Students, recent grads & mentors

AVA Graduates and mentoring program

In October 2015 AVA launched a national Graduate Mentoring Program. The program is designed to assist graduate vets to transition into the profession smoothly, and support them to reach their potential and to be happy in their jobs. Our program unites new veterinarians seeking guidance and support with more experienced practitioners who are willing to commit time and energy to the professional development of another veterinarian.

Due to the support of our sponsors, this program is complimentary for all participants.

For more information, please visit the website www.ava.com.au/mentoring.

 

"I would highly recommend attending the AVA conference to any new or recent graduate. A great conference with a wide range of content that would suit anyone wanting to expand their general veterinary knowledge".

   

 

AVA Student Volunteers

We have a great learning and development opportunity available to you as a volunteer at the 2017 AVA Annual Veterinary Conference, 4-9 June 2017 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

We have ten positions available with preference given to our AVA student representatives from:

  1. Faculty of Veterinary Science - University of Queensland
  2. Faculty of Veterinary Science - University of Melbourne
  3. Faculty of Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences - Murdoch University
  4. School of Animal & Veterinary Sciences - Charles Sturt University
  5. Faculty of Veterinary Science - University of Sydney
  6. Faculty of Veterinary Science - University of Adelaide
  7. Faculty of Veterinary Science - James Cook University

About the conference

The AVA Annual Conference is the largest conference and exhibition in Australia covering all fields of veterinary science and is expected to attract over 800 delegates and 100 exhibiting companies. There are eight concurrent streams and 200 scientific sessions, a stellar line-up of international and local speakers, a social program and workshops and field trips.   This conference is a unique opportunity for you to converse and gain knowledge from delegates from all around Australia, meet other students and new graduates as well as gaining an insight into the profession.

Your role as a volunteer

The main role of student volunteers will be to assist in the scientific session rooms including scanning delegates name badges on entry, assisting with speaker requirements and other general assistance as required.  

This is an excellent opportunity to network with other AVA Members, hear talks from some of the best speakers in Australia and abroad, gain valuable contacts and get your foot in the door.

How to apply

AVA senior student representatives

The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) offers the opportunity to have one (1) AVA student representative (reps) from each of the seven Australian veterinary schools at the Annual Conference.   

AVA will provide elected AVA student representatives with:

  • Return economy flights to conference (where required)
  • Accommodation for the duration of your volunteer role – shared single sex dormitory style
  • Free conference registration including access to scientific sessions (once duties are completed)
  • Free access to the trade exhibition
  • Breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided to all students during their rostered shifts.  
  • Student volunteers are also welcome to join delegates for Happy Hour from 6-7pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.
  • One free Gala Dinner ticket – Thursday 8 June 2017 – if working the full week.

Application form and find out more

Link to online application

AVA students and recent graduates

In addition to the AVA student representative another 2-4 AVA student members are required to assist with preference given to students who can work from Sunday-Thursday inclusive.  

For 2017 only, the invitation to volunteer will also be open to recent graduate veterinary students from the last three years.

All veterinary student members and recent graduates must be a member of the AVA.

AVA will provide AVA student volunteers and recent graduates

  • Accommodation for the duration of your volunteer role – shared single sex dormitory style
  • Free conference registration including access to scientific sessions (once duties are completed)
  • Free access to the trade exhibition
  • Breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided to all students during their rostered shifts.  
  • Student volunteers are also welcome to join delegates for Happy Hour from 6-7pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.
  • One free Gala Dinner ticket – Thursday 8 June 2017 – if working the full week.

Application form and find out more

Link to online application

Activities for the week

Saturday 3 June 2017 – Policy Council Meeting (optional) – 8.30am-5.30pm
Rendezvous Hotel, 328 Flinders Street, Melbourne

Sunday 4 June 2017 – 8.00am-8.00pm
Welcome and briefing, tour of conference facilities, satchel packing and general set up as required.   Welcome reception and exhibition opening 6.00pm-8.00pm

Monday 5 June– Thursday 8 June 2014 - 7.00am-6.00pm
Students will be required to help at various breakfast sessions throughout the week. During the day all session doors need to be staffed and once all delegates are in their respective sessions you will be able to attend sessions. There are various events such as happy hours in the afternoon/early evening and the Annual General Meeting where the Conference

Manager, Kandy Musgrave, will need your help. Staying in contact with the AVA Events Team Student Co-ordinator will enable you to understand what’s happening each day and what is required of you.

Friday 9 June 2017 and Saturday 10 June 2017
There will be several workshops and field trips available on this date but these will be at your own expense. Please visit the workshops and field trips page of the website.  If you are interested in attending any of these workshops you will need to register online.