AVMA Convention - Events

JULY 13-17, 2018

Denver, Colorado

Colorado Convention Center

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AVMA Convention Concert Featuring the Gin Blossoms

Sunday, July 23

Doors open 6:30 PM
90's Trivia & Giveaways 6:45 PM
Concert 7:30 PM

Indiana Convention Center, Halls JK

It's time to bust out your Walkman, throw your hair into a scrunchie and step into the '90s with the Gin Blossoms at AVMA's Sunday night concert! Proclaimed the "Most '90s Band of All Time," the Gin Blossoms are best known for hits "Hey Jealousy," "Found Out About You," "Until I Fall Away," "Allison Road," "Til I Hear It From You" and "Follow You Down."

Adults: $10
Children under 18: Free

Sponsored by: Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica logo

Exhibit Hall Events

Saturday, July 22 – Monday, July 24

Exhibit Hall Events
Exhibit Hall Opening

Get ready to start your engines! In order to stay relevant in the profession, you have to know the latest trends and how to implement them in your organization. With an Exhibit Hall filled with more than 300 exhibitors offering today's latest products and solutions, there is no better place to take the pulse of the industry than at AVMA Convention. The Exhibit Hall Opening will take place after the Keynote Brunch on Saturday, July 22 at noon.


Meet-the-Experts Round Table

Friday, July 21

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Meet-the-Experts Round Table

Back by popular demand! Meet, discuss, and network with the best and brightest minds in veterinary medicine at the 2017 AVMA Meet-the-Experts Round Table. Take this opportunity to interact with and learn from featured speakers and AVMA leaders in a lively, interactive setting. The event will feature 40+ round table discussions of current topics in veterinary medicine, presented in three different rounds. Take away a functional understanding of a model, approach, concept or tool that you can bring back to your practice.

  • 20-minute rounds
  • 10-minute breaks between each round
  • Light snacks available
  • Casual and informal event

Keynote Brunch

Saturday, July 22

Doors open 9:45 AM
Keynote Brunch 10:00 AM – Noon

Paul Sereno
Indiana Convention Center, Halls JK

Insights for One Health from Centuries and Millennia Past
Join us for brunch, learn what is new at the AVMA and hear from keynote speaker Paul Sereno. New developments in genetics, ancient DNA and paleoanthropology are giving us a whole new perspective on what actually happened in past animal-human health crises like the Plague.

Likewise, new fossils and human development have yielded major insights into the timing

AVMF Food Truck Fest

Saturday, July 22

VIP Early Admission 6:00 – 7:00 PM
General Admission 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Georgia Street
On Georgia St. just outside the Convention Center

Support the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) while sampling the best of Indianapolis's thriving food truck scene and enjoying the music of one of Indy's best DJs. VIP tickets include early admission and access to VIP tents. Admission cost does not include food and drink purchases. Tickets are nonrefundable. Admission proceeds go to AVMF.

VIP Tickets: $50
General Admission Tickets: $15
Veterinary Student Tickets: $5
Children 10 and under: Free

*Admission cost is a donation to the AVMF and does not include food and drink purchases.

Sponsored by: Elanco logo

Young Professionals Event

Saturday, July 22

6:30 – 8:00 PM

Young Professionals Event
NCAA Hall of Champions

Students, recent graduates and other young professionals are invited to this NEW event! Explore the interactive exhibits at the NCAA Hall of Champions while meeting and networking with your peers. See how fast you can pitch a baseball, or challenge your friends to a game of pick-up basketball! Enjoy appetizers and a cash bar while learning fun facts about every college sport. Space is limited, and the event is first come, first served.

Veterinary Technician Appreciation Event

Saturday, July 22

7:00 – 9:00 PM

Veterinary Technician Appreciation Event
Indianapolis Zoo, Oceans Building

A new date to better accommodate your Convention schedule! In appreciation for your dedication to the profession, AVMA invites veterinary technicians and technician students to an evening at the Indianapolis Zoo. The Oceans Building houses penguins, seals, sea lions and a dog shark tank where you can actually pet the sharks! Snack on appetizers and enjoy a cash bar while you check out the tanks of exotic fish.

WVLDI Networking Event Co-hosted by AVMA

Sunday, July 23

3:00 – 4:30 PM

Indiana Convention Center, Room # 130-132

Join us for a special networking event hosted by Women's Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative (WVLDI) & AVMA. The event will feature discussions on the gender wage gap, compassion fatigue, work/life balance and more. Areas of AVMA economics research will also be connected.

Hosted by: AVMA logoWVLDI logo

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*Drawing will take place on Monday, July 24 at 3:30 p.m. at the AVMA Pavilion (Booth #701).

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Diamond Partners

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Gold Partners

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Silver Partners

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Copper Partners

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