Joining us in Austin? Don’t miss these special guests appearing in AAHA Central throughout the conference.

Phil Hansen: Internationally recognized multimedia artist, speaker, author, and innovator, Phil Hansen, was devastated by a near-career-ending diagnosis that shattered his artistic dreams. In time, however, Phil discovered that by “embracing the shake,” his limitations could become the passageway to creativity.

Join Phil at Opening Session Thursday, March 31 and prepare to be inspired. You can also find him in AAHA Central right after Opening Session, where he’ll be signing copies of his book, “Tattoo a Banana” from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Cameron Park Zoo: Have you ever been nose to nose with a hedgehog? Here’s your chance! Get up close and personal with Cameron Park Zoo’s animal ambassadors—including a ball python, caracara, and yes, a hedgehog—in AAHA Central on Thursday, March 31 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. While you’re there, you can also learn more about the Zoo’s animal enrichment and voluntary medical programs, and view and purchase artwork from some of their most talented residents.

Austin Dog Alliance: Calling all dog lovers! Don’t miss this year’s local charity, Austin Dog Alliance, and their therapy dogs, in AAHA Central on Thursday, March 31 at 3:40 p.m. Donations will be raised throughout the conference for the organization’s Special Dogs for Special Needs program.

Michael C. Petty, DVM, CVPM, DAAPM, MAV: Dr. Petty is the owner of the Animal Pain Center in Canton, Michigan, and Immediate Past-President of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM). Catch him in pain management sessions throughout the conference or in AAHA Central on Friday, April 1 at 3:40 p.m., where he’ll be signing copies of his book, “Dr. Petty’s Pain Relief for Dogs.”

Larry Smith: Founder and editor of SMITH Magazine and creator of the Six-Word Memoir® Project, Larry Smith believes that everyone in your practice—from the front office staff to the practice owner—must be able to convey your hospital’s mission in 30 seconds or less.

Accredited members can enjoy complimentary breakfast and get their creative juices flowing during Larry’s keynote presentation on Sunday, April 3, or meet him just outside the ballroom after the presentation to grab a signed copy of his book, “The Best Advice in Six Words.”

Not joining us for breakfast? Stop by and see Larry in AAHA Central on Saturday, April 2, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

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