Veterinary Innovation Summit + NAVC Media eCommerce Summit To Take Place August 27- 29 In Kansas City

“Consumers are driving change and innovation in the veterinary and pet industries more than ever.”

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“Consumers are driving change and innovation in the veterinary and pet industries more than ever,” said NAVC CEO, Gene O’Neill. “The Veterinary Innovation Summit + NAVC Media eCommerce Summit brings together the most innovative and creative minds and offers attendees a glimpse into the future of veterinary medicine and a look at new technologies and breakthroughs in veterinary medicine that are impacting the profession.”

Traditionally held as two separate events, this year these will be held together for the first time, marking the merging of the separate veterinary and pet segments into a single omnichannel market. The August Summit also includes a startup pitch competition that honors new, innovative companies in the industry.

Lecture and meeting highlights:

  • Keynote speaker: Richard Susskind, President, Society for Computers and Law
    “The Future of Professions / How Technology Will Change the Work of Human Experts.”
  • Heidi Sirota, Chief Pet Officer, National Pet Insurance
    “Democratize Pet Ownership by Improving Access to Prescription Drugs.”
  • David Haworth, DVM, PhD, President, Vidium Animal Health
    “The coming ‘omics’ revolution in veterinary medicine – a look into the future.”
  • David Sprinkle, Research Director, Packaged Facts & Publishing
    “The pet population reset in the wake of COVID-19.”
  • Eleanor M. Green, DVM, DACVIM, DABVP, Senior Advisor and Consultant, Animal Policy Group
    “Convergence of Frontiers in Veterinary and Human Medicine.”
  • Kerry O’Hara, PhDc, President of APG | O’Hara Research & Analytics
    “COVID-19 Effects and Implications for the Animal Health Industry.”
  • Ainsley bones, DVM, MBA, Senior Veterinary Communications Manager, Professional Engagement Team, Nestle Purina PetCare
    John Dillon, Founder & CEO GuardianVets
    “Lessons learned at the interface between telemedicine and eCommerce”

Click here to explore the full program of the Veterinary Innovation Summit and NAVC Media eCommerce Summit.

Startup Pitch Competition:
During the event, 14 companies will be included in the Startup Exhibit program and 10 in the Emerging Companies program. Of these, three startups will be pre-selected to participate in the Startup Exhibit Pitch Competition August 28th. These three finalists will compete for cash prizes totaling a total of $ 10,000. The application deadline for the Startup Exhibit and Emerging Company Competition is July 6th. Click here for criteria and more details: Startup Pitch Contest.

The Veterinary Innovation Summit + NAVC Media eCommerce Summit is hosted annually by the Veterinary Innovation Council and the NAVC. To learn more about the Veterinary Innovation Council, visit

About the NAVC
The North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and advancing veterinarians worldwide. As the world’s leading provider of veterinary education, NAVC provides essential training, tools, and resources for veterinarians to keep pace with advances in veterinary medicine and provide the best medical care to animals everywhere. Through its commitment to innovation and excellence, NAVC has developed a diverse portfolio of products and services including: educational events led by VMX, the world’s largest and most comprehensive training conference and launchpad for new products and innovations in the veterinary industry; a robust digital platform for virtual learning and engagement; the largest and most award-winning portfolio of specialist publications in the veterinary industry; and an advocacy group that unites the veterinary community and animal lovers. The NAVC was founded in 1982 and is based in Orlando, Florida. Since 2017, the NAVC has been recognized annually by the Orlando Sentinel as one of the top workplaces. To learn more about NAVC’s products and brands, visit To see our schedule of upcoming events, visit

SOURCE North American Veterinary Community

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