MAVT 2020 Convention

February 21-22, 2020 Online registration NOW OPEN

Hilton Minneapolis, 1001 Marquette Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55403.
Driving and Parking Directions to the Hilton Minneapolis

2020 MAVT Session Schedule and Session Descriptions.  Online registration NOW OPEN.
To register for the MEMBER PRICE you must login first.  If you have not renewed your membership – be sure to renew your membership before registering for the convention. Only members with a current 2020 membership are eligible to receive the discounted member price.  

Mail in 2020 Annual Convention registration form.

Convention attendees registering online will save $20 on two-day registration and $10 on one day or student registration when you register online before February 12, 2020.   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.

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 20 – 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Friday, February 21   – 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Saturday, February 22   – 7:00 AM to NOON
**Convention bags are only guaranteed to pre-registered attendees.

Breaks/Exhibitors Hall
Use break times between lectures to visit the Exhibitors Hall and remember to thank our sponsors for their support. Times listed may change.
Thursday, February 20, 11:00 am – 5:30 pm
Friday, February 21, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, February 22, 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Thursday, February 20, 2020 – MAVT Wetlab session, 7 – 9 pm,  No Charge
MAVT Feeding Tube Placement Wetlab Session.  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, must pre-register.  Sponsored by Royal Canin

Friday February 21, 2020
Friday MAVT Lunch Session, No Charge
Suffering in Silence: Osteoarthritis and Chronic Pain in Cats
, Speaker – Nikko Grossapoulos, DVM. Professional Services Veterinarian for Zoetis.  Space is limited, must pre-register. Sponsored by Zoetis. 

Friday Exhibitor’s Reception & Trivia Mafia.  Join us Friday night for mixing and mingling with long time colleagues and new friends over appetizers and refreshments. Then put your thinking cap on for a fun evening of trivia. Friday Night Reception (5-6pm) & Trivia Mafia (6-7:30) No Charge, you must pre-register.  

Saturday February 21, 2020
MAVT Annual Meeting/Lunch, Noon,  No charge
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. State Representative and Secretary are two year positions and are open for nominations.  If interested please contact MAVT President Heather Holmgren for additional information.  Space is limited, must pre-register.

Veterinary Technician of the Year -It is time to nominate that enthusiastic, hard-working technician in your facility for 2019 Technician of the Year. Each year MAVT gives an award for Technician of the Year to a certified 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. The nominee must be a Certified Veterinary Technician and a current member of MAVT in good standingNominations will be accepted until January 31, 2020. Voting will be online February 1-February 15, 2020. Winner will be announced at the MAVT business meeting on Saturday, February 22nd.  To nominate someone CLICK HERE.  

Proceeding Notes All registrants will have access to the 2020 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 mid February 2020. 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-Medical according to MVMA guidelines will be noted with a (NM) 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 see the 2020 MAVT Session Schedule and Session Descriptions.

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 20                   2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Friday, February21                         8:00 am – 11:00 am

Questions about the Convention?

Cancellation/Refund Policy – No refunds will be made after February 12, 2020. Refunds are made only if the registrant has contacted MAVT, in writing, requesting reimbursement prior to February 12, 2020. 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 February 13, 2020. Credit Card payment will be accepted at the door.

Hotel Reservation Information
The Hilton Minneapolis is the MAVT/MVMA Annual Meeting headquarter hotel. The room block ends on Wednesday, January 29, 2020. Book online now! All guestroom rates include self-parking for one vehicle per night in Hilton’s 11th street underground parking ramp.

Standard Rooms Executive Rooms
Single/Double/Triple/Quad $105 $145
Junior Suite $155 $195
Deluxe Junior Suite $175 $215
One Bedroom Deluxe Suite $405 $445
Two Bedroom Deluxe Suite $510 $600
PURE Rooms (an additional) $20 N/A

Alternate Hotel option: Holiday Inn Express and Suites Downtown Minneapolis.
We’re located just one block from the Hilton Minneapolis and all stays with us include our Express Start® hot breakfast buffet and complimentary WiFi access.
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES | Downtown Minneapolis Convention Center
225 South 11th Street, Minneapolis MN, 55403
Tel: 612-341-3300 | Toll-Free: 1-800-870-0114 | |

Event Fee(s) when registering before February 12, 2020

Friday and Saturday, February 21 -22, 2020
Member two day, mail in registration $175.00
Member two day, online registration $155.00
Non-Member two day, mail in registration $275.00
Non-Member two day, online registration $255.00
Student Member, mail in registration $60.00
Student Member, online registration $25.00
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 $125.00
Member (One day), online registration $115.00
Non-Member (One day), mail in registration $215.00
Non-Member (One day), online registration $205.00
Meals and Special Events
Extra Exhibit Hall Name Badge for Guest $75.00
Thursday night WetLab – Must register for 1 or 2 days of convention No Charge
Zoetis CE Luncheon Friday – Osteoarthritis No Charge
Friday Night Exhibitors Event No Charge
Saturday MAVT Membership Lunch Meeting-Members only No Charge
At the door Registration Rates – After February 12, 2020
Member – both days $225.00
Member – one day $155.00
Non-member – one or two days $325.00
Student – one or two days $60.00
Student – Non-member one or two days $100.00