Best Veterinary Conferences for 2021

See also: Best Veterinary Conferences for 2023

Amid the many conference cancellations and postponements related to the COVID-19 pandemic, veterinarians are no strangers to developing creative solutions to surprising challenges.

These exciting events, held in 2021, will feature a robust mix of prerecorded, live, and interactive sessions allowing you to earn hundreds of CE hours and continue building your professional network.

We’ve handpicked the most popular veterinary conferences in the USA and Canada to ensure you can get the most relevant practical continuing education that features a wide array of clinical, business, and practice management topics.

If you are interested in an event, please check the official event page for the latest updates. Some changes to schedule/agenda may occur.

Conferences Dates Location CE Hours
Global / National Veterinary Conferences
Fetch DVM Conference February 25-27, 2021 Virtual 250
WSAVA Congress March 21-24, 2021 Virtual ?
Vet Show @ Home March 25-27, 2021 Virtual 22
Veterinary Education Today April 22-24, 2021 Virtual 70+
Fetch DVM Conference May 13-15, 2021 Virtual ?
NAVC Institute May 23-28, 2021 Orlando, Florida 188
VMX – Veterinary Meeting and Expo June 5-9, 2021 Orlando, Florida + Virtual Details
Veterinary Education Today – Hong Kong June 16-28, 2021 Virtual ?
Digital Veterinary Summit July 27-28, 2021 Virtual ?
Fetch DVM Conference August 27-30, 2021 Kansas City, Missouri 300+
WVC Annual Conference – Victus Group September 6-9, 2021 Las Vegas, Nevada + Virtual ?
ABVP Symposium September 16-19, 2021 New Orleans, Louisiana 28+
Connexity September 22-25, 2021 Scottsdale, Arizona ?
AVMA Convention July 30-August 3, 2021 Minneapolis, Minnesota 40+
CVMA Convention July 22-25, 2021 Calgary, Alberta + Virtual 110+
UVSA Annual Conference May 3-5, 2021 Scottsdale, Arizona ?
VETgirl U Veterinary Conference August 5-8, 2021 Chicago, Illinois 16-20
IVUSS Conference October 2-3, 2021 Virtual 13-15
Veterinary Education Today – Toronto November 11-13, 2021 Toronto, Ontario 30+
Fetch DVM Conference December 2-5, 2021 San Diego, California 275+
Veterinary Virtual Congress February 22-28, 2021 Virtual 100+
Regional Veterinary Conferences
Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association Annual Meeting February 4-6, 2021 Virtual 70+
Midwest Veterinary Conference February 16-20 2021 Virtual 200
Oregon Veterinary Conference March 5-7, 2021 Virtual Details
Uncharted Veterinary Marketing & Strategy Conferencefun April 22-25, 2021 Virtual ?
Chicago Vet May 12-13, 2022 Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois 20
Austin Vet April 5-6, 2022 Austin, Texas 17
FVMA Annual Conference July 8-11, 2021 Orlando, Florida 300
Southwest Veterinary Symposium September 23-26, 2021 San Antonio, Texas ?
Wild West Vet Conference October 6-9, 2021 Reno, Nevada 150+
Atlantic Coast Veterinary Conference October 11-14, 2021 Atlantic City, New Jersey 275+
New York Vet November 4-5, 2021 Javits Center, New York 16
Specialty Veterinary Conferences
Lone Star Veterinary Academy February 21, 2021 Virtual 4
Pain Management Forum April 3-5, 2021 Denver, Colorado
Lone Star Veterinary Academy May 15, 2021 Virtual 4
Lone Star Veterinary Academy July 10-11, 2021 San Antonio, Texas 10
Lone Star Veterinary Academy August 1, 2021 Virtual 2
ExoticsCon August 27-September 2, 2021 Virtual ?
Veterinary Financial Summit September 2021 Nashville, Tennessee
Lone Star Veterinary Academy September 5, 2021 Virtual 2
AAFP Conference September 30-October 3, 2021 Hybrid
ACVS Surgery Summit October 6-9, 2021 Chicago, Illinois
AALAS National Meeting October 17-21, 2021 Kansas City, Missouri
Veterinary Dental Forum October 21-24, 2021 Indianapolis, Indiana
Lone Star Veterinary Academy December 3-4, 2021 San Antonio, Texas 10
International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care Conference September 10-12, 2021 Tampa, Florida ?

