Conference Information

The Pacific Veterinary Conference is sponsored by the California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA). If you are not a CVMA member, you can join now and save money on registration! Call 800.655.2862 for more information.

CE Credits

One hour of continuing education (CE) is defined as 50 minutes of presentation and a 10-minute break. Question and answer time is included as presentation time.

Veterinary CE
The Pacific Veterinary Conference offers over 245+ hours of California-approved continuing education.

Technician CE
The conference provides over 26.5 hours of technician-specific CE. These hours will be applicable toward alternate route certification in California.

CE Requirements

California Veterinarians
Are required to complete 36 hours of acceptable CE during the two-year license period immediately preceding the license expiration date.

All 36 hours may be earned by attending scientific programs, such as medical and surgical courses. Up to 24 hours of business/practice management related courses will be accepted for each renewal period. A maximum of six (6) hours can be earned by self-study methods, such as non-interactive Internet courses, reading journals, listening to audiotapes, or viewing video for each renewal period.

Beginning January 1, 2018, a veterinary licensee must complete a minimum of one credit hour on the judicious use of medically important antimicrobial drugs every four years for license renewal. For example, if your license expires on March 31, 2018, you will need to complete a judicious use course between April 1, 2018 and March 31, 2022. After the initial course has been completed, you will need to complete a judicious use course at least every other renewal period.

Texas Veterinarians
To receive credit for your CE at PacVet, you must follow proper procedures per the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (TBVME).

  • Check in at the registration desk, a CE Certificate of Attendance form will be included in your registration packet.
  • Please proceed to the information desk, located right next to the onsite registration desk and sign in on the attendee roster.
  • Track your CE hours on the CE Certificate of Attendance form, at the end of the conference, return to the information desk BEFORE you leave the conference. A Pacific Veterinary Conference staff member must verify your hours. You will be issued a signed Texas DVM Certification of Attendance/Completion form. (Per the TBVME these certificates cannot be mailed).

California Registered Veterinary Technicians
Are required to complete 20 hours of acceptable CE during the two-year license period immediately preceding the license expiration date.

All 20 hours may be earned by attending scientific programs, such as medical and surgical courses. Up to 15 hours of business/practice management related courses will be accepted for each renewal period. A maximum of four (4) hours can be earned by self-study methods, such as correspondence courses, independent study and home study programs, reading journals, video or audio presentations related to veterinary technology or related fields.

CVMA Certified Veterinary Assistants
Must complete a minimum of 10 hours of acceptable continuing education every two years to maintain their certification.

*Additional information on mandatory CE can be found at The California Veterinary Medical Association is a statutorily approved CE provider. Additional documentation is available at the Information Desk.

Veterinarians from other states
Most states will accept CVMA-sponsored CE. Contact your state veterinary medical board or licensing agency to determine which Pacific Veterinary Conference CE courses qualify in your state.

*Note: Student Research Presentations and the Technician Fair lecture do not qualify for approved continuing education credit in California.

Contact Pacific Veterinary Conference staff prior to the conference with any questions or special requirements at 800.655.2862.


Full Conference Registration
Full conference registration for veterinarians, practice managers, veterinary technicians, and veterinary staff include the following: all CE sessions, Vet Expo admission, complimentary lunches and breaks in the Vet Expo, continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, evening events, and a conference attendee bag. Labs and non-hosted events are at an additional charge. (You may purchase a flash drive with the lecture notes for $15).

One-Day Registration
One day conference registration for veterinarians, practice managers, veterinary technicians, and veterinary staff include the following for the day registered: CE sessions, refreshments, and, if available that day, Vet Expo admission, complimentary lunch, and evening event. Labs and non-hosted events are at an additional charge.

Staff Group Registration
The Pacific Veterinary Conference offers a staff group registration open for non veterinarian staff from the same practice. This allows four different staff members to attend one of the four days of the conference.

Discount Practice Team Registration
Bring additional staff members from your practice! With Discount Practice Team Registration, one CVMA member veterinarian and additional registrants from the same practice receive a 10 percent discount on their full conference registration.

Sponsor a Student (Must be sponsored by a DVM)
Sponsor a veterinary or technician students’ full registration to the Pacific Veterinary Conference for only $130. Give the gift of more than 240 hours of continuing education led by well-known speakers from around the world. Full registration includes lunch in the Vet Expo Friday and Saturday, continental breakfasts (all four days), snacks, and access to all PacVet events.

Veterinary Student
You can sponsor a specific veterinary student or we can help you choose a student from Western University or UC Davis. Both Western University and UC Davis will host receptions Saturday evening where you will have the chance to get to know your sponsored student.

