Past conferences

2016 AVA Annual Conference, Adelaide, 22-27 May

The 2016 AVA Annual Conference, 22-27 May was held at the Adelaide Convention Centre.   

The conference brought together over 780 delegates, 101 exhibitors and 110  local and international speakers updating the profession on best practice from around the globe.

Professor Darryl Mills (University of Tennessee) led the small animal stream. He shared his knowledge about rehabilitation for a range of conditions including fractures, neurologic and stifle conditions. Dr Lori Bidwell (East West Equine Sports Medicine), focussed particularly on anaesthesia, analgesia, equine neuropathic pain and management of anaesthetic complications.

Professor David Main (Bristol University) discussed a range of welfare topics, from quality of life assessment, certification schemes, animal welfare governance and the role of the farm animal clinician in welfare. In the behaviour stream, Dr Xavier Manteca (Barcelona School of Veterinary Science) addressed the always tricky problem of feline aggression, behavioural problems caused by stress in dogs and cats, preventative behavioural medicine and welfare of dairy cattle.

Professor George Stilwell (Lisbon University) shared his expertise on ruminant welfare in the sheep and welfare stream, covering topics such as animal welfare and profitable farming, lameness in small ruminants, not-so-common indicators of poor health and welfare and animal-based measures. Dr Amanda Donnelly, author of 101 Practice Management Questions Answered, guided everyone through developing a highly successful, problem-solving team in the practice management stream.

The daily plenary sessions delivered entertainment and stimulation. Professor Mark Hutchinson, Director of the ARC Centre for Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics, explored the toll of knowing you are sick, and its implications for acute and chronic pain management. . Peter Greste, journalist spoke about “Personal excellence in a time of crisis; insights from an Egyptian prison”.Adjunct Professor Bernard Salt, known for identifying and tagging new tribes and behaviours, provided a lateral perspective on modern trends.  Professor Martyn Jeggo delivered the Ben Cunneen Memorial Plenary on disease surveillance: where are we and where we need to be – and what role does one health play?

Comedian and New Inventors host James O’Loghlin was co-host the member forum with AVA director James Gilkerson. This year saw a bold new strategy for the AVA.
On top of all this, the conference offered a program packed with outstanding local and international speakers, the largest veterinary trade exhibition in the Southern hemisphere, and an unmissable social program, workshops and field trips.

 

         

     

2015 Pan Pacific Veterinary Conference, Brisbane 24-29 May 2015

Vets from Australia and New Zealand came together to attend the Pan Pac Veterinary Conference, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest animal health conference and trade exhibition.

The Pan Pacific Veterinary Conference was a collaboration between the Australian Veterinary Association and the New Zealand Veterinary Association. It was held at the Brisbane Conference and Exhibition Centre 24-29 May 2015.

The conference brought together over 1,110 delegates, 90 exhibitors and 114 presenters and covered the latest in veterinary science for animals of all shapes and sizes.

Keynote speakers include Professor David E Anderson, University of Tennessee, Dr Daniel Chan, Royal Veterinary College in London, Assistant Professor Meghan Herron, Ohio State University, Professor Josh Slater, University of Cambridge, along with an array of other health experts including:

  •     Professor Peter Doherty AC, University of Melbourne, who shared the 1996 Nobel Medicine Prize for discovering the nature of the cellular immune defence.
  •     Professor Peter Collignon, an infectious disease physician and microbiologist at Canberra Hospital. 

  

 

      

 

2014 AVA Annual Conference, Perth 25-30 May

What does “What’s Best Practice?” really mean?

How do we continue to provide excellence in animal care and welfare and still make our business thrive, our employees engaged and inspired by their work, and our clients satisfied?

Is “Best Practice” simply about applying the latest in research and development and cutting edge science to your workplace? Or is it about job satisfaction and a manageable life-work balance?

