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4 Reasons to be Excited about CVC Virginia Beach 2017

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Dragon Veterinary is proud to once again be attending all three CVC shows this year, starting with CVC Virginia Beach, newly branded as CVC East, from May 18-21, 2017! This show is not only an exciting opportunity to meet so many new faces, but also an opportunity to introduce the Veterinary world to one of our resellers, Vox Scripta, who will be attending the show with us. We are so excited for everything this show has to offer and cannot wait for it to begin tomorrow!

In anticipation, we decided to create a list of the top four reasons why we here at Dragon Veterinary are excited to attend this show, and it was a tough list to narrow down! There are so many things to be excited about, from the people and places, to the education and networking – not to mention the fun – and CVC Virginia Beach has no shortage of any of it!

Reason #1 to be Excited: The Continuing Education

There is no doubt that there are some incredible opportunities for continuing education at the many Veterinary conferences held throughout the world every year, but the CVC’s are definitely a powerhouse! CVC West in particularly, is providing over 450 hours of CE over the course of the show, ensuring that all types of veterinary professionals, from Veterinarians to Practice Managers to Veterinary Technicians and Veterinary Nurses, can learn something new and relevant at any point during their day. In fact, there are so many incredible CE sessions that it will be difficult to pick just a few!

These sessions range in length and number of credit hours they provide, but are always designed with the attendees in mind. The schedule is easy to navigate as CVC Virginia Beach strives to allow attendees to attend as many sessions as they want – they try to ensure that sessions that attract similar crowds do not overlap so that everyone has the opportunity to get the most out of the conference. That said, there are so many sessions that it still takes some finesse to schedule, and so they have structured the schedule to include CE sessions during popular meal times, including complimentary breakfast with morning sessions, lunch and learns featuring “Ask the Experts,” and evening sessions that still end early enough for you to get out and enjoy all CVC Virginia Beach has to offer every night.

Reason #2 to be Excited: The Venue/Location

You cannot go to one of these big shows without marvelling over the incredible venues. CVC East in particular is hosted at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, a classic seaside resort located directly on the Virginia Beach Seaside Boardwalk, that is sure to provide a much needed break for all attendees looking to get away from their busy lives. Even though the main purpose of the conference is education, it is also about the opportunity to relax and meet new people – it is about learning in an environment that is comfortable, fun, and makes you want to come back!

Not only is the venue itself designed to create a light and engaging atmosphere for attendees, but the location as well. Virginia Beach is considered to be the longest pleasure beach in the world, meaning that conference attendees can relax along the boardwalk in the nice hot weather during some downtime, and take in the incredible scenery, including the solid bronze King Neptune Statue that stands 34 feet tall at the intersection of 31st Street and the Virginia Beach Boardwalk.

With so many incredible things to do in Virginia Beach alone, it is no wonder that CVC East is a destination conference for numerous veterinary professionals from all over the world!

Reason #3 to be Excited: The Atmosphere

Although formidable, the reasons to be excited for CVC East do not stop at the education and location, because one of the most impressive things about this conference is its atmosphere!

CVC Virginia Beach may not be the biggest veterinary show of the year, but it’s size remains impressive, annually boasting over 3000 attendees! Despite this number however, the show has a really small and community oriented feel, making all attendees feel welcome! It is at this show that you start to realize that the veterinary world really is a community as old classmates reunite in the aisles of the exhibit hall, and former students get to attend one more lecture with their favourite professor. Yet the show is still big enough to offer an incredible exhibit hall and enough CE hours to meet most annual requirements – it is the perfect blend of big and small!

Another facet that contributes to this atmosphere of belonging is the impressive lineup of non-veterinarian educational seminars focused on personal growth and wellbeing, management styles and work-life balance ensuring that you leave feeling refreshed and with a sense of personal development. With veterinary mental health becoming an ever more relevant topic, these sessions are growing in importance for all walks of veterinary professional life, and it is incredible to see that CVC East is on the forefront of this!

Needless to say that the atmosphere is one of the most contagious aspects of the conference, something that, as an exhibitor and attendee alike, makes the show that much more exciting!

Reason #4 to be Excited: The Opportunities

Of all the reasons to attend CVC Virginia Beach this year, it is tough to pick just one that stands out above the rest – for us however, it has to be the opportunities that this show provides.

As previously mentioned, we are privileged enough to be joined at this show by one of our very first resellers, Vox Scripta. Vox Scripta has been with us since we opened up our software add-on to a reseller network and we could not be happier with the amount of work that they have done in helping to spread the word about such a fantastic product. This is also the first time that we have attended any trade show with a reseller and we are giddy with excitement about the possibilities that this has for us, and our resellers, in the future!

