Stay Connected, Earn CE Credit
Updated Dec. 3: It’s still possible to earn up to 40 hours of continuing education credit at Fall Conference through the end of this month, in time for January license renewal. Just follow the registration link. Within one business day, you will receive an email providing access to the site and great, practice-relevant learning on a variety of veterinary topics. Included are sessions that count toward sexual harassment prevention training and safe opioid prescribing practices.
The 101st Annual Fall Conference for Veterinarians will be the first to be delivered virtually.
“We’re excited to have the opportunity to provide high-quality continuing education safely in a period when, unfortunately, gathering in a conference center is not an option,” says Dr. Larry Firkins, executive associate dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine.
“Still, we wanted to uphold our traditions of community and access to our own talented faculty. I’m especially eager to see recent Illinois graduates stay connected to the college by coming to virtual Fall Conference.”
Yes, we will miss seeing your faces, but you won’t miss out on practice-relevant information from experts at the college. You can even ask them your follow-up questions after the scheduled launch of the presentation, in most cases.
We believe every attendee will find a lot to like.
More than three dozen speakers will cover a wide range of topics.As in recent years, keynote addresses focus on big-picture issues relevant to all veterinary professionals. On December 1, Dr. Isabel Molina-Guzmán will give listeners both the science and the strategy for creating inclusive spaces in veterinary medicine. In “Sharpening Your Point” the next day, Brad Kolar draws on his 20 years as an executive consultant to help you communicate simply, clearly, and directly.
Tracks for small animal practitioners range from anesthesia and ER to diagnostics, diabetes, and diarrhea. The cardiology team at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital will do a deep dive on dilated cardiomyopathy, winding up with a live question-and-answer session. Seizures will be the focus for the neurology track, which is also offering a live closing session covering epilepsy cases and questions from registrants. Submit questions for both these sessions in advance by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ll also offer several veterinary viewpoints on the COVID-19 pandemic, six hours on equine medicine, and much more.
Arrive Early, Stay All Month
Sessions will be available to registrants throughout the month of December. Continuing education credit will be awarded at the end of the month, just in time for January professional licensure renewals.
Two sessions will count toward mandated training requirements applicable for the first time in the current renewal cycle. “Strategies for Sexual Harassment Intervention and Response” will be presented by Jaya Kolisetty, associate director of the Women’s Resource Center at the University of Illinois. Head pharmacist at the college’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital Lauren Forsythe will give three presentations, including one that counts toward the new training requirement on safe use of opioids for veterinarians with a controlled substance license.
“We’re encouraging registrants to log in a day or two before the conference launches so they have time to create their profile and get familiar with the platform,” says Crystal Zulauf, program coordinator in the college’s Office of Public Engagement. “You can also start earning conference points even before the conference starts.”
The Point Is Learning (and Fun)
Did we mention points? The Eventmobi platform rewards participants for attending certain sessions, visiting exhibitors, asking questions, and more. The top six scorers will be awarded discounts on registration for the 2021 Fall Conference.
A great way to boost your score is to snag the Alumni Leading Mightily Award, a.k.a. the ALMA. The winners will be members of the Illinois DVM graduating class with the most registrants. You have until the conference opens on December 1 to rally your classmates. The ALMA debuted at Fall Conference last year, when it was taken home by the Class of 1979.
Virtual Fall Conference
There are tradeoffs for going virtual. For one thing, you won’t have the hassle and expense of travel and lodging.
More than 350 people are currently signed up to participate. You won’t have to arrive early to grab a chair or sit on the floor for the most popular sessions. In fact, you can watch or re-watch any session at your convenience.
So this year, skip the check-in line and the buffet line. But don’t skip connecting with fellow attendees: This virtual conference allows you to network one-on-one with registrants who create a profile. Using hashtags within the app, you can connect with others around a particular topic.
Find out more at our Fall Conference website.