AEMV and ARAV are excited to announce that we will once again be joining with the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians to host our concurrent conferences in 2017! We are thrilled to bring together the best exotic pet, zoo and wildlife veterinarians from all over the world to contribute to the scientific, continuing education, networking and hands-on learning that make our careers enriching and fulfilling.  We can't wait to see you in Texas!

Program Schedule and Hands-On Lab Preview

2017 Hands-On Labs


2017 AEMV/ARAV Conference Schedule


Exhibitor Information

The Exhibit Hall is SOLD OUT! There are still many opportunities to sponsor the 2017 conference and promote your newest products and innovations to our attendees. 

2017 Exhibitor and Sponsor Information

For more information on sponsoring the 2017 Conference and communicating to our attendees, please contact Dana Varble at


Online registration is now closed! Please come see us at the registration desk in the Embassy Suites Lobby starting at noon Saturday September 23, 2017!

Highlights for 2017:

  • All AEMV and ARAV conference attendees are welcome to attend AAZV scientific sessions Monday through Thursday at no extra charge.
  • AAFV will also be a participant in 2017!
  • Unique opportunity to network with veterinarians in different fields of medicine, international locations, and those on the forefront of our growing field.
  • Embassy Suites – this year’s host prides themselves on all guests receiving a complimentary breakfast daily

More Local Area Highlights:

Nearby restaurants: Dining Hot Spots

Dallas Zoo and the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park. - 

From 23-30 September, anyone wearing a conference lanyard will be allowed free admission. They will also be extended a discount of 20% in all gift shops on grounds, and a discount of 40% for all food/drink. They will also be allowed free admission to our Monorail Safari, Endangered Species carousel, and free giraffe feeding.  

During the conference week, Dallas World Aquarium (DWA) will offer one free admission to a conference attendee by showing their conference badge at Admissions.  Significant others will be offered one discounted admissions ticket at $15.95; regular prices will be incurred for additional persons. Plus, the DWA is offering a 10% discount in their gift shops.



Fossil Rim and the Fort Worth Zoo have extended free admission to all lanyard wearing conference attendees.


Caldwell Zoo is offering attendees with badges to come over before or after the conference. Attendees must check in at the Visitor Services office located at the entry of the zoo upon their arrival.


Special conference rate for attendees at iFly Dallas, an indoor skydiving experience located in the Frisco area - A discount price rate of $54.95 is being offered to conference attendees.  To make a reservation for this special rate, you MUST call Ryan Hooks at 214-785-1243 for details. Website:


Embassy Suites Hotel Dallas-Frisco, Texas, USA

Make your hotel reservation today!

Book Your Room Here!

Hotel: Embassy Suites Hotel Dallas-Frisco, TX
Group Name: AMER. ASSOC. ZOO VET 2017
Conference rates valid: September 22 - 29, 2017

The conference hotel is booked! But NO need to worry, we have secured an overflow hotel right across the street from the conference hotel, and we’re in the process of securing more.If you are looking for just one or two nights at the conference hotel, there are still some rooms available.  Check it out and book your room at: Book Your Room Here!

Other hotel options:

Hilton Garden Inn - across the street from the Embassy Suites.  For reservations click here or call in at (469) 362-8485.   You must also mention that you are attending the AAZV Conference to get the group rate of $149.00.

Home2 Suites by Hilton - 2000 Parkwood Boulevard, Frisco, Texas 75034

- For reservations click here

Airport Transfer Options


Dallas Fort Worth Airport

Dallas Love Field





$30-50 (traffic dependent)

$25-$45 (traffic dependent)

Super Shuttle



Super Shuttle Discount information

DATES : September 24 – 28, 2017


DISCOUNT VALID DATES: September 22 - 30, 2017


WHERE TO ENTER YOUR CODE: To use your code simply enter it in the “DISCOUNT CODE” box on the first page of the website when making your reservations at:  

DISCOUNT: Your discount gives you 10% off round trip reservations made online.  Discount does not apply to exclusive vans (which are already discounted).  

RESERVATIONS: For special reservation questions call 1-800 BLUE VAN (800-258-3826) or customer service, available  24/7. Please note that if you call in your reservation instead of booking and paying online with your discount code, then your discount is not valid and a $3 call center fee applies.  


DAL - Upon arrival, customer must call 1 (972) 456-3128 and request Dallas Dispatch. After collecting luggage, customer may proceed to the pick-up spot designated by Dispatch

DFW - After collecting luggage, customer must proceed to the phone bank located near the Visitor Information Center. Using the phone, customer must press the “Ground Transportation” button, press the “SuperShuttle” button, then pick up the phone, press the “Call Now” button, and wait 5 to 6 seconds for the system to dial and connect to dispatch. Customer can activate an existing reservation using confirmation number, or to book on the spot. Dispatch will provide instructions on where to meet the vehicle.

Uber Information

For more information on transportation via Uber please visit their local information pages for Dallas Fort Worth Airport: and Dallas Love Field:

 Be sure to use the promo code "HiFreeRide" for up to a $15 ride credit for first time riders!

Preliminary Schedule

Saturday September 23rd

  • AEMV and ARAV Board of directors meetings, joint meetings between ARAV, AEMV, AAZV, and AAFV
  • AAZV Workshops (extra fee required)

Sunday September 24th

  • AEMV and ARAV (as well as AAZV and AAFV) Hands-on labs and In-depth Workshops (extra fee required)
  • Nature field trip to the Lewisville Lake Recreational area! Cick here to see what herps we might discover on this fun trip! (extra fee required)
  • AEMV and ARAV roundtables
  • Icebreaker Reception at Dallas World Aquarium– all conference attendees welcome

Monday September 25th

  • AEMV and ARAV joint scientific session
    • Join us for Keynote Speaker Dr. Jeff Thoren "Developing Moment by Moment Resilience Using the Principles of Improv!"
  • AAFV scientific sessions all day
  •  AEMV and ARAV joint business lunch (Lunch will be provided for attendees)
  • AEMV and ARAV – separate scientific sessions in afternoon
  • "Embrace the Ocean" AEMV and ARAV evening event sponsored by University of Miami
  • AEMV, ARAV, and AAZV committee meetings in the evening 

Tuesday September 26th

  • AEMV and ARAV morning scientific sessions 
  •  Zoo Day at the Dallas Zoo (all conference attendees welcome, lunch and dinner provided)
  • Silent and Live fundraising auctions

Wednesday September 27th

  • AEMV and ARAV master class sessions
  •  Exhibit hall opens
  • Oxbow Exotic Mammal award evening reception by Invitation

Thursday September 28th

  • AEMV and ARAV scientific sessions until 5pm!
  •  Exhibit hall open
  • Close of the 2017 AEMV and ARAV conference
  • AAZV banquet (extra fee required)

Friday September 29th

  • AAZV scientific sessions only (extra fee required)

AAZV lunches on Wednesday and Thursday can be purchased by AEMV and ARAV conference attendees for an extra fee or you can enjoy one of many local restaurants for lunch on your own. 

CE accreditation for the 2017 AEMV/ARAV Conference is sponsored by the American College of Zoological Medicine. 


For more information on the American Association of Fish Veterinarian's conference and program, please visit 2017 AAFV Joint Conference

Thank you to our Conference Sponsors!

Thank you to our Hands-On Lab Sponsors!