2022January 17 – 22, 2022Virtual
Oklahoma Veterinary ConferenceJanuary 27 – 29, 2022Norman, Oklahoma + virtual20
MVMA Annual MeetingFebruary 10 – 12, 2022Minneapolis, Minnesota29+
MVC (Midwest Veterinary Conference)February 17 – 19, 2022Columbus, Ohio + virtualup to 19 in person, up to 30 virtual
Virginia Veterinary ConferenceFebruary 24 – 26, 2022Roanoke, Virginia + virtual15
Catalyze 2022: AAVMC Annual Conference and Iverson Bell SymposiumMarch 3 – 5, 2022Washington, DC + virtual
Western Veterinary Conference 2022March 6 – 9, 2022Las Vegas, Nevada37 per ticket, 800+ to choose from
FVMA Annual ConferenceMarch 17 – 20, 2022Orlando, Floridawill be updated
Pain Management ForumApril 3 – 5, 2022Denver, Colorado
Vet Show/AustinApril 5 – 6, 2022Austin, Texas17
ABVP SymposiumApril 21 – 24, 2022Chicago, Illinois
VET Spring VirtualApril 21 – 23, 2022Virtual
Fetch DVM360 Conference/CharlotteApril 22 – 24, 2022Charlotte, North Carolina
UVSA 2022 Annual ConferenceMay 2 – 4, 2022Scottsdale, Arizona
Keystone Veterinary ConferenceMay 5 – 8, 2022Hershey, Pennsylvania30+
FORTUNE Brainstorm Health VirtualMay 10 – 11, 2022Marina del Rey, California
Vet Show/ChicagoMay 12 – 13, 2022Chicago, Illinois20
CVMA ConventionJuly 21 – 24, 2022Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada + virtual100+ in-person, 40+ virtually
AVMA ConventionJuly 29 – August 2, 2022Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
ExoticsConAugust 14 – 18, 2022Denver, Colorado + virtual
Fetch DVM360 Conference/Kansas CityAugust 27 – 29, 2022Kansas City, Missouri
ConnexitySeptember 15 – 17, 2022Nashville, TennesseeUp to 24.5
SWVSSeptember 22 – 25, 2022Fort Worth, TexasUp to 29
IVUSSSeptember 24 – 27, 2022Bucharest, Romania
VetForum USASeptember 27 – 28, 2022Nashville, Tennessee
Vet Show/Wild WestOctober 12 – 15, 2022Reno, Nevada36
2022 AAFP ConferenceOctober 27 – 30, 2022Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Vet Show/New YorkNovember 3 – 4, 2022New York, New York16
Fetch DVM360 Conference/San DiegoDecember 3 – 5, 2022San Diego, California

All 2022 Conferences

AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference   

AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference

Host: American Veterinary Medical Association   
Format: In-person, virtual   
Start: 1/6/2022
End: 1/9/2022
Duration: 4 days
Where: Chicago, IL
Website: avma.org/events/veterinary-leadership-conference
This year’s topic: Leadership in a New Era
Great for: veterinary professionals at every career stage who are interested in deepening their engagement with AVMA and other veterinary organizations   

The Veterinary Leadership Conference (VLC) is one of the best conferences for leadership development in North America. Through a unique mix of CE sessions, AVMA governance meetings, and networking, attendees will expand and enhance leadership skills while networking with colleagues from all walks of the veterinary profession. A select amount of education sessions will also be available online to those who prefer building up their continuing education from the comfort of their homes.

VMX (Veterinary Meeting & Expo)   

VMX (Veterinary Meeting & Expo) 

Host: North American Veterinary Community   
Format: In-person, virtual   
Start: 1/15/2022   
End: 1/19/2022   
Duration: 5 days
Where: Orlando, FL
Great for: everyone professionally involved in the veterinary industry and animal healthcare
Price: 
Virtual – $495 
Virtual for nursing and technician students – Free 
All-Access+Virtual – $924 
Discounts are available for various categories of attendees. 
Website: navc.com/vmx
CE: 940       

The 5-day conference will feature a wide range of learning tracks and more than 940 hours of continuing education available in-person and online. To save the date and get updated, you can already register for attendance on the NAVC website. 

