AVMA surveying the land for convention destinations
Because attendance at the AVMA Annual Convention is growing, the Executive Board approved a recommendation to hold off on selecting a destination for 2008 — when it will be a state in the Central region's turn to host — until a five-person committee can assemble to evaluate how the convention sites should be selected, to accommodate and entice as many members as possible.
Three board members, one House Advisory Committee member, and one Convention Management and Program Committee member will devise a plan. The board expects to select the destination for 2008 at its June meeting.
Attendance of foreign veterinarians at the AVMA Annual Convention has increased. The AVMA's return to the World Veterinary Association prompted the board to approve a recommendation to welcome the World Veterinary Association Council and staff to attend the convention at no fee. This year the WVA Council will be meeting in Salt Lake City in July in conjunction with the AVMA Annual Convention. The council is made of 21 councilors and members of the WVA President's Assembly.
The AVMA welcomes veterinary students and veterinary technician students to attend the convention at advanced complimentary preregistration. The board approved a recommendation to charge a registration fee to veterinary students and veterinary technician students who register at the convention. Beginning with the 2001 AVMA Annual Convention, students who register on-site will be required to pay $50.