Speaking of exhibits, CVC Virginia Beach also features a 150+ booth exhibit hall – an incredible opportunity for us, and conference attendees, to learn about the latest and greatest in the veterinary space. This includes the newest medical devices, foods, medications, software, and and anything else that can help create a successful veterinary practice! Not only can we learn and network in order to improve our veterinary software, but we can also help others improve too.

This is a particularly important opportunity for us to meet with the major practice management software companies, including our friends at AviMark, IDEXX, and BluePearl, among many others. These interactions allow us to develop relationships that will take Dragon Veterinary to the next level, particularly with regards to integrations with your practice management software, improving your ability to dictate your patient charts and notes but also navigate through your practice management software using nothing but your voice!

CVC Virginia Beach begins tomorrow and we could not be more excited for the start of another year of CVC conferences! For all in attendance at CVC East, Dragon Veterinary will be there in booth #307 offering live demos of our product and ready to answer any and all questions you might have. If you cannot attend this show, not to worry for Dragon Veterinary will also be attending CVC Kansas City in August as well as CVC San Diego in December. We hope to see you at one or more of the CVC shows this year!

APVC 2017 - The Little Veterinary Conference that Could

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Although Dragon Veterinary was unable to attend the Atlantic Provinces Veterinary Conference (APVC) from April 21 to 23, 2017 as an exhibitor, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to visit the humble little conference and to experience their incredible enthusiasm for veterinary medicine.

This show, held at the Marriott Harbourfront Hotel in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, is small but mighty, attracting close to 1000 attendees from around the world who come to participate in their interesting and innovative CE sessions. It is also an incredibly popular show for exhibitors given the reasonable booth price and excellent exposure to various aspects of the veterinary profession - so much so that it often sells out almost a year in advance with returning exhibitors.

The location of this show is also incredibly attractive to attendees who frequently combine their attendance with a longer stay in the Halifax and/or Atlantic Canadian region. Often regarded as a well kept secret, Atlantic Canada offers a vibrant culture that is rich in history and intrigue for many veterinary professionals who have never visited, and an incredible opportunity to take in a location that is vastly different from where the majority of veterinary conferences are held.

Another attractive component of APVC is the diversity of their CE sessions - there really is something for everyone! This year the show featured over 15 different and renowned speakers for Veterinarians and Animal Health Technicians, in addition to multiple speakers who specialize in topics relevant to business managers and support staff. Overall, veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and business managers are all eligible for 16.5 CE credit hours for this incredibly reasonably-priced three-day conference.

The exhibit hall is also an incredibly attractive aspect of this conference as it is easily navigable, very personal, and a great opportunity to meet other professionals and learn more about the latest and greatest in veterinary technology, veterinarian tools, and animal hospital software, among others. Due to the very reasonable size of this show, with just under 60 booths, it is very easy to make your way through the entire hall and to see and spend time at all the booths of interest. Furthermore, many of the veterinary industry's most notable companies are there, including Elanco, Merck Animal Health, Royal Canin, HillsIDEXX, Boehringer Ingelheim, Purina, Zoetis, providing a great opportunity for all veterinary professionals to keep up to date with the industry. Overall, it is a truly great opportunity for anyone who lacks a small and manageable conference that packs a powerful informational and educational punch!

Although Dragon Veterinary was unable to exhibit this year, we did attend the show and were so pleased that we did! It was an incredible opportunity to meet other veterinary professionals and professionals in the veterinary field, to make connections, and to further experience all that the veterinary trade show circuit has to offer. It is an incredible little show with a rich history - having grown from its humble beginnings in the 1940s to its ever increasing success, and we look forward to participating and exhibiting next year.

Dragon Veterinary in the News: Antigonish Veterinary Software Company Going Global, the Chronicle Herald

Shawn Wilkie and his team of Dragon Veterinary Software. From left to right: Shawn Wilkie, Tomek Obirek, Charlotte Henderson, and Josh Vienneau

Shawn Wilkie and his team of Dragon Veterinary Software. From left to right: Shawn Wilkie, Tomek Obirek, Charlotte Henderson, and Josh Vienneau

An Antigonish startup led by veteran tech entrepreneur Shawn Wilkie has made a global distribution deal for its new veterinary software.

Eight months ago, DragonVeterinary released voice recognition software that allows vets to transcribe case notes by voice instead of typing.

Wilkie, Dragon’s co-founder and a veteran of Nova Scotia’s tech startup scene, told the Chronicle Herald the company has now inked a deal with Massachusetts-based tech firm Nuance Communications to distribute the software as an “add-on” to Nuance’s existing voice recognition products.

As such, said Wilkie, hundreds of vets across North America, the U.K. and Australia were now paying thousands of dollars each to use the software — with the number rising rapidly each day.

Wilkie said the “unique” software increases the number of case notes a veterinarian can transcribe each day from approximately 22 to more than 100.