Global / National Veterinary Conferences

Fetch DVM Conference

fetch dvm conference

Dates: February 25-27, 2021
Location: Virtual

Dates: May 13-15, 2021
Location: Virtual

Dates: August 27-30, 2021
Location: Kansas City, Missouri

Dates: December 2-5, 2021
Location: San Diego, California

Great for: All professionals in veterinary medicine
CE hours: 250

Taking a holistic look at professionals in veterinary medicine, Fetch is serving veterinarians, technicians, and practice managers as a whole – creating a great experience for people and for the veterinary profession.

At the Fetch dvm360® Conferences, you will gain a 360-degree educational experience that focuses on every facet of a veterinary professional’s life.

Previously known as CVC, Fetch DVM Conference provides the conclusive clinical, management, technician, and wellness CE to provide the highest quality pet care.

WSAVA Congress

WSAVA Congress 2021

Dates: March 21-24, 2021
Location: Virtual
Great for: All professionals in veterinary medicine.
CE hours: The number of CE hours isn’t available yet.

The congress for companion animal veterinarians from across the globe takes place every year. It is a well-known event with a scientific program of the highest standards that reflects local culture and veterinary diversity. The scientific program comprises 50 different streams, addressing a variety of topics.

The International Congress is worth visiting to exchange valuable information, experience different cultures, and have fun. The 45th Congress will occur in March of 2021 as it was postponed due to the COVID pandemic.

About WSAVA:

The primary purpose of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association is to enhance the quality and availability of small animal medicine and surgery. The Association represents over 200,000 veterinarians through 114 member associations aimed to enhance the health and welfare of companion animals and to build an educated and collaborative community of vet professionals.

Vet Show @ Home

Vet Show @ Home

Dates: March 25-27, 2021
Location: Virtual
Great for: All professionals in veterinary medicine.
CE hours: 22

Practical learning for everyone in the practice will take place online this year. Vet Show @ Home offers clinical and business theaters with lectures delivered by world-renowned speakers. Content will be submitted for RACE approval by AAVSB and their business courses will be applicable toward the CE requirement for CVPM, as authorized by the VHMA. They are also an approved sponsor of CE for vets and techs in the state of New York (NYSED). The program of their online activities is already available on their site, you will have a chance to attend various seminars, lectures, and classes in more than 25 categories. The team has also announced the third edition of Vet Show @ Home to take place on June 21-23, 2021.

Veterinary Education Today

Veterinary Education Today Conference

Dates: April 22-24, 2021
Location: Virtual
Great for: All professionals in veterinary medicine.
CE hours: 70+

Being the largest and most comprehensive vet conference in Canada, Veterinary Education Today offers its attendees a variety of clinical sessions, practice managements sessions, RVT sessions, sponsored symposia, and the biggest digital exhibitor hall in Canada. The platform allows for more than 40 exhibitors that can chat, meet, show videos and more. VET Canada also offers 30+ hours of CE for the entire time at a quite affordable price. In its virtual trade show hall visitors may learn about latest innovation, medications and methods, and choose from a great variety of networking opportunities. After the conference is finished, you can take part in the on-demand sessions for a limited time after the conference (April 26 – June 25, 2021).

About VET:

Veterinary Education Today Conference & Medical Exposition is a platform for a wide range of veterinary professionals and administrative staff, providing an opportunity to learn from industry-leading experts and connect with fellow colleagues seeking high-quality continuing education.

See also: How Much Do Vets Make in Different U.S. States in 2022

navc institute

Dates: May 23-28, 2021
Location: Orlando, Florida
Great for: All professionals in veterinary medicine
CE hours: 188

The six-day NAVC Institute Conference will take place in Orlando, Florida, starting on May 23. This year, the NAVC Institute offers an all-inclusive immersive experience for a wide range of vet peers.

The event consists of a fourfull-day world-class specialized course, special exhibit hall access, luxurious lodging in a five-star resort plus meals, and an opportunity to participate in a passport program in the exhibit hall and win great prizes.

