"The Gathering" Reception was a Success!
Thank you to all who attended the 4th
Annual “The Gathering” reception at NAVC. Special thanks to our
co-sponsors Animalytix and KC Corridor! This meeting has become a great
networking event for AVDA members to participate in during NAVC and
always attracts the A-list attendees from distribution and supply in the
industry. We look forward to seeing you all again next year!
AVDA Celebrates 40th Anniversary at 2016 Annual Conference
May 1-3 • Napa, CA
2016 marks AVDA’s 40th Anniversary as an
association. What better place to celebrate our Ruby Anniversary than at
the beautiful Meritage Resort & Spa in Napa, California! The conference
will be held from May 1-3, 2016 and is an exceptional industry event
where animal health manufacturers and distributors learn together and
build and renew relationships.
**Annual Conference packets will be
mailed out the first week in February – Please keep an eye out**
Click here to view the Promotional Brochure & Schedule
Click here for a Registration Form
AVDA is Mobile!
AVDA is once again offering a FREE mobile
app for attendees to download. With this app, you can access all
conference information including schedule, attendee list, speaker bios,
post conference survey, hotel information and local area information.
Scan the code below or visit
http://guidebook.com/g/avda2016 to download the free app.
(If you downloaded the app last year, just
search AVDA 2016 in the Guidebook app to download this year's app.)
Golf Scramble Tournament
Monday, May 2nd - 1 pm Shotgun Start
Eagle Vines Golf Course- $150 per person
Eagle Vines Vineyards and Golf Club is the
premiere Napa Valley golf course situated in the foothills with vineyard
views in every direction. It is an 18 hole, par 72 golf course. Designed
in part by the World Golf Hall of Famer, Johnny Miller, this Napa Golf
Club is not only challenging, but an excellent way to indulge all the
senses. The golf course is located just 3 miles from the Meritage Resort
and shuttle service from the hotel will be provided to and from the
Pre-registration required. Fee of $150
includes box lunch, greens fees, range balls, bag handling, and
beverages. Golf Club rental is available through AVDA for $60.
Monday, May 2nd - 2 pm - 4 pm
$100 per person
Learn to become a wine blending master at
this fun and interactive activity. Participants will be divided into
teams provided with the proper enological tools to blend a selection of
high-end varietal wines into a killer, Napa Valley, red wine blend.
Graduated cylinders, pipettes, beakers, tasting glasses and most
importantly, great, Napa Valley red varietal wines will be provided. All
of the wines provided come from vineyards producing ultra-premium Napa
Valley brands. Each team will strategize, measure, blend and taste until
they feel they have concocted the best wine from the provided
components. A blind tasting will determine the best-blended wine. The
judges will make their choices and the winning wine will be bottled for
Pre-registration required. Fee of $100
includes wine blending supplies and instruction and one bottle of
“winning” wine per person.
No Tie Lounge
Tuesday, May 3rd - 6 pm - 9:30 pm
The AVDA No Tie Lounge is truly a place
where you can just relax and catch up with friends and colleagues and
this year is no different. Crush Ultra Lounge located on property at the
Meritage Resort, offers one of the most unique places in Napa Valley.
Here you can relax in a casual environment with 12 large TVs, six
bowling lanes, a pool table, shuffleboard, fireplace, and more!
Sponsored by Grand Sponsor
AVDA has secured a discounted rate of $229
per night with a $20 per night resort fee which includes a bottle of
wine, water bottles refreshed daily, valet parking, and complimentary
shuttle to downtown Napa and Eagle Vines golf course. The cut-off date
to book is March 25, 2016 or until rooms sell out, whichever comes
To book your room contact the hotel directly
at 707-251-1900 or book online by
AVDA 2016 Annual Conference Sponsorship
Once again AVDA is offering member companies multiple
sponsorship options for the Annual Conference. Sponsorship assures the
continued quality program that the AVDA Annual Conference is known to
produce and provides valuable recognition of your company within our
In addition to the star levels of sponsorship, your company can add on
an additional sponsorship option such as a promotional giveaway!
Click here to view the
star level sponsorship options.
Click here to view the additional sponsorship options.
For questions, contact Heather Lester with
AVDA at 443-640-1040 x 112 or
Thank you to our 2016 Annual Conference
Click here to view all the sponsors.
