Plenary sessions

Meet the Plenary speakers

Our informing and entertaining plenaries are designed to get you thinking out of the box. This year’s speakers include:

  • Dr Mark Schipp, Australia’s Chief Veterinary Officer, on strategies to combat antimicrobial resistance;
  • Dr Andy Roark, on connecting with clients and communicating more effectively;
  • Dr Tony Fernando, psychiatrist, on the secret of happiness;
  • And Professor Chris Baggoley, veterinary graduate and now Chief Medical Officer, giving a personal perspective on one health.

Monday 5 June 2017, 10.45am-12.15pm, Plenary 3 Doors 9 and 10 MCECDownload program

  • Welcome:  Dr Robert Johnson, AVA President

  • Official opening by The Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria


Dr Mark Schipp, Chief Veterinary Officer Australia



Topic:  Animicrobial resistance - strategies and plans

In 2011, Mark became the chief veterinary officer of Australia. In 2012 he was elected to the OIE Council and in 2015 he was elected vice president of the OIE General Assembly. He is chair of the Wildlife Health Australia management committee and the Animal Health Committee. With the chief medical officer, Mark chairs the Australian Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on Antimicrobial Resistance. He is a biology and veterinary graduate of Murdoch University.


Tuesday 6 June 2017, 10.45am-11.45am, Plenary 3 Doors 9 and 10 MCEC



Dr Andy Roark




Topic:  Sharpening the Axe

During this session 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.

Andy is a practising veterinarian, international speaker, author, and media personality. He is the founder of both the Uncharted Veterinary
Conference and and he has a successful online training course for veterinarians and veterinary teams. Andy reaches millions of people every month through various social media channels and he was voted twice as the Practice Management Speaker of the Year at the North American Veterinary Community Conference, one of the world’s largest veterinary conferences.


Wednesday 7 June 2017, 1.15pm-2.30pm, Plenary 3 Doors 9 and 10 MCEC

  • Gilruth Award followed by:


Dr Tony Fernando



Topic:  The secret of happiness

Tony is a consultant psychiatrist and senior lecturer in psychological medicine at the University of Auckland. He graduated from the University of the Philippines and completed his psychiatry residency and sleep fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Tony has published in international journals and in 2015 he received the New Zealand Medical Association’s highest award, the Chair’s Award. He plays the cello, is a cheap-eats foodie and competes in ocean races.


Thursday 8 June 2017, 10.30am-11.30am, Plenary 3 Doors 9 and 10 MCEC

  • Ben Cunneen Memorial Plenary followed by:



Professor Chris Baggoley



Topic:  One health:  a personal perspective from a veterinary graduate Chief Medical Officer

Chris is the executive director of medical services for the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network. Prior to this, he was the chief medical officer for the Australian Government. Chris graduated BVSc (Hons) from the University of Melbourne in 1973 and completed his BMBS at Flinders University in 1980. He was the director of emergency medicine at Flinders Medical Centre and professor/director of emergency medicine at the Royal Adelaide  Hospital.