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FAQs

July 29 – August 2, 2022
Philadelphia

Registration opens spring 2022

Questions? We have answers! Check out our full list of frequently asked questions below.

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Basic information
Registration and badges
Travel arrangements
Continuing education
Future AVMA meetings and additional questions

Basic information

WHAT ARE THE DATES AND LOCATION FOR AVMA CONVENTION 2022?

AVMA Convention will be held July 29 – August 2, 2022 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The exhibits will be open from July 30 – August 1.

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– this 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 MEETINGS AND EVENTS?

Join us online at facebook.com/avmaconvention, twitter.com/avmameets, and instagram.com/avmavets.

Is childcare available?

Childcare services are being offered at AVMA Convention 2022 through KiddieCorp. The childcare room will be located in the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Childcare reservations will open in February 2022. 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 2022 for app downloading instructions.

Registration and badges

When will registration open?

Attendee registration will open in early spring 2022.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO REGISTER?

Visit AVMA Convention to view registration rates.

Where do I pick up my registration badge?

Attendee convention badges and registration bags 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 Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Pennsylvania Convention Center
Advanced and onsite registration
Exhibitor registration
Thursday, July 28: 2-7:00 p.m.
Friday, July 29: 7-5 p.m.
Saturday, July 30: 6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, July 31: 6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Monday, August 1: 6:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 2: 7:30 a.m. – Noon

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 in early spring 2022.

Continuing education

DO I NEED TO SIGN UP FOR EACH SESSION I WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND?

Nearly all AVMA's CE sessions, including Sunrise CE sessions, are available to all full convention registrants on a first-come, first-seated basis. Exceptions include hands-on education sessions—such as interactive labs and workshops, which require advance registration and an additional fee. For entrance to the keynote, convention attendees can show their badge.

WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF CE HOURS I CAN EARN?

CE credit for participation in the educational program at AVMA Convention is calculated per hour for license renewal purposes. In addition, attendees can earn up to two hours of CE credit for participation in the exhibit hall. Visit www.aasvb.org/DLR/ to locate the detailed CE license renewal requirements for your state veterinary board.

MY GUEST OR SPOUSE IS ALSO A VETERINARY PROFESSIONAL CAN THEY ATTEND CE SESSIONS?

Only full convention registrants can attend educational sessions and earn CE credit. Guests or spouses who wish to attend CE sessions should register as full convention registrants. A guest badge will only allow entry to non-ticketed social events and the exhibit hall. Guests may purchase tickets to ticketed social events. Guests also may attend the keynote.

WHAT CE IS AVAILABLE FOR PRACTICE MANAGERS AND PRACTICE STAFF?

The practice management and professional development CE tracks offer sessions covering all facets of the veterinary practice, including topics on personnel/staff management, personal and professional finance, leadership, career options, and communications/marketing. All full convention registrants, including veterinary technicians and practice staff, are able to attend any of the available CE sessions, with the exceptions of select interactive labs and workshops.

Where are interactive labs and workshops held?

The majority of interactive labs are held in the Convention Center. If you're attending an off-site lab, you'll receive an email with more details and your ticket will contain the departure times and lab locations. Workshops are located in the Convention Center.

Future AVMA meetings and additional questions

WHEN AND WHERE ARE FUTURE AVMA MEETINGS?

Visit Future AVMA meeting dates to view locations and dates for future AVMA Conventions, Veterinary Leadership Conferences, and AVMA symposiums.

WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?

If you have a question about AVMA membership, email memberrecordsatavma [dot] org or call (800) 248-2862 ext. 6631. The call center is available Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. CT.

If you have a registration or housing inquiry, email avmaatmcievents [dot] com or call (888) 295-4523 (US/Canada) / (972) 349-5813 (International). Call center hours are Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. CT.

If you are speaking at AVMA Convention, email your inquiry to avma_ceatavma [dot] org.

If you are exhibiting at AVMA Convention, email your inquiry to exhibitsatavma [dot] org.

For all other AVMA Convention inquiries, email conventionatavma [dot] org.

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