Virtual Congress 2022   

Virtual Congress 2022 

Host: The Webinar Vet   
Format: Virtual   
Start: 1/17/2022   
End: 1/22/2022   
Duration: 6 days       
Price: Free
Great for: veterinary practitioners and those involved in the animal healthcare industry
Website: thewebinarvet.com/pages/save-the-date-virtual-congress-2022

In 2022, Virtual Congress, the first-choice place to go for online CPD/CE for vets from all around the world, marks its 10th anniversary. Grateful to its global audience, the next Congress will be free to attend, so save the date.

Oklahoma Veterinary Conference   

Oklahoma Veterinary Conference   

Host: Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association
Format: In-person, virtual   
Start: 1/27/2022   
End: 1/29/2022   
Duration: 3 days   
Where: Norman, OK
Price: 
Early bird pricing till Jan 14: 
Students – free
Veterinarians – $375
Technicians – $155
Practice staff – $120           
Website: okvma.org/oklahoma-veterinary-conference
CE: 20
Great for: vet professionals of all trades looking for networking and visibility opportunities    

The OKVC is the place to obtain the latest insights into the veterinary profession. In 2022, the event is back in-person (with virtual attendance as an option) with 20 hours of CE and opportunities to connect with colleagues state- and nation-wide. 

MVMA Annual Meeting   

MVMA Annual Meeting   

Host: Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association   
Format: In-person   
Start: 2/10/2022   
End: 2/12/2022   
Duration: 3 days 
Where: Minneapolis, MN
Price: 
MVMA Member or Non-MN Resident DVM – $395 
MVMA Life or Inactive or Graduate Practicing Member – $265 
MN Non-Member DVM – $595
Technician/Staff/Other – $345 
Technician Students – $50 
DVM Student Member – $50    
Website: mvma.biz
This year’s topic: Cultivating Possibilities in Veterinary Medicine   
CE: 29+       

Now one of the largest Midwest veterinary conferences, the Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association has hosted an event for the past 124 years. In 2021, over 1,500 professionals attended MVMA.

MVC (Midwest Veterinary Conference)   

MVC (Midwest Veterinary Conference)   

Host: Ohio Veterinary Medical Association
Format: In-person, virtual   
Start: 2/17/2022   
End: 2/19/2022
Duration: 3 days   
Where: Columbus, OH
Price:   
Up to $500 depending on the attendee category; see options.
Website: mvcinfo.org
CE: Up to 19 in-person, up to 30 virtual   
Great for: Just about anyone involved in animal care   

The Midwest Veterinary Conference (MVC) brings together highly-regarded expert speakers, hundreds of industry vendors, and thousands of veterinary professionals from across the US and beyond for four days of education and networking.

Virginia Veterinary Conference   

Virginia Veterinary Conference   

Host: Virginia Veterinary Medical Association   
Format: In-person, virtual   
Start: 2/24/2022   
End: 2/26/2022   
Duration: 3 days   
Where: Roanoke, VA   
Price: 
Member: Full Conference – $295, One Day – $175 
2021 Graduate: Full Conference – $260 
Veterinary Assistant: Full Conference – $295 
Member, 2nd DVM from Same Practice: Full Conference – $260 
Member, Retired: Full Conference – $260 
Non-Member: Full Conference – $415, One Day – $225 
Veterinary Student – $20 
Veterinary Student: VVMA Student Chapter Member – Free   
Website: vvma.org/vvc
CE: 15
Great for: just about anyone professionally involved in the animal healthcare

With burnout being one of the hottest topics in virtually any professional community over the past several years, not that many events make it central to their agenda. Here, the keynote presentation will focus on veterinary practitioners’ work-life balance. The complete program of the conference is already available. 

Catalyze 2022: AAVMC Annual Conference and Iverson Bell Symposium   

Catalyze 2022: AAVMC Annual Conference and Iverson Bell Symposium   

Host: Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges   
Format: In-person, virtual   
Start: 3/3/2022   
End: 3/5/2022   
Duration: 3 days   
Where: Washington, DC, 
Price: 
Member full conference – $695 
Non-member full conference – $1195 
Student – $150
Virtual – $350 
One day – $345    
Website: annualmeeting.aavmc.org
Great for: educators and leaders in veterinary medicine, as well as any professional in the vet industry seeking best practice exchange

The AAVMC’s annual conference is among the leading professional development events in international academic veterinary medicine. Hundreds of educators gather every year for a 3-day symposium to explore issues and opportunities, share best practices, and focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Western Veterinary Conference 2022

