2024 Pet Industry Conferences & Trade Shows

Pet Industry Conferences and Trade Shows

Explore our curated list of 55+ pet industry events that cater to a diverse range of pet professionals. Whether you're a passionate pet groomer, a visionary entrepreneur in the pet tech space, a dedicated veterinarian, or a retail aficionado specializing in pet products, there's an event tailored just for you.


Discover the latest trends, innovations, and insights that are shaping the future of the pet industry. From cutting-edge technology in pet healthcare to the trendiest pet accessories hitting the market, these conferences offer a unique platform to network with like-minded professionals, gain industry knowledge, and foster collaborations that can take your career or business to new heights.


Why Attend a Pet Trade Show?


  1. Networking Opportunities: Connect with fellow professionals, industry leaders, and potential collaborators who share your passion for pets.
  2. Education and Insights: Stay ahead of the curve with sessions led by experts, covering topics ranging from pet nutrition to retail strategies and everything in between.
  3. Product Showcases: Explore the latest and greatest in pet products and services, gaining firsthand exposure to innovations that can set your business apart.
  4. Business Growth: Whether you're a seasoned professional or just starting in the industry, these events provide invaluable opportunities to grow your business, attract new clients, and stay competitive.

Select Your Pet Industry

Pet Industry Expos & Trade Shows

A pet care trade show and expo is a specialized event that brings together professionals, businesses, and enthusiasts from the pet care industry. These events serve as platforms for networking, education, and the showcasing of products and services related to pet care. The primary goal is to create a collaborative environment where individuals and companies within the pet care sector can connect, exchange ideas, stay informed about industry trends, and explore the latest innovations.

Pet Industry Leadership Summit Jan. 22-24 Coronado, CA
Global Pet Expo Mar. 20-22 Orlando, FL
Animal Care Expo May 15-18 San Antonio, TX
Pet Boarding and Daycare Expo West May 20-23 Las Vegas, NV
Best Friends National Conference July 11-13 Orlando, FL
SuperZoo Aug. 14-16 Las Vegas, NV
Colorado Animal Welfare Conference Aug. 26-28 Westminster, CO
IBPSA Flow Business Conference Sept. 24-26 Tucson, AZ
Pet Boarding and Daycare Expo Nov. 4-7 Hershey, PA
Petcare Innovation USA TBD TBD

Veterinary Conferences & Trade Shows

A veterinary conference and trade show is a specialized event designed to bring together professionals in the field of veterinary medicine, offering a unique blend of education, networking opportunities, and exposure to the latest products and services in the industry. These events are crucial for veterinarians, vet technicians, and other veterinary professionals who are committed to staying informed about advancements in veterinary science, technology, and best practices.


Veterinary professionals are typically required to renew their licenses periodically. Attending conferences that offer accredited continuing education allows veterinarians to accumulate the necessary credits for license renewal.

Veterinary Meeting & Expo (VMX) Jan. 13-17 Orlando, FL
Western Veterinary Conference Feb. 17-21 Las Vegas, NV
Fetch Charlotte Mar. 15-17 Charlotte, NC
Healthy Dog Expo Apr. 5-7 Albany, NY
Directions in Veterinary Medicine Apr. 19-20 Arlington, VA
UVSA Annual Conference May 6-8 Destin, FL
Vet Show Chicago May 16-17 Chicago, IL
2024 ACVIM Forum June 6-8 Minneapolis, MN
AVMA Convention 2024 June 21-25 Austin, TX
2024 Shelter Medicine Conference July 12-14 Ithaca, NY
Fetch Kansas City Aug. 23-25 Kansas City, MO
VHMA Annual Meeting & Conference Sep. 5-7 Charlotte, NC
AAHA Con 24 Sept. 12-14 Washington, DC
AHVMA Annual Conference Sept. 28-1 Reno, NV
Fetch Coastal Atlantic City Oct. 14-16 Atlantic City, NJ
Fetch Nashville Nov. 8-10 Nashville, TN
Fetch Long Beach Dec. 6-8 Long Beach, CA
Access to Veterinary Care Conference TBD Virtual
Pet Health Expo TBD Los Angeles, CA
Vet Show Wild West TBD TBD
Vet Show New York TBD TBD

Dog Training & Behavior Conferences

A dog training and behavior conference is an event that brings together professionals, enthusiasts, and experts in the field of canine training and behavior. These conferences serve as platforms for individuals involved in dog training, behavior modification, and related disciplines to exchange knowledge, share insights, and stay abreast of the latest developments in the industry.


