The Animal Health Distributor


FEBRUARY 2018     


AVDA 2018 Annual Conference

AVDA Annual Conference Sponsorship Options

Kim Allen to Receive AVDA Lifetime Achievement Award

"The Gathering" Reception

HABRI Update

HABRI, NAVC Launch Human-Animal Bond Veterinary Certification

AVDA Welcomes New Member

AVDA 2018 Annual Conference - May 6-8, 2018

During this transformational period, the AVDA Annual Conference is even more relevant to your personal and professional success. Thought leaders on Innovation, Collaboration and Transformation will help you and your team be prepared for the disruptive innovations that will impact your business in the years to come. Collaborate with other change agents as they map the future of the animal health industry. Share insights with colleagues and peers through improvisation to enhance your learning experience and transform your view of the world.

Innovation. Collaboration. Transformation.

**Annual Conference packets were mailed out on February 12th – Please keep an eye out**

Click here to view the Promotional Brochure & Schedule


Registration is now open for the 2018 AVDA Annual Conference!

As an incentive for AVDA member companies to send more than one representative, AVDA is offering a $100 discount for additional members to attend. The FIRST member to register form your company should select the Member Registration Fee, each additional will select the Additional Member Registration Fee.

Registration fees are as follows:
Member Registration Fee - $850
Additional Member Registration Fee - $750
*After April 6th all registration fees increase by $50.

Click here to REGISTER ONLINE (must have your username/password)
Click here to download the registration form (one per person).

**ATTENTION SPONSORS: If your company is a sponsor and you are receiving the sponsor discount, please contact Heather or Casey for a Sponsor Discount Form.

Hotel Information

AVDA has secured a discounted hotel rate of $249 per night with a discounted resort fee of $13 per day for AVDA attendees. This rate is available until April 10, 2018 or until they are sold out (whichever comes first)

To book your hotel room contact the hotel directly at 800-235-6397 or click here to book online.

The importance of reserving a hotel room at the AVDA group hotel cannot be stressed enough. AVDA staff makes every effort to keep attendees expenses at the meeting, registration fees, and hotel rooms for the meeting as low as possible. They work hard to negotiate the best hotel rates and to make the best use of your registration dollars to keep the meetings affordable. AVDA staff encourage all participants to register for the meeting. When anyone pays the registration fee and reserves a room at the group hotel, he or she is helping to support not only AVDA 2018 Annual Conference, but also future conferences.

Sailing Regatta
Monday, May 7st – 1 pm – 4 pm
$185 per person – Pre-Registration Required

The sparkling waters of the San Diego Harbor will provide a perfect place for this Sailing Regatta. Each person will be fully interactive as the official “crew” of their vessel, vying to push their team through an exciting four-and-a-half-mile course into the winner’s circle. Captains will brief the crew on strategy, techniques and sailing instructions before the race. Prizes will be awarded at the general session on Tuesday.
Fee includes beer, wine, and water.

Golf Scramble Tournament
Monday, May 7th – 1:30 pm Shotgun Start
Steele Canyon Golf Course- $195 per person – Pre-Registration Required

As one of San Diego’s finest golf clubs, the 27-hole championship golf course was personally designed by Gary Player, one of history’s greatest golfers, with a respect and appreciation for the natural beauty of the terrain. From the dramatic elevation changes of the Canyon nine to the subtle nuances of the Vineyard nine and the total seclusion of the Ranch nine, Steele Canyon has been celebrated as one of California’s most exciting golf courses since its opening.
Fee includes: box lunch, greens fees, transportation to and from course.

No Tie Lounge
Tuesday, May 8th – 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Watch the sun set on another AVDA conference from the beautiful Bay Terrace at the “No Tie Lounge.” Sponsored by PRN Pharmacal, spend the evening eating, drinking and networking one more time until the 2019 AVDA Annual Conference while enjoying amazing views of Coronado Bay. Enjoy a friendly game of corn hole or take in the view by the fire pit. A great way to end a great conference!

AVDA 2018 Annual Conference Sponsorship Options

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 industry.

AVDA is also offering the opportunity to sponsor the hotel room keycards. By adding on this sponsorship to one of the levels listed above, you are sure to have your company in every attendee’s hands! The sponsorship is $4500 in addition to your level commitment. Please contact Heather if you are interested.

Click here to view the level sponsorship options.

For questions, contact Heather Lester with AVDA at 443-640-1040 x 112 or 

Thank you to our 2018 Annual Conference Sponsors!

