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JULY 31 – AUG 4, 2020
San Diego, California

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Registration and Badges

Travel Arrangements

Basic Information

What are the dates and location for AVMA Convention 2020?
AVMA Convention will be held July 31 – August 4, 2020 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. The exhibits will be open from August 1 – 3, 2020.

Who can attend AVMA Convention?
AVMA Convention is open to veterinary industry professionals, veterinary students, and veterinary technician students. AVMA welcomes the guests and children of attendees to participate in some events. Guests and children are not permitted to attend continuing education (CE) classes.

Can I bring an animal to AVMA Convention?
Pets, animal companions, and emotional support animals are not permitted at the Convention Center or AVMA-sponsored events. There are three categories of animals permitted at AVMA Convention:

  1. Service Animals* (defined by the ADA– includes only dogs and miniature horses; animals whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify)
  2. Animals on exhibit or at AVMA sponsored events during AVMA Convention
  3. Animals participating in AVMA Convention scheduled interactive labs or required for teaching or training (must be included on a protocol approved by the AVMA IACUC)

All animals at AVMA Convention must be in accordance with the Guidelines for Live Animals at AVMA Convention. Please indicate during registration if you are planning to bring a live animal to AVMA Convention, or email conventionatavma [dot] org. A Live Animal Submission Form will be emailed to owners and handlers with further instruction.

*Service animal handlers are encouraged—but not required—to complete this process.

How can I join the online conversation about AVMA Convention?
Join us online at facebook.com/avmaconvention and twitter.com/avmameets.

Is childcare available?
Childcare services are being offered at AVMA Convention 2020 through KiddieCorp. The childcare room will be located in the San Diego Convention Center. Childcare reservations will open in February 2020. View additional information and hours.

Does AVMA Convention have an app?
Yes, AVMA Convention does have an app. Attendees will be able to choose sessions, claim CE, email your CE certificate, see handouts and presentations, talk with other attendees, play a game, explore the exhibit hall, see what's trending, and a lot more. The app has the most up-to-date information on sessions, room numbers, and any changes that have been made. Check back in spring 2020 for app downloading instructions.

Registration and Badges

When will registration open?
Attendee registration will open February 19, 2020.

How much does it cost to register?
Visit About and Registration to view registration rates.

Where do I pick up my registration badge?
Attendee convention badge and registration bag will be available for pick up at any advanced registration location. New registrations, additions, and changes can be made online or at onsite registration. Exhibitor registration will be located at the San Diego Convention Center.

San Diego
Convention Center

Advanced registration
Onsite registration
Exhibitor registration

Thursday, July 30
2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Friday, July 31
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 1
6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 2
6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Monday, August 3
6:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 4
7:30 a.m. – Noon

San Diego
International Airport

Terminal 1 & 2 Baggage Claim
Advanced registration

Thursday, July 30
2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Friday, July 31
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Marriott Marquis
San Diego Marina

Advanced registration

Thursday, July 30
2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Friday, July 31
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

To expedite the registration process, please follow our quick tips below!

Quick Tip 1: Register now and bring your email confirmation barcode with you to registration—either printed out or on your mobile device.

Quick Tip 2: Choose the $25 attendee badge mailing upgrade during online registration to have your registration badge mailed to you in advance of AVMA Convention.

Quick Tip 3: Pick up your badge on Thursday, July 30 or at one of the satellite registration locations. You'll be badged-up before you even get in the front door of the Convention Center.

Quick Tip 4: Come early! Complimentary shuttle service will be provided between some official hotels and the San Diego Convention Center on Thursday, July 30 from 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Friday, July 1 beginning at 7:00 a.m..

What is included if I elect to have my registration badge mailed to me?
Mailed badge packets include your registration badge and tickets. Badge lanyards, convention bags, and lunch debit cards will be available at the San Diego Convention Center. You will receive your badge approximately two weeks before convention.

What are the registration refund and cancellation policies?
Registration cancellations must be submitted in writing by Friday, June 26, 2020 no later than 5:00 p.m. CT and will incur a $75 fee. No refunds will be issued if postmarked after Friday, June 26, 2020. Submit cancellations to avmaatmci-events [dot] com.

Travel Arrangements

How do I make hotel arrangements?
Book your lodging in AVMA's official hotel block by booking directly through the convention housing site. Attendee housing will open February 19, 2020.

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