Conference Special Events
The conference offers many special events. Join in and meet up with old friends and make some new ones.
Tote Bag Stuffing Party
Tuesday, October 14 - come by in the afternoon and join the party!
Early Bird Reception
Tuesday, October 14 - join this meet and greet reception!
Conference Attendee FAQs and Welcome
Wednesday, October 15 – New and returning attendees can learn about all the activities and events at the conference.
Welcome Reception and Trade Show Grand Opening
Visit our trade show grand opening with accompanying welcome reception featuring hors d'ouvres and our cash bar!
Early Morning Riser Programs
Thursday, October 16 and Friday, October 17 –Take in some local color at the early morning programs!
Roundtable Discussion Groups
Wednesday, October 15, Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18 - join a round table discussion to share training information, or start your own discussion group!
Meet the APDT Board of Trustees
Thursday, October 16 – Grab your lunch and meet the APDT Board of Trustees.
Thursday, October 16 and Friday, October 17 - short educational presentations from some new and upcoming speakers.
Speakers' Author Signing
Meet some of your favorite authors and have your books or bookplates signed in the exhibit hall.
- Thursday 10/16, 5-6pm
- Friday 10/17, 12:30-1:15pm
Thursday Night Dine Arounds
Thursday, October 16 - Want to meet new people and make new friends? We will set up reservations for groups to visit local restaurants and have a night out on the town!
Toymaking with Teoti Anderson
Thursday, October 16 – Last year's event was a toymaking party! Learn how to make simple dog and cat toys and make new friends in the process! Toys will be donated to a local shelter.
Saturday, October 18 - Join fellow conference attendees on a fun/run walk – proceeds benefit the APDT Foundation.
The Annual APDT Foundation Auction and Reception
Friday, October 17 – View and bid on some of the great items we have collected to raise funds for the APDT Foundation.
APDT Exhibit Hall Activities
"First-in-Class" Exhibit Halls for Pet Professionals
Learn all about the latest technologies, trends, products and services for the pet professional industry when the Exhibit Hall opens Thursday evening!
Wednesday, October 15th
6:00pm - 8:00pm Exhibit Hall Grand Opening
Thursday, October 16th
11:30am - 2:00pm & 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Friday, October 17th
11:30am - 2:00pm & 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Saturday, October 18th
9:00am - 3:00pm
We will have a variety of dog demos in the exhibit hall during trade show hours.
APDT Poster Session
Friday, October 17th - Our APDT poster presenters will be available in the exhibit hall to present their work and answer questions.
Business Card and Brochure Contest
Bring business cards and one of your brochures to enter the contests. Winners receive access to the 2014 APDT Educational Conference online library.
The 2014 Conference Booklet
The Conference Booklet will be available to download from the APDT website in PDF form prior to the conference. In order to move toward a more "green" conference, there will be no printed hardcopies of slide presentations and speaker notes. Instead they will be available for download from the website prior to and during the conference.
Digitell, Inc. sells audio recordings of all conference sessions. The CD-ROMs take 8-10 weeks to produce and ship. The CDs include audio recordings of all sessions, a copy of the workbook, and speakers' A/V materials. Order a CD-ROM or order access to the online library where you can listen to and download the files. Please Note: The CDs and online library are not accessible for the deaf/hard of hearing. CDs and the online library can be ordered with your registration online.