So you have called to make an appointment with your favorite veterinarian, and you are told that he or she is away at a conference. So what does that mean? Once the 4 years of undergraduate work and 4 years of veterinary school are over, a veterinarian’s time in the classroom does not stop. Pennsylvania requires that every licensed veterinarian take 30 hours of continuing education every 2 years (licensed technicians must take 15 hours).
They can be a combination of education locally, online, or a bigger, national conference. At a national conference, veterinarians can spend upwards of 8-10 hours a day in lectures and/or lab sessions. Here veterinarians learn new techniques, learn about new products, and stay up to date on evolving diseases.
This isn’t to say that some relaxation and fun isn’t had along the way. So the next time your veterinarian is at a conference, you’ll be glad to know that they are keeping on top of the newest advances in veterinary medicine for your pet’s health.
Dr. Ann Bastian