The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)'s annual convention expected an attendance of over 9,000 veterinary professionals looking to expand their knowledge and help local animals, at the event held July 31 through Aug. 3 in Atlanta.

The convention offered sessions on topics like animal welfare, food safety, trends in pet ownership and advances in veterinary medicine. Convention attendees also had access to over 250 companies and organizations in the exhibit hall, showcasing high-tech surgical instruments, the latest equipment for pets, petfood and educational materials, among other industry-related products.

AVMA convention also gave veterinarians and attendees a chance to give back by volunteering their time to the "Our Oath in Action" event, which helps to refurbish local animal facilities. Additionally, a "Trails for Tails" 5K run/walk event was held by AVMA to raise funds for animal welfare programs and the PAWS animal shelter in Atlanta.

“Making a difference in the lives of people and animals is the reason we chose the veterinary profession,” said Ron DeHaven, DVM, chief executive of AVMA. “Whether it is in practice, at home or even during a continuing education conference, improving animal and public health and welfare is essential to us. Knowing that Atlanta shares our passion for animals, we have expanded what used to be ‘AVMA’ 5K run into a community event.”