Western Veterinary Conference WVC  2022

Host: Viticus Group
Format: In-person   
Start: 3/6/2022
End: 3/9/2022
Duration: 4 days   
Where: Las Vegas, NV   
Price: 
Veterinarian $760
Veterinarian – 1st Year Graduates – $215 
Veterinarian – Retired (No CE) – $215 
Veterinary Team (Veterinary Technician, Veterinary Assistant, Practice Manager, Admin) – $500 
General Attendee (No CE) – $500
DVM/Veterinary Technician Students – Free
Guest – $65
Active Military Veterinary Professionals – Free.
There are discounts for veterinarians up to $80 and veterinary teams up to $45. To buy a cancellation-risk-free ticket with a discount, use promo code WVCLASTCHANCE   
Website: info.viticusgroup.org/wvc-conference
CE: 37 included in ticket fee, 800+ hours to choose from   
Great for: Those specializing in small, exotic, avian, equine, food animal patients; vet managers; vet technicians.

The Western Veterinary Conference 2022 program will feature breakfast and lunch seminars, symposia, workshops, and a learning lounge, while Michael Jackson One Show will be the central entertainment option. With regard to the state of the world under the pandemic, the next conference offers a free cancellation. A preliminary program is already available, so check it out.

FVMA Annual Conference   

FVMA Annual Conference   

Host: Florida Veterinary Medical Association   
Format: In-person   
Start: 3/17/2022
End: 3/20/2022
Duration: 4 days
Where: Orlando, FL
Price: 
FVMA members – $575 before Dec 31, then $600, then $700 from Feb 9 and on
Discount options for recent graduates: fees range from $225 to $575 with discounts down to $100 for early birds
Special price for retired members – $287.5 before Dec 31, then $300
Non-FVMA members – $700 before Dec 31, then $725, then $825 from Feb 9 and on 
The full price range is available here.
Website: fvma.org/conferences      
Great for: vet teams and veterinary professionals of all trades.

This annual event aims to provide your entire veterinary care team with outstanding learning and networking activities through formal and informal knowledge and best practices exchange.

Pain Management Forum

IVAPM Pain Management Forum

Host: IVAPM, AARV
Format: In-person   
Start: 4/3/2022
End: 4/5/2022
Duration: 3 days
Where: Denver, CO
Website: ivapm.org/pain-management-forum
Great for: veterinarians in general practice, specialty veterinarians, veterinary technicians/nurses, veterinary students, researchers, and industry representatives from around the world advocating for the treatment of animals in pain   

Meet hundreds of veterinary professionals advocating for the best practices in treating animals in pain. A detailed program is available here in full.

Vet Show/Austin  

Vet Show in Austin  

Host: CloserStill Media
Format: In-person   
Start: 4/5/2022 
End: 4/6/2022   
Duration: 2 days
Where: Austin, TX   
Price: TBA, subscribe to a newsletter here to get an early bird alert.
Website: us.vetshow.com/austin
CE: 17
Great for: vet teams and independent practitioners in search of networking opportunities

This 2-day veterinary conference offers 17 hours of continuing education in various specialized tracks. The program is designed in such a way that attendees can also take their time to meet with peers and industry suppliers.

ABVP Symposium

ABVP Symposium

Host: ABVP
Format: In-person
Start: 4/21/2022
End: 4/24/2022
Duration: 4 days
Where: Chicago, IL
Price:
Before March 11 included – General Registration Veterinarian – $495 
ABVP Diplomate/Candidate/Applicant – $435 
ABVP Resident – $335
Veterinary Student – $219
Technician – $370
Website: abvp.com/symposium
Great for: practitioners working with exotic, feline, reptile and amphibia, canine, equine, and food animal patients; shelter staff; practice managers

The program of the Symposium features in-depth and pinpoint-focused learning and networking activities for specialists who work with virtually any category of animal patients. 

VET Spring Virtual 

VET Spring Virtual 

Host: VET   
Format: Virtual
Start: 4/21/2022
End: 4/23/2022
Duration: 3 days
Website: veterinaryeducationtoday.ca/spring/
CE: 30+
Great for: veterinarians, registered veterinary technicians, vet technicians & assistants, practice managers, students, administrative staff   

The VET virtual exhibit hall allows its attendees to visit exhibitors from across North America and features virtual booths with downloadable catalogs and product information, chat rooms, an opportunity to win prizes in onsite contests, and live streaming demos. 

