March 15, 2010

 

 Enjoy Southern hospitality at the AVMA convention

 posted March 1, 2010

 

The 147th AVMA Annual Convention will be held July 31-Aug. 3 at the Georgia World Congress Center, in the heart of downtown Atlanta. Registration is available online at www.avmaconvention.org.

Atlanta is the belle of the South with world-class restaurants, a festive nightlife, and an abundance of cultural attractions. Attendees can enjoy true Southern hospitality while earning up to 40 hours of continuing education credit featuring 50-minute educational sessions as well as interactive labs and hands-on computer classes. The flexibility in the schedule will allow time to explore the exhibit hall and learn about new products and services.

Some convention attendees have asked for even more advanced sessions, so there will be over 100 Beyond the Basics sessions available in the various specialty sections. These sessions are easy to spot; just look for the BB logo in the educational program listings. To search the full listing of CE sessions, use the CE Session Finder and Itinerary Planner on the convention Web site, accessible from the "Education" drop-down menu.

Special events at the convention will include the Hill's Opening Session speaker, the Merial Concert Series, veterinary school alumni receptions, the veterinary technician reception, the American Veterinary Medical Foundation's Night at the Aquarium, and the 5K walk/run. The Foundation will again sponsor a voluntourism project, this time to rehab an Atlanta animal shelter. Atlanta area tours available to AVMA convention registrants and their family and guests will include Stone Mountain Park, the Atlanta Zoo, and other popular attractions.

Start planning your convention trip now by checking the convention Web site for complete visitor and travel information. The General Info section provides a schedule-at-a-glance, air and ground transportation information, and a link to AVMA's personalized visitors' site, www.atlanta.net/avma. This site includes information on Atlanta's attractions, activities, restaurants, and maps.

Advance registration rates are available through May 3, preconvention rates are offered from May 4-June 30, and full registration fees apply from July 2-Aug 3. Register now to save money and get first choice of interactive labs and hotels.

Use the convention Web site registration link for secure online registration and housing reservations. Online registrants can tell in real time which hotel options and prices are currently available. Check the convention Web site regularly for updates to the convention and for changes.