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OCTOBER 2017     


AVDA 2018 Annual Conference

AVDA 2018 Conference Sponsorship Options

"The Gathering" Reception - Save the Date

Pet Night on Capitol Hill and HABRI

HABRI Grants

HABRI Public Policy Initiatives and Legislation

E-Reg Monitor and Other Surveys Available to AVDA Members

Animal Health News

AVDA Welcomes New Members

Just for Fun

AVDA 2018 Annual Conference
May 6-8, 2018 • San Diego, CA

Save the Date for the AVDA 2018 Annual Conference!
May 6-8, 2018
Loews Coronado Bay Resort
San Diego, California

Hotel Information
AVDA has secured a discounted hotel rate of $249 per night with a discounted resort fee of $13 per day for AVDA attendees. This rate is available until April 10, 2018 or until they are sold out (whichever comes first)

The importance of reserving a hotel room at the AVDA group hotel cannot be stressed enough. AVDA staff makes every effort to keep attendees expenses at the meeting, registration fees, and hotel rooms for the meeting as low as possible. They work hard to negotiate the best hotel rates and to make the best use of your registration dollars to keep the meetings affordable. AVDA staff encourage all participants to register for the meeting. When anyone pays the registration fee and reserves a room at the group hotel, he or she is helping to support not only AVDA 2018 Annual Conference, but also future conferences.

To book your room, call the hotel at 800-235-6397 or CLICK HERE to book online.

AVDA 2018 Annual Conference Sponsorship Options

Once again AVDA is offering member companies multiple sponsorship options for the Annual Conference. Sponsorship assures the continued quality program that the AVDA Annual Conference is known to produce and provides valuable recognition of your company within our industry.

In addition to the 7 levels of sponsorship (One Star – Platinum), your company can add on an additional sponsorship option such as the hotel key card, conference lanyard, and new this year- mobile app sponsor.

Click here to view ALL the sponsorship options.
Click here to sign up for a sponsorship.

For questions, contact Heather Lester with AVDA at 443-640-1040 x 112 or

"The Gathering" Reception at VMX - Save the Date - February 4, 2018

“The Gathering” reception at VMX (formerly NAVC) has become the happening spot to mix and mingle with members of the animal health industry. The reception will take place on Sunday, February 4, 2018 from 3:30-5:30pm at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. More information coming soon!

Pet Night on Capitol Hill and HABRI
by Jackie King, AVDA Executive Director

AVDA has been a proud supporter of the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) since 2015. HABRI Foundation maintains the world’s largest online library of human-animal bond research and information; funds innovative research projects to scientifically document the health benefits of pets and other animals; informs the public about human-animal bond research; and advocates for public policies that support the beneficial role of pets in society.

HABRI has also been very involved in the revitalization of Pet Night on Capitol Hill along with allied organizations and companies in the pet and animal health industries. I was very excited to attend my first Pet Night on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, October 4. This event attracted over 400 attendees from all sectors of the pet and animal health industries along with a dozen congressional representatives and many of their legislative aides. Attendees also included a Who’s Who list from the veterinary sector including Dr. Janet Donlin, CEO of the AVMA, Dr. Michael Cavanaugh, CEO of AAHA, Ron Phillips, Vice President, Legislative and Government Affairs of the Animal Health Institute and representatives from the AAVMC. MORE


HABRI Gives Grant to Study that will Examine Shelter Cat Adoption in Families of Children with Autism

The Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) has awarded a $52,204 grant to the University of Missouri for a new study, Shelter Cat Adoption in Families of Children with Autism: Impact on Children's Social Skills and Anxiety as well as Cat Stress. The study will examine the effect of the introduction of a shelter cat on social skills and anxiety in children with autism, and on stress levels for the cats themselves. AVDA is a proud supporter of HABRI.

"Preliminary research demonstrates the effectiveness of companion animal interaction on alleviating social skills deficits and anxiety in children with autism spectrum disorder  (ASD)," said Gretchen Carlisle, the study's principal investigator, Ph.D., College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri. "While many studies have focused on the impact of dogs on children with ASD, this study aims to determine the beneficial impacts of a pet cat on children with autism and their families, as the temperament and the ease of care for cats compared to other animals may increase the likelihood of a positive outcome for the children, the cats and the family as a whole." MORE

New Research to Study Impact of Therapy Dogs on Stress and Academic Performance in Children with Autism.

The Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) has awarded a $33,717 grant to the Texas Tech University for a new study, Integration of AAI and Applied Behavior Analysis to Improve Academic Performance in Children with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disability (IDD). This study will examine the effect of an integrated animal-assisted intervention (AAI) in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) on children’s academic performance and physiological stress.

