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SWVS 2018

September 20, 2018

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Social & Networking Events

CE Courses and Social Connections at SWVS 2018


In addition to the many CE courses offered, the SWVS experience includes southern hospitality with a variety of networking and social opportunities. Many events are included in your registration fee, but a few will require a separate ticket. We do highly suggest you purchase your tickets in advance to guarantee admittance as a limited number of tickets will be available for purchase on-site.


Job Fair

This year we will be hosting the first ever SWVS Job Fair on Thursday, September 20th from 2:00-5:00PM.
The low cost to participate is $100 and includes one table with two chairs.


Network Opportunities

You'll be inspired and enriched as you explore the networking opportunities at SWVS. Spend time with your colleagues, meet new friends and develop long-term relationships participating in the social events held during SWVS 2018. These events are designed for networking with attendees and our special guests.

Saturday is "Be True to Your School" Wear Your School Colors Day. Commemorate the traditions and spirit that embody your college experience by wearing your college team’s colors and apparel. Get out those old college t-shirts or tune in to your favorite college football game that will be shown on the Main Stage in the Exhibit Hall—true colors and spirit run deep.


Complimentary Coffee and Muffins

SWVS southern hospitality begins each morning with complimentary refreshments served on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 7:00 – 8:00 am. Come together with your colleagues and make new friends as you enjoy a hot cup of coffee or tea with muffins and pastries before heading to class. The SWVS Hospitality Hour is located in the Fountain View on the second floor, Meeting Room Level.

Sponsored by:



SWVS Clay Shooting Tournament

8:00 am – 1:00 pm
8:00 am: Bus departure from the Convention Center
9:00 am – 1:00 pm: Clay Shooting Tournament
11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Lunch and prizes
1:00 pm:  Return
The National Shooting Complex
5931 Roft Rd.
San Antonio, TX

Cost: $135 per person -
includes 50-target package; lunch, and transportation.

“Golf with a shotgun” is how some people refer to sporting clays, which by the way, is a fair comparison. Like golf courses, no two sporting clays courses are alike, and terrain and background have a lot to do with how targets are presented.
The National Shooting Complex is one of the premier shooting facilities in the world, spanning 671 acres of San Antonio countryside. As the headquarters for the National Skeet Shooting Association and National Sporting Clays Association, it hosts elite tournaments for both sports, including the World Skeet Championships and National Sporting Clays Championship. In addition, it is the venue for a wide range of shooting and non-shooting events for thousands of serious competitors, casual shooters, and outdoors enthusiasts each year.
Sporting clays is the closest thing to actual field shooting of all shotgun sports. Rather than having clay birds thrown from standardized distances and angles as with skeet or trap, sporting clays courses are designed to simulate the hunting of ducks, pheasants, other upland birds, and even rabbits.
Join us for the first SWVS Clay Shooting Tournament. Upon arrival at the famous National Shooting Complex, you will be provided with an overview of this amazing facility, including basic safety rules and details at the shooting stations. Participants will be arranged into shooting groups of no more than five per group. The instructor’s primary focus is safety, and as they are assisting each participant in shooting techniques, they are in complete control of the firearm and ammo at all times. All participants will break targets and have an enjoyable experience! Each participant is given 10 shots on each of the five stations they will shoot, thus completing the 50 target package. Upon completion of the shooting, participants will return to the buses and be on their way to a nice lunch, and prizes will be given out to the winners. The bus will return to the Convention Center about 1:00 pm.
Click here to download the 2018 Clay Shooting Registration Form

First-time Attendee Welcome Receptions/Orientations 

3:00 – 4:00 pm
7:00 – 8:00 am
SWVS invites all first-time attendees to come together and experience our southern hospitality on Thursday evening and Friday morning for a brief reception hosted by our Board of Managers. Enjoy complimentary food and drinks and meet new colleagues as you network with other first-time attendees and become oriented with our Symposium.

Exhibitor "The Future of Care" Welcome Reception

5:20 – 7:00 pm
Exhibit Hall 4, Henry B. González Convention Center
Join SWVS exhibitors, friends and colleagues and enjoy this evening of fun and education on the exhibit floor. Do your shopping and enjoy a refreshing drink at the SWVS Exhibitor Welcome Reception! This is a great opportunity to visit with the exhibitors to help you in your practice while enjoying a delicious nacho bar served throughout the evening. Make sure you don't miss the complimentary drink ticket included in the professional registration fee. You may purchase additional drink tickets at the cash bars located in the Exhibit Hall.
New This Year, armadillos will be racing during the welcome reception. Come join in the fun, laughs and excitement of this spectacular experience. 