Human Animal Bond Research Initiative Releases New Economic Study
(Washington, D.C.) December 14, 2015 –
The Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) Foundation today
announced the findings of a new economic study on the healthcare cost
savings associated with pet ownership. The economic analysis, conducted
by two researchers from George Mason University, calculated an $11.7
billion savings in U.S. healthcare costs as a result of pet ownership.
“There was abundant research to show that
pets have a positive effect on our health, but this is the first time
that anyone has looked at the impact on the U.S. healthcare system,”
said study co-author Terry L. Clower, PhD Northern Virginia Chair and
Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University’s School of
Policy, Government, and International Affairs and Director of its Center
on Regional Analysis. “Our analysis shows that pet ownership produces
meaningful savings for total health care costs in the United States.”
Click here for the full press release
Click here for the Heath Care Cost Savings Report.
Click here for the Infographic
Joins in Comment Letter on EPA Hazardous Waste Proposed Rule
AVDA recently joined in comments to the
Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) on the Proposed Rule
EPA-HQ-RCRA-2007-0932, “Management Standards for Hazardous Waste
Pharmaceuticals” (the “proposed rule,” “rule,” or “proposal”) along
with the Health Industries Distribution Association (HIDA), Healthcare
Distribution Management Association (HDMA) and the National Coalition of
Pharmaceutical Distributors (NCPD). These collective organizations
represent pharmaceutical wholesale distributors, veterinary product
wholesale distributors, and medical device wholesale distributors of
products covered by the proposed rule. As such, we have a number of
concerns and recommendations in common, despite the variation in our
members’ business models and product mix. We wish to highlight our
shared concerns with the proposal and provide recommendations we have
agreed upon along with our justifications for them.
Click here to view the joint
Click here to view the HDMA comments.
It's Not too Late to Register
The newly named University of Innovative
Distribution is a concentrated educational program focused on the unique
needs of the wholesale distribution industry. 2016 marks the 23rd year
that UID has been serving the supply chain and 12th year AVDA has been a
sponsor of this event.
The four-day program offers over 30 full-day
and half-day courses, delivered by the nation's leading faculty,
distribution consultants and industry experts.
Click here for the promotional brochure.
AVDA members have the opportunity to
register at the discounted member rate of $1,295. This is a $1,000
savings from the non-member rate.
Click here to register for the event.
Distributors and Common
Supplier Liable for Illegal Boycott of Competing Start-Up Distributor
Is it lawful for two distributors to carry
out a plan to contact their mutual suppliers with a threat to withhold
their future purchases from the supplier unless the supplier agrees to
refuse to sell a newly-formed distributor in the same market area? No,
was the answer in a recent antitrust case, where the jury concluded the
distributors “conspired to persuade, induce, or coerce any steel mill
not to sell” product to the new market entrant. (MM Steel, LP v. JSW
Steel (USA) Inc., et al., 5th Cir. 2015).
Click here for the full Legal Update from Keeley, Kuenn & Reid.
AVDA's Director of
Meetings & Member Services, Heather Lester, Earns Certified Meeting
CMP credential is recognized globally as the badge of excellence in the
meeting, convention, exhibition, and event industry. The qualifications
for certification are based on professional experience, education, and a
rigorous exam. In order to be accepted to sit for the exam, applicants
must have a minimum of 3 years of full-time work experience in the
meeting, event, exhibition, hospitality and tourism industry and 25
hours of continuing education completed within the last 5 years with
learning objectives that relate to one of the 10 domains in the CMP
International Standards (CMP-IS).
Over the past 6 months, Heather has studied from three different
study books, participated in a study group and taken many practice
exams. On January 27th, she took the 3.5 hour exam at a local testing
facility and received a passing score. Congratulations Heather!
AVDA Welcomes Two New Associate Members
HTL-STREFA, Inc. is based in
Marietta, GA. They manufacture safety lancets. They will be selling to
distributors. Their principal contact is Beth Palacios, Sales Manager.
Sol-Millennium is based in
Lawrenceville, GA. They manufacture needles, syringes and disposables.
Their principal contact is Jennifer Scarberry, Division Manager.
3005 Chastain Meadows Parkway, Suite 300
Marietta, GA 30066
Primary Contact: Beth Palacios
1735 N. Brown Road, Suite 100
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Primary Contact: Jennifer Scarberry
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actions to take now since 2014.
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