He said while most smartphones have voice recognition, that was useless to both doctors and veterinarians, both of whom use hundreds or even thousands of words unrecognizable by an iPhone’s built-in Voice Memos app, for example.

However, Dragon’s highly advanced vocabulary component — developed in close collaboration with practitioners and based on years of research — easily recognizes vet jargon, he said.

Wilkie says Dragon employs two people full-time in Antigonish and three full-time in Halifax. He’s hoping to double that within the next few months.

Wilkie said the software has huge potential, as vets face fast-increasing pressure to document their work more comprehensively — forcing them, subsequently, to spend much more time on paperwork.

“Approximately four out of 10 medical doctors use some kind of voice dictation,” said Wilkie. “It’s been like that for at least a decade.

“But with vets, nobody uses voice recognition software. Now the same change is happening to them — and Dragon is leading and driving it within the English-speaking world.”

Short-term, Dragon is working on a second version of the software, launching smartphone apps and also expanding into the U.K. and Australasian markets.

Meanwhile, the company is close to closing several other international distribution deals, Wilkie said, speaking from a massive vet trade show in Florida. In February, he had a sales team at a vet convention in England, while in July Wilkie is planning to travel to a vet conference in New Zealand with co-founders and husband-and-wife team Tomek and Raegan Obirek.

Wilkie says that in the U.S. and Canada alone there are more than 200,000 English-speaking vets.

“Then, when you consider the entire English-speaking world, the market potential for this software is huge. Our rapid success so far shows you don’t have to be in California or New York to have a world-beating software. With a good Internet connection and some good employees, we can grow an international company out of Antigonish.”

Dragon received $25,000 support from Nova Scotia Business Inc.’s Export Growth and Small Business Development programs, Wilkie said.

DragonVeterinary’s parent company is Nova Scotia-based OceanLab IT Innovations Inc., which also harbours IT consultancy Robotnik. Robotnik, where Wilkie is CEO, employs 20 people in Antigonish and Halifax. Wilkie holds shares in OceanLab.

Wilkie, an NSCC grad and St. Francis Xavier University dropout, also co-founded the now-closed Halifax software firm SheepDog Inc.

Thank you to the Chronicle Herald for the article, read it online here.

7 Things to Look Forward to at WVC 2017

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The Western Veterinary Conference, or WVC, begins this weekend (March 5th to 9th) and, as one of the largest veterinary conferences in the world, Dragon Veterinary is excited to be part of their incredible lineup. The conference is characterized by its ‘Passion Meets Education’ tag line, where all attendees, from veterinarians and veterinary technicians to exhibitors and sponsors, are not only passionate about their craft but willing to learn and help others in the process. With over 1000 hours of continuing education (CE) sessions available to attend, more than 500 exhibitors, and a world class lineup of speakers and presenters, WVC will be a truly incredible experience for everyone in attendance. Furthermore, this five-day event is held in the incredible Las Vegas, NV, the entertainment capital of the world, ensuring that passionate veterinary professionals will not only get the chance to learn and expand their knowledge, but have fun doing so.

With such an amazing conference right around the corner, Dragon veterinary wanted to take this chance to reflect on the moments that await in the coming week. Here is a list of seven of the most exciting and beneficial opportunities that we believe await all those excitingly packing their bags beginning only days from now, Dragon Veterinary wanted to look forward to seven of the most exciting aspects of the conference, read on for more information.

1)    Speakers

Veterinary Conferences pride themselves in getting the most interesting, engaging, and relevant speakers possible, and WVC is no exception. Every year they bring together a wide range of incredible guest speakers to pass on their knowledge and expertise to veterinary professionals from all over the world in one of the many CE sessions that are offered throughout the program. Although these individuals are top notch speakers and educators, this year most of the guest speaker buzz is around the Boehringer Ingelheim sponsored keynote address with none other than National Geographic Fellow Joel Sartore, a world renowned photographer, author, teacher, speaker, animal conservationist, and founder of National Geographics’ Photo Ark.

The Photo Ark itself is one of Sartores’ greatest photographic achievements. When the project began his goal was to document biodiversity in order to show the world what is at stake when species go extinct. His photographs are made against solid white or black backgrounds in order to equalize his subjects, to show the world that, no matter what the size of the animal, they are important to us and to our world. Thus far the project has photographically documented over 6000 animals, from the most rare and endangered to common backyard visitors, and he shows no signs of stopping or slowing.

Sartores’ keynote address, A World Worth Saving, was sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim and is sure to be an incredibly and inspiring opportunity for all in attendance. The event is on Sunday March 5th, the first day of the conference, from 11:00am to 12:30pm, and is complementary for all conference attendees.

