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Frequently Asked Questions

Where and when is the annual Symposium?
SWVS will be held in San Antonio, Texas, September 21-24, 2017, at the Henry B. González Convention Center.

Henry B. González Convention Center
900 E. Market Street
San Antonio, TX 78205

The continuing education program begins the afternoon of Thursday, September 21st, and runs through Sunday afternoon.


How many CE hours are offered at the Symposium?
A total of 29 continuing education credit hours are available for the SWVS General Symposium. In addition, DVMs licensed in Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas may claim 2 hours of CE for visiting the SWVS Exhibit Hall. A number of additional hours for CE credit are available.


Who can attend the Symposium?
DVMs, veterinary technicians, hospital personnel, veterinary and technician students, practice managers, office staff, farriers and suppliers that provide products and services that support veterinary medicine are welcome at SWVS. Photo ID is required.


What are the Symposium registration fees?
2017 Registration Fees:

  • DVM: One-Day $240 | Full Registration $470
  • Technicians, Office Staff, Practice Managers: One-Day $150 | Full Registration $200
  • Students: $30
  • Partner Power Package: 1 DVM + 3 Staff = $870
  • Twilight DVM: $150 (Thurs-Sat 7pm-9:50pm classes only)
  • Intern/Resident/First-Year DVM: $235
What is included in my Registration Fees?
Complete 4-day registration includes access to the following: all lectures (with the exception of Interactive Labs/Master Classes/CE Tours/Lunch with Experts and the Design Conference); Exhibit Hall; Exhibit Hall Opening Reception; Exhibit Hall Refreshment Breaks; Buffet Lunch on Friday and Saturday in the Exhibit Hall; complimentary Coffee & Muffins (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday); Hill's Friday Night Reception and the Exhibitor Satellite Sessions.

What is a Twilight CE Registration Fee?
This is for DVM's only and it includes the following: access to all evening lectures Thursday-Saturday which are scheduled 7:00-9:50 p.m. (it excludes all Ticketed Events) 


Registration for the Partner Power Package
We have made registration for the Partner Power Package (which includes one DVM plus three technicians and/or office personnel) easy so that all included in this package may register at once with a single form of payment. The DVM will complete a his/her registration with a single form of payment and then be instructed to add the three additional attendees at one time to complete the Partner Power Package. Each of these attendees will receive their individual confirmations sent to their email for this package.

You may choose to register the additional attendees at a later date; and, if so, instructions will be included in the DVM’s email confirmation on how your office personnel should add their complimentary registrations.


Can I register multiple attendees at the same time?
Each attendee must register separately. However, if you are registering for a Partner Power Package (POP), which includes one DVM, plus three technicians and/or office personnel, the DVM will complete a his/her registration with a single form of payment and then be instructed to add the three additional attendees at one time to complete the Partner Power Package. Each of these attendees will receive their individual confirmations sent to their email for this package.

You may choose to register the additional attendees at a later date; and, if so, instructions will be included in the DVM’s email confirmation on how your office personnel should add their complimentary registrations.


Can I attend ticketed events only?
Master Classes, the CE Tours and the Meet the Expert Luncheons, you must be registered for SWVS 2017 (complete or one-day) to attend these ticketed CE offerings; with the exception of the Design Conference and Labs Only registration. An additional fee is required. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until the maximum capacity is reached.


How do I register for ticketed events?
Each ticketed event can be selected or entered into the registration form individually. Advance registration is required for ticketed events. What are some of the ticketed events? Ticketed events include Interactive Labs, Master Classes, CE Tours, Lunch with Experts and the Design Conferece. 


Are Symposium Proceedings available?

  • A LINK to the online proceedings will be sent to all registered attendees in September and will be available on the mobile app.
  • All proceedings will be available on Veterinary Information Network (VIN).

What is your cancelation policy?
Cancelation of registration and or/ticketed events must be made in writing via email to info@swvs.org by August 31st. Cancelations cannot be made over the phone. A $50 handling fee will be charged to cover administrative costs. There are NO REFUNDS after AUGUST 31st - NO EXCEPTIONS.


How do I make changes to my registration?
If you need to make changes to your registration just login to the attendee service center here. Your login and password can be found on your confirmation email. You can add any ticketed event or update your email or contact information.


Can I purchase guest name badges for family and friends?
All guests include family members or guests who are not veterinarians, veterinary technicians, office staff, or practice managers. All veterinarians, veterinary technicians, office staff or practice managers must register and pay registration fees. Additional guest badges are available for $40. This allows guests to attend non CE events, exhibits, and non-ticketed events. Guests are welcome to attend ticketed events (social only) with the purchase of a ticket for those events. Guests who wish to attend CE sessions must register and pay.


Can I deduct the costs of attending SWVS?
Registration fees are not deductible as charitable contributions for income tax purposes. However, such contributions and fees may be deductible by attendees under other provisions of the IRS code. Please check with your financial advisor.


Do you sell my contact information?
No! SWVS WILL NOT sell your personal information to a third party. We do provide your mailing address only to all exhibitors. Your email and phone numbers are never given to exhibitors unless you provide those to them through Lead Retrieval permission onsite in their booth. 


How many people attend the Symposium?
Curious as to our attendee numbers for the last several years? Take a look below and see how we have grown!