About NAVC:

The North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) is a nonprofit organization that provides world-class products, services, and professional development to the global animal healthcare community.

VMX – Veterinary Meeting and Expo

VMX – Veterinary Meeting and Expo

Dates: June 5-9, 2021
Location: Orlando, Florida/Online Anywhere
Bonus: Program and planner
Great for: Veterinarians, veterinary technicians, practice, managers, veterinary students. Whether you’re a student or a skilled professional, you can find something to meet your needs.
CE hours: The number of CE hours you can receive depends on the subject matter and whether it is online or in-person. Some state boards may have limitations on the hours accepted in certain categories or restrictions on delivery methods for CE.

VMX provides over 1,200 veterinary CE sessions on a broad array of subjects. You can easily find a topic that fits your interests, and you can learn from the best of the best in the industry. The conference offers the possibility to choose courses for a single professional, as well as for the whole veterinary team. Whether you attend solo or go with a group, you will find plenty of networking opportunities. You can spend some time at the VMX Expo Hall, with 700+ exhibitors presenting innovative and state-of-the-art products and services. The conference is an opportunity to connect with industry leaders from around the globe and have an amazing time with your peers!

Veterinary Education Today – Hong Kong

Veterinary Education Today - Hong Kong
Dates: June 16-18, 2021
Location: Virtual
Great for: Registered veterinary surgeons, private veterinary clinics, veterinary technicians, administration staff
CE hours: ?

VET’s mandate is to offer high quality, low-cost CPD, their conference is still one of the most affordable full conference/trade show for the veterinary professional.To get the most out of your conference experience, they will be providing on-demand access for a minimum of 4 weeks after the conference. You’ll have a great chance to drop into the virtual exhibit hall featuring leading industry leaders and partners from across Asia. VET is there to support the industry, help veterinarians top up their CPD requirements, and keep the community engaged.

Digital Veterinary Summit

Digital Veterinary Summit

Dates: July 27-28, 2021
Location: Virtual
Great for: Startups, Veterinarians, Petcare companies, Animal health companies, Petcare supplies producers, Consolidators, Industry supporting companies
CE hours: ?

This is a companion animal focused event showcasing technology innovation, platforms and services for pet owners and the latest digital solutions for veterinary practice. 150+ companies are brought together at the Digital Veterinary Summit to examine the sector’s digital trends and dynamics, and showcase the industry’s most exciting emerging technologies. Several digital veterinary technology innovators, handpicked by the prestigious selection committee (with VIS’s Dr. Ivan Zak among others), introduce themselves and their innovations and achievements on the main stage. If you’re an emerging company with an exciting and disruptive technology, you would indeed want to apply to pitch your idea at the summit.

WVC Annual Conference – Victus Group

wvc victus group

Dates: September 6-9, 2021
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada + Online (hybrid event)
Great for: The agenda isn’t available yet.
CE hours: The number of hours isn’t available yet.

This year, the WVC Annual Conference has become a hybrid event welcoming everyone online and in Las Vegas on September 6-9, 2021. In order to be more convenient for the participants and to adapt to post-pandemic circumstances, the Viticus Group (formerly known as WVC) postponed the WVC Annual Conference from March to September 2021.

This decision was made based on survey feedback from the veterinary community. “Of course safety is a significant concern when planning for a large conference, but hearing the preferences of the participants themselves through the survey was the key factor in our decision to move back the dates,” says Andrea Davis, CEO at Viticus Group. “We’re making the adjustments that are best for veterinary professionals under the circumstances, and we look forward to having another amazing  WVC Annual Conference next fall.”

About Viticus Group:

The Viticus Group provides educational programming for veterinary and human health professionals. The Annual WVC Conference is aimed to support veterinary peers with innovative in-depth learning and provide the opportunity to engage with other industry professionals seeking growth.

ABVP Symposium

abvp symposium

Dates: September 16-19, 2021
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Great for: Veterinarians, veterinary residents, veterinary technicians and students.
CE hours: 28+

Organized by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners USA, the ABVP Symposium promotes and recognizes the highest standards in the art and science of contemporary veterinary clinical practice and offers 28+ hours of attainable CE per person.

The conference will take place in New Orleans Marriott, New Orleans, Louisiana, starting on September 16. The four-day event will be focused on the company’s news, products, and services of the Animals and Pets and Education and Training industries.

