Animal Care Expo is the largest international educational conference and trade show for animal welfare professionals. In 2023, it will be held April 3-6 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Thank you for your interest in speaking and willingness to submit a session proposal. Each year the conference features nearly 100 professional development sessions with clear learning objectives. We strive to include speakers and panelists who are industry leaders in their subject areas for tracks ranging from veterinary medicine to keeping families together, field services and global animal issues. Sessions provide a deeper dive into trending topics and specific best practices. Animal Care Expo presenters provide conference participants with tools they can use to gain inspiration and strategies to implement in their own organizations.
The Humane Society of the United States is committed to increasing the inclusiveness and diversity of our movement and our work, as reflected in our statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Animal Care Expo is the ideal venue to integrate a wide range of perspectives in our approach to create a humane and sustainable world for all animals. We make every effort to ensure a range of backgrounds and perspectives among our speakers, conference participants and session content.
To make our conference more welcoming for all, and to ensure participants get to hear and learn from the best possible group of speakers and presenters, we will:
- Support speakers who need financial assistance to present at the conference, including hotel and travel, by inviting them to complete a grant-subsidized speaker application that could offset travel expenses associated with presenting at Animal Care Expo.
- Ask speakers who are able to cover expenses associated with presenting at the conference to forego making a stipend request. By covering their own attendance, for-profit companies, exhibitors, sponsors, and non-profit organizations that have a budget for training can help us offer stipends that will help us welcome and support speakers for whom attendance might otherwise be a challenge.
- Continue to provide all speakers with complimentary full-conference registration including a learning lab, (3) lunches, (2) evening receptions with dinner, and the Expo party.
As a part of the speaker submission process this year presenters will be asked to indicate whether they will need financial assistance via a question on the session submission form. Speakers’ need of financial assistance will not be factored into the process for selecting sessions.
Session proposals for Animal Care Expo 2023 will be open until Midnight, Sunday, July 17, 2022. Late submissions will not be accepted. Note that if your session is selected, each speaker will be required to sign an Event Speaker Agreement.