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It’s been 10 years since the conference was in the creative, ever changing city that is Melbourne.   Enjoy the progressive dining scene, hidden laneways, art spaces, sporting events or unique regional escapes.  Build an enviable wine cellar stocked with cool climate varietals and rich reds from one of the world-class wineries, travel the Great Ocean Road and experience the wonder of the towering 12 Apostles or get up close and personal with a penguin and wildlife on Phillip Island.  

Continuing education is vitally important to our profession and the AVA Annual Conference provides you with exceptional learning outcomes, while giving you the opportunity to connect and share knowledge with your colleagues and have some fun. The special interest groups (SIGs) have selected international and national speakers to discuss new ideas and novel solutions with us.  Animal welfare is a strong focus for the 2017 conference as well as there are many shared sessions, reaching across multiple disciplines,whiich will engage the profession on common areas of concern.  In all there are 8 streams and 200 sessions.  

Our stellar line up of international keynote speakers leads the way, including Safi Barakzai, UK (equine, industry, dental) Stephan Carey, USA (small animal), Peter Edmondson, UK (cattle), Martin Godbout, CAN (behaviour, practice management), Sean Wesley, UK, (welfare and small animal) and Andy Roark, USA (practice management)

We have some exciting plenary speakers to enlighten and entertain us.   Dr Mark Schipp, Australia’s Chief Veterinary Officer will give the opening plenary on antimicrobial resistance strategies and plans.   Dr Chirs Baggoley will discuss One Health:   a personal perspective from a veterinary graduate.  Dr Tony Fernando will review the psychology and neuroscience of happiness research and strategies.  Dr Andy Roark will motivate us to commit to our passion for veterinary science, to connect with our clients and to communicate more effectively with co-workers, peers and clients.

There are a record thirteen workshops, field trips and tours:  cattle, equine, small animal, conservation biology, practice management, public health, acupuncture, animal welfare and ethics, behaviour and dental.

Start the day with a daily industry breakfast session Monday to Friday) and see the latest innovations and new products in the 100 exhibitor trade display.  As always, our social program is not to be missed and culminates in the Conference Gala Dinner on Thursday, 8 June 2017.

Join over 800 veterinary professionals at the 2017 AVA Annual Conference where you will find out what ‘s new in the profession.


Why attend?

  • Largest gathering of Australian veterinarian professionals all under one roof.
  • Stimulating international and local speakers that will inspire
  • Over four stimulating days, you’ll experience exceptional continuing professional development focused on the areas you care about the most.
  • Discover exciting innovations that are transforming veterinary care as we know it
  • Connect with other professionals in your industry and gain insight into their challenges and experiences
  • Be part of shaping the future of the industry
  • A social program bursting at the seams – meet and greet dinner for new comers, welcome reception, happy hours, gala dinner, special interest group dinners
  • Fantastic workshops and field trips
  • Over 100 exhibitors
  • Discover the food and wine paradise that is Melbourne.


The views and advice offered by our speakers are their own views and should not be represented as the views of the Australian Veterinary Association.

Continuing education levels  

Eight consecutive streams and 200 scientific sessions!

You’ll notice your conference program looks slightly different this year – it’s all part of optimising your continuing education experience. With over 200 scientific sessions over eight consecutive streams, we know you want to get the best for your continuing education dollar.

To facilitate this, our expert speakers have provided an easy-to-use guide to selecting the best presentations, workshops and field trips based on your level of experience. Whether you’re new to the profession, moving into a different field, pursuing a new interest or looking to refresh your existing skills, there’s always a session to suit your individual needs.

Our mortarboard system rates each session according to the level of prior knowledge assumed.

Where sessions do not feature the mortarboard icons, a suggested level of knowledge and experience was not specified. This rating system is similar to rating systems you may have seen at overseas conferences.


    Little or no prior knowledge or experience of the areas covered.

   General knowledge of the literature and professional practice within the areas covered.

   Thorough knowledge of the literature and professional practice within the areas covered.