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Veterinary Endoscopy Society Annual Conference

Registration is now open for the 2024 conference in Santa Barbara! Please use the links below to complete the registration process. 

Please note: registration for the conference gets you one gala dinner ticket. To purchase another, you will need to return to this page and select “Dinner Registration.” You can only purchase an additional gala dinner ticket if you’ve already registered for the conference. 


Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort

The link for room reservations will be coming very soon. 


Conference Dates: July 29 – August 1, 2024

Check in and welcome cocktail reception Monday, July 29th, 2024. Conference presentations will be Tuesday, July 30th, 2024 –  Thursday, August 1st, 2024 with gala dinner on Wednesday, July 31st, 2024.

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keynote speakers

dr gregory dakin

dr. gregory dakin

Dr. Gregory Dakin, MD, is Chief of GI Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery in the Department of Surgery at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine and Associate Professor of Surgery and Associate Attending Surgeon at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. He completed both general surgery training and specialty training in minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Dakin is certified by the American Board of Surgery and specializes in laparoscopic abdominal surgery.

In addition to his busy clinical practice, Dr. Dakin plays a strong leadership role in physician training as Director of the Surgery Clerkship and Director of the Minimally Invasive Surgical Training Animate Laboratory. In addition to his clinical interest in obesity surgery, his practice includes the minimally invasive treatment of a wide variety of gastrointestinal disorders.  Dr. Dakin was selected as “Best Doctor” by New York Magazine and was named one of New York Super doctors, an honor accorded just 5% of all New York physicians.

Dr. mona orady

Dr. Mona Orady, MD, FACOG, founder of The Orady Women’s Clinic for Advanced Gynecology & Minimally Invasive Surgery. Dr. Orady completed her residency at The Ohio State University and went on to become Director of Robotic Surgery Services at Dignity Health- Saint Francis Memorial Hospital in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has over 20 years of experience in advanced minimally invasive and robotic surgery, with over 10,000 procedures performed. She specializes in menstrual disorders with fertility-sparing surgery for fibroids or endometriosis excision. She has been a board member of the Society of Laparoscopic & Robotic Surgeons for over 12 years as well as President of the society.

clayton watkins, dvm

Dr. Watkins earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 1988 and founded VetMed Consultants, an ultrasound and endoscopy diagnostic service, in 1996. Since 1996, he as limited is practice to non-invasive diagnostic procedures such as ultrasound, endoscopy, CT and fluoroscopy. His practice is also limited to non-invasive and minimally invasive procedures. These procedures replace more invasive open surgeries thus reducing pain and complications. In collaboration with Dr. John Hayes, a human radiation oncologist of Companion Curietherapy, LLC, he founded the first radiation treatment facility in the Unites States specializing in high-dose-rate brachytherapy. He has been married to his wife Lisa since 1984 and they have four children.

sponsorship opportunities

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