2)    Continuing Education

No veterinary conference is complete without the opportunity to learn and grow, especially at a conference where their theme is Passion meets Education. At WVC 2017, not only are there over 1000 CE hours available to attendees through symposia, workshops, and hands-on labs (which we will get to later – see point 3). The best part however, is that there are CE hours available to veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and practice managers in the areas of small animal, avian & exotics, food animal, and equine, thus allow attendees the opportunity to create their own learning experience and to pick and choose the sessions that they feel will be most important to them in their practice.

Even more is that, not only is this 89th Annual WVC Conference on of the most anticipated veterinary conferences of the year, it is also renowned for its CE program. With high-quality sessions led by industry-renowned educators and a variety of formats to suit the learning style of each and every individual, the event promised to provide a level of education that is unmatched in its ability to be not only educational, but unique as well. Once again WVC has gone above and beyond with their CE curriculum, promising a program that is arsenal-ready, providing attendees with veterinary and practice knowledge that is individually tailored and can be used now.

3)    Hands-On labs

One of the most important and anticipated elements of any CE curriculum are the hands-on labs, which give veterinarians and veterinary technicians the opportunity to learn and work on their skills in real time. Although these labs are technically optional, most attendees choose to participate in at least one session because of their incredible and unique opportunity for learning and real-time practice.

Of particular note at WVC 2017 however, is the venue for these labs. The Oquendo Center, a state-of-the-art facility that houses multiple configurable multi-purpose rooms and 12 fully-equipped stations in their surgery suite. The Center itself boasts an impressive collection of high-tech onsite surgical equipment for veterinarians, including a bovie electrosurgical generator, a c-arm, an endoscopy tower, lead apron, portable suction, a variety of power tools, scrubs, ventilators, and more, ensuring that every veterinarian and veterinary technician is well equipped for their lab, no matter what they brought to Las Vegas with them.

The Oquendo Center is also designed for maximum interaction, with advanced A/V capabilities that include an interactive pen display technology that allows the 190 seat audience to closely view each and every step being conducted by the instructor. Even more is that the same technology is available throughout the facility, allowing a single procedure and/or presentation to be viewed simultaneously, no matter where one is in the building.

These labs are an incredible experience for all involved, with many veterinary professionals citing them as one of the most important educational opportunities of the conference.

4)    Exhibitors

No vet show is complete without the exhibit hall, and one of the biggest of the trade show circuit is WVC. With over 500 exhibitors, including Dragon Veterinary, it is an incredible opportunity for conference attendees to learn about and explore the latest and greatest products and technologies available to the veterinary profession. There are a tone of incredible exhibitors to visit at this show, but do make sure to stop by booth 4632 to visit Dragon Veterinary. We will be giving demos of our Dragon Veterinary software and it is an incredible chance to come by, meet some of our incredible employee, and enter for your chance to win some great prizes!

Of course, the exhibit hall is about more than just discovering the best and newest veterinary technologies, it is also about making connections and learning. That is why the Learning Lounge is back by popular demand, which provides a short and sweet opportunity for veterinary professionals to engage in various 20-minute CE sessions over three days, right in the exhibit hall. This means that the learning continues throughout the show, no matter where you are or what you are doing. The learning lounge is complemented by the newly renovated New Products Showcase, giving attendees the chance to have a quick peek at some of the new additions to this years’ show, while still taking in the bite sized CE sessions that the exhibit hall has to offer.

Not only that, but WVC has also instituted an exhibit hall only hour, ensuring that, no matter how busy your CE schedule, you still have the chance to attend the exhibit hall and see all the new and incredible veterinary products (like Dragon Veterinary…). There is also an exhibit hall mixer, allowing conference attendees to engage with each other and with the exhibitors, and a Vet Detective scavenger hunt, with over $35,000 in prizes to be won. The exhibit hall is definitely going to be one of the highlights of WVC 2017!

5)    Industry professionals

This highlight kind of goes without saying, but we will say it anyway! One of the best parts of any veterinary conference, WVC included, is the ability to meet, network, and work/learn with other industry professionals. So much of learning is about more than the time you spend in sessions, and although that is beneficial, particularly with all of the incredible sessions and speakers offered at WVC, it is definitely not the only thing to consider. The ability to talk to and learn from other veterinary professionals from all over the world is an incredible experience, and one that is a focus of this conference. It is why there are so many mixer events to attends, group learning and small group CE sessions, the keynote speakers and conference-only shows and entertainment (see point 6), and of course all of the additional activities available for conference attendees who also want to explore the incredible Las Vegas (see point 7).

WVC itself is expected to have over 15,000 attendees, all members of the veterinary profession. This gives each and every individual attending the show the ability to meet and learn from a massive diversity of individuals who could help them improve their practice or simply inspire them to learn more about an area of veterinary medicine that they had not yet tackled. The sheer number of passionate individuals, all under one roof, also creates an incredible environment for the show. With passion reverberating off of every surface, the collaborative and motivating environment that is WVC is bound to inspire.