Sponsored by:
BI   IDEXX   Hill's Pet Nutrition   SWVS



The Alamo After-Hours Tour

6:00 – 7:00 pm

The Alamo
300 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, TX 
*no transportation provided

COST: $30 per person

In celebration of San Antonio’s 300 years of Texas history, you will definitely want to experience the famous historic Alamo!

Retrace the footsteps of the past in the solitude of an Alamo After-Hours TourThis exclusive visit will include a personalized tour of the Church and the Long Barrack Museum after normal operating hours. You will be allowed to enter the grounds and walk freely though the sight. There will be station tour guides in the buildings to help interpret the history of the Alamo and direct you though the fort. SWVS has pre-purchased a group of tickets for this tour, and you may purchase your ticket at SWVS Registration online or onsite for this unforgettable experience.


Don’t Miss the Fun in the IDEXX Lounge at SWVS!

Need a quick break and a snack? Want to learn more about IDEXX?

Join us in the IDEXX Lounge at the Fountain View located on the second floor Meeting Room level.

FRIDAY: 7:00 am – 5:30 pm
SATURDAY: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
SUNDAY: 7:00 am – 12:00 pm

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Worship Service - "Sharing Good News in the Midst of a Bad News Cycle"

7:00 – 7:50 am

Henry B. González Convention Center

SPEAKER: Paul Kline, DVM

COST: Complimentary - no ticket required

A look at how God uses us in the circumstances of our everyday practice lives, in the mission field and at home, to reach others - even when we don't realize it.  Come together and worship the Lord. All SWVS attendees and guests are welcome to begin the day at the Christian Veterinary Mission Ecumenical Worship Service. Join us Sunday morning as we assemble together to glorify God through His Word and inspirational message. Coffee, tea, and pastries will be served.

Sponsored by:

Christian Veterinary Mission


SWVS Cyber Café

The SWVS Cyber Café is located inside the Exhibit Hall in Booth 1000, which is the SWVS Communication Center. It is designed for you to stop, relax, meet your friends, check your email, download proceedings and enjoy the complimentary Wi-Fi lounge. Also available this year is a kiosk to recharge your cell phone.

2018 Proceedings will be available on the VIN (Veterinary Information Network) for your convenience.

Sponsored by:



SWVS Convention Concierge Service

"The Convention Concierge", the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau Kiosk, is located on-site near the SWVS Registration center.
The San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau Kiosk is available
to assist you with information on dinner reservations, tickets, shopping, tours
and travel to all the exciting sites in San Antonio and the surrounding area.


Explore and Save When You "Show Us Your Badge" 

With so many dining and entertainment options in San Antonio, it can be hard to decide where to start exploring. Luckily, with the Show Us Your Badge program, SWVS 2018 attendees can receive discounts and special offers at over 50 restaurants and nightlife establishments in downtown San Antonio, simply by showing their conference badge.

Click Here to download a full listing of Show Us Your Badge benefits!


Gray Line Tour Specials

Gray Line Tours is offering SWVS attendees special discounts for various tours around San Antonio. Save 10% - 15% on tickets when using the promo codes below to make your reservations for these tours.

Save 15% on tickets to select Full Day tours!  Use Promo Code:  SWVS15

Texas Country and LBJ Ranch Tour

Travel the beautiful Texas Hill Country with its peach, pecan and olive orchards. Tour LBJ's boyhood home along with the LBJ Ranch. Have lunch in the historic German town of Fredericksburg. Stop in Luckenbach, Texas- the famous country music venue.
Daily Departures. Full Day 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
Pick Up will be at the Henry B. González Convention Center Main Entrance.
Use promotion code SWVS15 at checkout to receive 15% OFF.

Gray The Grand Historic City - Full Day Tour 

Visit sites rich in history and culture that make San Antonio unique- play Texas Trivia and listen to exciting narratives and sound effects. Part 1 and 2 of half day tours are included. Lunch Included.
Daily Departures. Full Day 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
Pick Up will be at the Henry B. González Convention Center Main Entrance.
Use promotion code SWVS15 at checkout to receive 15% OFF.

