CE YOU IN SCOTTSDALE

VETgirl U 2023
Thurs 8.10 – Sun 8.13

Fairmont Princess | Scottsdale, AZ

Registration

#1 Boutique Veterinary Conference

VETgirl, the #1 online veterinary continuing education (CE) platform, is excited to announce the VETgirl U 2023 conference. Couple fun and relaxation at one of Scottsdale’s premier resorts with an educational experience like no other featuring TED-talk-like, case-based tracks presented by the profession’s best and brightest.

We promise it’ll be the most clinically relevant CE you get live (well, besides our online webinars).

1,000 of the profession’s best and brightest are gathering for THREE action-packed days of SUN, FUN, & CE, August 10-13, 2023.

This unique, boutique event will be held in Scottsdale, AZ at the beautiful Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.

Palm trees sway in a soft desert breeze, set against brilliant blue skies. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, an iconic Scottsdale luxury hotel, welcomes you home to 333 days of sunshine every year.

Explore the lushly landscaped grounds of the Sonoran Desert filled with lagoons, blooms, and wildlife. Celebrating almost three decades as a AAA Five Diamond hotel, this luxury resort offers adventures worth repeating with sparkling pools and world-class golf. Reserve your room early at the official partner hotel for VETgirl U.

The conference was awesome! Great speakers, topics, food, location, and swag! My favorite conference ever!

- VETgirl U 2022 Attendee

What you get… wined and dined and taken care of in true VETgirl fashion. Awesome speakers, evening events to network and relax, FREE daycare, and amazing VETgirl swag!

  • TED-talk like CE sessions
  • Meals (breakfast and lunch) and events included
  • Coffee & refreshment breaks
  • Printed Proceedings
  • FREE Daycare*
  • Networking reception

*Daycare registration is limited to out-of-state attendees and provided on a first-come, first-served basis allocated based on the registration date.

When registering for this conference, you’re agreeing to the VETgirl Conference Attendee Policy and Guidelines.

50+

Exhibiting Companies

20+

Continuing Education Hours

2

Education Tracks

20+

Presenting Speakers

Education

2 Education Tracks in 2023!

VETgirl U 2023 will return again with a veterinarian track and a veterinary technician track, covering a huge variety of topics from surgery to anesthesia to emergency to derm to neuro!


Preliminary Agenda

8/10 Registration Open
8/11 Lectures/Exhibits 8am - 5pm
8/11 Networking Gala 7pm - 9pm
8/12 Lectures/Exhibits 8am - 5pm
8/13 Lectures/Exhibits 8am - 1pm

Speakers

Speakers are being added regularly – check back for updates!

Emergency and Critical Care, Toxicology

Justine Lee, DVM, DACVECC, DABT

VETgirl was the brainchild of Dr. Justine Lee. Years ago, while frantically studying for her board examination(s), she decided to take some time out to relieve some stress (aka “panic) by running. While pounding the pavement, she thought, “Why can’t I listen to this stuff on my Walkman while I exercise?” (She is old, and this was pre-iPod days). Since sleeping on top of her textbooks didn’t appear to osmotically work, she decided that this “listen and learn” modality would truly be the best way to “take it all” in while frantically multi-tasking. And that’s when she teamed up with techno-savvy Dr. Pachtinger to create VETgirl…

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Emergency and Critical Care

Garret Pachtinger, VMD, DACVECC

Dr. Garret Pachtinger, DACVECC is the Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of VETgirl and is committed to veterinary education through technology. Dr. Pachtinger is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Following veterinary school, he completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery, a one-year internship in emergency and critical care, and a three-year residency in emergency and critical care at the University of Pennsylvania, becoming a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2010. After completion of his residency, Dr. Pachtinger joined the Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center in Levittown, Pa.

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Ophthalmology

Shelby Reinstein, DVM, MS, DACVO

Dr. Shelby Reinstein, MS, DACVO is a board-certified ophthalmologist residing in the beautiful area of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Dr. Reinstein obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Science degrees from Kansas State University and completed her fellowship and residency in Ophthalmology at The Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Reinstein spent 7 years in clinical practice at a large, multi-specialty hospital, during which time she provided care to thousands of pets, performing hundreds of vision-saving surgeries. Dr. Reinstein has a passion for continuing education lecturing nationally and internationally. Dr. Reinstein also recently published the Guide to Clinical Ophthalmology, a handbook for general practitioners. She writes articles for Clinician’s Brief, Today’s Veterinary Practice, and is the ophthalmology consultant for the #1 provider of online veterinary continuing education, VETgirl.