What is even better is that WVC has created a new program to foster the development of these relationships and connections made throughout the show. They have made it easier to connect with each other and to keep the conversations going throughout the show and after. Connections, the free online global community created by WVC is an amazing chance to reach out to the individuals you meet, to share your knowledge and learning, and to also receive that from others. The best part is that it facilitates easy communication and continued learning even long past the end of the conference, creating a year-long, world-wide, veterinary community that thrives on the ability to continually learn from and meet others just like them.

6)    Entertainment

As has been alluded to in previous points, there is so much more to a fun and exciting veterinary conference than just their CE and guest speakers. Because WVC wants veterinary professionals to learn not only from their incredible CE sessions and instructors but also from each other, it is important to ensure that there are opportunities for attendees to connect in fun and relaxed ways. This is why there is also such a heavy focus on entertainment and the opportunity to let loose after a long and stimulating day of learning. Plus, why not indulge in some entertainment while staying in Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world!

The conference has ensured that there are a number of non-veterinary related activities easily accessible to conference attendees including hiking, culinary tours, shopping trips, and a whole host of other activities that are both family friendly and individually stimulating. We talk more about these option in point 7. What is particularly exciting about WVC this year however, is their entertainment lineup, included as part of the conference registration. Their program includes the Hill’s Comedy Night with the hysterical Kathleen Madigan, and a concert at the House of Blues with world renown Gary Allan.

Madigan, a veteran comedienne whose career spans over 25 years is an incredible way to finish off the first full day of the conference and prepare attendees for the exciting days to come. Hill’s graciously sponsors this event because of the important of laughter to relaxation, and there is no better way to promote laughter than with this world class entertainer. Madigans’ credits are many, including her performances on almost every standup television show ever made, her American Comedy Award for Best Female Comedian, and her Phyllis Diller award for Best Female Comedian. This is the perfect way to start an awesome conference!

The second big entertainment opportunity, also included in conference registration, is the Merck’s Concert at the Mandalay Bat Convention Centers’ House of Blues with Gary Allan, a multi-platinum and widely celebrated country music star. His music is known around the world, as is his stage presence and this show is sure to be a hit after a few long and exciting days of CE. Don’t miss this rocking performance of his original music, which is often described as elegant, soulful, and promises to resonate with all attendees – not to mention that he is considered to be one of the coolest country music stars. Make sure to laugh with Kathleen Madigan on Sunday March 5th from 7:00pm to 8:30pm and watch Gary Allan perform on Tuesday March 7th from 8:00pm to 9:30pm, these are two shows you will not want to miss!

7)    Activities

The seventh thing we wanted to include on our list of things to look forward to at WVC 2017 are the activities. Given that this is a veterinary conference, it is important focus on the wonderful educational opportunities available to veterinary professionals. Yet conferences such at WVC are about so much more. That is why, in addition to incredible CE, amazing performances and speakers, and truly incredible networking opportunities, WVC is providing a number of different offsite activities that conference attendees and their families can attend when they need a break from the conference or just want to see some of what fabulous Las Vegas has to offer.

Starting bright and early on Sunday March 5th, the first day of the show, there is a 5K walk and run at the Springs Preserve. This is a wonderful way to start a jam packed conference with energy and enthusiasm, to see some of what Las Vegas has to offer, and you will be back in time to catch Joel Sartores’ keynote address. Other opportunities include hiking a Red Rock Canyon on Monday and Tuesday, if you are part of the lucky group who has already registered for this sold out event, a shopping shuttle to premium outlets for all those travelling from away, and culinary walking tours of the famous Las Vegas strip. There are also opportunities to attend TopGolf, a brewery tour, and the Case de Shenandoah Platinum Tour, which is also currently sold out. Furthermore, there are a number of discounts available for other events of interest to conference attendees, including many family friendly options for veterinary professionals travelling with their significant others and/or children.

Not to worry however, for keeping with the theme of veterinary medicine and Passion Meets Education, WVC has also worked a series of incredible vet related opportunities into the lineup. First are a series of receptions occurring on Monday evening, including a Technician Reception from 6:30pm to 9:00pm, a Veterinary Student Reception from 7:30pm to 9:30pm, and an Alumni Reception from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. There is also an incredible opportunity to volunteer with the Street Dog Coalition, who provide free veterinary care to pets of the homeless on Wednesday March 6th from 7:30pm to 9:30pm.

It goes without saying that WVC is not only one of the biggest, but also one of the most anticipated veterinary conferences of the year. With its incredible lineup of speakers and performers, CE sessions, hands-on labs at the state-of-the-art Oquendo center, year-round networking opportunities, and fun for everyone, it is an event not to be missed! As the conference boats, “bring your passion and we’ll supply the education,” and that they do!

Inspiring and fuelling the passions of incredible veterinary professionals from all over the world is the main goal of this conference, and looking at what they have planned for all attendees starting tomorrow, Sunday March 5th, there is no doubt that this will be achieved!