Save 10% on tickets to select Half Day tours!  Use Promo Code:  SWVS10

City Tour - Half Day Part 1

This is Part 1 of a 2 part grand overview of San Antonio, its 300 year history, confluence of cultures and architecture. This interesting & exciting tour gives our guests a broad overview of the history, culture and architecture of San Antonio's city center and nearby sites. Lunch Included.
Daily Departures. Half Day 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM.
Pick Up will be at the Henry B. González Convention Center Main Entrance.
Use promotion code SWVS10 at checkout to receive 10% OFF.

City Tour - Half Day Part 2

This is Part 2 of a grand overview of San Antonio, its 300 year history, confluence of cultures, and architecture. See the San Antonio River lock and dam system, tour the Japanese Tea Garden with its stone arch bridges, koi ponds, and Japanese pagoda, and visit the UNESCO world heritage site - Mission Concepcion. 
Daily Departures. Half Day 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM.
Pick Up will be at the Henry B. González Convention Center Main Entrance.
Use promotion code SWVS10 at checkout to receive 10% OFF.                  
Click Here to book your discounted tours. 
To book tours over the phone, please call 800-341-6000.  Mention you are with the Southwest Veterinary Symposium to receive your Discount!


The Great SWVS 2018 Scavenger Hunt is On!

Networking between our attendees and exhibitors is part of what makes SWVS a uniquely engaging show. In continuing with our tradition of community engagement, we are excited to bring back the Scavenger Hunt platform for 2018!

With the Scavenger Hunt, attendees can win awesome prizes by visiting exhibitor booths and answering questions. Simply find a participating booth, scan their poster with your smart phone, and answer the questions. There are many prizes available to win, including the top prize of $1,000 AMX Gift Card.

The Scavenger Hunt has proven to be a successful venture for our exhibitors as well. Exhibitors can set their desired questions, drive engagement, and collect valuable leads by participating in this program. In the past, feedback from exhibitors has been overwhelmingly positive and brands have used it as a great way to make connections and start conversations.

If your brand would like to participate in the 2018 Scavenger Hunt, contact tina@swvs.org.


Exotic Animal Presentation

by the San Antonio Zoo Ambassador
Animal Team on the Main Stage!


12:45 – 1:30 pm

9:55 – 10:30 am

9:55 – 10:30 am


Prize Drawings: Register, Attend And You Can Win

All attendees registered by August 31 are entered into SWVS Prize Drawings. Additional entries are added for every $200 spent in the Exhibit Hall. Prizes include a shopping spree on the Exhibit Hall floor, free registration to SWVS 2019 in San Antonio, and a Grand Prize Package which consists of registration to SWVS 2019 plus a shopping spree on the Exhibit Hall floor. Drawings will take place in the Exhibit Hall at Main Stage during scheduled breaks and lunch. All attendees must be present to win.

DVM Prizes

  • $1,500 Shopping Spree

  • $2,000 Shopping Spree

  • Grand Prize Drawing: $3,000 shopping spree and FREE Registration to attend SWVS 2019!

Technicians/Hospital Personnel Prizes

  • Two $500 Shopping Sprees

  • Grand Prize Drawing: $500 Shopping spree and FREE registration to attend SWVS 2019!


Prize Drawing Rules

DVMs and Technicians/Hospital Personnel will automatically be entered in the Prize Drawing upon their paid registration by August 31, 2018. Participation is restricted to DVMs and Technicians/Hospital Personnel 21 years or older. Members of the SWVS Managing Board of Directors/CE Committee Members, SWVS staff, and anyone employed or contracted by an exhibiting company are not eligible to enter.

  • No cash will be given.

  • Only one prize per person.

  • Must be present to win.

  • Name on receipt(s) used to redeem additional entries will be used on tickets.

The winners will be selected in a random drawing held in the Exhibit Hall. An independent judge whose decisions are final will perform the drawings. The winner will be given five minutes to come forward and claim the prize or another name will be drawn and the original winner will forfeit the prize. The original or prior name(s) drawn will remain in the drawing.

Please allow a minimum of 15 minutes prior to the scheduled drawing time to submit your request for additional tickets based on any purchases made on the exhibit floor.

Winners must purchase all equipment/supplies/products, etc, by the closing of the Exhibit Hall on Sunday, September 23, 2018. Odds of winning depend solely on the number of DVM and Technician/Hospital Personnel registrants and the additional tickets available based on purchases on the exhibit floor. Prize drawings that consist of a shopping spree must be used on the exhibit floor in the amount indicated less state tax paid.


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