AVMA Convention - Events

JULY 13-17, 2018

Denver, Colorado

Colorado Convention Center


Meet-the-Experts Round Table

Friday, July 13

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Meet-the-Experts Round Table

First-time AVMA Convention attendee? This is a great event to dip your paws in and meet other first-time attendees, convention veterans and other peers who are passionate about the industry.

Meet, discuss and network with the best and brightest minds in veterinary medicine at the Meet-the-Experts Round Table at AVMA Convention 2018. Take this opportunity to interact with and learn from featured speakers and AVMA leaders in a lively, interactive atmosphere.

The event will feature 40+ round table discussions of current topics in veterinary


Saturday, July 14

Doors open 9:45 AM
Keynote 10:00 AM – Noon

Keynote speaker Shiza Shahid
When passion meets empowerment

Elevate your passion at this year's keynote event with Shiza Shahid—entrepreneur, investor, speaker and women's rights advocate. She is passionate about leveraging philanthropy, venture capital, technology and the media to drive scalable social impact.

As founding CEO of the Malala Fund with Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and as host of the new USA Today show ASPIREist, Shahid is an advocate for women entrepreneurs, and we know her words will speak directly to many of our veterinary colleagues and their wide variety of passions.

Shahid grew up in Pakistan as a vocal advocate for social change. Along with the social

Veterinary Technician Appreciation Event

Saturday, July 14

Doors open 5:05 PM
6:00 PM

Coors Field

Photo Credit: Rich Grant and VISIT DENVER

Seattle Mariners at Colorado Rockies, Coors Field

In appreciation for veterinary technicians' valuable contributions to the veterinary profession, let AVMA take you out to the ball game! Enjoy an exciting baseball game at Coors Field as the Colorado Rockies take on the Seattle Mariners. Before the game, enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet of ballpark snacks and soda on the Jack Daniel's Terrace Deck. When the game begins at 7:05 PM, head to your reserved mile-high seats in right field to watch the game with your fellow technicians!

Tickets and buffet limited in availability; first-come, first-served.

Young Professionals Event

Saturday, July 14

Doors open 5:05 PM
6:00 PM

Seattle Mariners at Colorado Rockies, Coors Field

Enjoy a night out at Coors Field, home to one of the most beautiful views in baseball! Enjoy a pre-game all-you-can-eat buffet of ballpark snacks and soda on the Jack Daniel's Terrace Deck. Join your fellow young professionals to watch the game at The Rooftop, which features great sightlines of the field and the mountains beyond. Your standing room ticket also includes a $6 voucher to use at concession stands. Be sure to stay for the most beautiful sunset in the MLB as you mingle with fellow young professionals and baseball fans!

Tickets and buffet limited in availability; first-come, first-served.

Live Life, Love All

Saturday, July 14

7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location TBA

Come one, come all, come everybody! Let loose with the AVMA at this inaugural event as we celebrate the differences that make us unique and the profession that brings us all together. Enjoy live music, DJ and snacks.

Attendance is limited and will be available first come, first served. Convention badge required.

Goat Yoga

Sunday, July 15

6:00 AM & 8:00 AM

Goat Yoga
Sculpture Park

Join AVMA in the mile-high city for goat yoga—a unique fitness and wellbeing experience. Baby goats (three months and younger) mingle with yogis during this 45-minute yoga lesson taught by a certified instructor. After the class concludes, 15 minutes of decompression time is provided for the yogis and goats. During this time, participants can pet and hold the goats. Attendance is limited, so sign up for this exciting event today!

AVMA Concert at Sculpture Park featuring O.A.R.

Sunday, July 15

6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

O.A.R. Concert
AVMA welcomes O.A.R. to the stage!

AVMA is bringing the veterinary festival of the summer to Denver's Sculpture Park—a unique outdoor venue steps away from the Colorado Convention Center. This year's concert will showcase the best food trucks in the business, and music from opening act and party band, Sweet Diezel Jenkins, followed by headliner and jam band, O.A.R.

Founded in 1996 in Rockville, Maryland, O.A.R. (... Of a Revolution) has been making music for more than 20 years. This popular band has created and maintained a musical universe completely apart from the mainstream.

The band fills arenas and amphitheaters as it crafts and releases relatable songs with

Exhibit Hall Events

Saturday, July 14 – Monday, July 16

Exhibit Hall Events
Exhibit Hall Opening

In order to stay relevant, a veterinary professional needs to know the latest trends and how to implement them in his or her organization. With an Exhibit Hall filled with more than 300 exhibitors offering today's latest products and solutions, there is no better place to take the pulse of the industry than at AVMA Convention. The Exhibit Hall Opening will take place on Saturday, July 14 at noon, right after the keynote event.


Exhibit Hall Closing Party

Monday, July 16

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

New this year! Join us in celebrating another successful AVMA Convention with old colleagues and new friends at the Exhibit Hall Closing Party! Enjoy networking, music, drinks, light hors d'oeuvres and fun prize giveaways!

One drink ticket included with full convention veterinarian or veterinary technician registration

Happy Hour

Monday, July 16

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Pizza Republica Patio
Pizza Republica

Continue the fun after the Exhibit Hall Closing Party at our new Happy Hour event! Join the AVMA at Pizza Republica, located right outside the Convention Center. Share your Convention tales with fellow attendees and enjoy appetizers on the patio. Be one of the first 50 attendees and receive a complimentary drink! Attendance is limited and will be available first come, first served. Convention badge required.

Network with the best & brightest

Network with the best & brightest

Veterinary professionals from all disciplines and practice sectors gather at AVMA Convention. There's no better place to meet the people who can help you practice better medicine, advance your career, and elevate your passion. Looking to host a meeting in conjunction with the Convention? Meeting space is available at the headquarters hotel and several surrounding hotels for business meetings, luncheons, receptions and dinners. Plus, there will be events to enjoy with your peers, such as the Veterinary Technician Appreciation Event, Young Professionals Event and more!

Keep an eye on this page for future event announcements and updates.

Interested in holding your meeting at AVMA Convention 2018?

The Center for Wellbeing

The AVMA LIFE Trust is pleased to announce that we are bringing back our Center for Wellbeing! The Center for Wellbeing is offered to help make sure your health is in top condition by supplying multiple tests and screenings, including:

  • Chemistries/cholesterol and components, free to AVMA LIFE members
  • Rabies titer screen offered in partnership with Kansas State University
  • Complete blood count (CBC) with differential
  • Thyroid profile and more!

We hope to see you there!

Hosted by: AVMA Life logo

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