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2024 Calendar of Pet Trade Shows and Conventions

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Pet trade shows, conventions and conferences are getting back on their feet and returning to in-person shows again after a few years of primarily virtual events. Whether you are looking for a conference to host a booth to promote your business or to attend as a pet professional, we’ve fetched the 2024 pet conferences from coast to coast (and even a few international events).

If you are looking for a consumer pet show, don’t miss our calendar of Pet Expos and Dog Events!

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Animal Welfare and Rescue

Animal welfare and rescue conferences are a cornerstone for professionals dedicated to the protection and well-being of animals. These events assemble veterinarians, shelter workers, rescue organization representatives, and animal welfare advocates, providing a vital platform for discussing current challenges, innovative solutions, and best practices in animal rescue and welfare. Attendees gain insights into the latest research on animal behavior, health, and rehabilitation, enhancing their ability to care for animals in need effectively. Moreover, these conferences promote collaboration and networking, fostering partnerships that can lead to improved rescue efforts, adoption programs, and policy development.

Animal Care Expo

  • When: May 15-18, 2024
  • Where: San Antonio, Texas

Association for Animal Welfare Advancement Fall Conference

  • When: November 18-20, 2024
  • Where: New Orleans, Louisiana

Best Friends National Conference

  • When: July 11-13, 2024
  • Where: Orlando, Florida

Carolinas Unite Animal Welfare Professionals Conference

  • When: March 4-7, 2024
  • Where: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Co-Sheltering Conference 2024

  • When: March 26-28, 2024
  • Where: virtual

New England Federation of Humane Societies Annual Training Conference 2024

  • When: March 18-20, 2024
  • Where: Warwick, Rhode Island

Prairie States Animal Welfare Conference 

  • When: June 2-4, 2024
  • Where: Bloomington, Illinois

Southeastern Animal Control Association (SACA) Conference

  • When: TBA (2023 was in September)
  • Where: TBA

Texas United for Animals Conference

  • When: April 26, 29, 2024
  • Where: Austin, Texas

Virginia Federation of Humane Societies

  • When: March 20-22, 2024
  • Where: Virginia Beach, Virginia

Dog Training Conferences and Tradeshows

Dog training conferences offer a platform for learning, networking, and professional development. These conferences gather renowned trainers as well as behaviorists and researchers to share the latest insights and techniques in canine behavior modification and training for service or working dogs. Look for conferences where you can gain exposure to new training methodologies, behavioral science advancements, and practical hands-on workshops, enabling them to stay abreast of the evolving landscape of dog training.

2024 Dog Behavior Conference

  • When: April 19-21, 2024
  • Where: online

The Victoria Stilwell Academy for dog training and behavior hosts this online conference for both trainers and the public.

Aggression in Dogs Conference

  • When: October 10-13, 2024
  • Where: Scottsdale, Arizona

APDT/CAPDT Conference

  • When: October 18-20, 2023; 2024 TBA
  • Where: Covington, Kentucky

Canine Con

  • When: March 16-17, 2024
  • Where: Fort Wayne, Indiana

Canine Science Expo

  • When: June 21, 2024
  • Where: Seattle, Washington

Canine Science Symposium

  • When: May 18-19, 2024
  • Where: San Francisco, California


  • When: April 5-7, 2024
  • Where: Portland, Oregon

ClickerExpo Virtual

  • When: January 26-28, 2024
  • Where: Virtual

IAABC Foundation Animal Behavior Conference

  • When: May 1-3, 2024
  • Where: Asheville, North Carolina or virtual

International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP) Annual Educational Conference

  • When: September 5-7, 2024 (with pre-conference activities on Sept. 4)
  • Where: Fort Worth, Texas

Modern Ethical Training (MET) Conference

  • When: March 9-10, 2024
  • Where: Online

National Association of Obedience Dog Trainers Modern Dog Trainer Conference

  • When: April 19-21, 2024
  • Where: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Power of Choice

  • When: June 3-4, 2024
  • Where: Franklin, MA

Grooming Tradeshows

Dog grooming conferences offer a unique blend of education, skill development, and networking opportunities. These conferences bring together groomers, industry experts, and suppliers to explore the latest trends, techniques, and products in dog grooming. Through workshops, demonstrations, and seminars, professionals can enhance their grooming skills, learn about new styles and tools, and stay updated on health and safety standards.

All-American Grooming Show

  • When: August 15-18, 2024
  • Where: Shaumburg, Illinois

The longest-running grooming show in the world.