For more information about the conference proceeds, please refer to the WVC 2017 Quick Guide and Conference Maps (here) and/or to their Conference Program and Exhibit Hall Guide (here). Also make sure to stop by booth #4632 to visit Dragon Veterinary and get the chance to try out our software, we would love to meet you!

Top 5 Moments of NAVC 2017

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Dragon Veterinary was fortunate to be one of the many incredible exhibitors at NAVC 2017, the largest veterinary conference in the world!!! We had such a great time down in Orlando last week, our first ever experience at such a massive and lively show, and it is difficult to narrow down just a few of our top moments, but here it goes:

1)    The Venue – Orange County Convention Center (OCCC)

The ceiling of the OCCC

The ceiling of the OCCC

Historically NAVC has been held across two different venues, mostly due to the sheer size of the conference, but this year was different. This year everything was in a single incredible location. First, the OCCC is a pretty cool place, just look at the ceiling!! Its architectural design, although simple, really catches the eye, but what is so incredible about this location is its enormity. The exhibit hall, where Dragon Veterinary spent most of our time, was so massive that Segways were available for attendees to get them from one end of the hall to the other. Despite its giganticness the OCCC never felt too big, an impressive feat considering that NAVC 2017 was the largest NAVC ever with over 16,000 attendees. It gracefully managed to house every single one of the over 16,000 veterinary professionals who attended this incredible event. In fact, the only downside was the long, and we mean LONG, lineups for lunch. Needless to say that the excitement was palpable, with the OCCC promoting a very exciting and engaging atmosphere for everyone there!

2)    The City – Sunny and Beautiful Orlando, FL

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It is pretty hard to argue when a conference is held in a place like Orlando! Even though Dragon Veterinary was super busy with the conference and all the fun activities there, we still took a bit of time to admire the city and what it has to offer, especially when our flight home was delayed by a few days… The view from our hotel was gorgeous, and we also had the opportunity to lounge around in a few of the many Orlando pools, enjoying the sun and the relative warmth. Honestly, we would take a cancelled flight anytime, as long as they left us in Orlando!

3)    Our Fellow Exhibitors

Inside the exhibit hall, the view from the Dragon Veterinary booth, #3532

Inside the exhibit hall, the view from the Dragon Veterinary booth, #3532

 Although Dragon Veterinary was kept very busy by all the conference proceedings and attendees, we still had the opportunity to meet with and talk to a number of other exhibitors, and what a treat that was! As we are new to the trade show circuit, it was a great experience for us to get to talk to some of the other veteran exhibitors who gave us a ton of cool ideas and handy tips, including the design for our travelling exhibit which is now in the early stages of production. We also got the chance to learn a lot about the new products and technologies that are changing the way veterinary professionals work, thus giving us new ideas about how we can fit our Dragon Veterinary products into the mix. That is what is so cool about trade shows like this; because of their size they attract a huge population of high quality veterinary professionals and exhibitors thus becoming more than just an opportunity to grow our business, but also a chance for us to learn and improve. We often get stuck in our little Dragon Veterinary sphere and it is really interesting and inspiring to meet so many of the other fantastic exhibitors. They all have such great ideas and we learn so much them, their experience, and their products!

4)    The Atmosphere – Passionate and Fun, What More Could We Ask For!

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We have alluded to it in all other points, but one of the best things about this conference was the atmosphere. With everyone under one roof and so excited about all the incredible events, speakers, and continuing education programs available to them, it was a truly energizing environment for Dragon Veterinary to be a part of. The excitement was palpable throughout the OCCC. Everyone seemed to be so excited about what they had learned and the people they had met, exhibitors included!! The experiences that were available to everyone evidently played a huge role in this atmosphere, as did the venue, but what truly made the conference buzz was the passion. Everyone there was passionate about what they did, and their desire to learn and to take in every experience could be felt in the air. This was a truly incredible thing for Dragon Veterinary to be a part of, for there is nothing more energizing than feeling this passion and knowing that your products can help them get even more out of that passion. We are lucky to have been there, and so thrilled to share it with you.

