Orlando, FL (June 15, 2021) – The Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) proudly welcomed back the North American Veterinary Community’s (NAVC) 38th annual Veterinary Meeting & Expo (VMX). Featuring a hybrid meeting with virtual component, show organizers welcomed nearly 7,700 in-person veterinary professionals from June 6-9, creating $19.8 million of economic impact for the community.
“We are proud to have VMX call The Center of Hospitality home,” said OCCC Executive Director Mark Tester. “You can feel the excitement and positive energy on the expo floor and we are excited to be hosting major in-person conventions and trade shows again. We look forward to hosting VMX again in January 2022.”
From a “shark-tank” style pitch competition to presentations from world-renowned experts and live veterinary medicine demonstrations, VMX offered veterinarians and industry professionals in attendance a variety of resources and educational opportunities to take with them and apply into their practices.
“We had a great conference and it was terrific to be back in the Orange County Convention Center! People were happy to be together in person; you could see the smiles behind the masks!” said NAVC CEO Gene O’Neill. “The OCCC provided the unsurpassed support they always do to help the NAVC deliver the world-class event our attendees look forward to each year. We can’t wait to be back in January to host VMX 2022.”
Over the last year, Americans have looked to their pets for comfort and companionship more than ever. Nearly 13 million cats and dogs found new homes, putting pet adoptions at an all-time high. VMX provides the platform for thousands of veterinarians to receive the education and training they need to stay current on the advancements in animal medicine, and ensure they are providing animals with the best, most up-to-date healthcare.
Veterinarian Clara Goh traveled from Colorado to attend VMX and teach fellow veterinarians how to help and diagnose dogs with orthopedic conditions.
“Being able to be at VMX again and have that interaction and face-to-face contact again is huge,” Goh said.
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About the Orange County Convention Center
The award-winning Orange County Convention Center provides approximately $3 billion in economic impact to Central Florida annually. In recent years, the Convention Center has averaged nearly 200 events, including 115 conventions and tradeshows that attract more than 1.5 million attendees to the region each year. For more information about the Orange County Convention Center, visit www.occc.net.
About the NAVC
The North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and advancing veterinary professionals worldwide. The world’s leading provider of veterinary continuing education, the NAVC delivers essential training, tools and resources for veterinary professionals to stay abreast of advances in animal medicine and provide the best medical care for animals everywhere. Through its commitment to innovation and excellence, the NAVC has developed a diverse portfolio of products and services, including: educational events, headlined by VMX, the world’s largest, most comprehensive continuing education conference and launchpad for new products and innovations within the veterinary industry; a robust digital platform for virtual learning and engagement; the veterinary industry’s largest and award-winning portfolio of trade publications; and an advocacy arm which unites the veterinary community and pet lovers. The NAVC was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Orlando, FL. Since 2017, the NAVC has been recognized annually as one of the Top Workplaces by the Orlando Sentinel. To learn more about the NAVC’s products and brands, visit https://navc.com/. To see our schedule of upcoming events, visit https://navc.com/calendar/.