The 2015 AVMA Annual Convention was held in the historic city of Boston from Friday July 10-Tuesday July 14. Preliminary attendance figures put the total number of registrants at 8,963. In addition, over 300 exhibitors were also on site to promote new products, educate, and of course, give out the cool handouts and samples that we love to bring home. For more attendee information, check out the Tuesday edition of the Convention Daily News.
Continuing education programs, as well as interactive labs, were offered Friday through Tuesday, with more than 1,000 sessions available to registrants. Attendees were able to navigate the extensive CE offering using the convention App that helped to build personalized schedules that align with professional interests and to track acquired CEs.
The sessions covered a broad range of educational topics within companion animal medicine, food animal, practice management, and public and corporate practice hosted by experts in those fields. These continuing education sessions not only offered learning opportunities, but also fostered good conversation and debate among experts on several hot topics, such as Influenza A in companion animals, compounding, biosafety, and the Ebola virus and animals, just to name a few. Click here to obtain your post-convention CE certification.
Events and attractions kept attendees engaged, entertained and on the move. The AVMF held a fundraising event entitled “An Unforgettable Evening – Honoring History, Embracing the Future” at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and museum. Participants enjoyed local New England cuisine, iconic exhibits and good conversation while helping support the advancement of medical care and well-being of animals.
The exhibit hall provided attendees the opportunity to meet more than 300 industry partners and learn about new and innovative products. Many exhibitors had interactive activities, the opportunity to win prizes and educational material to offer attendees. It was a happening place to be!
Saturday’s Keynote Luncheon, sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, featured Chris Gardner, best known for his autobiography “The Pursuit of Happyness.” and also the inspiration for the movie of the same name starring Will Smith. The event attracted 2,650 attendees who enjoyed the motivational, moving and self-empowering message of one of the most inspirational speakers of our time.
The Welcome Reception, held on Saturday evening, treated attendees to a sampling of local delicacies and drinks. Attendees of the reception were invited to the AVMA Pavilion to watch as the AVMA introduced: The Launch of a New Era. This event announced the modern new AVMA logo and tagline: “Our Passion. Our Profession.”
Our new logo represents more than just a new look, it embodies the re-energized spirit of the AVMA that will strive to achieve an overall member-centric focus and a redoubled commitment to Protect, Promote and Advance the science of veterinary medicine.
On Sunday evening, Merial sponsored a concert at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion where The Beach Boys performed for a large and lively crowd of attendees. The pleasant weather, great music and good food and drinks provided a fun-filled night for attendees and their families.
See you in 2016 in San Antonio!