MAVT 2019 Convention

MAVT 44th Annual Convention –  February 7-9, 2019

Come join us for our 44th annual convention.  We have speakers on a variety of topics including Oncology, Radiology, Cytology, Neurology, and much, much more.  Our convention this year will be back at the Minneapolis Hilton.  Same low price as last year!
Registration Now Open: Register Online Here
The convention is being held at the newly remodeled
Hilton Minneapolis
1001 Marquette Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55403.
Driving and Parking Directions to the Hilton Minneapolis
ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: Register Online Here and SAVE!! Convention attendees registering online will save $20 on two-day registration and $10 on one day or student registration when you register online before January 31, 2019. To pay with MasterCard, Visa, or Discover Card you must register online. To pay with check when you register online – just register online and mail proof of registration with payment to MAVT: Attention Membership, PO Box 580194, Minneapolis, MN 55458.
To download and mail in the registration form: 2019 MAVT Mail in Registration.
Schedule of Sessions – For a full schedule of session times and topics please see the MAVT 2019 Session Schedule and the 2019 session descriptions.
Confirmation notices will be emailed once your registration is processed for both online and mailed registration. Please contact us if you do not receive an email confirmation.
Registration Desk– Registration packets including name badges, convention program, and special event tickets can be picked up at the registration desk located on the second floor of the Minneapolis Hilton, Symphony IV. Confirmation notices will not be mailed out prior to the convention for mailed registration.
The registration desk will be open for registration packet pickup and at the door registration:
          Thursday, February 7th – 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
          Friday, February 8th – 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
          Saturday, February 9th – 7:00 AM to NOON

Breaks/Exhibitors Hall
Use break times between lectures to visit the Exhibitors Hall and remember to thank our sponsors for their support.
Exhibitor Hall hours are:
          Thursday, February 7th, Noon – 5:30 pm
          Friday, February 8th, 8:00 am – 6:30 pm
          Saturday, February 9th, 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Wellness Center
Attendees can have blood drawn for rabies antibody status ($60.00) and total cholesterol ($10.00) at the Wellness Center. Blood Pressure readings will also be available (no charge). Results will be sent by mail from Marshfield Labs. You will need to contact the MVMA to register for these items. The Wellness Center will be open during the following times:
          Thursday, February 7th 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
          Friday, February 8th 8:00 am – 10:30 am
Proceeding Notes – All registrants will have access to the 2019 Proceedings online where you will be able to view, print and download lecture notes prior to and after the convention. Login information to access these notes will be emailed out in early February 2019. No CD or paper proceedings will be provided.
Continuing Education Card – MAVT will provide CE Forms with your registration materials. These forms have space for you to check off the seminars you attend and add up the hours earned for re-certification. Be sure to fill out the form and keep it in your CE File for verification when you renew your veterinary technician certification. For additional information on continuing education guidelines. (NOTE: 1.0 hour is equal to 1 CE credit. Any sessions that are considered Non-Scientific according to MVMA guidelines will be noted with a (NS) after the session title)
MAVT Booth – Be sure to stop by MAVT’s booth in or near the exhibit hall.

Schedule of Sessions
– For full schedule of session topics, times and events, please see the MAVT 2019 Session Schedule new
Nominations now OPEN for 2018 Technician of the Year  
Nominate an enthusiasticc, hard-working technician in your facility for Technician of the Year. Each year MAVT gives this award to a Veterinary Technician who has gained the recognition of a doctor, co-worker, friend or even a family member for being a hard worker, going beyond the call of duty or just being there when needed.  Click to nominate someone for the 2018 MAVT Technician of the year. Nominations open until January 15, 2019.
Thursday, February 7th, 2019 – Evening CPR – RECOVER! with Heather Holmgren, CVT, VTS(ECC, CP-C/F)  Do you arrive at the convention on Thursday night?   Why not get in an extra session and CE credits. This year we are offering a Thursday, February 7th session from 7:00 – 9:00 PM –  CRP: RECOVER!  Overview and hands on application of the RECOVER CPR  guidelines.  This session is included with your one or two day convention registration at no extra charge. Just select Thursday night session when you register along with your regular convention registration.  Space is limited – You must pre-register.
Friday February 8th 2019 –  MAVT CE Luncheon –Join us for lunch and one hour of CE.  Managing Feline Weight Loss with speaker (We will post the speaker name as soon as it is available).  This session is sponsored by KindredBio.   Space is limited.  You must pre-register.  Cost $20
Friday Exhibitors’ Reception, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm – Join us in the Exhibit Hall on Friday night from 5:00 pm-6:30 pm for mixing and mingling with long time colleagues and new friends over heavy appetizers and refreshments. You must pre-register for this session.

Saturday February 9th 2019 – MAVT Annual Meeting/Lunch, 12:30pm – 1:30 pm.
If you are a member of MAVT, plan on attending our Annual MAVT Meeting and find out what is happening within our organization. We will elect new officers as well as present the award for Technician of the Year.  You must pre-register for this session.

Questions about the Convention?
Cancellation/Refund Policy – No refunds will be made after January 31, 2019. Refunds are made only if the registrant has contacted MAVT, in writing, requesting reimbursement prior to January 31, 2019.  A $20 handling fee will be assessed for all cancellations.  Send requests to:  Convention Chair, PO Box 580194, Minneapolis, MN  55458.  Email:
Payment To pay with MasterCard, Visa, or Discover Card you must register online.  To pay with check when you register online – just register online and mail proof of registration with payment to MAVT:  Attention Membership, PO Box 580194, Minneapolis, MN  55458.  Mailed checks must be received by January 31, 2019.  Credit Card payment will be accepted at the door.
MAVT registration/check-in desk, all sessions and the exhibit hall will be held at the Hilton Minneapolis, Minneapolis MN
Hilton Minneapolis, 1001 Marquette Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55403.
Driving and Parking Directions to the Hilton Minneapolis
Here is the link for booking hotel rooms:
The room block ends Wed, Jan 16, 2019.  All guestroom rates include self-parking for one vehicle per night in Hilton’s 11th street underground parking ramp.  They also include complimentary guestroom internet.  Check-in is 3pm and check-out is 12pm.  All rates listed below are subject to tax & incidental charges.
Event Fee(s) when registering before January 31, 2019
Friday and Saturday, February 8th & 9th, 2019
Member two day, mail in registration                    $ 150.00
Member two day, online registration                     $ 130.00
Non-Member two day, mail in registration            $ 250.00
Non-Member two day, online registration             $ 230.00
Student Member, mail in registration                    $   60.00
Student Member, online registration                     $   50.00
Student Non-Member, mail in registration            $ 100.00
Student Non-Member, online registration             $  90.00
Friday or Saturday, ONE DAY ONLY
Member (One day), mail in registration              $ 110.00
Member (One day), online registration               $ 100.00
Non-Member (One day), mail in registration       $ 200.00
Non-Member (One day), online registration        $ 190.00
Meals and Special Events
Extra Exhibit Hall Name Badge for Guest            $ 50.00
Thursday night CPR:RECOVER Session*          No Charge*
       *Must also register for 1 or 2 days of convention
Friday MAVT CE Luncheon                                 $ 20.00
Friday Night Exhibitors Event                               No Charge
Saturday MAVT Membership Lunch Meeting     No Charge
At the door Registration Rates – After January 31, 2019
Member – both days                                     $ 200.00
Member – one day                                        $ 140.00
Non-member – one or two days                    $ 300.00
Student – one or two days                            $   60.00
Student – Non-member one or two days        $ 100.00
Registration Now Open: Register Online Here