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Tiffany Gendron, CVT, VTS (ECC)

Tiffany grew up in a small mill town in the White Mountains of northern New Hampshire. She attended Becker College in central Massachusetts and while there she had the opportunity to work at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine where she recognized her desire to specialize in emergency and critical care medicine. She graduated with honors from Becker College and accepted her first position as a Certified Veterinary Technician at New England Animal Medical Center in Nashua, NH. It was here that she explored her interests in both cardiology and critical care medicine. In 2008 she joined Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists where she pursued her veterinary technician specialty accreditation in emergency and critical care medicine, becoming board certified in 2011. Tiffany has served numerous roles including blood bank director, team supervisor, veterinary technician trainer, among others. Tiffany possesses a great drive for teaching and training. This has led her to speak locally and nationally. She is currently serving as an adjunct professor at Massasoit Community College in the Veterinary Technician Program. In her free time, she enjoys living on Cape Cod which provides a great balance of summer days on the boat, paddle boarding, biking, and enjoying the beach with her husband and two sons. The proximity of the mountains opens the window for winters enjoying snowboarding trips and fun in the snow.

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Amy Johnson, BS, LVT, RLATG, CVJ

Amy graduated from Bel-Rea Institute’s Veterinary Technician Program in 2000 after receiving her BS in biology from the University of Nebraska in 1996. Amy worked as a veterinary assistant and receptionist while going through school and after graduation, she worked in small animal emergency and general practices and in university research labs. Amy realized very quickly in her veterinary technician career that education was the route she wanted to go and began by spending 13 years teaching veterinary technician students in two different on-site programs, writing a textbook, authoring and teaching continuing education courses online, and doing curriculum consulting. Amy then left the classroom for not-for-profit education, running the Learning Department at the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and then more recently becoming an Education Development Specialist for Patterson Veterinary Supply’s Patterson Veterinary University. Amy has had the opportunity to write courses, magazine articles, and blogs, and speak at national conferences. Amy is passionate about the veterinary profession and its future. She loves working in education, training, and public outreach and strongly believes in her profession and wants to pass that passion along to future veterinary technicians, educators, and animal owners as well as stress the importance of the veterinary technician in veterinary medicine. Amy lives in the mountains outside of Denver, where she enjoys all that Colorado outdoors has to offer with her husband, son, three dogs, and three cats. Amy is an avid hiker, paddleboarder, and photographer. On the weekends you can find her out on the trails capturing wildlife and landscapes with her camera or camping by an alpine lake.

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Emergency & Critical Care

Raegan J. Wells, DVM, MS, DACVECC

Internal Medicine

Jared Jaffey, DVM, MS, DACVIM

Oncology

Craig Clifford, MS, DACVIM (Oncology)

Behavior

Lisa Rodosta, DVM, DACVB

Anesthesia/Analgesia

Donna Sisak, CVT, LVT, VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia)

Jolle Kirpensteijn, PhD, DACVS, DECVS

Dentistry

Stefanie Perry, CVT, VTS (Dentistry)


Proceedings

Included with your registration, VETgirl provides you with a printed copy of all the proceedings which will be distributed during conference check-in. We will have additional proceedings available for sale at the swag shop located in …

Not able to attend this year? Get your copy of the veterinarian track or veterinary technician track proceedings.

The format is fantastic and the pearls that we can take away and use in practice immediately are priceless.

- VETgirl U 2022 Attendee

Hotel + Area

Enjoy Luxury Accommodations in the Desert Southwest

Talks were extremely practical. I like the tips and tricks format, very useful for general practice. Speakers were engaging/funny and easy to listen to. Good food.

- VETgirl U 2022 Attendee

Events & Services

All the Extras to Make Your Experience Awesome!

9 out of 10

Attendees plan to attend another VGU event in the future

Exhibits & Sponsors

Connect With Industry Partners

Friday 8/11 8AM - 5PM
Saturday 8/12 8AM - 5PM
Sunday 8/13 8AM - 1PM

Booth #

Exhibitor

TBD

Augustine Surgical (Hot Dog Warming Patient)

TBD

AZPetVet

TBD

Blue Buffalo

TBD

Boehringer Ingleheim

TBD

Ceva Animal Health

TBD

Dan Scott & Associates

TBD

Elanco

TBD

Elite Payment Group

TBD

Ethicon (Johnson & Johnson)

TBD

Hill's Pet Nutrition

TBD

Innovetitive Petcare

TBD

Lap of Love

TBD

Merck Animal Health

Booth #

Exhibitor

TBD

Midwest Veterinary Supply

TBD

National Veterinary Associates

TBD

PetDx

TBD

Purina® Pro Plan® Veterinary Diets

TBD

Schultz Technology

TBD

SignalPET

TBD

Talkatoo

TBD

Veterinary Emergency Group (VEG)

TBD

VetPocket

TBD

VetSpecs, Inc.