About ABVP:

The American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) was founded in 1978 and is committed to the well-being of animals and those who care for them. ABVP Diplomates are certified veterinarians with proven expertise in the extensive range of clinical subjects relevant to their practices.



Dates: September 22-25, 2021
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Great for: Hospital owners and managers, AAHA members only
CE hours: The number of hours isn’t available yet

This year, the Connexity Conference 2021 offers practice management CE for hospital owners and managers that focuses heavily on improving practice culture and well-being in the veterinary field. The Connexity is held by and limited only to the vet professionals that are members of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).

AAHA members will be able to join the in-person event in Scottsdale, Arizona. The further details of the meeting are yet to come, so keep an eye on AAHA’s website for updates and information.

AVMA Convention

avma convention

Dates: July 30 – August 3, 2021
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Great for: All members of the veterinary profession. As the event focuses on virtual networking and interactive classes, you have a chance to make new friends and have conversations with colleagues.
CE hours: More than 40 hours of CE with education sessions ranging from the latest medical discoveries to practice management and profitability.

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) invites you to spend two days immersing yourself in learning and connecting with veterinary professionals. The convention is an excellent opportunity to listen to inspiring keynote addresses, participate in interactive events, and become part of the veterinary network — without leaving home. Choose from a wide variety of CE topics including cannabis, practice management, and veterinary technology.

CVMA Convention

cvma convention

Dates: July 22-25, 2021
Location: Calgary, Alberta + Virtual
Great for: All professionals in veterinary medicine
CE hours: 110+ hours of CE, for both in-person and virtual attendees

The CVMA Convention invites professionals in veterinary medicine to join the conference in Calgary, Alberta in late July 2021. here’s an option to attend the conference virtually from the comfort of your home. The CE program for the 2021 CVMA Hybrid Convention has been adapted to provide engaging presentations for all attendees.

The event, led in collaboration with the Registered Veterinary Technologists and Technicians of Canada (RVTTC), is an opportunity to interact with colleagues and participate in hands-on labs at the University of Calgary, enhance knowledge in workshops and advance professional skills under the hospitality of the Hyatt Regency Calgary.

About RVTTC:

The Registered Veterinary Technologists and Technicians of Canada (RVTTC) is a not-for-profit organization which represents over 8400 RVTs. The RVTTC provides support to affiliated provincial vet technician and technologist associations with the aim to enhance and empower the vet technician and technologist profession.

UVSA Annual Conference


Dates: May 3-5, 2021
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Great for: Distributors, manufacturers, and suppliers
CE hours: The number of CE hours is not available yet

The United Veterinary Services Association (UVSA) Annual Conference brings together distributors, manufacturers, and suppliers to focus on decisive issues impacting the supply chain and the entire veterinary channel. The organization aims to enhance animal care by supporting those who serve the veterinary channel.

The vision of the UVSA Annual Conference in 2021 is to become the pulse of the industry, so participants can expect to hit the hub for relevant information that will lead to innovation in the supply chain.

VETgirl U Veterinary Conference

Vetgirl U 2021

Dates: August 5-8, 2021
Location: Fairmont Hotel, Chicago, Illinois
Great for: Veterinarians, veterinary nurses, veterinary students and practice managers
CE hours: 16-20 hours of RACE-approved CE

Hosted at the luxurious Fairmont Chicago, a AAA Four-Diamond Luxury Hotel in Downtown Chicago, Illinois, VETgirl U invites you to join various members of the veterinary community including veterinary professionals, sponsors, industry partners, and media.

Biennial VETgirl U Veterinary Conference features TED-talks, a case-based program, with topics ranging from surgery to anesthesia to emergency to dermatology to neurology.

Veterinary Education Today – Toronto

Veterinary Education Today Toronto
Dates: November 11-13, 2021
Location: The International Center, Toronto, Ontario
Great for: Veterinarians, veterinary nurses, veterinary students and practice managers, administrative staff
CE hours: 30+

Held at the International Center in Toronto, Ontario, Veterinary Education Today Toronto is the largest and most comprehensive vet conference in Canada. VET Canada also offers 30+ hours of CE for the entire time at a quite affordable price. It also offers two clinical streams for you to learn about the latest innovations on your field. Visiting the Trade Show Hall is also a good idea since it’s the right place to learn about the newest medications and methods, as well as having yet another networking opportunity.