Barkleigh’s Pet Pro Cruise

  • When: Jan. 20-25, 2024
  • Where: departs from Tampa, Florida

Fun in the Sun Grooming Show

  • When: Oct. 10-13, 2024
  • Where: Orlando, Florida

Groom Expo

  • When: September 5-8, 2024
  • Where: Hershey, Pennsylvania

Groom Expo features a trade show, grooming competitions, exhibitions and seminars.

Groom Texas

  • When: July 19-21, 2024
  • Where: Houston, Texas


  • When: March 8-10, 2024
  • Where: Atlanta, Georgia


  • When: April 4-7, 2024
  • Where: Secaucus, New Jersey

New England Grooming Show

  • When: Sept. 26-29, 2024
  • Where: Springfield, MA

Northwest Grooming Show

  • When: April 25-28, 2024
  • Where: Tacoma, Washington


  • When: June 20-23, 2024
  • Where: Wilmington, Ohio

Pet Boarding

Pet boarding conferences bring together boarding facility owners, managers, and staff to discuss the latest trends, best practices, and innovative solutions in pet boarding and daycare. Attendees can participate in workshops and seminars that cover a wide range of topics, from animal health and behavior to business management and customer service. Networking opportunities with industry peers and experts are invaluable, fostering collaborations, sharing of experiences, and learning from others’ successes and challenges.

Boarding & Daycare Conference

  • When: November 4-7, 2024
  • Where: Hershey, PA

This national conference is specifically for the pet boarding and daycare industry. The tradeshow features products, speakers and seminars.

International Boarding and Pet Services Association (IBPSA) FLOW Business Conference & Trade Show

  • When: Oct. 1-3, 2023; 2024 TBA
  • Where: Orlando, Florida

Pet Boarding & Daycare Expo West

  • When: May 20-23, 2024
  • Where: Las Vegas

Pet Food and Supplements

Pet food and supplement conferences are pivotal for professionals in the pet nutrition industry, uniting nutritionists, veterinarians, researchers, and industry leaders. Look for discussions on the latest scientific advancements, regulatory changes, and market trends including new ingredients and formulations.

2024 International Feed Expo

  • When: January 30-Feb. 1, 2024
  • Where: Atlanta, Georgia

National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) Annual Conference

  • When: May 21-23, 2024
  • Where: Palm Harbor, Florida

Petfood Forum 2024

  • When: April 29-May 1, 2024
  • Where: Kansas City, Missouri

Pet Industry

Pet industry conferences gather a diverse array of industry stakeholders, including manufacturers, retailers, veterinarians, groomers, and pet care service providers. These pet trade shows and conferences are a hotbed for learning about advancements in the business side of the pet industry.

IPSA Flow Business Conference

  • When: Sept. 24-26, 2024
  • Where: Tucson, Arizona

Petcare Innovation USA

  • Where: 2024 TBA (2023 in December)
  • When: TBA

The Pet Industry Leadership Summit 

  • When: Jan. 22-24, 2024
  • Where: Coronado, California

Pet Influencers

The Pet Summit

  • When: March 19 – 21, 2024
  • Where: Orlando, Florida

Pet Sitting

Pet sitting conferences offer a comprehensive platform for learning about the latest trends, best practices, and innovations in pet sitting and home care services. Workshops and seminars led by industry experts typically cover vital topics such as animal behavior, pet health and safety, business management, marketing strategies, and customer service.

Focus 2024

  • When: March 6, 2024
  • Where: virtual

National Association of Professional Pet Sitters Conference

  • When: March 1-3, 2024
  • Where: Savannah, Georgia

Pet Sitter World Educational Conference

  • When: Sept. 19-21, 2024
  • Where: Niagara Falls, New York

Texas Pet Sitters Conference

  • When: Feb. 23-25, 2024
  • Where: Lewisville, Texas

Pooper Scooper

Pooper scooper conferences, while niche, offer significant value for professionals in the pet waste management industry. These specialized conferences provide a unique platform for discussing the latest techniques, equipment, and strategies for efficient and hygienic pet waste removal.

aPaws Annual Conference

  • When: Sept. 15-17, 2023; 2024 TBA
  • Where: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina


Retail conferences for pet products are crucial in the rapidly evolving pet industry, offering retailers, suppliers, and manufacturers a platform to explore the latest trends, innovations, and market insights. Along with exhibit halls, participants can also enjoy workshops and seminars covering various aspects such as merchandising strategies, e-commerce, marketing, and customer engagement specific to the pet market.

