About the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA)       

The AVA is the peak national body representing the Australian veterinary profession, delivering a range of services and benefits to over 9,000 members.

Our members are veterinarians in practice, industry, government and academia. For nearly 100 years, we’ve represented vets in every corner of Australia – and we always will.

As Australia’s only collective voice for vets, we are experienced advocates and active leaders on all issues of animal health and welfare.

We partner with industry through a variety of face-to-face conferences and events throughout the year as well as webinars, publications and online communications.

By aligning your brand with the AVA, you are not only reaching your target audience through a highly-respected association, you are helping to strengthen our education program and improve the goods and services our members offer their clients.

Visit our website at www.ava.com.au


Welcome from the President 


The AVA Annual Conference is being hosted in our vibrant city of Melbourne in 2017.  Our conference provides a great opportunity to learn, share in new scientific research, catch up with colleagues and most importantly to have some fun. Veterinarians from all over Australia and beyond will meet for up to five days, sharing information, swapping ideas and enjoying the collegiate atmosphere of our national conference, the cornerstone of AVA’s comprehensive annual Continuing Professional Development Program for the year.

The quality of sessions are truly outstanding this year and has something for everyone, with a wide range of presentations and sessions reflecting the diversity of our wonderful profession and a real emphasis on your individual, client and practice needs. Plenaries both local and international promising to be stimulating, informative and engaging.   

It is said that some of the most important conversations at conferences occur in the corridors or over a cup of coffee in the breaks. So make sure that you make plenty of time for the social and networking opportunities as well as the structured CPD. Stroll through the exhibition or have a quiet chat with friends. Don’t miss the after session happy hours and SIG dinners and make sure you stay around for Thursday’s member forum and the Gala Dinner.

Looking forward to seeing you all in Melbourne!

AVA President
Dr Robert Johnson


Why attend?

The AVA Annual Conference has not been held in Melbourne since 2007. Set on the shores of picturesque Port Phillip Bay, the southern-most city of mainland Australia; Melbourne is a creative, exciting, ever-changing city with extraordinary surprises to be discovered around every corner.

The city has an unrivalled calendar of major events, progressive dining scene, hidden laneways and art spaces, and unique regional escapes are just a short drive away.  
Veterinary professionals coming to Melbourne will have no trouble filling their downtime when in town and will find it easy and convenient to experience the energy and vibrancy of the world's most liveable city.

The conference will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre located on the banks of the iconic Yarra River in South Wharf, Melbourne.   www.mcec.com.au

  • Largest gathering of Australian veterinarian professionals all under one roof.
  • Stimulating international and local speakers that will inspire
  • Over four invigorating 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 at the member forum
  • 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

What our delegates had to say


“The AVA National Conference is the premier veterinary conference in Australia. It is the best opportunity to meet up with colleagues, both in my field and other areas of veterinary science; to broaden my scientific knowledge, and to keep up with all the developments in veterinary products and equipment.”


“A fantastic experience ….. a great way to increase my clinical knowledge, learn about clinical developments and meet new people.”


“Fabulous networking; cutting edge continuing education and opportunities for professional growth abound!”


“A great celebration of our wonderful profession, and showcases the diversity of our profession, the opportunities and the wonderful talent within!”