Oregon Veterinary Conference

March 6 - 8, 2020

CH2M Hill Alumni Center & LaSells Stewart Center
Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon

Sharpen your medical skills. Improve patient care. Enhance client service.

Veterinarians will have the opportunity to fulfill their NVAP renewal requirements and the OVMEB-required 1 CE hour each on the judicious use of antibiotics as well as analgesia and anesthetic methods.

Quick Links


1) View the 2020 program and choose which tracks you will attend:

2) Register:

By mail or fax


Prior to registering online, please review the conference schedule to assist you in selecting your tracks. Please complete the online registration form and payment in one session; there is no way to save a partially completed form.

Speakers & Topics

Companion Animal

  • Dr. Leah Cohn — Respiratory Disease
    Sponsored by IDEXX
  • Dr. Emilio DeBess — Zoonotic Diseases
  • Dr. Lisa Harrenstien, Dr. Paul Gibbons and Dr. Josephine Rose — Exotics
    Sponsored by Northwest Compounders
  • Dr. Cheryl Hedlund — Soft Tissue Surgery
  • Dr. Chris Pachel — Behavior
    Sponsored by Elanco
  • Dr. Meg Sleeper — Cardiology
  • Dr. Bill Whitler — Reproduction
  • OSU CCVM Faculty


  • Dr. Jenifer Gold — Respiratory Disease | Triage | Pain Control
  • Dr. Kristy Husby — Wounds | Rhabdomyolysis
  • Dr. Jacob Mecham — Integrative Therapies

Food Production

  • Dr. Julie Gard Schnuelle — Reproduction | Trichomoniasis & Campylobacteriosis
  • Dr. Brad LeaMaster — Animal Health Division Update
  • Gary Sides PhD — Reproductive Technology | Nutrition | Modern Ag in Facebook Culture
    Sponsored by Zoetis

Animal Welfare

  • Frank King — Stress-Less in the Workplace | Suicide Prevention
    Sponsored by Animal Health Foundation of Oregon & Oregon Veterinary Specialty Hospital

Technicians & Assistants

  • Dr. Cassandra Bliss — Ophthalmology
  • Stephen Cital RVT — Anesthesia | Pain Control
  • Ann Wortinger RVT VTS — Internal Medicine

Practice Management & Team Development

  • Jennifer Bouman-Steagall JD — Leadership | HR Issues
  • Bret Canfield — Team Development
    Sponsored by Elanco
  • Karen Purves — Communication Differences Between Men & Women | Time Management
  • Pamela Stevenson, CVPM — Embezzlement
    Sponsored by Cubex
  • Dr. Karen Wernette — Malpractice and Board Complaints
    Sponsored by Cubex
  • Jan Woods — Controlled Substances
    Sponsored by Cubex

USDA APHIS Accreditation

  • Meet your requirements for NAVP accreditation.

Conference App

An app for the 2020 Oregon Veterinary Conference will be available. It will include the daily schedule, room assignments, facility map, and much more.

To install the app, follow these steps:

  1. First, install the Yapp app, available from the App Store (iPhone) and the Google Play store (Android),
    and then
  2. Visit this link from your mobile device: http://my.yapp.us/OREGONVC

Updates: The app will be updated as new information is available. You will be prompted to load any available updates when you open the app.

Announcements: Allow Yapp to send you push notifications if you want to receive on-site conference announcements on your device.

If you still have the 2019 conference app installed on your device, there is no need to install anything new. The app will prompt you to update to the newest version when you open it in Yapp.

CE Form

You will receive your CE form onsite as part of your check-in packet.


Please print the proceedings for the sessions you plan to attend and bring them with you to the conference; load them to your laptop, smartphone or tablet; or access them through the conference app. To access the proceedings, you will need the login information from your confirmation postcard, online registration receipt, or reminder e-mail. Already logged into our site as an OVMA member? Logout first, then login with the 2020 OVC credentials.

  • 2020 OVC Proceedings will follow.

