March 05, 2017

Boehringer Ingelheim Offers Entertainment Opportunities at WVC 2017

Company to sponsor general session with wildlife photographer and NatGeo contributor Joel Sartore as well as a unique symposium on understanding diverse customer groups.

Las Vegas, NEV. – March 5, 2017 – Boehringer Ingelheim (BI), a global leader in the animal health industry, is hosting innovative and engaging educational and entertainment events for veterinary professionals during the 2017 Western Veterinary Conference. The opening session on Sunday, March 5 features Joel Sartore, photographer, speaker, author, teacher and 20-year contributor to National Geographic magazine. In his presentation, Sartore uses his hallmark sense of humor and Midwestern values to underscore his mission to document endangered species and landscapes to show a world worth saving. The session is sponsored by BI.

“As we unite the strengths of two leading animal health companies into one business unit within Boehringer Ingelheim, we are pleased to offer a combined selection of sessions and events for veterinarians, technicians and practice managers,” said Michael Hamby, head of the U.S. Pet Business for Boehringer Ingelheim. “Sponsoring Joel Sartore’s presentation is a good fit for us because his passion for saving endangered species is the same passion that our combined company has for animal health, our customers and their clients and patients every day.”

On Wednesday, March 8, BI will present a unique symposium

“CLIENTOLOGYSM: Deliver What Pet Owners Really Want.” The session offers the first look at new research into the minds of today’s pet owners and what drives each of six distinct client groups. The program will feature Guy Smith, former head trainer for Walt Disney World and The Disney Institute, as well as communications expert, Sarah Wooten, DVM.

This lively, engaging session will be presented in a talk show style format and is designed to give attendees easy-to-implement tips and strategies to help better understand and serve their particular client base. Rather than a series of individual sessions, CLIENTOLOGYSM will be presented once in the morning, from 8:00 - 11:50 a.m., and again in its entirety in the afternoon of March 8, from 2:00 - 5:50 p.m., allowing conference attendees to take in the entire program. The symposium is being held in Mandalay Bay J, Level 2. The educational opportunity will continue with an interactive experience where veterinary professionals can meet some of the pet owners they might see at their clinics at the BI booth #4310.

BI is also presenting the following:

Monday, March 6: “Beyond Diagnosis: Experts Share Multimodal Approaches to Feline Chronic Care” featuring Audra Fenimore, DVM, MS, DACVIM, discussing a case-based approach to managing feline diabetes; Andrew H. Sparks, BVetMed, PhD, DipECVIM, MANZCVS, MRCVS, on the challenges of managing feline chronic kidney disease patients; and Cynthia R. Ward, VMD, PhD, DACVIM, with an update on diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of the hyperthyroid cat. The afternoon will conclude with the panel answering attendee questions moderated by Grant Beckett, DVM, technical manager, BIVI. The session will take place from 2:00 - 5:50 p.m. in Mandalay Bay L, Level 2.

Additionally, the company is kicking off Decade of Difference, a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the launch of Vetmedin (pimobendan). Attendees are invited to stop by the BI booth to learn more about the celebration as well as other conference activities and initiatives the company has planned for 2017.

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About Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health

In January 2017, Merial became part of the Boehringer Ingelheim group. As the second largest animal health business in the world, Boehringer Ingelheim is committed to making the industry even better at improving animal health. With more than 10,000 employees worldwide, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health has products available in more than 150 markets and a global presence in 99 countries. For more information about Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, click here.