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JULY 31 – AUG 4, 2020
San Diego, California

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Center for Wellbeing

Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Saturday – Monday: 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Center for wellbeing

Don't miss your chance to visit the Center for Wellbeing! This space has become a staple of the AVMA Convention, and it's back and better than ever in 2020. This year, the expansive space will feature the outdoors to create a park-like atmosphere that promotes relaxation. Stop in to get your health screenings or Rabies Titer at the AVMA Trust Wellness Booth. Then, stick around and relax by the fountain, participate in yoga on the grass, color, get tips on staying healthy, learn about AVMA's wellbeing resources, connect with colleagues and licensed mental health professionals, and MORE!

New this year! Don't miss the Cuddle Corner – a space designated for you to rejuvenate with our furry friends. Check back this spring for more details.

  • Screenings available: Friday – Monday, 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., pre-registration recommended.
  • Coaching available: Saturday – Monday, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., first-come, first-served.

*Licensed professional Dr. Jen Brandt, LISW-S, PhD will be available for coaching.

Veterinary Career Mix & Mingle

Friday, July 31
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Marriott Marquis & Marina

Career mix and mingle

The AVMA Veterinary Career Center is sponsoring the second annual Mix & Mingle event to connect potential jobseekers with employers from across the profession. This unique event will give attendees a chance to connect and chat with employers from all fields of veterinary medicine in a relaxed environment. Whether you're an active job seeker or simply curious about career options in another field, this is the best place to meet the people who can help you advance your career. Make new connections, practice your elevator pitch, polish your conversational skills, and have fun! Bites and beverages are included. Job seekers can register during AVMA Convention registration, opening in February 2020. Employer application coming soon!

Alumni receptions

Friday, July 31
7:00 p.m.
Various locations

Alumni receptions

What better way to kick off Convention than with your fellow alumni? Reconnect with old classmates and make new friends. More information to come.


Saturday, August 1
10:00 a.m.
Doors open at 9:45 a.m.
San Diego Convention Center, Sails Pavilion

The AVMA is hard at work finding the right keynote to follow up on last year's empowering session. Follow us on social media to be among the first to hear this year's announcement!

Coffee and Light breakfast included.

Sponsored by Hill's Pet Nutrition

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Exhibit hall opening

Saturday, August 1
Noon, immediately following the keynote.

Exhibit Hall events

In order to stay relevant, veterinary professionals need to know the latest trends and how to implement them in their organizations. With an exhibit hall filled with more than 330 exhibitors offering today's latest products and solutions, there's no better place to take the pulse of the industry than at AVMA Convention.

The hall is open from Saturday until Monday with eight unopposed hours and the opportunity to earn two hours of CE just for visiting.

You don't want to miss what we have in store: Stop in at the Central Bark Café where you can hang out with cuddly canines, create hygiene kits for homeless pet owners with the AVMA Cares program, explore startups in the Tech Hub, play with new technology at the Tech Bar, visit a CE theater or the Digital District to catch a sponsored session or Vet Talk, and check out the AVMA Pavilion to learn what's new with the association.

  • LUNCH IS ON US! All full conference veterinary, veterinary technician, and exhibitor registrants will receive a debit card that can be used in the Exhibit Hall Café during Exhibit Hall hours.
  • AVMA POSTERS – AVMA is hosting poster presentations in the Exhibit Hall. Stop by to see the latest research and innovative ideas showcased by researchers, practitioners, and students. Posters will be displayed during Exhibit Hall hours, and the authors will be present to answer questions on Sunday, August 2 from 3 to 4 PM.
  • DIGITAL DISTRICT – More information coming soon! Interested in sponsoring a session? Contact exhibitsatavma [dot] org.
  • CENTRAL BARK CAFÉ – More information coming soon!

Young Professionals Event

Saturday, August 1
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Parq Nightclub & Restaurant

Join us for an event created specifically for veterinarians and veterinary students who are just starting their professional journeys. Hosted by AVMA's My Veterinary Life podcast, attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy snacks and drinks, connect with colleagues, meet past podcast guests, and win fabulous prizes. Following the event, be sure to attend Live Life Love All and join THE hit party of Convention!

ID (for 21+) and Convention badge required.

Hosted by My Veterinary Life with Hill's Pet Nutrition

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Vet Tech Appreciation

Saturday, August 1
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Details coming soon!

AVMA would like to extend a big thank you to veterinary technicians and veterinary nurses for playing integral roles on our veterinary teams. In appreciation for all that you do for the veterinary profession, join us for an event that showcases the beauty and culture of San Diego.

We are hard at work confirming a venue for this event; check the website often!

Food and complimentary non-alcoholic beverages provided. Convention badge required. Guests welcome!

Live Life, Love All

Saturday, August 1
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Parq Nightclub & Restaurant

Let's celebrate all the beautiful things that make us different and the profession that brings us together. Join us at this year's Live Life, Love All event, featuring our first ever Lip Sync Competition – Singing in San Diego! Do you have what it takes to perform at this year's event? Follow us on Facebook and watch for details this spring on how to enter! Food and complimentary non-alcoholic beverages provided. Convention badge required.

Sponsored by Hill's Pet Nutrition

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AVMA Concert on the Midway: Battle of the Bands II

Sunday, August 2
6:30 p.m.
USS Midway

Battle of the bandsAll aboard for AVMA's Battle of the Bands! Join us at this year's premiere event aboard the USS Midway. Located less than a mile from the Convention Center, the USS Midway is the United States' longest-serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century serving from 1945 – 1992. It houses an extensive collection of aircrafts and features a historical museum showing patrons what life was like aboard the ship. This year's event will include an all access pass to this impressive ship!

Then, join us on the Flight Deck to watch 76 Degrees West defend their title of AVMA Top Dog! Don't miss this epic battle of East vs. West Coast! Representing the West Coast will be NRG and LA Allstars.

AND that's not all...the event will end with a fireworks display to celebrate YOU.

Adults: $5
Children 18 and under are free!
Admission includes transportation, food and fun!

Sporting and fitness events


Sunday, August 2
6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.

We're working on an exciting yoga program for our attendees! Stay tuned for further information!
Registration fee: $5

San Diego running tour

Monday, August 2
6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.

Back by popular demand, take a running tour around the best sights of San Diego. Professional running tour guides take attendees on a 5K tour around San Diego's most popular landmarks.
Registration fee: $25

More sporting and fitness events to be announced soon!

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