What is “Best Practice” when it comes to dealing with our growing pool of young veterinary graduates? How can we best combine our passion for caring for animals with the economic pressures of the modern world?  How do we care for our own environment and open our eyes and resources to problems outside our shores, in a feasible manner without compromising the quality or standard of veterinary care we provide to those that need us?

The 2014 AVA conference will allow us to explore and debate some of the practical and theoretical dilemmas faced by the veterinary profession in the 21st Century.

This conference, we invite you to reconsider the benchmarks, the gold standards and the boundaries you work within.

The conference will be held at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre (PCEC) which is situated in the heart of the beautiful city of Perth overlooking the Swan River and is in easy walking distance from Perth's major hotels.    Perth is a city buzzing with a new energy reinvigorating visitors with its sophisticated style, cleanliness, clear blue skies and pristine coastline, yet the relaxed lifestyle and friendly vibe remain.  With 16 international, five domestic and 11 regional airlines it is easy to get to and once you are there you will enjoy one of Australia’s sunniest capital cities.  

Copies of the 2014 Proceedings are available for free on the VetEd library at www.ava.com.au.   Non-members may purchased a CD copy for $90 plus GST by contacting events@ava.com.au.

Views presented at AVA conferences are the views of the individuals and not necessarily the view of the Australian Veterinary Association.

 

        

 

2013 AVA Annual Conference - 26-31 May - Cairns

With a theme of "Into the future" over 780 delegates, 130 speakers and 107 trade exhibitors flocked to the 2013 AVA Annual Conference at the Cairns Convention Centre.

Leading international welfare and behaviour expert, Temple Grandin, joined our international line-up of speakers including Jon Bowen, Jim Stowe, Bayard Rucker, Genevieve Fontaine, Stephanie Hansen, Steve Marsden and Dwayne Rodgerson.

Delegates learnt about nuclear medicine, pluripotent stem cells, epigenetics, new vaccines and more.

With eight consecutive streams and 200 scientific sessions to choose from delegates were spoilt for choice   There are eight specialist workshops and field trips providing hands-on experience across a diverse range of specialities and breakfast and industry lectures that will bring you up-to-date with what’s new.

The plenaries included "Into the future - survival of the veterinary profession" with business futurist Craig Rispin.   "Pluripotent stem cells in veterinary medicine" with Professor Martin Pera, "Thinking like an animal" with Dr Temple Grandin and "The future of the profession - staying health and happy" with Dr John Jacobson.   The Ben Cuneen Memorial lecture was delivered by Dr James Gilkerson on "Through the looking glass - the future of science in the Australian veterinary profession".

The 2013 AVA Annual Conference proceedings are now online at www.ava.com.au in the Vet Ed Library under the Vet Ed tab.

  • Members can access the proceedings free of charge, you just need to be logged into the AVA site.
  • Non-members can purchase the proceedings for $90 + GST by contacting Kandy Musgrave, National Events Manger, on eventsmanager@ava.com.au

Please enjoy the photos from the 2013 AVA Annual Conference.  Should you need it the password is AVA2013.

        

 

2012 AVA Annual Conference - 20-25 May - Canberra

In 2012 nearly 800 delegates, 130 speakers and 110 trade exhibitors took came together for the 2012 AVA Annual Conference at the Canberra Convention Centre – 20–25 May which focussed on the important theme of Sustainability. The world is changing, and a discussion of where our profession will fit into a changing world is vital to our future success. In a world where the population is ever increasing, where information is available to everyone, and where public perception is becoming more and more important, we need to take a step back and look at where we do and should fit in. 

Starting at a new time on the Sunday afternoon, Professor Joe Brownlie CBE addressed the topics of “Who Owns Disease” and the role of the veterinarian in a changing world. On Monday, Professor John Webster – one of the team that developed the “5 freedoms” discussed welfare and the sustainability of agriculture.

Other plenary sessions included a look at the political sustainability of our profession by Senator (and AVA member) Chris Back, and a look at the sustainability of veterinary practices in the face of infectious zoonotic diseases by a well-known face at recent conferences Paul Baker.  

