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MARCH 2015     

AVDA 2015 Annual Conference - April 26-28, 2015
Experience the Past, Prepare for the Future

Charleston, South Carolina, the city where history lives, will be host to the AVDA 2015 Annual Conference. This unique meeting and travel destination will provide attendees with a great opportunity to experience the nation’s past while preparing for the future through lessons learned from thought provoking speakers and business sessions that have become the hallmark of AVDA’s annual conference. Join us this spring at the beautiful Belmond Charleston Place Hotel, April 26-28, as we experience the past and prepare for the future.

Click here for the schedule, registration form, hotel information and more!

AVDA Annual Meeting Notice and Slate of Officers and Directors
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Annual Meeting of AVDA Active members and elections of officers and directors will be held on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 12:30 pm Eastern Time the Charleston Place Hotel, Charleston SC. Click here to link to a slate of directors nominated to serve on the AVDA board of directors. A proxy solicitation for voting will be emailed to all Active Members prior to the meeting.


The Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) Foundation today announced that the American Veterinary Distributors Association (AVDA) has made a $5,000 donation to help gather, fund and share scientific research that demonstrates the human health benefits of pet ownership.

“The industry leading companies that form the AVDA understand the importance of the human-animal bond and how it enhances both human and animal health,” said HABRI Executive Director Steven Feldman. “The veterinary community plays a key role in the health of our communities and AVDA’s support will help deliver that message.”

“AVDA is proud to join the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative effort,” said AVDA Executive Director Jackie King. “By supporting research and education on the benefits of the human-animal bond, AVDA can help bring the health benefits of pets to more people and more families.” Click here for the full press release.

AVDA Continues to Support CATalyst Council

The AVDA board of directors met in January in conjunction with the North American Veterinary Conference and agreed to continue to support CATalyst Council as CATalyst colleague with a $5,000 contribution in 2015. This is the fifth year that AVDA has supported the Council.

The CATalyst Council is the outcome of two grassroots efforts – Re-Branding Felix and the CATalyst Summit. Following these two meetings, CATalyst Council, a non-profit entity, was created that includes three distinct groups: Veterinary Medicine, Shelter/Animal Welfare, and related Industry entities such as Foundations and Cat Fanciers, the Media, and commercial companies. By virtue of the open and inclusive structure of the board, these bodies are able to represent a broad range of diverse stakeholders in feline healthcare and welfare. Many of these stakeholders participated in the CATalyst Summit. Working together the Council intends to make a difference in the way the United States sees and experiences cats.

For more information about CATalyst Council, go to their website.

3rd Annual "The Gathering" Reception at NAVC Recap

Thanks to all who attended “The Gathering” reception during the NAVC on Sunday, January 18. This was the third year that AVDA held this event with Animalytix, but it was the second 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.

Partners for Health Pets Update

Click here for the Winter 2015 update from the Partners for Healthy Pets.

Legal Update

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

Click here for the latest NAW legal update.

AVDA Welcomes Two New Associate Members

Animal Insight, a division of AGDATA is based in Charlotte, NC. Their products include database management, marketing program solutions and fulfillment services, and web based sales. Their principal contact is Phil Lawler, Vice President. AGDATA also manages the Veterinary License Certification System provided by the AHI-EDI Special Project and is used by Animal Health International, Henry Schein Animal Health, MWI/IVESCO, Midwest Veterinary Supply, Merritt Veterinary Supply and others.

Sarstedt, Inc. is based in Newton, NC. Their principal contact is Heath Bowman, Sales Manager. They manufacture laboratory consumables.


Animal Insight, a division of AGDATA
6060 Piedmont Row Drive South, Ste 300
Charlotte, NC 28287
Primary Contact: Phil Lawler
Phone: 704-364-2186

Sarstedt. Inc.
1025 St. James Church Rd.
Newton, NC 28658
Primary Contact: Heath Bowman
Phone: 828-465-4000

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Upcoming Events

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

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