Proceedings Archive

Note: To access the notes from a specific conference, you will need the attendee login information from that event. Questions?

2020 Sponsors


Jan Woods | Pamela Stevenson CVPM | Dr. Karen Wernette

Dignified Pet Services

Exhibitor Bingo Prize

FA/MA Practitioners' Breakfast
Gary Sides PhD

Dr. Chris Pachel | Bret Canfield

Animal Welfare Track

Dr. Leah Cohn

USDA Accreditation

Drs. Harrenstien, Gibbons & Rose

Exhibit Hall

CH2M Hill Alumni Center Ballroom

Visit the Exhibit Hall to check out the allied industry display of equipment, products, and services. Play exhibitor bingo for a chance to win an iPad! (iPad provided by Dignified Pet Services.)

Awards Luncheon

Arnold Bistro

Join us for Saturday's awards luncheon (11:30 am - 1:15 pm), where the OVMA Awards of Excellence will be presented and new inductees into the Oregon Animal Hall of Fame™ will be honored.

Silent Auction to Benefit Animal Health Foundation of Oregon

CH2M Hill Alumni Center Ballroom

Bid on great prizes in the silent auction to benefit the Animal Health Foundation of Oregon. Donations of silent auction items gratefully accepted. Want to contribute something to the auction but not sure what to donate? We have gift basket and donation ideas! Contact us for more information or to let us know you will be bringing an item for the auction. The silent auction will close on Saturday at 3:30 pm.

Happy Hour

Friday, 5:00 - 6:00 pm — Exhibit Hall
After Friday’s sessions, enjoy a refreshing beverage from the no-host bar and visit with new friends and familiar faces in the Exhibit Hall.

OSU CCVM Alumni & Friends Reception

Friday, 5:00 - 6:30 pm — Alumni Center Library
Join OSU CCVM for appetizers in the Library at the Alumni Center, and mingle with faculty and alumni. DVMs, please RSVP on your registration.

Food & Mixed Animal Practitioners’ Breakfast

Saturday, 7:00 am Arnold Dining Hall

This annual tradition for food and mixed animal practitioners will be held on Saturday morning. DVMs, please RSVP on your registration. ~ Sponsored by Zoetis

SCAVMA Reception

Saturday, 5:00 pm Giustina Art Gallery, LaSells Stewart Center

The OSU SCAVMA will be holding its annual gathering on Saturday evening to encourage interaction between veterinary students and veterinarians. All veterinarians are invited to linger a bit after the day's sessions to network with the OSU veterinary students. Students will offer appetizers and drinks in exchange for conversation on careers and the profession. DVMs, please RSVP on your registration.

OVMA Business Forum

Sunday 7:30 am CH2M Hill Alumni Center Ballroom

This is your opportunity to learn more about the status of your association, legislative activities, and how the OVMA is involved with the current issues facing the veterinary profession.

Oregon Animal Hall of Fame™ & OVMA Awards of Excellence

Past Inductee, Service/Professional

The Oregon Animal Hall of Fame™ awards (sponsored by the Animal Health Foundation of Oregon) and the OVMA Awards of Excellence will be presented at a luncheon ceremony held Saturday, March 7, 2020 during the Oregon Veterinary Conference.

OVMA members may nominate a worthy colleague or animal for any of these awards. The forms below are fillable. Save the file to your computer, fill it out and e-mail it back to us with any additional documentation and/or photos as required, or print the form out and return it to us by mail or fax, as noted on the form.

Nominations are due by January 31, 2020.

Veterinary Student Interviews

We provide the opportunity for veterinarians to interview senior students for prospective employment. If you are a veterinarian who is interested in participating in this opportunity, please return the form below to the OVMA office by February 17.

Childcare Providers

For a list of childcare providers in the Corvallis area, please contact the Corvallis Tourism Board at (800) 334-8188.

About the OVC

The Oregon Veterinary Conference is a cooperative effort of the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association and the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University with the goal of providing meaningful continuing education to Northwest veterinarians, practice managers, technicians, assistants and the entire practice team.