AVMA Virtual Convention

Schedule and events

AUGUST 20 – 22, 2020

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Thursday, August 20

10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. ET
Sunrise CE – Sponsored / Yoga & meditation

11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. ET
Keynote with Patrice Washington
Sponsored by Hill's Pet Nutrition
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Noon – 12:50 p.m. ET

1 – 2 p.m. ET
Brunchtime Connections – Sponsored

1 – 2 p.m. ET
Dedicated exhibit time

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET

2:30 p.m. – 5:20 p.m. ET

5:20 p.m. ET

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET
Alumni receptions & happy hours
What better way to kick off Convention than with your fellow alumni and peers? Reconnect with old classmates and make new friends. More information to come.

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET
Vet tech trivia night
AVMA would like to extend a big thank you to the veterinary technicians and veterinary nurses who play such integral roles on our veterinary teams. In appreciation, we invite techs and tech students to an exclusive virtual Vet Tech Trivia Night! Team up with your fellow attendees and work together to win the trivia crown!



Keynote – Patrice Washington

You first: A blueprint for creating success on your own terms
Thursday, August 20
11 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. ET

Patrice Washington

The AVMA is proud to announce this year's keynote speaker, Patrice Washington. Patrice is an award-winning author, transformational speaker, hope-restoring coach, media personality, and top-rated host of the Redefining Wealth podcast where she teaches the masses to "chase purpose, not money."

You love what you do but being passionate about your work can sometimes feel like a blessing and a burden. When we neglect to put ourselves first, our own wellbeing and sense of purpose can take a backseat. Wealth is more than mere budgets and bank accounts. This soul-searching session will empower you to embrace wellbeing and wealth-building by leaning into the areas of life that matter most.

Sponsored by Hill's Pet Nutrition.

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Keynote – Karamo Brown

Know thyself: Using your uniqueness to create success, a conversation with Queer Eye's Karamo Brown
Friday, August 21
11 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. ET

Karamo Brown

Television Host and Culture Expert on the Emmy-nominated Netflix reboot of Queer Eye, Karamo Brown says that the key to his success is tapping into the many facets of his identity. Whether as an openly gay man, a black man, a single father, or psychotherapist, Karamo strategically utilizes the strengths of his different identities to achieve success – and teaches others to do the same. Lauded for his ease and natural comfort in relating to different types of people, Karamo is tasked with making-over the hearts and minds of the "culturally challenged," and helps them to confront and grow beyond the internal issues holding them back.

Sponsored by Hill's Pet Nutrition.

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Closing speaker – Adam Grant

Where do we go from here: A conversation with Adam Grant
Saturday, August 22
11 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. ET

Adam Grant

In this intimate conversation, Adam Grant fields questions from AVMA's own, Dr. Matt Salois, Director of Economics. They will explore how to build resilience in our teams and ourselves. "Resilience is the strength and speed of our response to adversity," says Grant. "It's a skill set that we work on throughout our lives," he contends.

This conversation draws lessons from his #1 New York Times bestselling book Option B, co-authored with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, after the unexpected death of her husband and the current COVID 19 landscape. The session will offer practical steps one can take to reimagine and rebuild their life when their first choice – Option A – is no longer on the table.

Live Life Love All

Wednesday, August 19
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET

Live Life Love All

Let's celebrate all the beautiful things that make us different and the profession that brings us together. Join us at this year's virtual Live Life, Love All event, featuring our first ever Lip Sync Competition! Do you have what it takes to perform at this year's event? Follow us on Facebook and watch for details on how to enter!

Sponsored by Hill's Pet Nutrition.

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Power Up 5K

Run anytime between August 16 – 23

Take a 3.1-mile running or walking tour of your neighborhood and join the AVMA in support of the AVMF's COVID-19 Disaster Relief Support fund. Participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt and a finisher's medal, included in the cost of race registration. Run anytime between August 16 – 23 and track your run with the RaceJoy app to be eligible for awards. You might even hear some folks cheering you on along the way! Don't forget to take pictures and post them to RaceJoy to see where other participants are running!

Fee: $40 (includes shirt and medal)

Registration for Power Up 5K open soon.

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