UVSA 2022 Annual Conference    

UVSA 2022 Annual Conference    

Host: United Veterinary Services Association
Format: In-person
Start: 5/2/2022
End: 5/4/2022
Duration: 3 days
Where: Scottsdale, AZ
Website: uvsa.net/events/annual-conference

The UVSA Annual Conference aims to connect senior-level distributors, manufacturers, and suppliers, and create a relaxed personal setting for exchanging ideas, gaining a unique perspective, and strengthening one’s contacts in the vet industry. CE track activities are also available for attractive prices. 

FORTUNE Brainstorm Health Virtual   

FORTUNE Brainstorm Health Virtual   

Host: Fortune
Format: In-person
Start: 5/10/2022
End: 5/11/2022
Duration: 2 days
Where: Marina del Rey, CA
Website: fortuneconferences.com/conferences/fortune-brainstorm-health-2022

According to Fortune’s announcements, Brainstorm Health will bring together the most forward-thinking and insightful leaders in the space to explore the future of healthcare, science, and medicine and look at ways to leverage the rapid growth across these sectors. The focus will be on building value for the business while creating better outcomes for all stakeholders when it comes to new technologies, innovative therapeutics, the deluge and value of data, the impact of digital, and the importance of collaboration in all sectors of the healthcare industry, be it human or animal.

Vet Show/Chicago

Vet Show in Chicago

Host: CloserStill Media
Format: In-person
Start: 5/12/2022
End: 5/13/2022
Duration: 2 days
Where: Chicago, IL
Price: TBA, subscribe to the early bird price alert newsletter
Website: us.vetshow.com/chicago
CE: 20

This 2-day veterinary conference offers 20 hours of continuing education in various specialized tracks. The Chicago Vet Show will be a great place to meet your colleagues and vet business partners from around the US, find products for your practice, and, of course, have fun with countless activities in Chicago.

CVMA Convention   

CVMA Convention   

Host: Canadian Veterinary Medical Association
Format: In-person, virtual
Start: 7/21/2022
End: 7/24/2022
Duration: 4 days
Where: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Price: $150 to $995, depending on the attendee category
Website: pheedloop.com/cvma22/site/home
CE: 100+ in-person; 40+ virtually
Great for: independent practitioners and vet teams

The CVMA Convention offers a CE track with a strong focus on business management, practice management, and companion animal healthcare. The preliminary schedule is already available.

ExoticsCon

ExoticsCon

Host: Association of Avian Veterinarians, Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians, and Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians
Format: In-person, virtual
Start: 8/14/2022
End: 8/18/2022
Duration: 5 days
Price: 
Member DVMs – $595/$645
Non-member DVMs – $875/895 
Technicians, nurses member  –$350/$370, non-member – $450/$470 
Member students $325 / $345, non-member students – $400/$420
Website: exoticscon.org
Great for: practitioners working with exotic animal patients

ExoticsCon is one of the rare education and business-oriented events for practitioners specializing in exotic, reptile, avian, and amphibian patients, so this might be a unique chance for networking and learning opportunities. 

Southwest Veterinary Symposium

Southwest Veterinary Symposium

Host: SWVS
Start: 9/22/2022
End: 9/25/2022
Duration: 4 days
Where: Fort Worth, TX
Price:
Students – $60 until 7/31/2022, then $75
Technicians, nurses, practice managers, office staff – $210 until 7/31/2022, then $300
DVMs – $480 until 7/31/2022, then $570
Guests – $50+ 
Website: swvs.org/swvs-2022
CE: 29 (Additional credit hours are available by purchasing ticketed events: Interactive Labs, Master Classes, CE Tour, and Meet the Expert Lunches). 
Great for: DVMs, veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants, veterinary and technician students, practice managers, office staff, and suppliers that provide products and services that support veterinary medicine

Southwest Veterinary Symposium is a partnership of the Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas VMAs, the Oklahoma Veterinary Technician Association, Arkansas Veterinary Technician Association, and the Veterinary Team Association of Texas. The event provides continuing education for veterinary professionals in the Southwest region and across the US. The annual symposium is held in the Southwest and includes continuing education, exhibits, interactive labs, and social activities.    

