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What Hands-on CE Looks Like in 2021: Getting Quality & Safety

Posted by Abby Crimm

The year-round WVC Academy courses coming up in 2021 are available to browse and register for. Here's to getting back to in-person labs while also being responsible about public safety.


We knew that hands-on continuing education was the best option for applicable, long-term professional improvement, but the pandemic showed us just how valuable hands-on training is. We miss it!

There are so many benefits to in-person CE training, yet we must make participant safety the #1 priority. With the safety protocols already in place and a vaccine (hopefully) being distributed early next year, veterinary professionals can return to hands-on training at an increased rate that is still safe. 

New 2021 WVC Academy Course Calendar

Now, for the great news! Viticus Group released its WVC Academy course calendar for 2021, announcing popular recurring courses as well as new course topics and speakers.

To help improve veterinary patient outcomes everywhere, year-round WVC Academy courses bring in expert instructors to clinical lab environments where veterinary professionals receive training that elevates their patient care. WVC Academy provides more than 50 labs throughout the year, with topics ranging from endoscopy and small animal dentistry to critical care, orthopedics, ultrasound, and spinal surgery.

“Although we take every safety precaution necessary to protect the health of those we serve, we also believe in the value of hands-on CE in elevating patient care, it’s so important for participants to go back to their practices feeling confident that they can apply the new techniques and skills they learn with us, and hands-on experience is the best way of doing that.”

- Dr. Anthony Pease, Chief Veterinary Medical Officer at Viticus Group

Courses & Speakers: January-March

Upcoming courses in the first quarter of 2021 feature the following topics and speakers:

  • Flexible & Rigid Endoscopy — Todd Tams, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM); Steven Marks, BVSc, MS, MRCVS, DACVIM; Lynette Cole, DVM, MS, DACVD
  • TPLO: Honing Your Technique for Cranial Cruciate Repair — Brian Beale, DVM, DACVS, ACVS FELLOW MIS
  • Advanced Tooth Extractions and Fracture Tips — Steven Holmstrom, DVM, DAVDC; William Gengler, DVM, DAVDC; Edward Eisner, DVM
  • Principles of Fracture Repair: Hands-on Long Bone Repair — Brian Beale, DVM, DACVS, ACVS FELLOW MIS
  • Neurosurgery I & II — Karl Kraus, DVM, MS, DACVS; Peter Early, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology); Robert Bergman, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology)
  • Advanced Fracture Repair: Comminuted Stabilization and Management — Brian Beale, DVM, DACVS, ACVS FELLOW MIS
  • Soft-Tissue Surgery for the Emergency Veterinarian — Nancy Zimmerman, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA; Katherine Barnes, DVM, DACVS-SA, MS
  • Stifle Surgery: From Extracapsular Stabilization to Patellar Luxation — Brian Beale, DVM, DACVS, ACVS FELLOW MIS

Visit viticusgroup.org to browse and register for a WVC Academy course, explore the Viticus Center, and discover other offerings such as the Virtual Veterinary Summit and the WVC Annual Conference.

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