For many of us, early spring brings veterinary conferences to our schedules. Record attendance at NAVC 2016 proves that these events continue to provide valuable educational and networking opportunities, and there’s no doubt that the upcoming NAVC2017, WVC, and AAHA Nashville 2017 will do the same.
These events have definitely changed over the years. We have been attending conferences for well over 20 years, usually as a vendor or speaker, and can say with some degree of confidence that, at this point, we’ve probably seen it all.
We’ve watched as you all enter the exhibit hall the first day, wide-eyed and full of energy. We’ve seen how, as day 2 rolls around, the pace and energy begin to slow; and how, by day 3, you are barely dragging along… And heavens, by day 4! You have that glassy-eyed look about you that only comes from too much of a good thing.
Whether you are a first-timer to a veterinary conference or a seasoned pro, it never hurts to have a little insight when it comes to what lies ahead. With that in mind, I would like to offer a bit of my experience when it comes to surviving a veterinary conference.