NAVC CEO Gene O’Neill Announces Landmark Programs as VMX Kicks Off

ORLANDO, Fla.JAN. 14, 2023 VMX 2023 got underway today with three groundbreaking announcements from North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) CEO Gene O'Neill: extension of its VMX 40th anniversary $125 conference pricing for VMX 2024 during early bird registration, a sustainability initiative for NAVC conferences and a new, community-based live event program that focuses on topics and trends of interest in local veterinary communities across the country. These smaller, focused events will tackle different needs of the veterinary industry from patient treatment to events focused on the needs of specific members of the veterinary team, and “pop up” in communities around the country.

“Over the last 40 years, VMX has established itself as the largest and most comprehensive veterinary conference in the world. This year, we have blown away all attendance records for VMX with nearly 27,000 attendees and more than 1,300 hours of continuing education,” O’Neill said. “Today, I am really excited to announce we are launching a new initiative that brings live events to you, in your communities. We are also further expanding opportunities for more veterinary teams to attend VMX by extending our $125 anniversary registration pricing through VMX 2024. Both of these initiatives support the NAVC’s commitment to help veterinary healthcare teams thrive.”

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Launching in 2023, NAVC “pop ups” are a new style of in-person events. They will focus on animal health industry trends affecting patient treatment; issues facing the veterinary industry such as recruitment and staffing or mental health; career development and other veterinary team member needs and; business operations. Look for more information about NAVC “pop ups” in the coming months.

O’Neill also announced a first-of-its-kind sustainability initiative within the veterinary industry to reduce its own carbon footprint as it continues to grow VMX and other programs. Beginning with VMX 2023, the NAVC will engage with other members of the veterinary industry, tradeshow industry and its homebase in Orlando to help create and implement sustainability programs to offset the carbon impact of VMX and all NAVC events.

“As we continue to grow, we understand that we need to do it responsibly,” O’Neill said. 

VMX is hosted annually by the NAVC, the global leader in continuing education for veterinary professionals. This year, the NAVC celebrates the 40th anniversary of VMX. VMX 2023 takes place Jan. 14 - 18 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

About the NAVC

The North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and advancing veterinary professionals worldwide. The world’s leading provider of veterinary continuing education, the NAVC delivers essential training, tools and resources for veterinary professionals to stay abreast of advances in animal medicine and provide the best medical care for animals everywhere. Through its commitment to innovation and excellence, the NAVC has developed a diverse portfolio of products and services, including educational events, headlined by VMX, the world’s largest, most comprehensive continuing education conference and launchpad for new products and innovations within the veterinary industry; a robust digital platform for virtual learning and engagement; the veterinary industry’s largest and award-winning portfolio of trade publications; and an advocacy arm which unites the veterinary community and pet lovers. The NAVC was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Orlando, FL. Since 2017, the NAVC has been recognized as one of the Top Workplaces by the Orlando Sentinel. To learn more about the NAVC’s products and brands, visit To see our schedule of upcoming events, visit


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