Included in the scientific program amongst a vast array of practical surgical and medical presentations (sustainability of the individual!) were discussions about the sustainable use of wildlife, sustainably feeding 9 billion people, sustainable use of antibiotics and sustainable education of veterinarians. The program had something for everyone, with 17 different groups having had input into more than 180 hours of presentations.

The program boasted an outstanding line-up of Australian and international speakers, a welcome reception, meet and greet dinner, church service, 12 special interest group and alumni dinners, a gala dinner at Parliament House sponsored by Guild and workshops and field trips on equine lameness, holistics, equine pathology, behaviour, practice management, dental wetlabs and a holistics kayaking case study.

  

 

2011 AVA Annual Conference - 15-20 May - Adelaide

800 delegates attended the 2011 AVA Annual Conference at the Adelaide Convention Centre.  A major theme for the  conference was Evidence-based medicine and our opening plenary discussion “Evidence from a Scientific perspective” delivered by the hugely popular Dr Normal Swan, signalled the start to an exciting, varied and comprehensive four day lecture program offering over 199 sessions and 20 streams of the most up-to-date and cutting edge information that can be used on a daily basis by a wide variety of different veterinary practitioners in private practice and covering a range of topics including government service, undergraduate education, welfare, food safety, the pharmaceutical industry and conservation biology. This year’s conference also celebrates the Year of the Vet 2011, a significant milestone in veterinary education since the first veterinary school was established in Lyon France in 1761 and the formation of the Australian Veterinary Association in 1921.

International speakers and sessions on animal behaviour by the behavioural expert Dr Jacqueline Neilson, nutrition and animal health for sheep, cattle and equine by Pennsylvania’s State University’s Dr Robert Van Saun, tumours, teeth and reconstructive surgery sessions presented by specialist veterinary dentist Loic Legendre and Hill’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Kevin Hahn.  Dr John Madigan the Head of the University of California’s Davis Veterinary Emergency Response Team will present on Fire and Disaster Management & Equine Transport and Dr Dru Forrester, a Small Animal specialist, will discussed complete clinical examinations and talk on the topic of arthritis. Topics as diverse as advances in acupuncture treatment for greyhounds were presented by Dr Huisheng Xie who is a leader in his field.

 

        

 

2010 Pan Pacific AVA Annual Conference - 23-28 May - Brisbane

The AVA joined with the New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) to present the Pan Pacific Veterinary Conference with 965 attendees.

The conference theme, ‘Embracing Challenges’ kicks off with the opening Plenary Address by Professor Frazer Allen on the Key drivers for change and new skills required to embrace emerging challenges facing our profession. Plenaries also included Hypothetical: My kingdom for a horse – the veterinary profession and the law, moderated by Dr Ian Robertson from MAF Enforcement.

We also welcomed international keynote speakers Alan Guthrie (equine), Doug Thamm (small animal oncology), Dean Richardson (equine) and Sarah Heath (small animal behaviour). You can also catch up on the latest practice management tips with Jane Shaw and Thomas Catanzaro.

 

Past AVA Annual Conferences

Year        City
1990 Townsville
1991 Sydney
1992 Adelaide
1993 Gold Coast
1994 Canberra
1995 Melbourne
1996 Christchurch - Pan Pacific with NZVA
1997 Brisbane
1998 Sydney
2000 Perth
2001 Melbourne
2002 Adelaide
2003 Cairns
2004 Canberra
2005 Gold Coast
2006 Hobart
2007 Melbourne
2008 Perth
2009 Darwin
2010 Brisbane - Pan Pacific with NZVA
2011 Adelaide
2012 Canberra
2013 Cairns
2014 Perth
2015 Brisbane - Pan Pacific with NZVA
2016 Adelaide
2017 Melbourne
2018 Brisbane
2019 TBA
2020 TBA
2021 AVA Centennary Year

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