VetForum USA   

VetForum USA   

Host: OpenRoom   
Format: In-person   
Start: 9/27/2022
End: 9/28/2022
Duration: 2 days
Where: Nashville, TN
Website: openroomevents.com/vetforum-usa-2022.php
Great for: owners and operators of veterinary groups and GPOs, technology, equipment, and business service providers

Vetforum USA is a member of OpenRoom’s family of global events for the veterinary sector, alongside the other three held for APAC, Europe, and the UK. Due to the Forum’s invitation-only policy, the list of participants and attendees is very well hand-picked, making the event the single most efficient way to meet industry decision-makers across North America. The participants can tailor their Forum experience to their business needs, including the arrangement of one-to-one meetings with prospective partners and allies in the veterinary industry. 

2022 AAFP Conference   

2022 American Association of Feline Practitioners AAFP Conference   

Host: The American Association of Feline Practitioners   
Format: TBD   
Start: 10/27/2022   
End: 10/30/2022   
Duration: 4 days   
Where: Pittsburg, PA
Website: catvets.com/education/conference/2022
This year’s topic: Enriching Feline Care and the Veterinary Experience: Elevating the Standard of Feline Medical Care and Integrating Cat-Friendly Techniques
Great for: anyone professionally involved in the feline health and care industry
Other details: TBA

The conference will cover all aspects of the environment, interactions, techniques, educating caregivers, and medical topics to foster the best standards in feline veterinary medicine and care. No matter what your role in the practice or your level of experience with cats, this will be a conference that allows everyone to increase their feline knowledge.

Vet Show/New York   

Vet Show in New York   

Host: CloserStill Media
Format: In-person   
Start: 11/3/2022
End: 11/4/2022
Duration: 2 days
Where: New York, NY
Website: us.vetshow.com/new-york
CE: 16 

The conference offers attendees the perfect balance between high-quality content, convenience, and fun. With three clinical tracks, a business theater, a veterinary technician track, and sponsor-led workshops, the New York Vet Show has everything a vet practitioner or animal care specialist needs – all densely packed in a convenient 2-day format. The conference’s host, CloserStill Vet US, is an approved sponsor of CE for veterinarians and veterinary technicians in the state of New York (NYSED).


Here’s also the list of annual or recurring events in North America and globally that will return in either format in 2022, with more details to be announced later on. 

Keystone Veterinary Conference   

Keystone Veterinary Conference   

Host: Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association
Format: In-person
Start: 5/5/2022
End: 5/8/2022
Duration: 4 days
Where: Hershey, PA
Website: keystonevetconference.org

IVUSS   

International Veterinary Ultrasound Society

Host: International Veterinary Ultrasound Society
Start: 9/24/2022
End: 9/27/2022
Duration: 4 days
Where: Bucharest, Romania 
Website: ivuss.org/2022-conference

Connexity

Connexity

Host: The American Animal Hospital Association
Format: TBA   
Start: 9/15/2022
End: 9/17/2022
Duration: 3 days
Where: Nashville, TN
Website: aaha.org/education/all-veterinary-professionals/connexity-2021

AVMA Convention   

AVMA Convention

Host: American Veterinary Medical Association
Format: In-person
Start: 7/29/2022
End: 8/2/2022
Duration: 5 days
Where: Philadelphia, PA 
Price: TBA, newsletter subscription 
Website: avma.org/events/avma-convention

Vet Show/Wild West   

Reno Vet Show Conference

Host: CloserStill Media   
Format: In-person   
Start: 10/12/2022   
End: 10/15/2022   
Duration: 4 days
Where: Reno, N
Website: us.vetshow.com/wild-west-vet

Only a few details about the Wild West incarnation of Vet Show are available so far. To pre-register and get notified about the details, you can join a newsletter.

Fetch DVM 360 Conference

Fetch Conference

Charlotte, 4/22-24/2022
Kansas City, 8/27-29/2022 
San Diego, 12/3-5/2022
Website: fetchdvm360.com
All details: TBA

Want to learn more about the veterinary industry? Check our Learning Center.

Thinking about selling your veterinary practice?

Let’s grow together! Sign up as a practice owner and calculate your profit from the
sale below. Embrace the opportunity to partner with Galaxy Vets, founded and
funded by vets, and get the highest payouts on the market.
Sign up
Over the last 7 days, we chatted with:
11
practice owners
50
employee candidates
in Southern California
Share article