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How to Get Employer Support
to Attend Animal Care Expo

One of the best ways to get management support is to submit a formal proposal to your direct supervisor, outlining the organizational benefits of attending the conference. First, determine if your organization has a formal professional development policy, form and/or designated amounts for their employees.

Second, review the daily schedule for the conference online (schedule will be announced in December) to identify the educational sessions and networking events that address the specific needs within your organization. Third, begin preparing your proposal.

Why Should You Attend?

Animal Care Expo is the largest international education/training conference and trade show in the fields of animal care and control, rescue, and emergency services. Now approaching its 23nd year, Expo is proud to provide attendees with workshops for shelter and animal care professionals, emergency managers and responders, volunteers, veterinarians and vet technicians, and equine protection.

At Animal Care Expo 2014, you will have the opportunity to attend over 60 educational workshops, daylong workshops, and over 150 exhibition booths. In addition, Expo provides outstanding networking and continuing education opportunities with attendees from animal welfare agencies and shelters across the globe.

Top Benefits of Attendance

  • High-quality sessions from a wide variety of topic tracks.
  • Learn from experts, representatives from government agencies, leaders in the field and fellow practitioners about what’s new, and the challenges, accomplishments, and solutions that are impacting today’s animal care field.
  • Dedicated Trade Show featuring the latest products and services from a variety of exhibitors.
  • Outstanding networking opportunities and special events with over 1900 colleagues from across the world who are managers, supervisors, and administrators from small, medium, and large organizations.
  • See the Value of Animal Care Expo.

Ideas on How to Overcome Objections to Your Request

Objection: This conference is too expensive.

Rebuttals:

  • Animal Care Expo is reasonable given the value of the education and networking opportunities provided.
  • The conference features many excellent leaders in the animal welfare field in one place for one price.
  • The early bird rate provides a significant discount over the regular rate. Additional discounts and special offers are also available to The Scoop subscribers. 
  • Animal Care Expo has negotiated very competitive room rates for conference attendees.

Objection: What will the organization gain from your attendance?

Rebuttals:

Show in your proposal, through examples, how the conference provides:

  • New ideas on how to save time and money, and positively influence your organization's operations.
  • Access to education programming that can be brought back to the organization. All Expo attendees receive a thumb drive with speaker presentations.
  • Opportunities for relationship-building with experts, colleagues, referral sources, and product and service providers.
  • Opportunities to develop practical knowledge and skills.

Objection: The organization cannot afford to have you away from the office.

Rebuttals:

  • Have a plan ready that shows how the conference will provide a cross-training opportunity, who will cover for you, and how you can manage your workload while you are away.
  • Explain to your organization that it is easy to manage your absence with email and voicemail. Animal Care Expo has a free Internet Cafe available to all attendees.
  • Remind your supervisor that supporting your attendance at the conference shows the organization’s commitment to your professional development.

How to Create a Successful Proposal

Your proposal should include:

  • A schedule of sessions you'd like to attend and why the knowledge gained will be valuable to your organization. Make your proposal more powerful by listing the department’s goals and objectives and how they relate to the corresponding education sessions.
  • A list of areas where your organization faces challenges, and how the proposed sessions you would like to attend will help you to develop solutions to meet your organization's needs.
  • Include the cost of registration, travel, and accommodations. Download a sample letter of a request to attend the conference (in Word or PDF format) to help you develop your own proposal.

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