CloserStill Vet US expands event portfolio following deal with Modern Veterinary Media

NEW YORK, NEW YORK—CloserStill Vet US, LLC, a joint venture between the London‑based exhibition and conference organizer, CloserStill Media, and Tulsa‑based veterinary media company, Brief Media, has announced it has acquired the Wild West Veterinary Conference and Chicagoland Veterinary Conference in a deal with Modern Veterinary Media.

Launched in 1995, the Wild West Veterinary Conference is held at the Grand Sierra Hotel in Reno, Nevada, in October, and attracts more than 2,000 veterinary professionals to participate in its AAVSB RACE‑approved continuing education program. This year's event will be held October 3‑6, 2018. The inaugural Chicagoland Veterinary Conference was held May 2018 and will take place May 13‑16, 2019, at the Navy Pier exhibition center in Chicago, Illinois.

"We are all very excited to join forces with one of the premier conference and trade show management companies in the world," said Bruce Dozier, executive director of Modern Veterinary Media. "Our team is looking forward to combining the Wild West Conference in Reno and the Chicagoland Conference with the CloserStill Vet group and the international veterinary conferences CloserStill Media currently produces. The combined conference group will catapult Modern Veterinary Media and CloserStill Vet to the forefront of the veterinary CE community. The future is very exciting."

CloserStill Vet US is partnering with Dozier to run the two veterinary events in Reno and Chicago.

"This is an exciting investment for us all," said Rob Chapman, managing director of the Vet Group at CloserStill Media. "After the successful launch of New York Vet in 2017, we have been looking for further partnerships in North America, and Modern Veterinary Media was the natural choice, as their model closely follows ours. Our combined experience, sector knowledge, and significant commercial and marketing resources will be focused on delivering for both the exhibitors and the audiences of these powerful brands. The opportunity to work with both Modern Veterinary Media and our current partner, Brief Media, puts us in an outstanding position to serve the animal health market in the US."

Brief Media, publisher of industry‑leading brands Clinician's Brief, Veterinary Team Brief, and Plumb's® Veterinary Drugs, has been the driving force behind the annual conference program for New York Vet, which attracted more than 2,000 veterinary professionals and 210 exhibitors to its inaugural show in 2017.

"We were immensely gratified to see our partnership with CloserStill Media result in their most successful Vet Show launch to date; this was particularly thrilling considering New York Vet is the portfolio's first US‑based event," said Elizabeth Green, CEO and founder of Brief Media. "Joining forces with Modern Veterinary Media provides a unique opportunity to grow our portfolio of successful veterinary events, and we are excited to deliver our trademark practical, relevant CE experience to veterinary professionals through the Reno and Chicago conferences."

New York Vet follows the successful model first set by the London Vet Show in 2009, now the largest veterinary conference and exhibition in Europe, in providing a world‑class program and a revolutionized exhibition experience over a convenient 2‑day span. Adding the Reno and Chicago events to the successful global Vet Show portfolio now brings the number of Vet Show events to six, with France Vet (Paris, June) and Deutsche Vet (Cologne, Germany). The Vet Show portfolio now educates more than 16,000 unique veterinary professionals every year.

ABOUT CLOSERSTILL MEDIA

CloserStill Media specializes in high‑value, content‑driven events and the nurturing of B2B or professional communities. The company operates chiefly in the healthcare and technology markets with events in London, Birmingham, Paris, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Singapore and New York City. Our portfolio includes some of the fastest growing, and often award winning, events including the London Vet Show, Cloud Expo Europe, The Pharmacy Show, Learning Technologies and The Dentistry Show.

CloserStill is the fastest growing British exhibition organizer in international markets according to the eighth annual Sunday Times International Track 200. In addition, the Financial Times FT1000 Index named CloserStill the fastest growing exhibition organizer in Europe. CloserStill's ranking is the highest of any exhibition organizer since the Sunday Times Fast Track series inception.

In the last seven years, CloserStill has been repeatedly recognized as a leading innovator with its teams and events winning multiple awards (over 30 in total) including Best Marketing Manager—five years in succession—Best Trade Show, Best Launch Exhibition, Best Brand Extension, Rising Star—two years in succession—Best Operations Manager, Best Sales Person, Management Team of the Year and was voted 'Most Respected Company of the Year' at the 2016 Association of Event Organizers Excellence Awards.

ABOUT BRIEF MEDIA

Brief Media is committed to delivering premium peer‑reviewed educational content and point‑of‑care tools to more than 269,000 veterinary professionals worldwide. The company's award‑winning journals include Clinician's Brief, voted the most essential publication in veterinary medicine for 12 years running, and Veterinary Team Brief, voted the #1 educational resource for the entire practice team. Plumb's Veterinary Drugs, Brief Media's digital and mobile‑friendly veterinary drug reference, provides rapid access to the trusted drug information busy veterinary professionals need—right when they need it.

The company's partnerships include the World Small Animal Association (WSAVA) and Mission Rabies. Brief Media's latest endeavors include New York Vet—a CE conference designed in collaboration with CloserStill Media and geared specifically toward practicing veterinarians—and Brief Summits, new, intimate CE events designed to deliver practical tools and solutions for tackling clinical challenges and practice management struggles.