Veterinary Virtual Congress


Dates: February 22-28, 2021
Location: Virtual
Great for: All professionals in veterinary medicine
CE hours: 100+

Now entering its 9th year, Virtual Congress has quickly gained its reputation as THE place to go for online CPD/CE for vets in both the UK and abroad. It’s the world’s largest and longest running online Veterinary Congress, with some of the best speakers on the most relevant veterinary topics, covering small animal, equine, farm and much more. This year we’ve got a brand new 7-day festival from 22nd – 28th February, with over 100 hours CPD and a mix of live and pre recorded sessions.

Regional Veterinary Conferences

Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association Annual Meeting

mvma annual meeting

Dates: February 4-6, 2021
Location: Virtual
Great for: All members of the veterinary field
CE hours: Over 70+

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the annual meeting by the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association in 2021 will continue its tradition virtually. However, the goal of the event doesn’t change — to deliver high-quality CE, provide the opportunity to network with other industry professionals seeking growth, and build connections with vendors offering top-notch products and services.

The Association will provide its attendees with live interactive continuous education sessions and on-demand non-interactive CE sessions, an interactive exhibit hall, and the possibility to connect with colleagues and build new networking experiences.

There are still details to be worked out, so keep an eye on the changes and updates on the official website.

Midwest Veterinary Conference

mvc virtual

Dates: February 16-20, 2021 (Attendees will be able to access content for 60 days after the conclusion of the live event)
Location: Virtual
Great for: All professionals in veterinary medicine
CE hours: Approximately 200 hours

Initially, the 2021 Midwest Veterinary Conference was planned for February 16–20; however, because there are no venue restrictions, the organizers are planning to host a slightly extended conference in the second half of February.

Attendees will be offered around 200 hours of continuing education sessions on a range of topics, with the same length of sessions for CE licensing purposes (60 minutes). Registrants will be able to access the educational content not only during the conference but also for two additional months. This means you can attend every MVC session for one low registration fee. Speaking of fees, the MVC lowered registration prices for the virtual event.

Oregon Veterinary Conference

oregon veterinary conference

Dates: March 5-7, 2021
Location: Virtual
Great for: Veterinarians, practice managers, and paraprofessionals
CE hours: Veterinarians will have the opportunity to fulfill their OVMEB-required 1 CE hour each on the judicious use of antibiotics as well as analgesia and anesthetic methods

The Oregon Veterinary Conference is going virtual this year. However, it continues to provide a high-quality continuing education program, exposition, and opportunity to interact with other animal care professionals. Content is focused on topics including companion animals, equine, food animals, animal welfare, technicians and assistants, and topics related to team development and practice management itself.

Uncharted Veterinary Marketing & Strategy Conference

Uncharted Conference

Dates: April 22-25, 2021
Location: Virtual
Great for: Practice owners, practice managers, veterinarians

The conference will help you thrive during difficult times in veterinary medicine as it supports professionals with valuable information regarding marketing and business strategies. The conference creates an intimate setting for the participants, ensuring that all the attendees have access to conversations and activities that will help their career or business. The Uncharted community is unlike many others. You can discover the power of finding a tribe as well as opportunities to upscale your practice.

However, please keep in mind that you can participate in the conference only as an Uncharted community member.

Chicago Vet

Chicago Vet Show

Dates: May 12-13, 2022
Location: Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois
Great for: all kinds of specialists in veterinary practice. This event will be useful for veterinary doctors, technicians, nurses, and, of course, clinic managers
CE hours: 20 hours

Completed in 1916, Navy Pier is undeniably one of Chicago’s top attractions. This is why that wonderful place has been chosen for the Chicago Vet conference, one of the best events for advancing knowledge in vet business and practice management.

Chicago Vet has a wonderful tradition of gathering world-class speakers. You may choose and attend lectures useful for your professional growth. Except for clinical topics, you may listen more in other areas, like Anesthesia, Gastroenterology, Orthopedic, etc.

