(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) June 16, 2022—The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has extended its early-bird registration for AVMA Convention 2022 to June 30, giving potential attendees more time to realize up to $100 in savings for the AVMA's first in-person convention since 2019.
Following two years of strictly virtual convention programming, this year's return to an in-person event—with a virtual component—will be packed with engaging speakers, entertaining events and the industry-leading CE courses attendees have come to expect from AVMA Convention.
Attendees of AVMA Convention 2022 will have access to the most complete selection of veterinary CE anywhere, including workshops, panels and lectures taught by experts in veterinary medicine. In addition, this year will feature the return of interactive labs and workshops, providing hands-on training and small group interaction with top-tier instructors.
AVMA Convention's broad scope of programming covers content areas of interest to attendees no matter their interest or area of focus. These include tracks in:
- Companion animal medicine
- Food animal/equine
- Interactive labs and workshops
- Practice management
- Professional development
- Public and corporate practice
- Veterinary technology
- Hot topics/emerging trends
This year's AVMA Convention keynote (Saturday, July 30, 10 a.m.) will be delivered by sociologist, best-selling author, lecturer, storyteller and humorist Bertice Berry, who will discuss the power and impact of owning your own narrative. "If you don't tell your story, others will tell it for you," Berry says. Using her unique blend of storytelling, humor and sociological research, Berry will illustrate ways for redefining, reclaiming and owning your own purpose and story.
AVMA's Center for Wellbeing (open daily during the convention) has become a staple of AVMA Convention, and it is back and better than ever in 2022. The AVMA knows that health and wellbeing are essential components to thriving individuals and practices, which is why it continues to develop resources to help all veterinary professionals care for their own emotional and mental health. Stop in to learn more about AVMA's wellbeing resources, speak with a licensed mental health professional, relax, recharge, get tips on staying healthy and re-connect with colleagues. Be sure to make your appointment at the AVMA Trust Wellness Booth to get your health screenings or rabies titer.
On Friday, July 29, 5 p.m., the AVMA Veterinary Career Center is sponsoring the second annual Mix & Mingle event to connect potential jobseekers with employers from across the profession. This unique event gives attendees a chance to connect and chat with employers from all fields of veterinary medicine. Whether you are an active job seeker or simply curious about career options in another field, this is the best place to meet the people who can help you advance your career. Make new connections, practice your elevator pitch, and polish your conversational skills, all in a fun environment. Bites and beverages are included. Job seekers can register during AVMA Convention registration.
Kick off AVMA Convention with your alma mater at this year's Alumni Receptions (Friday, July 19, 7 p.m.) Reconnect with your former classmates and make new friends with recent graduates from your school.
To stay relevant, veterinary professionals needs to know the latest trends, and how to implement them within their organizations. This year's Exhibit Hall (opening at noon on Saturday, July 30) will be filled with more than 300 exhibitors offering today's latest products and solutions for veterinary professionals. The hall is open from Saturday until Monday with seven unopposed hours and the opportunity to earn two hours of CE just for visiting.
New to AVMA Convention 2022 will be a Technician Appreciation and Young Professionals Event (Saturday, July 30, 6-7:30 p.m.), created for veterinary technicians and nurses, veterinary students and veterinarians who are just starting their professional journeys. Hosted and sponsored by AVMA's My Veterinary Life Podcast, attendees will have the opportunity to connect with colleagues and win prizes.
Following the technician and young professionals event, join your colleagues for this year's Live Life, Love All event, to celebrate all the beautiful things that make us different and the profession that brings us together, capped off by AVMA's first ever ping pong tournament at the number one ping pong social club in the nation.
On Sunday, July 31, at 5 p.m., join the AVMA PAC pre-concert happy hour at the Roy-Pitz Barrel House, one of Philadelphia's top-rated brewpubs, to support the AVMA PAC and get ready for the AVMA Concert. AVMA PAC contributors and guests will have access to an open bar with award-winning beer, cider, wine, spirits and creative appetizers. Chat with AVMA PAC board members and the AVMA advocacy team about the role AVMA PAC plays in supporting our profession.
This year's AVMA Concert features iconic multi-platinum artists joining forces to create The AFTR PRTY, with Boyz II Men's Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman appearing alongside *NSYNC's Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick to bring fan-favorite hits to Philadelphia.
For more updates on Convention 2022, including registration information, CE sessions, speakers, virtual events and more, please visit AVMA.org/Convention.