Welcome Reception & Exhibit Show Launch

Wednesday, October 11th, 6PM - 8PM

Join us in the exhibit hall to launch the opening of the ACVO’s 48th annual conference.  Mingle with over 500 of your colleagues, 40-50 exhibitor companies, and enjoy some complimentary food and drinks. All registered attendees and guests may attend at no extra fee, additional tickets may be purchased through the registration form or via email to the ACVO office, if you have already registered. You must sign in first to receive your name badge, this is your pass to access the hall, so please allow time to register before meeting people at this event. Registration will be open at 5pm. (Children under the age of 5 are allowed without a ticket.)

Friday Night 10th Anniversary Service Animal Celebration & Reception

Friday, October 13th | 5:30pm-7pm | Marriott Waterfront

Bliss Animal Eye Care, "Maks"

Bliss Animal Eye Care, "Maks"

We cordially invite you to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the ACVO/Stokes Service Animal Eye Exam Event with us at the ACVO Conference. This reception is open to all registered attendees, not only those members and staff who were able to participate.

The ACVO is excited to celebrate our 10th year anniversary of this amazing program with YOU! All registered attendees, AVOT attendees, registered vendors and guests (with tickets) are encouraged to attend (registered attendees are complimentary). Children aged 5 and under are permitted without a ticket. Contact the office today if you would like to add a ticket for your guests at $25 each.

Help us celebrate the gift of eye-health for thousands of Service Animals, 2017 marks more than 60K exams donated. This program will be very casual, but please consider attending as a launch to the evening. We encourage you to also support the ACVO Vision for Animals Foundation and auction by attending their entertaining dinner and auction that evening, right after this event concludes. More details on the VAF auction.

Tentative Schedule

5:30PM-6:00PM
Celebrate! Drinks, light food, meet Service Animals, Stokes' photo booth

6:00PM-6:15pm
Short 'Thank you' presentation & video competition winners prize presentation (please be respectful of noise during this time)

6:15pm-7:00pm
Mingle with colleagues, Service Animal teams and sponsors

The Friday Night Reception is proudly co-sponsored by:

Puppies, Thank You's & Fun

We are organizing Service Animal teams to be on-site to mingle with guests and will be available for questions and to promote their support teams. Enjoy learning about Service and Working Animal teams, their involvement in this program, and how they work and train…get some puppy love while you’re at it!  Currently we have secured some puppies in training from a PTSD groups, Seeing Eye and assistance animals, search and rescue and recovery dogs, and a few local registered therapy animals…maybe even a bomb detection dog! We’re hoping for about 6-10 teams to mingle with the crowd.

During the event take in many lovely photos given to us throughout the years by participating members, the public, and Stokes, via a PPT presentation. These will be shown including thank yous to ALL past sponsors, key volunteers, Members’ staff, and so on.

Stokes had so much fun in 2015 with the photo booth in the exhibit hall that it is returning for this event. Plan to snap some more with friends and maybe even puppies. We would also love to see your cute photos taken at this event, please email them to our office.

Finally, plan to congratulate and watch the video competition winner(s) who took to the challenge of developing their own promotion for the event; Go-Pros and harnesses will be awarded.

Beverages & Snacks

Light snacks and a partially hosted bar will be available (this means 1-2 free drink tickets per attendee). We will finalize the drink situation once we have a better feel for attendance numbers and the budget in September. The food will be very light items to get you through to dinner, please do not plan for this to be a meal substitute.

photos from Service Animal Exams 2017