5)    YOU!!! – Last But Not Least

Entrance to the NAVC 2017 exhibit hall

Entrance to the NAVC 2017 exhibit hall

There is no question that NAVC 2017 was an incredible experience for Dragon Veterinary, and we are still buzzing from all of the amazing things we learned. That said, despite everything there was to love and learn at this conference, none of it would have been possible without veterinary professionals like yourself. Everything that happens at this show is designed to benefit veterinary practitioners, to make them the best that they can be, but this is only possible because they want to be the best that they can be, they strive for it, and so events like this are put on to ensure that this is possible. Not only that, but your attitude at the conference is such a pleasure to work with and experience. The atmosphere of the conference, which buzzes with excitement and passion is only possible because you bring that excitement and passion along with you. Our jobs are easy when the people we are dealing with enthusiastic about what we have to offer, and these interactions make it possible for us to continue to improve. We had so many wonderful conversations with current Dragon Veterinary clients, ones that help us to better understand how veterinary professionals use our product so that we can continue to improve and innovate to make the product better and easier for you to use. We also had a lot of phenomenal and enlightening conversations with a variety of interesting individuals who help us to broaden our knowledge of the veterinary world, which also helps us to improve. There is a lot to be said for the organizers of NAVC 2017, they really outdid themselves, but none of it would be possible without the incredible individuals who permeate the veterinary profession. We are lucky to be able to talk to and learn from you!!

NAVC 2017 was an incredible experience for Dragon Veterinary. We learned so much, met so many incredible people, and have a newfound passion for what we do and the products we offer! We are continually trying to improve our products, to make them the best that they can be, and our ability to do so is thanks to events like these and veterinary professionals like yourself who always push us to new levels of innovation. We so look forward to hearing from you in the future, and cannot wait for NAVC 2018!

The Sound of Dragon Veterinary: A look at the Dragon Headset and Nuance PowerMics II and III

 
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Dragon veterinary software is highly compatible with multiple different microphones and headsets, including the Philips and Olympus brands. That said, we often recommend that customers purchase a Nuance designed recording device as they are designed specifically for and optimize the use of Dragon Dictation software, including dragon vet. There are three primary recording devices that can be purchased along with your dragonveterinary software, which we will be introducing here: the Dragon Headset, the Nuance PowerMic II (also called the Nuance Power Mic 2), and the Nuance PowerMic III (Nuance PowerMic 3).

Dragon Headset

The Dragon Headset is the simplest and most affordable of the dragon veterinary recording devices, and it is the original headset used with dragon vet software. It is a USB headset with a noise cancelling microphone that reduces background noise for better speech accuracy while the USB-enhanced digital sound ensures consistent audio quality throughout use. This is particularly important given the playback feature available in dragon veterinary software, which allows the user to play back their dictation in their own voice. The preciseness of the audio quality is partly due to optimization of the headset with dragon vet software, however it is also partly due to the nature of USB microphones. This is because a USB connection allows both your microphone and the speakers direct digital quality access to your computer. The Dragon Headset really does provide superior audio input for users of dragonvet.

Dragon Headset, comes standard with all orders of Dragon Medical Practice Edition II

Dragon Headset, comes standard with all orders of Dragon Medical Practice Edition II

Aside from the audio and sound quality benefits of this highly affordable headset, the design also proves to be an asset for any user of dragon vet. The design is simple and features an adjustable single earphone design with a cushioned swivel-mounted ear piece that fits left or right-side and makes the headset extremely light and comfortable. The microphone boom is also highly adjustable, allowing for the precise positioning of the microphone and easy maneuverability for any dictation situation. It also has a foldable design, where it can be made flat for easy storage and travel, a particularly useful feature for veterinarians using dragonveterinary at multiple locations or while they examine patients.

This headset comes standard with the purchase of Dragon Medical Practice Edition 2 with Veterinary Software Add On: Large and Small Animal w/headset only, or can be purchased separately where dragon veterinary software is sold.

Nuance PowerMic II (or PowerMic 2)

 

The PowerMic is the piece de resistance of the Nuance audio devices, and although it costs more than the Dragon Headset, it is well worth the additional investment, particularly for anyone regularly using dragonvet. It is truly ideal for medical professionals who are looking for high levels of speed, ease-of-use, and productivity when using dragonveterinary, and is designed for complete integration with all dragon veterinary software.

The Nuance PowerMic II, can be purchased as part of the Dragon Medical Practice Edition II w/PowerMic software package

The Nuance PowerMic II, can be purchased as part of the Dragon Medical Practice Edition II w/PowerMic software package

The PowerMic II, more precisely, was designed specifically for veterinarians and other animal healthcare professionals using dragonvet software to streamline their charting process. The goal was to give dragon vet users complete control of their computer systems by not only facilitating fast and accurate dictation but also limiting the need to switch between the microphone, keyboard, and mouse during the dictation process. The unidirectional microphone has high-level noise-cancellation which ensures higher accuracy and better sound quality, facilitating command recognition by dragonveterinary but also ensuring ease of playback and editing. This is particularly good for work in noisy environments, such as animal hospitals and clinics, where the ambient noise, hustle and bustle of activity, and occasional animal vocalization will not hamper the accuracy of the dragon vet software. Overall, the PowerMic 2 increases your speech-to-text efficiency without sacrificing accuracy when using dragonvet, while also increasing overall productivity.

