On Sunday January 20, 2013 AVDA will hold
its first annual networking reception during the North American
Veterinary Conference at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando, Florida. “The
Gathering” as the event will be known, will be held in the Castillo Fort
from 5:00-6:30pm. This event is being co-sponsored by Animalytix and ATS
– Animal Health Training Solutions. All AVDA members are welcome and
encouraged to attend. Invitations were mailed to members this month.
Click here to view the invitation.
Please RSVP by January 15th to Casey
firstname.lastname@example.org or 443-640-1040 x116.
Click here for the press release.
SAVE THE DATE! AVDA 2013
Annual Conference -
April 28-30, 2013
The 2013 AVDA Annual Conference will be
held April 28-30, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa,
in Bonita Springs Florida. The theme for this year’s meeting is “Minds
Wide Open” and will feature thought-provoking business sessions to help
you create a mindset of innovation, ideas, and improvement to create
differentiation and a competitive advantage in your business. Speakers
will include themed Keynote Speaker Joe Calloway; Economist, Alan
Beaulieu; Chris Ragland of Animalytix and Keynote Artist, Mike Rayburn.
Minds Wide Open -
Creating a Mindset of Ideas, Innovation and Improvement
by Joe Calloway, Keynote Speaker
at AVDA's 2013 Annual Conference
There is a question that I ask every group
that I work with. The question is “Do you agree that to stay
competitive, you have to be better tomorrow than you were today?” Every
hand in the room goes up. Everyone agrees that we have to get better all
the time. Then I ask a much tougher question, “What did you do last
Wednesday that made you better than you were on Tuesday?” That's
when I lose eye contact as everyone ducks their heads and begins to
mutter things like “Last Wednesday we were slammed. It was crazy. We
were just trying to stay above water. We didn’t really have time to get
better at anything.”
AVDA 2013 Annual
All Affiliate and Associate member
companies are invited to contribute to our upcoming Annual Conference.
The Annual Conference has become a unique industry event where animal
health manufacturers and distributors learn together and build and renew
University of Industrial Distribution (UID) in March 2013
Once again AVDA is proud to co-sponsor the
University of Industrial Distribution (UID) in 2013. Since 1994 the UID
has offered the very best value for professional continuing education
for the wholesale/distribution industry. This year's program will be
held March 10-13 at the JW Marriott Indianapolis Hotel.
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. This program is a great educational opportunity for
middle management at distributor and manufacturer member companies.
Known worldwide for excellence in
education, UID is developed, managed and delivered by 33 leading
distribution associations throughout North America, in partnership with
Purdue University. Working together, these groups take great pride in
providing a superior learning experience, tailored to the latest
industry trends, at the lowest possible cost. Classes are focused on the
unique needs of the industrial wholesale distribution industry, as well
as programs focused on manufacturing leadership.
AVDA members will receive a special
discounted rate that is a $1,000 savings. Early registration deadline is
January 11, 2013. Registration is now open for the 2013 University of
Industrial Distribution. Attendance is limited - many UID sessions and
classes become sold out.
Click here to register
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GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS UPDATE
Update on FTC Pet
The Federal Trade Commission hosted a
one-day public workshop on October 2, 2012, to examine competition and
consumer protection issues in the pet medications industry. AVDA
Executive Director, Jackie King attended this workshop along with
several AVDA members. Mark Cushing of the law firm Tonken Torp
represented AVDA at the workshop panel on distribution practices.
AVMA to Sponsor
Presentation at NAVC on FTC Pet Medications and Fairness to Pet Owners
Act on January 22
The AVMA will be providing an update on the FTC Pet
Medications Workshop and the Fairness to Pet Owners Act” on Tuesday,
January 22 from 6:00-7:30 pm at the Gaylord Palms Hotel in the Sun 1
Ballroom. Dr. Ashley Shelton-Morgan, AVMA’s Assistant Director,
Governmental Relations Division will be the presenter. AVDA members are
encouraged to have their local territory managers and sales
representatives contact their veterinarian customers who will be
attending NAVC to participate in this presentation.
AVDA Welcomes New
AVDA is pleased to welcome its newest Associate
Member, Bovie Medical Corporation based in Clearwater, Florida. Bovie
manufactures electrosurgical products. Their principal contact is Janis
Dezso, Vice President of Sales & Marketing. She can be reached by phone
at 727-384-2323 or by email at
email@example.com. Their website is
New AVDA Office Contact
Remember that the AVDA Staff e-mails have
all changed (see list below). Also make sure that you consult with your
IT person to make sure you are set up to receive messages from address
with the @kingmgmt.org e-mail extension.
Jackie King, AVDA Executive Director –
Heather Lester, AVDA Director of Meetings & Member Services –
Casey Joseph, AVDA Association Coordinator –
Debbie Dacre, AVDA Financial Director –
General contact information email for AVDA -