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.

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Registration will open in Winter 2020.

Speakers & Topics

Companion Animal

  • Dr. Leah Cohn — Respiratory Disease
    Sponsored by IDEXX
  • 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

All Medical Team Members

  • Dr. Emilio DeBess — Zoonotic Diseases
  • Jan Wood — Controlled Substances
    Sponsored by Cubex


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

Food Production

  • Dr. Brad LeaMaster — Animal Health Division Update
  • Gary Sides PhD — Reproductive Technology | Parasitology

Animal Welfare

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

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

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 or iTunes (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 2019 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




          Dignified Pet Services
                        Jan Wood
            Exhibitor Bingo Prize


      FA/MA Practitioners' Breakfast
    Dr. Chris Pachel | Bret Canfield
              Animal Welfare Track
                       Frank King



                      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 & OSU CVM Alumni Reception

Friday, 5:00 pm - CH2M Hill Alumni Center Ballroom

Come by for a drink or a chat with colleagues, friends, faculty and our exhibitors.

Food & Mixed Animal Practitioners’ Breakfast

Saturday, 7:00 am - Arnold Dining Hall

RSVP on the registration form ~ 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. Please stop by the Giustina Art Gallery of LaSells Stewart Center immediately after the day's sessions. Please RSVP on the registration form.

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 15.

  • To follow.

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 College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University with the goal of providing meaningful continuing education to Northwest veterinarians, practice managers, and paraprofessionals.