The Program


The Veterinary Innovation Summit is a collision of different ideas, technologies, organizations, and people we are all committed to advancing the future of the veterinary profession. The North American Veterinary Community and Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine have collaborated to create a unique and immersive program that will challenge the status quo while developing a mindset and skillset to thrive in this world of change.


The Summit will feature three themes:


  • The Quantified Patient
  • The Connected Clinic
  • The Exponential Practitioner


Each theme will feature 3-4 keynote speakers who will deliver TED-Style talks designed to expand the perspectives and minds of participants. After gaining this foundational knowledge, participants will move into smaller breakout sessions that have been designed to provide participants with the knowledge and expertise to turn these ideas into action.


There are three types of breakout sessions for attendees to choose from.


  1. Understand - Hungry for more details? Understand breakouts provide participants with more context about specific issues and themes touched on in the opening keynotes. They feature one or more experts who are able to provide more detail and generate further discussion.
  2. Implement - Ready to bring change into your organizations? Implement breakouts feature teams of experts and partners who will share their best practices and lessons form the trenches. Participants will leave with a blueprint for change to bring back to their groups.
  3. Create - Let’s get our hands dirty! Create breakouts will give participants an opportunity to work with these new tools and approaches. Ranging from experimenting with 3D printers to building new educational materials using Design Thinking methodologies, participants can be sure to come away with a new perspective on these approaches and technologies and a mind filled with new ideas.


As attendees, you will be able to mix and match sessions so you can be sure that you are creating the most valuable experience for yourself and your team.

Other featured programs include:




There are no bystanders or observers in this Summit. We recognize that there are many unique perspectives on the future of our profession and experience and expertise to be shared amongst the attendees. The unconference is the opportunity to share this. During this 90 minute section without pre-defined topics, attendees will be able to submit topics for discussion and presentation. At the beginning of the conference, we will have a board for participants to sign-up for 15 minute slots. During their session, participants can present slides, lead a debate, or carry out a conversation about their topic of interest. This will allow us to harness the creativity of the entire VIS community while providing time to discuss topics that are emerging as the conference unfolds.


Innovation Leader Certification Program (Design Thinking Workshop)*


Whether you aim to lead change in your practice, organization or academic institution, the Innovation Leader Certification (Design Thinking Workshop) at the Veterinary Innovation Summit will help you stay on the cutting-edge. Advance your practice or career in a collaborative, problem-driven way and be empowered to make tangible, actionable changes in your world. This workshop encourages you to push boundaries and gives you a step-by-step process to put big ideas into practice.


*Additional fees apply

Brought to you by Texas A&M University and the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC)

April 28-30 • College Station, Texas