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Join us for AVTE's 2024 Annual Conference in Houston, Texas, from July 26-28! This year's event promises to be an unparalleled experience with countless opportunities for learning, networking, and growth.

With over 25 breakout sessions and multiple engaging plenary sessions, attendees can expect a diverse and enriching program. Our speakers are carefully selected for their expertise and ability to connect with attendees, ensuring a high-energy and engaging atmosphere. In addition to our traditional sessions, we're excited to offer one Roundtable Session in 2024, allowing attendees to connect with colleagues, share challenges, and collaborate on solutions. These roundtable sessions will cover a wide range of topics, and attendees have the opportunity to initiate discussions on subjects that matter most to them.

Our program committee is thrilled to announce several special events featuring renowned speakers. On Saturday night, join us for an intimate conversation with Dr. Marty Becker (Fear Free Pets) and Dr. Temple Grandin, offering unique insights and perspectives. Plus, don't miss the special fireside chat during the business meeting on Saturday, featuring Jim Penrod, the CEO of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards.

Exciting pre-conference events include a wellness pre-course and an early half-day gathering of program directors on Thursday, inaugurating a new program designed to enhance professional development and collaboration.

Don't miss out on this unparalleled opportunity to connect, learn, and grow at AVTE's 2024 Annual Conference in Houston, Texas. Mark your calendars for July 26-28, and join us for an unforgettable experience!


2024 Conference Committee

Tricia Gorham - St. Petersburg College (Chair)
Tara Groves - Owensboro Community and Technical College 
Meri DuRand-Kosman -  Dakota County Technical College
Heather Laurie - Red River College Polytechnic
Laura Black - San Juan College
Oreta Samples - Fort Valley State University
Nanette Walker-Smith
Beth Stark - Heartland Vet Partners
Teresa Stefan - PMI Medical Institute - Seatle
Jennifer Serling - Appalachian State University (AVTE President)


The annual conference offers RACE CE credit each year. Once the full speaking agenda is confirmed, AVTE submits the conference for CE approval. In previous years, the conference has offered approximately 15 CEUs. If, for any reason, the conference is not approved for RACE CEU credit, you will be offered a full refund.



Houston Sonesta Galleria
2222 West Loop South
Houston, Texas

Group Rate: $179/night (plus tax - Single/Double) and $189 (plus tax - Triple/Quad)
will require 1 night deposit at the time of booking -  Cut-Off Date: June 28, 2024
Hotel Registration Site (run by the Sonesta)


Early Bird: Member - $465 | Non-Member - $550
Regular: Member: $510 | Non-Member: $599

*Early bird registration deadline: June 28, 2024
*for group registration, sponsor and exhibitor codes, please email [email protected]


Note: All information is subject to change at AVTE's sole discretion.
This event is subject to AVTE's cancellation policy.

New for 2024

Let's Get PAWSitive: Using Positive Psychology Activities to Enhance Veterinary Well-Being...
A Special Pre-Course with Melyssa Allen - Thursday, July 25th

As numerous challenges are faced within the veterinary industry, embracing positive psychology practices has gained traction as an evidence-based approach to foster protection against and recovery from burnout.  Research highlights the potential of positive psychology activities to enhance resilience, mitigate burnout, and foster a thriving veterinary community. This session goes beyond theoretical insights, offering an opportunity to explore and experience various research-supported interventions during the workshop. Let's Get PAWSitive will introduce the field of positive psychology, the benefits of positive psychology for well-being, and various positive psychology activities that can be practiced and shared to enhance emotional resilience.

Pre-Conference Program Directors Summit - Thursday, July 25th

AVTE invites you to a new, highly collaborative event that will be part of the 2024 AVTE Annual Conference. The day before the meeting begins, AVTE will welcome program directors from the US and Canada for a special "Program Director Summit."

The event, which will run from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM on July 25th, will present a unique opportunity for program directors to hear from thought leaders on topics that don't always make the main agenda for veterinary conferences, collaborate with peers who have navigated similar changes and challenge the group assembled to explore ways that we can unite our collective voice in areas of mutual interest and engage our support of each other throughout the year. 

The Goals for the Day Include:

1) Hear from thought leaders in areas of specific interest to program directors
2) Have ample opportunity to talk through your challenges with peers who have faced similar challenges
3) Explore ways this community can speak with one voice on topics of mutual interest and strengthen its ability to support each other year-around

Tentative Agenda (subject to change)

1:00 PM    Welcome and Introductions
1:15 PM    Session 1: CVTEA Site Visit Basics 
2:15 PM    Break:  Light Refreshments 
2:30 PM    Session 2: Student Success Initiatives
3:30 PM    Break: Light Refreshments
3:45 PM    Session 3: VTNE Updates
4:45 PM    Wrap Up
5:00 PM    Adjournment

6:00 PM - an opportunity for dinner with other attendees (at the restaurant at the hotel, dutch treat)
Note: AVTE is working on a fixed-priced option


Post Conference Recover CPR Training (Sunday, July 28th, beginning after the conference conclusion)

How do we best treat animals in cardiopulmonary arrest? Evidence-based veterinary CPR guidelines published by the RECOVER Initiative in 2012 aimed at maximizing patient survival after cardiopulmonary arrest led to the official veterinary CPR certification process approved by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. This course will teach RECOVER Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Life Support (ALS) concepts and techniques.

The certification process consists of an online course and onsite training at the conference. Because of this, participants must have completed the RECOVER online BLS and ALS courses available at Completing this course grants certification as a RECOVER BLS and ALS Rescuer. Human medical professionals are certified in human CPR. Veterinary medical professionals should certify themselves in veterinary CPR!