Each attendee may join hands-on learning and earn CE points. If you are looking to learn next to fellow professionals, Chicago Vet is a good place to hone your skills.

Austin Vet

austin vet

Dates: April 5-6, 2022
Location: Austin, Texas
Great for: Veterinarians, veterinary technicians
CE hours: 17 hours

Austin Vet is one of the premier vet events on both the local and national level. If you’ve never been to the “Violet Crown City” (locals will tell you why Austin got this secondary nickname), this conference will be a good chance to visit this city and improve your professional skills.

Topics range from anesthesia challenges to using CBD in your clinic. So, it will be useful to all veterinary professionals — veterinarians to vet technicians and nurses to admin people.

Besides lectures, you may attend practical workshops. Join a small-scale wet lab and receive personal professional feedback. As a result, each attendee will get an opportunity to partake of a full clinical CE program.

FVMA Annual Conference

fvma annual

Dates: July 8-11, 2021
Location: Orlando, Florida
Great for: Every member of the veterinary team
CE hours: 300

The FVMA Annual Conference is planned to be held at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, Orlando, Florida from July 8-11, 221. This expo will delve into categories such as Animals and Pets.

The FVMA Annual Conference aims to provide every member of the veterinary team with a scientific program along with social and networking activities. The main purpose of the FVMA Annual Conference is to enhance the veterinary medical profession, promote animal health and well-being, and protect public health.

The continuous education programs will include CE sessions geared towards veterinarians, (with separate CE sessions tailored for veterinary care team members), wet labs, and workshops.

Southwest Veterinary Symposium

southwest symposium

Dates: September 23-26, 2021
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Great for: Veterinarians, RVTs, hospital personnel, veterinary and technician students, suppliers of vet products and services
CE hours: The number of hours is not available yet

The annual four-day conference is one of the biggest vet conferences in the southwest. It usually draws more than 3,500 veterinary peers seeking growth and the latest advancements in vet products and services.

The 2021 Southwest Veterinary Symposium will include continuing education, exhibits, interactive labs, and social activities. The event provides continuing education for veterinary professionals and offers to join the face-to-face interaction, networking, sales, and professional development opportunities for exhibitors.

Wild West Vet Conference

Wild West Vet Conference

Dates: October 6-9, 2021
Location: Reno, Nevada
Great for: Small animal veterinarians and veterinary technicians
CE hours: 150+ hours

The Wild West conference is preparing a variety of interactive activities and inviting international speakers to provide you with the best possible experience. You can also sign up for the small-scale vet lab, sponsored by STERIS. The program is not yet available but you can subscribe to a newsletter to get updated when it’s ready. The conference promises to focus on the hottest veterinary topics in small animal veterinary medicine.

Atlantic Coast Veterinary Conference

atlantic coast vet conference

Dates: October 11-14, 2021
Location: Atlantic City, New Jersey
Great for: Veterinarians, technicians, practice managers, and front office staff.
CE hours: 275+

For over 30 years, the Atlantic Coast Veterinary Conference (ACVC) has been the best opportunity for veterinary manufacturers and service providers to reach industry-leading experts in the veterinary profession.

This year, the intention of the annual Atlantic Coast Veterinary Conference is to provide valuable and pertinent educational information on new techniques and advances in the veterinary field, with the goal to obtain continuing education credits for license renewal, as well as to create business collaborations with the veterinary vendor community.

New York Vet

New York Vet Show

Dates: November 4-5, 2021
Location: Javits Center, New York
Great for: Veterinary doctors, vet technicians, nurses, and vet business owners
CE hours: 16 hours

New York Vet is an amazing event for veterinary specialists. You may visit NY, gain new knowledge and grow networks. New York Vet offers more than 2500 opportunities to contact in 2-day format.
Every visitor may choose their own full program. There will be three clinical tracks and a business theater. All participants will get access for Conference Proceedings (video records, whitepapers, etc.).
New York Vet is the perfect balance between high-quality content and fun.

