Public Policy Symposium 201​4

Sept. 5-6, 2014
Hyatt Regency O'Hare

The AVMA's Public Policy Symposium helps state and allied VMAs tackle today’s most pressing policy issues. It is attended by veterinary associations’ executives, staff, officers, directors, lobbyists, and other veterinarians involved in advocacy.

Economic Summit

October 21, 2015
The Westin O’Hare
Rosemont, Illinois

Attendees will learn the latest findings from recent AVMA economic studies that explored veterinary compensation, under/unemployment, supply and demand for veterinarians, and price elasticities for veterinary services. Business leaders, practice owners, and anyone with an interest in the economics of the profession will discuss how this information can affect everyday business decisions and intelligence.

Animal Welfare Symposium 2014: Huma​ne Endings - In Search of Best Practices for Euthanasia, Humane Slaughter and the Depopulation of Animals

November 3-5, 2014
The Westin O'Hare
Rosemont, Illinois

This symposium will take a comprehensive look at existing best practices for euthanasia, humane slaughter and depopulation across animal species, while exploring research and innovation in the name of continuous improvement. A by-invitation workshop focused on international harmonization of recommendations will follow the 2.5-day event.

Proceedings from Past Symposiums

2013 Can You Hear Me Now? The Conversation

The AVMA hosted this intraprofessional conversation about animal welfare in Rosemont, Illinois on November 14-15, 2013. Approximately 175 veterinarians representing the diversity of the profession attended, seeking to have “better informed and more broadly shared conversations about animals’ use and care that will encourage and better equip us to fully embrace our role not only as experts in animal health, but as primary protectors of animals’ welfare and advocates for sound public policy at all levels.” In keeping with the concept of an intra-professional conversation, access to proceedings from this meeting is limited to AVMA and SAVMA members. 

2009 Animal Welfare in Veterinary Medical Education and Research

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) co-hosted this symposium at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan on November 8-11, 2009. An international line-up of expert speakers presented information on the role of the veterinary profession in animal welfare education, research and advocacy.​