In addition to high quality and accurate recording, the PowerMic II also offers an additional set of features that are beneficial to users of dragon veterinary software and help to increase overall productivity. The USB connection allows for easy plug-and play installation thus eliminating the need to have sound card-enabled PCs, while the simple thumb-control design allows for ease of operation when dictating, editing, navigating, and reviewing documents using the integrated, fully functional PC-mouse capabilities. Essentially, the PowerMic II gives full dictation control to its user, allowing them to quickly navigate through and work with dragonveterinary documents, templates, and fields using only their voice for review and editing. In addition to the track-point mouse and left and right-click capabilities, the PowerMic 2 also contains a series of programmable buttons that can be easily personalized to the dragon veterinary users’ needs, thus increasing speed of performance and productivity.

As a final point of pride, not only is the PowerMic II operationally exceptional, but it is also designed with the user in mind. The handheld microphone was designed to rest ergonomically in the hands of its dragon vet user to facilitate enhanced productivity and quick and easy pickup and use. It is easily portable, so can travel anywhere you do to get your dictation job done, and is much faster than putting on a headset, an asset for any busy practitioner of veterinary medicine. The microphone was also placed flush to the device and on an angle for optimum recording, while the built-in speaker allows for easy playback.
The PowerMic 2 is an essential tool for any dragon vet software user, and can be purchased either individually at an authorized dragon veterinary reseller, or as part of the Dragon Medical Practice Edition 2 with Veterinary Software Add On: Large and Small Animal w/PowerMic II software package.

Nuance PowerMic III (or PowerMic 3)

The new PowerMic 3 was designed with the intent of improving upon the PowerMic 2 by making the user experience more streamlined and modern. Many of the core features remain the same, such as the unidirectional noise-cancelling microphone and the full-function PC-mouse capable thumb-control that allows the user to easily navigate through fields and documents without switching between the microphone, keyboard, and mouse, however they have been updated to better serve the veterinary professionals using the dragon vet software. At its core, the PowerMic III remains the same effective tool we all came to know and love, but with new and improved features that advance dragon veterinary dictation to a new level.

 
 

Improvements were made to the microphone to facilitate the easier and faster control of dictation and document navigation in the dragon vet software, while the new and simplified PC compatible thumb-control operation uses an optical control pad (also known as a touch pad) which gives the user more precise control and eliminates any moving parts, thus increasing microbial protection, a key feature when being used in veterinary environments. It also comes with a holster for the microphone when not in use, a shorter body design, and the option of a short chord that is well suited for laptops and windows-based tablets, a common tool with dragonvet. Combined, the redesigned ergonomic handheld structure and the new optical control pad allow for new levels of dictation speed, ease-of-use, and productivity.

Furthermore, the PowerMic 3 is the perfect partner for PowerMic Mobile, a new program developed for use with dragonveterinary that can turn your smartphone into a secure wireless microphone. This is an added feature that will benefit any on-the-go veterinary practitioner who still wants to take full advantage of their dragon veterinary software.

To best suit the needs of our customers, the PowerMic 3 will be offered in parallel with the PowerMic 2, to recognize that some users may prefer the longer body of the PowerMic 2, while other will prefer the smaller sleeker design of the PowerMic 3. As such, like with the PowerMic 2, the PowerMic 3 can be purchased either individually or as part of the Dragon Medical Practice Edition 2 with Veterinary Software Add On: Large and Small Animal w/PowerMic III software package.

DragonVeterinary Goes International

DragonVeterinary is proud to be embarking on its very first trip outside of North America! We will be sending two representatives to the London Vet Show, the largest show in all of England! This marks the first step in our global expansion, with step two being a trip in June to the Australian Veterinarian Association Conference. Be sure to check back in next week to hear all about the show in London, both from a business and personal perspective!

Better Together: Dragon Veterinary and Cornerstone Veterinary Software

In the best relationships, be it personal, professional, or even pet, the two parties don’t just coexist, they make each other better. Likewise, our veterinary clinic speech recognition software not only works well with your current solutions, but it has the power to improve them. This is very much the case when it comes to your Cornerstone Veterinary Software. While Cornerstone helps strengthen connections by keeping you organized and up to date on each of your patients’ care history, Dragon® Medical Practice Edition 2 with Veterinary Software Add On helps you make more meaningful patient relationships, by saving you time, giving you more to spend with each patient.

Beyond complimenting each other, these computer software programs seamlessly work together, improving efficiency in all areas of your practice. Cornerstone offers improved methods to manage your practice, a way to take more effective notes, and a better system to store and keep track of records, all while boosting both your external and internal communications.  Dragon Veterinary offers Nuance® Dragon® Medical Practice Edition 2 with our exclusive Veterinary Vocabulary Software enhances these tools by allowing you to dictate information to be entered in your management software easily and accurately, saving typing, time, and eliminating errors. So while the integration of these two solutions is complex, the results are pure simplicity.