Convention 2024 Austin FAQs

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

Q: What are the dates and location for AVMA Convention 2024?

A: AVMA Convention 2024 will be held June 21-25 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. The exhibit hall will be open June 22-24.

Q: Who can attend AVMA Convention?

A: 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.

Q: Can I bring an animal to AVMA Convention?

A: 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* (as defined by the ADA)
  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 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 (convention[at]avma[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.

Q: How can I join the online conversation about AVMA meetings and events?

A: Follow our social media pages to hear the latest about AVMA events.

Q: Is childcare available?

A: Childcare services are being offered at AVMA Convention 2024 through KiddieCorp. The childcare room will be located in the Hilton Austin (headquarters hotel). Reservations and more information will be available in spring 2024.

Q: Does AVMA Convention have an app?

A: Yes, the AVMA Convention app allows attendees to choose sessions, claim CE, see handouts/presentations, talk with other attendees, participate in our VetAdventure passport program, and much more. The app has the most up-to-date information on sessions, room numbers, and any program changes that have been made. Check back in late spring 2024 for app downloading instructions.

Registration and badges

Q: When will registration open?

A: Attendee registration will open in February.

Q: How much does it cost to register?

A: Visit the What's the cost page to view registration rates.

Q: Where do I pick up my registration badge?

A: Attendee 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 Austin Convention Center.

Austin Convention Center
Advanced and onsite attendee registration and exhibitor registration
Thursday, June 20: 2 – 7 p.m.
Friday, June 21: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, June 22: 6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 23: 6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Monday, June 24: 6:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday, June 25: 7:30 a.m. – Noon

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 $5 attendee badge mailing upgrade during online registration to have your registration badge mailed to you before AVMA Convention.

Quick tip 3: Pick up your badge onsite starting Thursday, June 20.

Q: What is included if I elect to have my registration badge mailed to me?

A: Mailed badge packets include your registration badge and tickets. Badge lanyards, convention bags, and any other registration material will be available at the Austin Convention Center. You will receive your badge approximately two weeks before convention.

Q: What are the registration refund and cancellation policies?

A: Registration cancellations must be submitted in writing by Friday, May 21, 2024 and will incur a $75 fee. No refunds will be issued if postmarked after Friday, May 21, 2024 . Submit cancellations to avmaatmcievents [dot] com (avma[at]mcievents[dot]com).

Travel arrangements

Q: How do I make hotel arrangements?

A: Book your lodging in AVMA's official hotel block by booking directly through the convention housing site. Attendee housing will open in February.

Continuing education

Q: Do I need to sign up for each session I would like to attend?

A: Nearly all of 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.

Q: What is the maximum number of CE hours I can earn?

A: 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.

Q: My guest or spouse is also a veterinary professional can they attend CE sessions?

A: 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.

Q: What CE is available for practice managers and practice staff?

A: 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, can attend any of the available CE sessions, with the exception of select interactive labs and workshops.

Future AVMA meetings and additional questions

Q: When and where are future AVMA meetings?

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

Q: Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

A: If you have a question about AVMA membership, email memberrecordsatavma [dot] org (memberrecords[at]avma[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 (avma[at]mcievents[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 (avma_ce[at]avma[dot]org).

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

For all other AVMA Convention inquiries, email conventionatavma [dot] org (convention[at]avma[dot]org).

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