AVDA 2018 Annual Conference -
May 6-8, 2018
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.
**Annual Conference packets were mailed out on February 12th –
Please keep an eye out**
Click here to view the Promotional Brochure & Schedule
is now open for the 2018 AVDA Annual Conference!
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.
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
for a Sponsor Discount Form.
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
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.
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
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
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
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!
Click here to view all the sponsors.
Allen to Receive AVDA Lifetime Achievement Award at Annual Conference
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.
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
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
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
AVDA Welcomes New Associate
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.
367 Woodlawn Rd., West, Unit 9
Guelph, ON N1H 7K9 Canada
Primary Contact: David Goodnight