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 2018 AVA Annual Veterinary Conference,
13 - 18 May 2018 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

We have twelve positions available with first 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 900 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 Conference Dinner ticket – Thursday 17 May 2018 (if working the full week)

Applications have now closed.
 

AVA Student Volunteers

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

AVA will provide elected AVA student volunteers:

  • 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 Conference Dinner ticket – Thursday 17 May 2018 (if working the full week)

Applications have now closed.
 

Activities for the week

Saturday 12 May 2018 – 8.30am - 5.30pm

Policy Council Meeting (optional activity and venue to be advised)

Sunday 13 May 2018 – 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 14 May 2018 – Thursday 18 May 2018 - 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 Coordinator will enable you to understand what’s happening each day and what is required of you.

Friday 19 May 2018 and Saturday 20 May 2018

There will be several workshops and field trips available on these dates, 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.

Evenings

If there are no functions to attend, evenings are at your own leisure.

Clothes

Please wear black trousers during the conference. The AVA will provide you with a Student Ambassador Vest so that you are noticeable as the AVA Student Representatives. Also bring dinner attire for the Gala Dinner, smart dress is required.

 

Closing date for applications: Extended until Friday 6 April 2018

Successful applicants will be notified via email by Friday 13 April 2018.