The Animal Health Distributor


May 2013     

AVDA 2013 Annual Conference Recap

Thank you to all the AVDA members for making the 2013 AVDA Annual Conference a huge success! Not only did we have record attendance at the meeting, but we also had record sponsorships! Present at the conference were 217 attendees, 180 delegates and 37 spouses. The delegates in attendance were from 64 member companies Active, 47 manufacturer Associate member companies, and 5 Affiliate member companies. Also present were four new members, Apogee Pharma, Georgia – Pacific Professional, Blue Ridge X-Ray Company, Inc. and Bovie Medical Corporation. MORE

AVDA Awards Lifetime Achievement Award to Lorne Elder

The AVDA board established the Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2008 to honor individuals who have made a significant contribution to the animal health industry. This year's recipient is Lorne Elder. MORE

AVDA Welcomes New Associate Board Member

Merial's Renee Hall has joined the AVDA board of directors as an associate board member. MORE


2014 AVDA Annual Conference - Scottsdale, Arizona

Mark your calendars for April 27-29, 2014! The 2014 AVDA Annual Conference will be held at the end of April at the beautiful Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is a AAA - Five Diamond property located in the Valley of the Sun, just minutes away from shopping and just a short drive from Sedona and the Grand Canyon. The Fairmont has just undergone a $50 million renovation and looks like a brand new property.

AVDA previously held its 2004 Annual Conference at the Fairmont. Experience the Willow Stream Spa, one of the best Spas in North America (as ranked by Travel + Leisure Magazine), four award-winning restaurants, state-of-the art meeting facilities, and two 18-hole championship golf courses -- one of which is home to the Annual PGA Tour Waste Management Phoenix Open TPC Scottsdale course. This highly acclaimed Scottsdale hotel resort is truly an experience like no other. AVDA attendees will have an opportunity to play this course during the Annual Scramble Golf Tournament.

The AVDA discounted group rate is $279 per night. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is located approximately 30 miles from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Average temperature in April is high of 77 degrees, low of 50.

AVDA Dues Increase and E-Reg Monitor

The board of directors has approved a dues increase for all members starting with the next fiscal year that begins on June 1, 2013. Dues will be raised $250 for each member type. Associate and Affiliate member dues have not been increased in over 10 years and Active member dues have not been increased in five years. The dues increase will help to offset AVDA expenses for lobbying and legal fees that are anticipated in the coming year to help with issues related to FTC and state initiatives to mandate veterinarians to provide prescriptions to their patients. Member dues were mailed in May and are due on June 1, 2013.

AVDA Welcomes New Members

AVDA welcomed two new associate members since we published our last newsletter.

Apogee Pharma Inc.
1979 Marcus Avenue Ste 210
Lake Success, NY 11042
Primary Contact: Mayur Doshi
Phone: 516-622-2208

Georgia – Pacific Professional
133 Peachtree St
Atlanta, GA 30303
Primary Contact: Joseph Sandora
Phone: 267-987-7014


Updates on Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act from AVMA

H.R. 1528, the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act, has 70 bipartisan co-sponsors (including AVDA), with more to be added after the recess week. The language of the bill was offered and withdrawn as an amendment to the House Farm Bill with a commitment from Rep. Goodlatte to work on addressing this issue. MORE


The Opportunity Survey – Helping Good Practices Become Even Better

The Cat Doctor, an all-feline AAHA practice in Philadelphia, utilized The Opportunity online survey tool to strengthen and improve an already successful practice that has been serving cat owners since 1983. “Our practice income was up almost 10% last year despite a struggling economy,” says practice owner Diane Eigner, VMD, past-president of the AAFP. “I believe that the way our clients embraced the survey experience and the way our healthcare team responded to the client feedback contributed to that growth. Click here for more.


Second Court Holds NLRB Recess Appointments Unconstitutional

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) was dealt yet another serious setback when a second appellate court struck down President Obama’s recess appointments to the NLRB as unconstitutional. In this case, NLRB v. New Vista Nursing and Rehabilitation, the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals held that the recess appointment of Craig Becker in 2010, as well as the three appointments made in January of 2012, was invalid. The repercussions of this decision for the Board, and for the businesses over which it has jurisdiction, will be felt for many months to come.

Click here to read NAW’s more detailed report on this court decision and its political repercussions.

Click here to read the court’s decision.

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April 27 - 29, 2014

AVDA 2014 Annual Conference

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess 
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Jackie King


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Director of Meetings & Member Services

Heather Lester


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Association Coordinator

Casey Joseph


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