Specialty Veterinary Conferences

Lone Star Veterinary Academy

Lone Star Veterinary Academy

Dates: February 21, 2021
Location: Virtual
Program Title: Happy Endings: Not Just a Fairy Tale
Speaker Name: Fiona McCord, BVM&S, JD ; Coleen Ellis CT, CPLP
CE hours: 4

Dates: May 15, 2021
Location: Virtual
Program Title: A Spotlight on Renal Disease
Speaker Name: Mark Acierno, MBA, DVM, DACVIM
CE hours: 4

Dates: July 10-11, 2021
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Program Title: Clinical Pathology 101: Magnify Your Diagnostic and Internal Medicine Skills
Speaker Name: Rick Alleman, DVM, PhD, DABVP, DACVP and Guillermo Couto, DVM, DACVIM (Internal Medicine and Oncology)
CE hours: 10

Dates: August 1, 2021
Location: Virtual
Program Title: The Seven Deadly Sins of Financial Planning for Veterinarians
Speaker Name: Isaiah Douglass, MBA, Certified Financial Planner
CE hours: 2

Dates: September 5, 2021
Location: Virtual
Program Title: Opioids: Safety, Storage, and Responsible Pain Management
Speaker Name: Jane Quandt, DVM, DACVAA, DACVECC
CE hours: 2

Dates: December 3-4, 2021
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Program Title: Saving Lives: A Complete Guide to Canine and Feline Cancer
Speaker Name: Erika Krick, VMD, DACVIM (Oncology) and Pascale Salah, DVM, MS/DrPh, DACVIM (Oncology)
CE hours: 10


Lone Star Veterinary Academy was founded and is run by a veterinarian who wants veterinary teams to be treated with the same personal care and attention that they show their patients every day. Attend an LSVA conference and enjoy getting to know the industry’s best educators, relax with first-class personal service, and say goodbye to cold, overcrowded convention centers forever! With a wide variety of live/online training, in-person courses, and (coming soon!) on-demand virtual classes, Lone Star Veterinary Academy offers RACE Approved CE to fit any interest.

Pain Management Forum

pain management forum

Dates: April 3-5, 2021
Location: Hilton Denver City Center, Denver, Colorado
Great for: Veterinary professionals and pet owners

The Pain Management Forum is promised to be one of the most outstanding forums and educational platforms for veterinary professionals and pet owners interested in animal pain prevention, treatment, and management.

The event invites veterinary professionals to unite with colleagues advocating for the best practices in the treatment of animals in pain.

This year, the Annual Pain Management Forum (PMF) is hosted for the first time by the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM) in conjunction with the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians (AARV).

ExoticsCon – Building Exotics Excellence


Dates: August 28-September 2, 2021
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Great for: Veterinary professionals specializing in exotic animal health
CE hours: The number of hours is not available yet

Have you been looking for the place that will bring together the best professionals in exotic animal veterinary medicine? Exoticscon is an exciting opportunity to get together and spend some quality time with leading experts in the industry. Registration opens soon, and organizers are working to create a program that will cover a range of subjects with interesting speakers in exotic animal medicine.

Veterinary Financial Summit

Veterinary Financial Summit 2021

Dates: September, 2021
Great for: Veterinarians

If you care about the financial aspect of being a vet or practice owner (hint, you should!), then the online Veterinary Financial Summit is for you.

In two days, organizers plan to cover the most important financial topics in the industry:

  • Student loans and debt management
  • Personal finance
  • Investing
  • Practice ownership & management
  • Nineteen experts from both veterinary and financial backgrounds will set you up for financial success.

AAFP Conference – Hybrid Event

AAFP Conference

Dates: September 30-October 3, 2021
Location: Hybrid event – Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, Arizona and Virtual
Great for: Veterinarians

The 2021 AAFP Conference is being planned as a hybrid event which means it will be both in-person and virtual. The in-person part of the meeting will take place at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

The AAFP is excited to announce this year’s annual conference theme, Anesthesia, Analgesia, & Surgery. This will be a truly unique conference that encourages attendees in various stages of their professional development to increase their feline knowledge and elevate their standard of care for cats. Sessions are still being finalized but will include content such as local block techniques, anesthesia for senior cats, peri-operative pain management, orthopedic examination, OA pain, maladaptive pain, anesthesia/analgesia for endocrine comorbidities, anesthesia for oral/dental disease, beyond opioids and NSAIDs, euthanasia sedation protocols, various surgery techniques and recommendations, and much more!

