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Each year Animal Care Expo features nearly 100 professional development workshops and educational opportunities 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 Pets for Life, field services and global spotlight. Workshops provide a deeper dive into trending topics and specific best practices. Animal Care Expo speakers 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, 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 request for financial assistance. By covering their own attendance, for-profit companies, exhibitors, sponsors, and non-profit organizations that have a budget for training can help us offer grants 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 presentation submission process this year, speakers will be asked to indicate whether they will need financial assistance via a question on the presentation proposal form. Speakers’ need of financial assistance will not be factored into the process for selecting presentations.

Presentation proposals for Animal Care Expo 2024 will be open until 11:59 PM EDT, Monday, July 17, 2023. Late submissions will not be accepted. Note that if your presentation is selected, each speaker will be required to sign an Event Speaker Agreement.

Prior to completing the form linked below, please review the presentation proposal process FAQ for guidelines and best practices. Email Hannah Houser at hhouse@humanesociety.org with questions.


Event Speaker Agreement 2023
Event Speaker Agreement 2023