Symposiums & Summits

Veterinary Wellbeing Summit

April 15-17, 2018
Chicago Marriott Schaumburg

The AVMA has teamed up with the Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) and Zoetis to host the 5th annual Veterinary Wellbeing Summit to address the vital concern of wellbeing in the veterinary community. Attendees will have the opportunity to see examples of successful wellbeing programs, learn from individual storytelling and sharing of personal experiences, and walk away with ideas to incorporate into their own workplace and to share with their colleagues in the profession.

Economic Summit

October 22-23, 2018
Renaissance Chicago O'Hare Suites Hotel, Chicago

Attendees will learn the latest findings from recent AVMA economic studies that explored veterinary compensation, under/unemployment, supply and demand for veterinarians, and price elasticities for veterinary services. Business leaders, practice owners, and anyone with an interest in the economics of the profession will discuss how this information can affect everyday business decisions and intelligence.

Humane Endings Symposium

November 2-4, 2018
Westin O'Hare, Rosemont, IL

Connect with experts to discuss cutting-edge research in the application of methods of euthanasia, slaughter and depopulation across many species. Learn how the AVMA formulates its guidance, and contribute to the knowledge base and conversation that shapes it.

Global Food Security Summit

February 9-11, 2017
Grand Hyatt – Washington, DC

Attendees will explore constructive public and private stakeholder partnerships among national and international relief and development organizations and the veterinary community to promote and enhance global food security.

Public Policy Symposium


The AVMA's Public Policy Symposium helps state and allied veterinary medical associations tackle veterinary medicine's most pressing policy issues. It is attended by veterinary associations' executives, staff, officers, directors, lobbyists, and others involved in veterinary advocacy work.

Proceedings from Past Symposiums

Animal Welfare Symposium 2014: Humane Endings - In Search of Best Practices for Euthanasia, Humane Slaughter and the Depopulation of Animals
The AVMA is pleased to provide access to audiovisual proceedings from its November 2014 Symposium, "Humane Endings—In Search of Best Practices for the Euthanasia, Humane Slaughter, and Depopulation of Animals". 'Humane Endings' reflects the essence of the AVMA's approach toward developing and providing scientifically robust and ethically responsible guidance for humanely ending the lives of animals when that is necessary.


2013 Can You Hear Me Now? The Conversation
The AVMA hosted this intraprofessional conversation about animal welfare in Rosemont, Illinois on November 14-15, 2013. Approximately 175 veterinarians representing the diversity of the profession attended, seeking to have “better informed and more broadly shared conversations about animals’ use and care that will encourage and better equip us to fully embrace our role not only as experts in animal health, but as primary protectors of animals’ welfare and advocates for sound public policy at all levels.” In keeping with the concept of an intra-professional conversation, access to proceedings from this meeting is limited to AVMA and SAVMA members.


2009 Animal Welfare in Veterinary Medical Education and Research
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) co-hosted this symposium at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan on November 8-11, 2009. An international line-up of expert speakers presented information on the role of the veterinary profession in animal welfare education, research and advocacy.