TBD

Weave Communications

TBD

Wedgewood Pharmacy

Booth #

Exhibitor

TBD

Augustine Surgical (Hot Dog Warming Patient)

TBD

AZPetVet

TBD

Blue Buffalo

TBD

Boehringer Ingleheim

TBD

Ceva Animal Health

TBD

Dan Scott & Associates

TBD

Elanco

TBD

Elite Payment Group

TBD

Ethicon (Johnson & Johnson)

TBD

Hill's Pet Nutrition

TBD

Innovetitive Petcare

TBD

Lap of Love

TBD

Merck Animal Health

TBD

Midwest Veterinary Supply

TBD

National Veterinary Associates

TBD

PetDx

TBD

Purina® Pro Plan® Veterinary Diets

TBD

Schultz Technology

TBD

SignalPET

TBD

Talkatoo

TBD

Veterinary Emergency Group (VEG)

TBD

VetPocket

TBD

VetSpecs, Inc.

TBD

Weave Communications

TBD

Wedgewood Pharmacy

Interested in becoming an EXHIBITOR or SPONSOR?  Get all the details here including the 2023 VETgirl U Exhibitor Application (we’ve gone completely digital)!

What’s included?

Each booth will include:

  • 1 standard table (80” x 24”)
  • 2 chairs
  • 2 exhibitor passes (unless additional were purchased) (Additional fee applies for CE credit)
  • 1 lead retrieval tool (app license download or device)
  • 1 waste bin

Cost $3,000/Booth

RESERVE YOUR BOOTH

* NOTE: There will NOT be a physical booth structure, but the area can fit your banners, signs, etc. behind the table provided. It will not include a table cover or electricity (optional: available for purchase directly through the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess).

On Demand Content

Say NO to FOMO

VGU

Missed previous VETgirl U conferences, but don’t want to miss the clinically relevant TED-talk lectures? All of the practical VETgirl U lectures from 2018, 2021, and 2022 live events are available on demand. Whether you are a member or a non-member, you can get them now and earn yourself 20 hrs of RACE-approved CE.

Safety Guidelines

Your health and safety are our utmost priority

Please know that both the VETgirl team and the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess will:

  • Adhere to the health and safety protocols set by the CDC
  • Follow all city and state mandates
  • Provide enhanced onsite hygiene and cleanliness
  • Ensure easily accessible hand sanitizing stations
  • Request all participants wear masks and adhere to the Events Industry Council’s Meeting and Events Code of Conduct

Prior to the show, we request the following:

  • Please review the guidelines provided by the CDC and the World Health Organization.
  • Please abide by all government-issued travel restrictions and guidance when traveling.
  • If you, your guest, or any members of your party are feeling sick, have had any exposure to COVID-19, or are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home. Contact us and we will work with you regarding the transfer of your registration.
  • Please bring hand sanitizer, although we will have this available in multiple locations.
  • Bring your own PPE – we request an approved face covering to be worn by all attendees at all times with the exception of eating, drinking, and lecturing. Please make sure these securely cover your nose and mouth and are in compliance with CDC guidance. Masks with exhaust valves, bandanas, balaclavas, ski masks, scarves, single-layer neck gaiters, or masks with holes, slits, punctures, or mesh are not accepted. Face shields and goggles alone are not permitted but can be worn in addition to a mask.
  • Please bring proof of vaccination status, if you have been vaccinated.

Onsite at VETgirl U and the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess:

  • Please follow everyday preventative actions to help mitigate any spread of respiratory viruses including:
    • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds!
    • Please hand sanitize with an alcohol-based sanitizer & 60% alcohol.
  • Please wear your mask at all events, if required.
  • Please seek medical attention immediately at any time if you feel unwell or are experiencing flu-like or COVID-like symptoms.
  • As we may have touchless temperature screening, please allow for extra time as needed.
  • Please note that by attending VETgirl U, you are agreeing to this.

Post-conference:
To allow for appropriate contact tracing and advice from medical professionals, if you test positive for COVID-19 up to 14 days after returning home, please contact us.