These conferences cater to a diverse audience, including professional dog trainers, behavior consultants, veterinarians, shelter and rescue workers, and passionate dog owners. Whether someone is a seasoned professional looking to expand their knowledge or a novice seeking foundational skills, attending a dog training or behavior conference can be an enriching and inspiring experience. These events play a crucial role in advancing the field, promoting positive training methods, and fostering a community dedicated to the well-being and understanding of our canine companions.

Clicker Expo Virtual Jan. 26-28 Virtual
Clicker Expo Apr. 5-7 Portland, OR
2024 Dog Behavior Conference Apr. 19-21 Virtual
Psychiatric Service Dog Peer Convention Apr. 26-29 Rock Hill, SC
IAABC Foundation Animal Behavior Conference May 1-3 Ashville, NC
Canine Science Conference 2024 June 21 Seattle, WA
2024 National Service Dogs for Veterans Conference July (TBD) St. Louis, MO
APDT/CAPDT Conference Sept. 18-20 Riverside, CA
Working Dog Training Conference Oct. 22-24 Paducah, KY
Aggression in Dogs Conference TBD TBD

Dog Grooming Shows & Expos

A dog grooming show and expo is a specialized event that brings together professionals, enthusiasts, and businesses involved in the dog grooming industry. These shows provide a platform for groomers, stylists, pet care professionals, and suppliers to showcase their skills, products, and services. The primary focus is on grooming techniques, industry trends, and the latest innovations in grooming tools and products.


One of the highlights of these events is grooming competitions where talented groomers showcase their skills in various categories such as breed-specific grooming, creative grooming, and speed grooming.

Barkleigh Pet Pro Cruise Jan. 20-25 Western Caribbean
Groom Expo West Feb. 15-18 Pasadena, CA
GROOM'D Mar. 8-10 Atlanta, GA
Intergroom Apr. 4-7 Secaucus, NJ
Northwest Grooming Show Apr. 25-28 Tacoma, WA
PetQuest June 20-23 Wilmington, OH
Groom Texas July 19-21 Houston, TX
All American Grooming Show Aug. 15-18 Schaumburg, IL
Groom Expo Sept. 5-8 Hershey, PA
New England Grooming Show Sept. 26-29 Springfield, MA
Fun in the Sun Grooming Show Oct. 10-13 Orlando, FL
World Groom TBD Virtual

Pet Sitting & Dog Walking Conferences

A pet sitting conference is an event specifically designed for professionals and individuals involved in the pet-sitting industry. Pet sitting refers to the practice of temporarily caring for someone else's pets, typically in the pet owner's home, when they are away for work, travel, or other reasons. These conferences serve as a platform for pet sitters, pet care professionals, and related businesses to come together, share knowledge, network, and stay updated on industry trends.

Texas Pet Sitters Association Annual Conference Feb. 23-25 Lewisville, TX
National Association of Professional Pet Sitters Conference Mar. 1-3 Savannah, GA
Focus 2024 Mar. 6 Virtual
PSW24: Pet Sitter World Sept. 19-21 Niagara Falls, NY

Attending a conference or trade show in the pet industry holds immense value for professionals and enthusiasts alike. These events serve as dynamic platforms for networking, knowledge exchange, and staying abreast of the latest trends and innovations in the pet sector.


The opportunity to connect with industry leaders, experts, and like-minded individuals fosters collaboration, idea generation, and potential business partnerships. Additionally, workshops, seminars, and product showcases provide valuable insights, enabling attendees to enhance their skills and stay competitive in a rapidly evolving market.


Overall, participating in such events not only contributes to individual professional growth but also plays a pivotal role in advancing the collective development and sustainability of the pet industry.

Joseph Schifano is the President of The Academy of Pet Careers and the Founder of DogNerdly.

With over 20 years of professional pet experience, Joseph began his journey as the owner/operator of a successful seven-figure pet care business. He later acquired The Academy of Pet Careers, aiming to elevate the quality of care provided by industry professionals. This position enabled him to connect with leading experts in the field and deepen his knowledge in all aspects of pet care.