RVT Student
The Pacific Veterinary Conference offers more than 26.5 hours of technician-specific CE. Sponsor an RVT students’ full registration to the Pacific Veterinary Conference and expand their education. For more information please call the CVMA at 800.655.2862 or email

Exhibit Hall Only Registration
The exhibit hall only registration is available to veterinarians, veterinary technicians, practice managers, and hospital staff who would like to attend the exhibit hall to meet with exhibitors but are not registered for PacVet 2020. This registration does not allow access to CE sessions or any other events outside the exhibit hall. The purchase of lecture notes on the flash drive is not available with this registration. This registration is not available to industry suppliers, including PacVet exhibitors.

Internet Café

The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) is sponsoring an Internet café during the conference. Visit the computers in the registration area to check your email or print out speakers lecture notes.


Several food events are available to full conference attendees at the Pacific Veterinary Conference! Continental breakfast and coffee/beverage breaks are provided for attendees and registered guests each day. On Friday and Saturday, a hosted lunch is provided in the Vet Expo. Lunch is on your own on Thursday and Sunday.

Name Badges/Policy

All registered attendees and exhibitors must wear badge during all sessions and in the Vet Expo. Your name badge will be included in your registration packet, available upon arrival at the conference. (They will not be mailed in advance). 

Please note there will be a $25 fee for replacement badges.

Badge Scanning Disclosure: As a registered attendee, your contact information is automatically enclosed in your badge. When you allow your badge to be scanned in the Vet Expo, the encoding supplies your name, mailing address, telephone number, and fax number. Your badge will only be scanned at your discretion.

Guest Badges (for non-veterinary professionals only)

Only registered attendees may purchase a guest(s) badge(s) for a non-veterinary professional(s) to access the Vet Expo. Guest badges do not include food events in the Vet Expo nor permit entry into CE sessions. Meal tickets must be purchased separately. Industry suppliers and PacVet exhibitors may not purchase guest badge(s).

Lecture Notes 

The lecture notes can be purchased on a flash drive for $15, viewed on the conference mobile app, or online before the conference. You will be able to print the sections you want before you come to the conference or at the conference’s Internet café.


Moderators receive discounted registration. Moderators must be CVMA members. If you are interested in moderating for two, three, or four days, contact Lily Briggs by email at or call 800.655.2862, ext. 26.

Conference Cancellation/Refund Policy 

All cancellation requests must be made in writing and submitted to the Pacific Veterinary Conference Meetings & Events Department no later than May 12, 2020. There will be a $50 non-refundable processing fee for all paid conference registration cancellations and a $10 non-refundable processing fee for all guest badge cancellations. For lab cancellations, a $75 non-refundable processing fee will be assessed. A full refund on lab fees will be provided by PacVet should a lab cancel due to inadequate enrollment. Refunds due will be paid no later than 45 days after the close of the conference. No refund will be issued for cancellations received after May 12, 2020.

Distribution of Materials 

The Pacific Veterinary Conference prohibits the unauthorized distribution of any materials (printed or electronic) at its conference, expositions, and symposia. It is prohibited to videotape or record any of the CE sessions. Attendees who violate this prohibition may be expelled from the conference without a refund.

Special Assistance 

To request a reasonable accommodation (e.g., alternate formats, interpreters, etc.) to participate in this conference, please contact Della Yee by May 12, 2020, by email at or by calling 800.655.2862, TTY 711 with your specific accommodation needs.

Consent to Use of Photographic Images 

Registration and attendance at or participation in PacVet and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to PacVet’s use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the registrant or attendee’s image or voice in photographs, videos, electronic reproductions, and audiotapes of such events and activities.


Are pets, companion/emotional support animals permitted at the Pacific Veterinary Conference (PacVet)?

Pets, animal companions and emotional support animals are NOT permitted in classrooms, exhibit hall and conference-sponsored events.

What types of animals are permitted at the Pacific Veterinary Conference?

There are three categories of animals permitted at PacVet:

  1. Service Animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act to include only dogs and miniature horses who are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.  Animals whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify.
  2. Animals on exhibit or participating in sponsored events during the PacVet Conference that have been preregistered with required documentation.
  3. Animals participating in labs, workshops or other approved educational events and under supervision of the PacVet management team.


If you are planning to bring an animal to PacVet please notify Della Yee at  A Live Animal Submission Form will be emailed to owners and handlers with further instructions, including a list of required documentation. All animals must be under their handler’s control at all times.  All animals must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered unless those devices will interfere with a service animal’s work (as defined above).  Handlers will be asked to remove their animal from the event if they cannot control the animal.

*Service animal handlers are encouraged – but not required – to complete this process.


The San Francisco Hilton Union’s Square does allow pets in guest rooms. Please refer to their pet policy for full details.