The Animal Health Distributor


DECEMBER 2013     

AVDA 2014 Annual Conference - What Do You Seek?

Only at the AVDA 2014 Annual Conference can you find everything you are looking for. Targeted learning from our thought provoking speakers and timely educational sessions will help you transform your innovative ideas into real time business solutions. AVDA’s leading distributor and manufacturer members will develop new connections and partnership opportunities after participating in the networking sessions that abound at the AVDA Annual Conference. Be ready to take home knowledge that will stay with you long after the meeting at the AAA Rated Five Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess & Resort this spring. MORE

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Creating a Culture of Service Excellence
The Leader's Role

We all know that customer service initiatives come and go, usually beginning with a lot of fanfare and ending with a quiet departure. With each occurrence of this pattern, an organization's employees become more and more skeptical about subsequent service initiatives. When employees don't see intense leadership commitment beyond the program's rollout, they quickly understand that the initiative is another program of the month. The general feeling becomes; "wait it out, this too shall pass." MORE

Sponsorship Opportunities for the AVDA 2014 Annual Conference

AVDA is currently offering five different level sponsorships for the Annual Conference ranging from $1,500 to $10,000.

Click here for details on these sponsor opportunities.

NEW for 2014 – Additional Sponsor Opportunities

These three new sponsor opportunities can be in addition to a “star” level sponsor above or alone. There is limited availability, please contact Heather at AVDA Headquarters if you are interested.

Hotel Key Card Sponsor – SOLD OUT
Promotional Giveaway - $3,000 add on or $5,000 alone
Refreshment Break - $1,500 add on or $2,500 alone

Click here for a full description of the Additional Sponsor Opportunities.

AVDA NAVC Reception Sunday, January 19, 2014

Join AVDA for the 2nd Annual “The Gathering” reception at NAVC. Special thanks to our co-sponsors; Animalytix, and KC Corridor!

Sunday January 19, 2014 from 5:00-6:30pm at Gaylord Palms

Keep an eye on your mailbox for your invitation!

Click here for the invitation.

University of Industrial Distribution 2014

Once again AVDA is proud to co-sponsor the University of Industrial Distribution (UID) in 2014. Since 1994 the UID has offered the very best value for professional continuing education for the wholesale/distribution industry. This year's program will be held March 9-12, 2014 at the JW Marriott Indianapolis Hotel.

Click here for more information and to register.

Click here for the UID brochure.

Save the Date for the 2015 AVDA Annual Conference

AVDA 2015 Annual Conference will be held April 26 – 28, 2015 at the AAA Four Diamond Property, Charleston Place. This property has been named to CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER’S GOLD LIST as “World’s Best Places to Stay” for the past 10 years from 2003-2013. AVDA has secured a room rate of $289 per night for conference attendees.

AVDA Headquarters Has Moved!

Please make sure to update your records.

3465 Box Hill Corporate Center Drive
Suite H
Abingdon, Maryland 21009

(email and phone has remained the same)


Partners for Healthy Pets Member Update Fall 2013

More than 100 Members Strong!

We continue to experience great support. From a steering committee of six organizations formed just three years ago, Partners for Healthy Pets now boasts more than 106 members including local, regional, provincial, international and state VMAs, other non-profit associations, Colleges of Veterinary Medicine and veterinary trade media. Together, we continue to advance the Partners for Healthy Pets cause – educating pet owners on the importance of preventive healthcare.

More than 3,500 Veterinary Practices Involved!

Having largely achieved the goal of gaining wide support among professional organizations and the animal health industry, our attention in July turned to engaging companion animal practices in the campaign. The Practice Enrollment Program launched at about the time of the AVMA Convention, with recruitment efforts spearheaded by the sales representatives of our member companies. AVMA, AAHA, and NAVTA recently encouraged enrollments among their memberships as well, and as of early November, over 3,500 practices had formally enrolled.

All enrolled practices receive a monthly e-newsletter, along with various campaign creative elements that practices can use in their own pet owner materials. Campaign elements distributed to date include press releases and digital banner ads that practices can add to their own websites. Future issues will include content for practice newsletters and blogs for websites. The e-newsletters also provide practices with information about where print and digital ads are appearing, as well as easy access to stories form colleagues detailing their successful use of tools from the Partners web site. By using these materials, practices reach their inactive clients and demonstrate their commitment to the importance of at least annual checkups.

Click here for the Full Member Update.

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Coming Events

April 27 - 29, 2014

AVDA 2014 Annual Conference

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess 
Scottsdale, AZ

AVDA Staff

Executive Director
Jackie King
ext. 105

Director of Meetings & Member Services
Heather Lester
ext. 112

Association Coordinator
Casey Joseph
ext. 116