IVUSS Conference

IVUSS Conference
Dates: October 2-3, 2021
Location: Virtual
Great for: Veterinarians

The International Veterinary Ultrasound Society is a registered non-profit organization whose goals are to provide education, disseminate information, and promote research in veterinary ultrasonography.

This year’s conference is held virtually. The format will be one to three 50-minute prerecorded sessions followed by a live Q&A session. This will be repeated throughout both days. The conference features renowned speakers on the topics – mitral valve, pulmonary hypertension, pancreatitis, GI disease, on-cardiac thoracic, abstract presentations and many more. A virtual exhibit hall with equipment demonstrations will also be available to the attendees.

ACVS Surgery Summit

acvs surgery summit

Dates: October 6-9, 2021
Location: Hyatt Regency Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Great for: All professionals in veterinary medicine

The Surgery Summit 2021 by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons is a conference that allows you to network with the entire veterinary care team, from fellow vet peers to veterinarians, technicians, students, researchers, and practice managers.

This year, ACVS invites all professionals in veterinary medicine to join the roundtable discussions, hands-on laboratories, and keynote lectures. The Surgery Summit features a wide range of seminars focused on different areas of patient care from diagnosis and pain management to surgery and rehabilitation. The top providers of veterinary equipment will also showcase the latest devices and services to the Summit attendees.

AALAS National Meeting

 AALAS National Meeting

Dates: October 17-21, 2021
Location: Kansas City, Missouri/Virtual
Great for: Veterinarians.

The American Association for Laboratory Animal Science has held its annual National Meeting every fall since 1950. The program is designed to have topics relevant to the entire membership. Exhibitors have an opportunity to interact with AALAS members from the academic community, research institutions, government organizations, and commercial companies. The AALAS National Meeting is the largest gathering in the world of professionals concerned with the production, care, and use of laboratory animals. The meeting is held both in-person and virtually.

AALAS will provide a record form that attendees of the Virtual National Meeting can download and use to track their CE activities from the sessions they attend. This form will allow you to create your own record of attendance – what sessions you viewed, whether presented live or watched as a recording – and will include all essential information about the CE activity. The record form will be appropriate for use with the Technician Registry, CMAR, ACLAM, and your state veterinary boards for veterinary and veterinary technician license renewal.

Veterinary Dental Forum

vet dental forum

Dates: October 21-24, 2021
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Great for: Veterinarians, veterinary technicians, veterinary students, veterinary staff, and anyone else with an interest in veterinary dentistry.

Each year, the European Veterinary Dental Forum (VDF) is held at a new location not only to provide attendees with continuous growth sessions but also a chance to experience new countries.

If you are seeking the opportunity to advance your knowledge in veterinary dentistry while in the company of other veterinary professionals, the European Veterinary Dental Forum is what you might be looking for. The event provides attendees with veterinary dental training programs and featured keynote speakers, an exhibit hall containing booths with the newest tests, instruments, supplies, and the latest findings from dental organizations around the world.

About the Veterinary Dental Forum:

The purpose of the Veterinary Dental Forum is to advance the knowledge, education, and skills involved in veterinary dentistry. The VDF isn’t only the biggest vet dental conference but also the longest continually running meeting of this type. The event is hosted by a collaboration of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry, the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry, and the American Veterinary Dental College.

International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care Conference


Dates: September 10-12, 2021
Location: Tampa, Florida
Great for: Veterinarians, veterinary technicians, hospice staff.

The virtual conference in October 2020 provided an outstanding education to over 250 attendees. To continue on this path of excellence, IAAHPC is seeking the best of the best for 2021. The conference will be at the stunning Tampa Marriott Water Street located on the shores of Tampa Bay in Tampa, FL. The conference will take place from Friday, Sept 10 through Sunday, September 12, 2021.


The last year took a path no one could predict, but continuing education proved its resilience in the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic.

To that end, many veterinary associations have determined that the 2021 events should move to a virtual platform or combine both in-person and online sessions while offering the same excellent content.

It has also become easier to stay tuned for changes by following the preferred events on Facebook and Twitter. You can keep an eye on the early bird registration discounts through social media and/or official conference websites.

Feel free to let us know if we’re missing a vet conference on our list.