Global Pet Expo

  • When: March 20-24, 2024
  • Where: Orlando, Florida


  • When: May 2024
  • Where: Nuremberg, Germany


  • When: August 14-16, 2024
  • Where: Las Vegas, Nevada

Service Dog Conferences

Service dog conferences serve as vital platforms for sharing the latest advancements in training methodologies, health care, and legal regulations regarding service animals. They provide unique opportunities for trainers, handlers, and healthcare professionals to exchange knowledge, experience, and innovations.

Assistance Dogs International Conference

  • When: September 10-13, 2023; 2024 TBA
  • Where: Zagreb, Croatia. According to the website, “ADI is very excited to announce that the 2023 ADI Conference is going to be a hybrid format with In-Person and Virtual components in Croatia.”

International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF) Biennial Conference

  • When: 2025
  • Where: Warwickshire, United Kingdom

PAWS Psychiatric Service Dog Partners Conference

  • When: April 26–29, 2024
  • Where: Rock Hill, South Carolina

National Service Dogs for Veterans Conference

  • When: July 2024 dates TBA
  • Where: St. Louis, Missouri

Veterinary Conferences

Veterinary conferences offer a dynamic platform for veterinarians, researchers, and industry experts to delve into the latest research, medical advancements, and innovative treatments in veterinary medicine. These events facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experiences, fostering a deeper understanding of various animal health issues and the development of new treatment protocols.

American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) Forum

  • When: June 6-8, 2024
  • Where: Minneapolis, Minnesota

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Convention

  • When: June 21-25, 2024
  • Where: Austin, Texas

Connexity® from American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)

  • When: September 12-14, 2024
  • Where: National Harbor, Maryland

Directions in Veterinary Medicine Arlington

  • When: April 19-20, 2024
  • Where: Arlington, Virginia

Fetch dvm360® Charlotte

  • When: March 15-17, 2024
  • Where: Charlotte, North Carolina

Fetch Kansas City

  • When: August 23-25, 2024
  • Where: Kansas City, Missouri

Fetch Long Beach

  • When: Dec. 6-8, 2024
  • Where: Long Beach, California

Fetch Coastal® Atlantic City

  • When: Oct 14-16, 2024
  • Where: Atlantic City, New Jersey

Healthy Dog Expo

  • When: April 5-7, 2024
  • Where: Albany, New York

Pacific Veterinary Conference

  • When: July 11-14, 2024
  • Where: San Francisco, California

Shelter Medicine Conference

  • When: July 12-14, 2024
  • Where: Ithaca, New York

United Veterinary Services Association (USVA) Annual Conference

  • When: May 6-8, 2024
  • Where: Destin, Florida

Vet Show – Chicago

  • When: May 16-17, 2024
  • Where: Chicago, Illinois

Vet Show – New York

  • When: November 2-3, 2023; 2024 TBA
  • Where: New York City

Vet Show – Wild West

  • When: October 18-21, 2023; 2024 TBA
  • Where: Reno, Nevada

Veterinary Hospital Managers Association (VHMA)

  • When: Sept. 5-7, 2024
  • Where: Charlotte, North Carolina

Veterinary Innovation Summit + NAVC Media eCommerce Summit

  • When: October 9-11, 2023; 2024 TBA
  • Where: Kansas City, Missouri

VMX – Veterinary Meeting and Expo

  • When: January 13-17, 2024
  • Where: Orlando, Florida

Western Veterinary Conference

  • When: Feb. 19-21, 2024
  • Where: Las Vegas, Nevada

Working Dog Conferences

Working dog conferences bring together handlers, trainers, breeders, and researchers to discuss the latest advancements and best practices in the training, care, and deployment of working dogs. They provide a specialized forum for the exchange of knowledge on topics such as behavioral science, genetics, health and wellness, and technological innovations in dog training equipment and techniques. These events also foster collaboration and networking among professionals, encouraging the sharing of insights and experiences from different fields like search and rescue, law enforcement, military, and service dogs.

AKC National Detection Dog Conference

  • When: TBA
  • Where: TBA (The 2022 event was held in August.)

Canine Conference 2024

  • When: Jan. 6-9, 2024
  • Where: Williamstown, Kentucky

Conservation Canine Officers Association (CCOA) conference

  • When: March 4-8, 2024
  • Where: Bastrop, Texas

National Narcotics Detector Dog Association (NNDDA) National Training Conference

  • When: May 28 – June 3, 2023; 2024 TBA
  • Where: Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Penn Vet Working Dog Conference

  • When: April 2024
  • Where: TBA + virtual

WSPCA Working Dog Conference

  • When: September 10-12, 2024
  • Where: Nashville, Tennessee

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