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2 more conferences move to online format

Petfood Forum and the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care adjust to COVID concerns by scheduling virtual events in September and October, respectively.

2 more conferences move to online format

Forget about booking those flights to Tampa, Florida, and Kansas City, Missouri. The International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care along with Petfood Forum 2020 will hold virtual conferences this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The hospice association meeting, which had been set for October in Tampa, will take place online Oct. 1 to 4 under the theme “Restore Revive Reset.” Registration will open July 1 at www.IAAHPC.org.

“In knowing the effect the pandemic has had on our members for this year, holding our annual meeting virtually just made logical sense,” said the association’s president, Tyler Carmack, DVM, CVA, CVFT, CHPV.

“We are incredibly excited for this opportunity as it allows us to bring the valuable and robust learning to so many more of our members who possibly would not have been able to travel during this time, not to mention allowing more of our international contingency to participate in the event.”

Live and recorded presentations are planned. The keynote speaker will be Fear Free founder Marty Becker, DVM.

Petfood Forum 2020, once slated for Kansas City, was postponed from late April to mid-August. Now, a virtual conference under the name Petfood Forum Connect is set for Sept. 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17.

“Petfood Forum Connect offers an engaging platform that will bring the global industry together to network, learn and continue conducting business in a time when in-person sales visits and meetings aren’t possible,” said Steve Akins, executive vice president of global pet food and events for the organizer, WATT Global Media.

The online program will feature presentations and panel discussions on topics ranging from pet food consumer trends and marketing to nutrition, ingredients, technology and research. More information is available at bit.ly/3dKtiN0.

Other in-person events that moved to online formats include the American Veterinary Medical Association’s annual convention and the KC Animal Health Corridor’s Global Animal Health Week.

The AVMA Virtual Convention will take place Aug. 20 to 22. Registration is underway at bit.ly/2ND3JD3.

Global Animal Health Week has been rebranded Animal Health Summit 2020. It is scheduled for Aug. 31 through Sept. 2. Details and registration are available at bit.ly/AnimalHealthSummit.

Also lost to the pandemic is the AVMA’s annual Economic Summit in Chicago. The event now will be online Oct. 27 and 28.


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