Save the Date for AAHA Denver 2012!
Welcome to our town
AAHA welcomes you to our town for the 2012 Yearly Conference, March 15-18. Even if you’re only able to stay for a few days, we’re eager to share our mountain west hospitality, adventurous culture and vibrant downtown atmosphere with you! Come experience our beautiful Colorado and all that keeps us here.
The Globe and Mail, Canada’s fourth largest newspaper, has selected Denver as the best city in the world for holding a business convention. According to Zane Kerby, senior VP of the National Business Travel Association, Denver’s central U.S. location, inexpensive flights and the proximity of most hotels to the Colorado Convention Center all were factors in choosing Denver. In addition, Denver’s travel taxes are among the lowest in the U.S.
If you’ve ever been to an AAHA conference you’ve felt the difference. No herded cattle atmosphere, long lines, or the idea that you’re just a number here. Staffed exclusively by AAHA employees, our conference has a personal touch you won’t find anywhere else. The friendly faces you’ll see at the registration desk, in the resource center and behind the scenes keeping all details on track are the same faces you’ll see at every AAHA conference, those working hard year round to make the Association a valuable extension of your practice. As the only conference that focuses exclusively on companion animal care, the AAHA conference is designed to provide you with a service-oriented environment for top-notch CE.
There are learning opportunities for everyone, including practice owners and managers, associate veterinarians, technicians, assistants and client-focused professionals. Course levels range from "back to the basics" to intermediate and even more advanced content this year. Our personal touch extends beyond the relationship our staff creates with attendees. We know the value you place on opportunities to chat with and learn from colleagues, which is why we’ve made networking an important aspect of our conference. Several events have been woven into the design of AAHA Denver 2012 to give you highly personalized and valuable time with your peers.
During my career in veterinary practice before I joined the Association, when I wanted relevant and practical information that I could put to use immediately, I always thought of AAHA first. Whether I wanted biomedical, management or leadership topics, AAHA always provided speakers and material that passed the "relevance" test. I always appreciated the wonderful AAHA team whom I saw each year at the conference, and I never felt like I was walking through Grand Central Station at rush hour when moving between sessions. Now, as AAHA Executive Director, seeing things from the inside, I can say the same holds true as we prepare to welcome you to our town in 2012.
– Michael Cavanaugh, DVM, DABVP,
AAHA Executive Director
I love living in Denver because it has the amenities of a big city with the charm of a small town. Regardless of the season, there are always fun and exciting outdoor activities to do with my family. During the summer, you can find me at Coors Field watching the Colorado Rockies, riding roller coasters at Elitch’s or camping in the mountains.
– Jason Merrihew, associate public
relations manager, AAHA
Skiing, mountain biking, snowshoeing, hiking, more sunny days that San Diego! I love the fact that we’ll have a blizzard one day and it will be 65 the next – never a dull moment.
– Mary Brussell, AAHA practice
Covering everything from anesthesia to zoonotic diseases, the AAHA conference offers nearly 300 hours of CE designed to capture the latest diagnostic techniques, advances in therapeutics and the most sophisticated methods of practice management so that you can implement this cutting-edge knowledge now! AAHA has recruited top speakers to discuss the hottest issues facing the veterinary industry, including management and scientific topics:
Denver brings you progressive management CE like:
- The "Under Promise, Over Deliver" track, complete with sessions discussing client expectations in 2012, client communication tactics and customer service best practices
- A "Where Are You Going" track, featuring sessions about practice valuation and business cycles
- The "Our People" track, where you’ll discover how to minimize staff turnover, create compensation packages, conduct performance evaluations and more
You’ll also have access to some of the best quality scientific CE in the industry with:
- A new complementary medicine track that discusses popular alternative practices
- End of life and hospice care sessions – a hot topic that addresses how to create an environment for the pet and how to talk to the client about these kinds of decisions
- Dentistry and pain management courses designed as intense half-day, blended learning opportunities that incorporate online pre-conference work, face-to-face interaction and lecture at conference, and even Exhibit Hall elements
Truly a mile high city
There is a step on the state capitol building that is exactly 5,280 feet above sea level. This means golf balls go 10 percent farther, cocktails don’t take as long to kick in, the sun feels warmer because you’re closer to it, and your coffee is cooler because water boils at 202 degrees.
Downtown at your fingertips
Denver has the 10th largest downtown in America, all within walking distance. Within a mile radius, you’ll find three major sports stadiums, the nation’s second largest performing arts center, three colleges, an assortment of art and history museums, a mint producing 10 billion coins a year, a river hugged by a bike/walking path that offers soothing scenery, a $140 million amusement park, a $100 million aquarium and 300 restaurants. How’s that for an evening stroll?
Near the mountains, not in them
This means we’ve got all the amenities a city has to offer, but are able to jump in our SUVs and hit the slopes in just over an hour’s drive. One out of three meeting attendees in Denver take a pre- or post convention vacation. Just outside our back door, you can hike in Rocky Mountain National Park, ride the world’s highest railroad to the top of Pikes Peak, play poker and Black Jack in Old West mining towns, or just relax in luxury at a variety of international ski resorts. We’ve even negotiated special pricing at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colo. for you to take advantage of pre or post conference skiing and networking!
300 days of sunshine a year
While the Rocky Mountains are still snowcapped in March, we’re enjoying many sunny days in the city. Denver receives more hours of annual sunshine than San Diego or Miami Beach, so even winter days are bright and surprisingly mild.
Location Location Location
Denver is just 340 miles from the exact center of the Continental United States – closer to the center of the nation than any other city our size. The Denver International Airport is the 10th-busiest airport in the world, and the fourth-busiest in the United States. With 50 million passengers traveling through the airport each year, DIA has nonstop flights from 150 U.S. cities, making it one of the most convenient and easily accessible airports in the country.
The Denver Performing Arts Complex is the second largest in the nation (second only to New York’s Lincoln Center) with 10 venues offering opera, theatre, symphony and ballet. And that’s just one facility! Let’s not forget the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver Zoo, Colorado History Museum, Denver Botanic Gardens and the Children’s Museum of Denver…to name a few.
A sports fan’s dream
Denver is one of only two cities to offer seven professional sports teams. Among baseball, basketball, hockey, football, lacrosse and soccer, you’re sure to find a team to call your own and a sports bar along the streets of downtown to support you.
Denver’s downtown is a European-like center city that is filled with a mile-long pedestrian promenade, tree-lined streets, parks and outdoor cafes. The downtown residents give it a 24-hour atmosphere; there are always people on the streets in the areas between the convention center, restaurants and downtown hotels. Denver is in the Top 10 on the FBI’s Safest City List.
Shop ’til you drop
The 16th Street Mall, located just a few blocks from the convention center, runs through the heart of downtown Denver. Shopping, dining and entertainment can be found everywhere you turn. And of course, for fellow outdoor enthusiasts, Denver shopping wouldn’t be complete without an array of sporting goods stores, including an REI Flagship Store complete with its own river running chute to test drive a kayak.