DVM 1,524 1,609 1,628 1,657 1,517 1,578
TECHNICIANS 743 720 641 555 606 580
DESIGN CONFERENCE 29 47 38 38 37 23
OFFICE STAFF & PRACTICE MANAGERS 286 281 229 227 234 213
STUDENTS 149 162 174 130 108 152
TOTAL NUMBERS 2,731 2,819 2,710 2,607 2,502 2,546

Why do you need my email address if I register via mail or fax?
For efficiency purposes, our preferred method of sending confirmations and important information is by email. If you do not have an email address, don't worry, we can send a confirmation in the mail. Please allow 6 days to receive your mailed confirmation. If you are considering an Interactive Lab or any other CE ticketed event with limited space you may want to register online. With manual processing of forms through the mail or fax there is a chance you may not get your first selections. We respect your privacy and will not sell or give your name or email address to any third party.


How do I keep track of my CE to submit to my state veterinary medical licensing board?
A CE Checklist will be provided to each attendee for recording session attendance. This form is for you to keep and/or send to your state licensing board.


How do I receive my CE certificate?
At the end of the Symposium, stop by the CE desk in the registration area to obtain your Certificate of Completion. Maintain the certificate along with the CE Checklist in your files. Certificates will be available on Sunday at the close of the Symposium. If you do not plan to attend the entire Symposium, you may pick up your certificate at the end of the day you leave.

If you forgot to pick up your CE Certificate at the Symposium, you can download it online or email michelle@swvs.org to request to have one sent to you.


How do I sign-up to be a Room Moderator?
We are recruiting professional and reliable DVMs and Technicians to serve as room moderators. You must be a 2017 SWVS attendee in order to moderate.

Please review program sessions and then provide your choice of sessions you are willing to moderate here


Why choose SWVS Official Hotels?

  • Our hotels are screened and chosen for convenience in a wide range of prices and amenities.
  • Our hotels are close to the convention center, or connected by shuttle bus routes.
  • Reservations can be made easily by using the SWVS Housing Center online.
  • Using SWVS Official Hotels keeps your registration costs to a minimum.
  • Staying at SWVS hotels offers great networking opportunities to meet colleagues and make new friends.
  • All housing requests must be received on or before the deadline; otherwise the negotiated room rates may not be available.

How do I book hotels or travel, and are discounts available?
SWVS has negotiated and selected popular hotels with a range of prices and a variety of amenities that are convenient to the convention center or are in walking distance. Reservations need to be made through the SWVS Housing Center.


What are the Exhibit Hall hours?

Friday, September 22
9:30 am – 7:00 pm

Saturday, September 23
9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday, September 24
9:30 am – 1:30 pm


What Exhibitors are Attending the Symposium?
Click here to find out


Do you give away prizes at SWVS?
Join us in the Exhibit Hall for the SCANVenger Hunt and win up to $1000! With the SCANvenger Hunt, you can win awesome prizes by visiting exhibitor booths and answering questions. Simply find a participating booth, scan the SCANvenger poster with your smart phone, and answer the questions. Each correct answer earns you points.

We also give away free registrations and shopping sprees. When you register before August 25th, you are automatically entered to win one of many valuable prizes. Shop at SWVS and you will earn extra entries for every $200 you spend in the Exhibit Hall. Just show your receipts to the SWVS Central Booth and make sure to be present for the prize drawings.

Technician/Hospital Personnel Prizes Include:

  • Two $500 Shopping Sprees
  • Grand Prize Drawing-$500 Shopping Spree and FREE Registration to SWVS 2018

DVM Prizes Include:

  • $1,500 Shopping Spree
  • $2,000 Shopping Spree
  • Grand Prize Drawing-$3,000 Shopping Spree and FREE Registration to SWVS 2018

Do I need to bring business cards?
Your name badge will have your encoded contact information, which most exhibitors can scan so you don't have to carry a large amount of business cards. Do bring some, however, to share with new friends and colleagues!


What activities are available for Symposium attendees?
In addition to the many CE courses offered, the SWVS experience includes a variety of networking and social opportunities.


How do I find out if my state VMA will be holding any activities while at SWVS?
All activities will be posted on this website and will be available on-site. You can also contact your state VMA.


Should I bring my family to San Antonio?
Absolutely! San Antonio offers an array of activities for family members of all ages!


Is childcare provided at the Symposium?
Childcare is not provided. Children age 17 and under do not require a name badge but must be accompanied by a registered attendee. A ticket is required for anyone over the age of 2 years at all ticketed social events. Children are not permitted in any CE sessions.


Is there a place to get a drink or quick snack between SWVS sessions at the convention center?
Yes! If you are looking for a cup of coffee, soft drink or a quick snack/meal, there are three onsite dining cafés, food prepared by the highly acclaimed The RK Culinary Group.
Click here for dining locations.


How can I find entertainment options in San Antonio?
The "Convention Concierge" Kiosk, provided by the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau, is located on-site near the SWVS Registration Center in Hall 4 West Registration. Pick up brochures and information on tours, tickets, shopping, restaurants, culture, museums, sports, and many other adventures provided in San Antonio and the area.


What is the weather like in San Antonio in September?
The month of September is characterized by falling daily high temperatures, with daily highs decreasing from 92°F to 84°F over the course of the month, exceeding 99°F or dropping below 74°F only one day in ten.


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