Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Who can attend the Pacific Veterinary Conference?

A: All veterinarians, registered veterinary technicians, CVMA Certified Veterinary Assistants, veterinary staff and DVM/RVT students. 

Q: How many professionals typically attend the Pacific Veterinary Conference?

A: Approximately 1,700 veterinary professionals.

Q: Is the conference at the hotel?

A: Yes, the Vet Expo and all CE sessions will take place at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel.

Q: How will I know where to go?

A: Directional signs will be posted around the hotel. You may also ask Pacific Veterinary Conference staff and/or hotel staff.

Q: Is parking available?

A: Yes. Parking is available onsite and in nearby parking garages.

Q: Are there options for daycare?

A: Yes, guests may contact the hotel’s concierge desk for assistance in finding licensed daycare providers in the area.

Q: Will there be dietary-specific food options available?

A: If you require special dietary needs please, contact the PacVet office by email at or by phone at 800.655.2862.


Q: Are meals included in the registration fee?

A: Yes, there are at least 19 food events:

  • Four continental breakfasts
  • Hosted breaks
  • Two lunches provided in the Exhibit Hall on Friday and Saturday
  • Evening receptions

Q: Are lecture notes included in the registration fee?

A: Lecture notes are complimentary on the conference mobile app, the Veterinary Information Network (VIN) website, and at However, Lecture notes can be bought on a flash drive for $15. 

Q: Can office staff share or split days?

A: See Staff Group Registration or Discount Practice Team Registration.

Continuing Education Credits 

Q: How many CE hours are offered?

A: The conference will offer more than 245+ hours of CE.

  • Veterinarians can earn up to 28.5 hours of CE.
  • Technicians can take advantage of 26.5 hours of technician-specific CE.

Q: Are Pacific Veterinary Conference CE hours RACE approved?


  • The California Veterinary Medical Association, the sponsor of the Pacific Veterinary Conference, is a statutorily approved CE provider in California.
  • CE earned at the Pacific Veterinary Conference will be accepted by the California Veterinary Medical Board toward the mandatory 36 hours required every two years for re-licensure.
  • Most states will accept CVMA-sponsored CE.


  • To receive credit for your CE at the Pacific Veterinary Conference, you must follow proper procedures per the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (TBVME).
  • Sign in at the Information Desk upon arrival. 
  • Track your CE hours on the CE Certificate of Attendance.
  •  Sign out before you leave the conference.
  • A Pacific Veterinary Conference staff member must verify your hours and give you a certificate of attendance/completion. (Per the TBVME these certificates cannot be mailed or given out after the conference).

All other states

  • Contact your local Veterinary Medical Board or licensing agency to determine what CE at the Pacific Veterinary Conference qualifies in your state.
  • Contact the Pacific Veterinary Conference staff prior to the conference with any questions or special requirements by email at or by phone at 800.655.2862.

Q: Do I sign up for each session I want to attend?

A: Sessions are open to all registered attendees. Hands-on laboratories, symposiums, and workshops require additional registration and fees. (Guests may not attend sessions).

Q: How do I keep track of the sessions I attend so I can submit my CE to my state regulator?

A: To keep track of your sessions, you will receive a CE Certificate of Attendance at check-in to record your hours and keep for your records. Do not turn it into the registration desk.