The Animal Health Distributor


MARCH 2014     

AVDA 2014 Annual Conference - April 27-29, 2014

We are looking forward to seeing you in a few short weeks in Scottsdale, Arizona. This year’s conference is sure to be one of the best! You should have already received our conference brochure and registration form in the mail.

“What Do You Seek?” – This year’s conference theme will help you answer questions like: “How do I deliver world-class customer service?”, “Am I ready for the economic recovery?”, “What in the world is going on and how will it impact my business?,” and “What makes teams great and how can my team learn from the NFL?” MORE

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AVDA 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award

The AVDA board of directors is pleased to announce that the 2014 recipient of the AVDA Lifetime Achievement Award is Bob Whelan, National Accounts Manager for Merial. Bob has worked in the animal health industry for over 24 years.

The AVDA board established the Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2008 to honor individuals with at least 20 years of experience in the animal health industry. AVDA Members and non-members may be recognized for this award because of their participation, dedication and service to the animal health industry for a minimum of 20 years.

Past recipients include:

2013 – Lorne Elder, Vet Advantage Magazine
2011 – Kathy Beins, Teva Animal Health (posthumously)
2009 – Fintan Molloy, Teva Animal Health
          John A. Webster, Jr., Webster Veterinary Supply
2008 – Dr. Robert Danielson, MWI Veterinary Supply
          Tom Corcoran, Ft. Dodge Animal Health

AVDA Annual Meeting Notice - Monday, April 28, 2014

The Annual Meeting of AVDA Active members and elections of officers and directors will be held on Monday, April 28, 2014 at 12:30 pm Mountain Time at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, Scottsdale, AZ. A slate of officers and directors nominated to serve on the AVDA board of directors will be emailed to all Active Members prior to the meeting.

Save the Date!

AVDA is pleased to announce the 2016 Annual Conference will be held at The Meritage Resort & Spa in Napa, California!

Save the dates of May 1-3 for this event. Click here for more on the resort.

Other upcoming conferences are:

AVDA 2015 Annual Conference
April 26-28th, Charleston Place, Charleston, SC

AVDA 2016 Annual Conference
May 1-3rd, The Meritage Resort & Spa, Napa, CA

AVDA 2017 Annual Conference
April 30- May 2nd, Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

2nd Annual "The Gathering" Reception at NAVC Recap

Thanks to all who attended “The Gathering” reception during the NAVC on Sunday, January 19th.  This was the second year that AVDA held this event with Animalytix, but it was the first year that we also partnered with KC Animal Health Corridor on this unique event.  Over 250 people from all channels in the animal health industry were in attendance at the reception held at the Emerald Bay Plaza at the Gaylord Palms Hotel.  This meeting has become a great networking event for AVDA members to participate in during NAVC and always attracts the A-list attendees from distribution and supply in the industry.  We want to give an extra special “thank you” to our co-sponsors, Animalytix and KC Corridor.

Legal Update

Click here to read the latest update from AVDA's Legal Counsel, Neil Kuenn of Keeley, Kuenn & Reid.

AVDA Urges Members to Oppose the Fairness to Pet Owners Act of 2014
Mandatory Veterinary Prescription Bill Reintroduced in Congress

Tell Congress to oppose mandatory prescription writing! On February 10, Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT-4th) reintroduced the so-called Fairness to Pet Owners Act (H.R. 4023). You can read the entire bill by clicking HERE. Like its predecessor in the previous Congress, H.R. 1406, the legislation would require a veterinarian to provide a client with a written prescription for domesticated household animals, whether or not requested by the client. The veterinarian would be prohibited from charging for the prescription or asking a client to sign a liability waiver related to writing the prescription.

Click here to read the full letter from AVDA.

AVDA Files Comments to DEA on Placement of Tramadol into Schedule IV, Controlled Substances

Click here to link to comments letter.

AVDA Welcomes New Members

AVDA welcomes two new associate members:

Creative Science, LLC
455 Sovereign Court
St. Louis, MO 63011
Primary Contact: Brad Butler
Phone: 888-506-8329

Kemin Companion Animal Health
2100 Maury Street
Des Moines, IA 50317
Primary Contact: Andrew Yersin
Phone: 515-559-5505

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Upcoming Events

April 27 - 29, 2014

AVDA 2014 Annual Conference

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess 
Scottsdale, AZ

April 26 - 28, 2015

AVDA 2015 Annual Conference

Charleston Place 
Charleston, SC

May 1-3, 2016

AVDA 2016 Annual Conference

The Meritage Resort & Spa 
Napa, CA

April 30 - May 2, 2017

AVDA 2017 Annual Conference

Ponte Vedra Inn & Club
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

AVDA Staff

Executive Director
Jackie King
ext. 105

Director of Meetings & Member Services
Heather Lester
ext. 112

Association Coordinator
Casey Joseph
ext. 116