AVMA's Public Policy Symposium

September 23-24, 2016
Westin O'Hare – Rosemont, Ill.

The AVMA is pleased to invite veterinarians with an interest in advocacy and public policy to attend the AVMA's 6th Public Policy Symposium. This event gives state and allied veterinary medical associations the opportunity to enhance their impact with elected officials and regulatory agencies. Veterinarians, executives and lobbyists will be sharing both challenges and proposed solutions to key issues of interest to the profession.

Become a more-effective advocate and learn how others are addressing various challenges in the legislative and regulatory arenas. Hear from experts, share information with colleagues and gain a deeper understanding of emerging issues at the local, state and national level.

Draft Agenda

Friday, September 23

Noon - 6 p.m. |  Registration

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. | Welcome Reception

Saturday, September 24

7 a.m. | Registration Opens

 Continental Breakfast

8 a.m. | Welcoming Remarks

8:30 a.m. | Legislative Update

9 a.m. | Plenary Session: Animal-Abuse Reporting

10 a.m. | Plenary Session: Compounding

11 a.m. | Panel Discussion: Scope-of-Practice Issues in Veterinary Medicine

Noon | Legal Lunch: An update on significant cases

1 p.m. | Plenary Session: Cyberbullying

2 p.m. | Plenary Session: Disaster Preparedness

3:15 p.m. | Concurrent Roundtables (topics tentative)

    • Student Debt
    • Wellness in the Veterinary Profession
    • Sales Taxes on Products/Services
    • Prescription-Drug Monitoring Programs and Diversion
    • Veterinary Feed Directive

4:30 p.m. | Closing Remarks

5 p.m. |  Adjournment



By July 31: $125

By September 19: $150

For more information on the symposium or registration, please contact Kate Tormey at the AVMA's Division of State Advocacy & Leadership (847.285.6779).

Hotel Information

The 2016 symposium will be held at:

The Westin O'Hare
6100 North River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018

Attendees must make their own reservations at the Westin; the negotiated room rate is $149 per night, plus tax.

The cutoff date is August 23. For more information or to book your accommodations, please call the Westin or book online.

Reservation phone number: 847.698.6000 (please mention the AVMA Public Policy Symposium)