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Can I bring my pet or companion/emotional support animal to the Conference?

On-Site Animals

There are three (3) categories of animals permitted at NAVC events:

  1. Service Animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act to include only dogs and miniature horses who are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Animals whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify.
  3. Animals on exhibit or at NAVC sponsored events who have pre-registered and provided documentation as required by NAVC Expo Team. Pre-registration is mandatory and should be done through the exhibiting company’s booth manager. The animal handler MUST wear their NAVC event badge at all times when on-site. For any questions regarding animal handlers, documentation and registration, please contact
  5. Animals participating in NAVC Hands-on Workshops or required for educational purposes subject to an approved NAVC Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) protocol and under supervision of the NAVC IACUC.

Pets, animal companions, and emotional support animals are NOT permitted at the Orange County Convention Center or any NAVC-sponsored events. All animals at NAVC events must be in accordance with the guidelines listed above.

All animals must be under their handler’s control at all times. All animals must be harnessed, leashed or tethered unless those devices will interfere with a service animal’s work (as defined above). Handlers will be asked to remove their animal from the event if they cannot control the animal.

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