Platinum Sponsors:

Grand Sponsor:

Click here to view all the sponsors.

Kim Allen to Receive AVDA Lifetime Achievement Award at Annual Conference

The American Veterinary Distributors Association (AVDA) board of directors is pleased to announce that the 2018 recipient of the AVDA Lifetime Achievement Award will be Kim Allen of Henry Schein Animal Health. She will be recognized during the opening session of the AVDA Annual Conference on Monday, May 7, 2018 in Coronado, CA.

Kim Allen, an industry veteran of more than 30 years, currently serves as the President, Commercial Division for Henry Schein Animal Health. Prior to joining Henry Schein in 2005, Kim was the president of Burns Veterinary Supply for the Darby Group Companies. In her 30 plus years in the veterinary distribution industry, she served in various sales and marketing and senior executive positions. She is recognized as a pioneer for women in leadership in the animal health industry.

Click HERE for the full press release.

"The Gathering" Reception

“The Gathering” Reception a Great Success
Over 350 leaders in animal health attended the 6th Annual “The Gathering” reception for the 2nd year at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, during VMX 2018 on Sunday, February 4th. Special thanks to our co-sponsors Animalytix and KC Corridor for helping us host this event. The Gathering Reception 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 animal health industry. Thanks to all who attended and we look forward to seeing you all again next year!

HABRI Update

This month, an important HABRI-funded study, Preliminary efficacy of service dogs as a complementary treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder in military members and veterans, was published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. The study, conducted by Dr. Maggie O'Haire at Purdue University, found that veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) paired with a service dog experienced a significant reduction in overall PTSD symptom severity, including a decrease in anxiety, depression and social isolation, as well as an increase in quality of life. The results of this research support the use of service dogs as a complementary treatment for PTSD. HABRI believes these findings will have an impact on public policy, helping to persuade lawmakers and the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide service dogs for military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress. Even as we work to change policy, the research continues. Through an NIH grant announced last year, Dr. O'Haire will conduct a new clinical trial to quantify the effects of service dogs for military veterans with PTSD, which builds on the results of the HABRI-funded preliminary study. HABRI supports our nation's veterans and hopes that this research will help every veteran in need get the life-saving help of a service dog.

Click here to link to the rest of the story

Click here to link to the full study

HABRI, NAVC Launch Human-Animal Bond Veterinary Certification

The Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) and the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) launched a new certification course for practicing veterinarians, veterinary nurses and veterinary practice managers-Human Animal Bond Certified.

Through a series of online modules assembled by experts in the field of human-animal interaction science, veterinarians, veterinary nurses and veterinary practice managers can now develop a formal understanding of the research demonstrating the health benefits of pet ownership and human-animal interaction, and learn how best to use that knowledge in the practice of veterinary medicine. "Human Animal Bond Certified will become the new gold standard for veterinarians looking to engage their clients in a meaningful and effective way," said Tom Bohn, CEO of NAVC. "Through an easy online interface that can be completed at an individualized pace, the Certification will support every aspect of a veterinary practice, from better client dialogue and compliance to improved financial performance." "NAVC is a great partner for HABRI, combining human-animal bond science with an unparalleled educational experience for participants in the course," said Steven Feldman, HABRI executive director. "This certification will help veterinarians, veterinary nurses and practice managers understand the science of the human-animal bond, using that knowledge to strengthen client relationships, improve animal care and boost practice wellness." Veterinarians will gain from spreading the human-animal bond message. According to a recent HABRI survey of pet owners, veterinarians are a trusted resource for scientific information on the human health benefits of pets, and vets have an opportunity to further strengthen their relationships with pet owners. Read more.

AVDA Welcomes New Associate Member

LifeLearn, Inc. is based in Guelph, Ontario Canada. Their business is in veterinary websites, veterinary client education, sales support materials and marketing materials for animal health companies. Their principal contact is David Goodnight.

LifeLearn, Inc.

367 Woodlawn Rd., West, Unit 9
Guelph, ON N1H 7K9 Canada
Primary Contact: David Goodnight
Phone: 800-375-7994

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Upcoming Events

May 6-8, 2018

AVDA 2018 Annual Conference

Loews Coronado Bay Resort
San Diego, CA

May 5-7, 2019

AVDA 2019 Annual Conference

Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
Nashville, TN

AVDA Staff

Executive Director
Jackie King
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Director of Meetings & Member Services
Heather Lester
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Association Coordinator
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