“The goal of this study is to determine if interaction with a therapy dog during an ABA-based intervention results in improved academic response and a decrease in child stress levels,” said the study’s principal investigator, Alexandra Protopopova, PhD, Texas Tech University. “The results of this study may provide support for incorporating animals into ABA-based therapy, a bridging of two beneficial therapies for individuals with ASD/IDD that could result in the emergence of advancements in behavioral science.” MORE

HABRI Public Policy Initiatives and Legislation

Here’s how you can take action to support HABRI’s public policy initiatives:


  • Support H.R. 2327 – Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers Act
    HABRI urges passage of H.R. 2327, the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers Act, which "directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to carry out a pilot-program to provide service dogs for veterans diagnosed with severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)."
    Click HERE for more

  • Support H.R. 3016 – Veterans Employment, Education and Healthcare Improvement Act
    HABRI urges passage of H.R. 3016, the Veterans Employment, Education and Healthcare Improvement Act, with a particular interest in Section 106 of the bill, which "directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to carry out a five-year pilot program to assess the effectiveness of addressing veterans' post-deployment mental health and post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms through the therapeutic medium of educating those veterans in the training and handling of service dogs for veterans with disabilities."
    Click HERE for more

  • Support H.R. 909 – Pet and Women Safety Act
    The majority of victims of domestic violence have pets in the household, and 68% of battered women reported violence towards their animals. HABRI urges passage of H.R. 909, Pet and Women Safety Act, which would expand federal law to include protections for pets of domestic violence victims and establish a federal grant program that will help ensure that victims have access to safe shelters for their pets.
    Click HERE for more

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E-Reg Monitor Surveys Available to AVDA Members to Help Keep you p to Date on State and Federal Legislation

In today’s regulatory environment, pharmaceutical, distribution and healthcare companies are faced with constant changes in federal and state legislation and regulations that affect everyday business. Although no common governance exists among the states, the states do maintain similarities in the way they define and regulate key areas of pharmaceutical marketing practices as well as licensing and distribution activities. To better understand the impact of these state-by-state regulations, BuzzeoPDMA’s E-Reg Monitor Service offers two surveys to assist the industry in monitoring these emerging issues.

AVDA members who subscribe to the E-Reg Monitor Service have access to an online tool that provides legislative and regulatory updates on Drug Distribution and Drug Pedigree laws on the Federal level and in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Subscribing members have 24/7 access to the service and receive e-mail notification when updates are available. The annual subscription fee for AVDA members is now $2,500 per AVDA member company. Companies subscribing to this service would individually pay in excess of $30,000 per year.

E-Reg Monitor also offers 11 additional surveys besides those on Drug Distribution and Drug Pedigree. They include surveys on:

  • Advertising Restrictions,

  • Aggregate Spend, Transparency, and Compliance

  • Drug Quality Security Act Requirements and State Licensing

  • Drug Return Requirements to Distributors and Manufacturers

  • Drug Sampling: Registration, Distribution and Storage

  • Listed Chemicals: Registration, Distribution and Reporting Requirements

  • Medical Devices Licensing Requirements by State

  • Loss and Theft Reporting Requirements

  • Mid-level Practitioners: Sampling, Prescriptive and Dispensing Authority

  • Preprinted Prescription Pads: Content, Construction and Usage

  • Wholesale Transaction and Suspicious Order Reporting Requirements

AVDA members may subscribe to each of these surveys separately for $1,000 per year. Contact Jackie King at 443-640-1040x105 if you are interested in learning more.

Click here for one sheet on E-Reg Monitor

Click here for full survey information.


2016 U.S. Veterinary Services Spending $18.12B...UP ↑ $1.01B

Veterinary Services is the second largest segment in the Pet Industry. A high inflation rate, over 3.5%, has put spending on a rollercoaster ride with today’s more price sensitive consumers. In 2016, spending was $18.12B – Up -$1.01B (+5.9%) from 2015. In this report, we’ll take a closer look at the demographic drivers of the increase. Click HERE for the full article.

Dogs from Across the Country Travel to Las Vegas to Comfort Survivors

More than a dozen trained comfort dogs descended upon Las Vegas this week to offer relief to the victims of Sunday's senseless mass shooting — and to help lift the spirits of folks throughout the community who need it most. Within hours of the attack, 17 comfort dogs and their handlers were making preparation to head to Las Vegas. The group, coordinated by Lutheran Church Charities (LCC), is composed of pups from across the country — some who traveled there from as far away as Nebraska and Illinois. Click HERE for the full story.

After the Las Vegas Shooting, LAX is Staffing Extra Therapy Dogs for Passengers

After the Las Vegas shooting, LAX is staffing extra therapy dogs for passengers
After the worst mass shooting in modern American history, LAX is stepping up its comfort game. Since April of 2013, the airport's PUP (Pets Unstressing Passengers) program has brought in volunteer dogs to hang around the terminals to comfort stressed-out passengers.

On Monday, four additional dogs showed up to help out travelers who are extra distraught following the massacre at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas. The extra dogs joined 7 others who were already working Monday, after founder program director of PUP Heidi Huebner put out a call for more pups. There is a total of 72 dogs in the program, all rescues and all with loving homes, that take turns roaming the terminals with their handlers wearing red vests that say "pet me." "When an event anywhere happens, people are kind of on edge wherever they are," said Pier Ali, a volunteer administrator at LAX. "To have our pups here to bring some calm and to switch off the anxiety is very helpful." Huebner said though the dogs she was with didn't encounter any travelers returning from Las Vegas, the pups were a big help. "It was touching hearing passengers in terminals wanting to send well wishes to people in Vegas," Huebner said. "The dogs just bring out kindness in people while they're always giving kindness this is an opportunity for people to share their thoughts." Dog lovers were excited about the extra PUP presence and shared their thanks on Twitter. Read more.

AVDA Welcomes Eight New Associate Members

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

Just for Fun

13 Dogs Absolutely Rocking Their Autumn Style


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