"The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future"

Theodore Roosevelt famously said that the more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.

Prepare yourself by checking out the history stream on Tuesday 6 June at the AVA Annual Conference. Whether its animal welfare or infectious disease, members of the veterinary profession have dealt with similar challenges – some recurring – throughout history.

Dr Pat MacWhirter will examine the veterinarian’s place in “big history”. Dr Tanya Stephens provide an historical perspective on the AVA and animal welfare. Dr Trevor Faragher looks back at foot and mouth disease in Ireland in 1912 – and introduces the bullock-befriending bard. Professor Ivan Caple will present on the First World War Roll of Honour.

Former veterinary graduate and Chief Medical Officer Chris Baggoley will give a personal history of the One Health concept when he delivers the Ben Cunneen Memorial Plenary on Thursday 8 June.

This year the Australian Veterinarians in Public Health, Australian Veterinary Conservation Biology and the Veterinary History Society special interest groups are hosting a combined social event. Join us for what promises to be a stimulating evening of conversation at the Spice Dine on Wednesday 7 June. Enjoy a banquet-style Indian dinner just a short distance from the conference venue.