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AVMA Virtual Convention 2021

Special events

July 29 – August 1, 2021

Registration open

Special events

New this year!
Kick off to Convention: Behind the "MEOW"-sic & the world's largest virtual pet party

Thursday, July 29, 2021
Noon – 1 p.m. CT
Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim
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Convention virtual bandEven though we can't meet in Minneapolis in person this year, we're bringing the Minneapolis music scene straight to your ears! Join us virtually for a free event open to ALL AVMA members. There are few artists more synonymous with Minneapolis than Prince. Attend this behind the "MEOW"-sic event to enjoy the music of Prince played by tribute band Purple Xperience, while hearing stories about the legend from those who knew him. This unforgettable event will stream LIVE from the historic First Avenue Club, home of the film "Purple Rain". Register now to secure your FREE spot.

Then, don't miss your chance to be a part of history! Join us as we attempt to set the record for the LARGEST virtual pet party.

Keynote: Cowboys & pitcrews with Atul Gawande, M.D.

Surgeon, professor, best-selling author, public health leader

Friday, July 30, 2021
Noon – 1:30 p.m. CT
Sponsored by Hill's Pet Nutrition
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Atul Gawande

Prepare to be inspired by one of the most influential leaders in human medicine. Through his bold visions for improving healthcare, Dr. Gawande has cut through the complexities of the healthcare system and delivered practical solutions to better serve the needs of people and make for a healthier society. Dr. Gawande practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital and is a professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is chairman of Haven, a not-for-profit healthcare initiative formed by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase, after serving as CEO from 2018 to 2020. He also is the founder and chair of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation. He is a long-time New Yorker staff writer and the author of four best-selling books.

This session will be LIVE streamed and available on demand through the end of the year.

Meet-the-Experts Round Table

Friday, July 30, 2021
5-6 p.m. CT

Connect with presenters and peers in a virtual networking environment to discuss current topics and trends in veterinary medicine. Presenters will answer questions and facilitate interactive discussions among participants. Come away with a functional understanding of a new model, approach, concept, or tool that you can take back to your practice.

Alumni receptions

Kick off AVMA Convention with your alma mater! Reconnect with your former classmates and make new friends with the recent graduates from your school at the alumni receptions. Several veterinary schools are holding virtual receptions on Friday, July 30; check back in the spring to see if your school is participating.

General Session: A Princess Found with Princess Sarah Culberson

Sierra Leone princess, humanitarian, educator, author of "A Princess Found"

Saturday, July 31, 2021
9 a.m. CT
Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim
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Princess Sarah Culberson

Sarah Culberson was adopted by a loving West Virginian couple one year after her first birthday and raised in the United States with little knowledge of her ancestry. In 2004 Sarah took the journey to Sierra Leone to meet her birth father and family. There, she discovered that she was considered a Mahaloi, the granddaughter of a Paramount Chief, with the status of a princess. After seeing the aftermath of an 11-year civil war in Sierra Leone she co-founded Sierra Leone Rising, a nonprofit organization to support the community. Sarah shares her inspiring story in a book she co-authored titled, "A Princess Found". She is currently director of outreach at the Oakwood School in Los Angeles, where she works daily with middle and high school students.

This session will be LIVE streamed and available on demand through the end of the year.

New this year!
Convention-al conversations

End your convention day with us. Stop in at the end of each day to share what you learned, loved, or experienced that day during convention. We'll help connect you with others in your area and specialty for casual conversations.

Ask an AVMA expert

Your AVMA has on staff experts that cover everything from Animal Welfare Issues to Economics to Wellbeing. Do you want to bounce an idea off of an expert or need moral support to help get you through an issue? New this year - you can schedule a one-on-one appointment with an AVMA staff expert, which will give you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have and have them answered in a personal setting. Appointments will be available on a first come basis when the platform opens this July.

Mentor program

Sign up during registration to be a mentor or mentee. This program connects students to veterinary professionals prior to AVMA Convention and during Convention-al Conversations.

Check out our wellbeing page for more information on our wellness events and activities!

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