AVTE is headed west for its 2023 annual conference. Join us, August 4-6 in California's beautiful Coachella Valley at the Westin Rancho Mirage for three days of education, networking, and recharging your batteries before starting a new school year in the Fall. 

The 2023 Conference Committee will be finalizing the speaking lineup in early May. However, we can say that this year's conference will have over 25 breakouts to choose from, along with multiple plenary sessions. Each year, conference speakers are chosen for their knowledge and ability to connect with attendees in a high-energy, engaging fashion.  This year, we're removing the podiums and bringing the conversation out, front and center.  Expect an opportunity to engage with our conference faculty, not only hearing about their experience and insight but talking through how that directly applies to your challenges.

From a content experience, this year, we are adding daily roundtables,  creating more time than in years past to sit down with colleagues and talk through shared challenges, helping each other in the process. Each of the end-of-day roundtable sessions will include conversations on many key topics and the opportunity to form a roundtable on any topic a group wants to discuss.

The 2023 roundtable topics include:

Knowing the beautiful backdrop of this year's conference,  our host committee has also included additional networking time this year to give you a chance to connect with colleagues, whether that be in the conference center, around the pool, or enjoying all of the wonderful opportunities that the Westin Rancho Mirage has to offer.

2023 Conference Committee

Tricia Gorham - St. Petersburg College (Chair)
Tara Groves - Owensboro Community and Technical College 
Meri DuRand-Kosman -  Dakota County Technical College
Oreta Samples - Fort Valley State University
Nanette Walker-Smith
Beth Stark - Heartland Vet Partners
Teresa Stefan - VCA
Jennifer Serling - Appalachian State University (AVTE President)




Each year, the annual conference offers RACE CE credit. Once the full speaking agenda is confirmed, AVTE will submit the conference for CE approval. In 2021, the conference offered 14.75 CEUs. If, for any reason, the conference was not approved for RACE CEU credit, you will be offered a full refund.


 New This Year - Special Wellness Pre-Course
PAVING the Path to Wellness for Veterinary Professionals

Thursday, August 3rd (1 PM to 5 PM - additional fee: $45)

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the twelve parts of the PAVING Wheel along with a brief research overview
  • Conduct a personal well-being assessment
  • Create a well-being goal

Dr. Beth Frates created the PAVING the Path to Wellness Program, an evidence-based lifestyle medicine education and group intervention, at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in 2012. Her 12-session PAVING Program focused on optimizing health and recovery for stroke survivors but has since been adapted for other chronic conditions, healthcare providers experiencing burnout and worksite wellness. The PAVING program was developed using lifestyle medicine and positive psychology education and interventions to help coach participants through their total well-being transformation.

The acronym PAVING STEPSS identifies 12 areas of growth and focus for the program. We focus on physical activity, nutrition, and sleep for a healthy body. The emphasis on purpose, social connection, and energy helps us have a joyful heart. Stress resiliency, attitude, and time outs are important for a peaceful mind. To make all of this work and to make progress, our action steps include goals, investigations, and variety.

PAVING the Path to Wellness can be useful to individuals, training programs, and companies to support the well-being of veterinary professionals. With a focus on tangible steps that can be taken to support physical, mental, and emotional well-being, this program provides an interactive opportunity to reflect on well-being and set goals for success. Veterinary professionals can use assessment and goal-setting skills to identify actions and create a plan to support their personal and professional well-being.


Melyssa Allen
Veterinary Well-Being Coach
Learn More About Melyssa


71333 Dinah Shore Dr.
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Group Rate: $159/night (plus tax)
Cut-Off Date: July 15th
Reserve Your Room
(limited rooms are currently available for Sunday within the group block - reserve soon if you are planning to stay)


*Early Bird Deadline: July 1

Early Bird: Member - $435 | Non-Member -$510
Regular: Member - $510 | Non-Member - $565

Register Now!

Note: All information is subject to change at AVTE's sole discretion.
This event is subject to AVTE's cancellation policy.

 Sponsor & Exhibitor Opportunities

2023 Sponsors (as of 05/02/23)




2023 Exhibitors (as of 5/2/23)

 | BluePearl | Edge Life Technologies | Elsevier Hero Braces |

| Lincoln Memorial University, Master of Veterinary Clinical Care MedDimensions - Models |

 | MediVetPartners Southern Veterinary Partners Veterinary Innovation Partners |