Workshops and field trips


Numbers are strictly limited for our workshops and field trips and in some cases restricted to special interest group (SIG) members. 

More information will be available in December 2017 and registrations open February 2018.

Sunday 12 May 2018

Australian Small Animal Veterinarians (ASAV)
Innovation and Research and Development in Industry Symposium

Sunday 12 May 2018, 1.00pm–4:00pm
Meeting Room tbc, Brisbane Convention and Exhibiton Centre

AVA member:                                     Free of Charge
SIG member:                                      Free of Charge
AVA student/new graduate member:  Free of Charge
Non-member:                                     $200
VetEd points:                                      TBA


Friday 18 May 2018

Equine Veterinarians Australia (EVA) – Pre Purchase Examination Workshop
Friday 18 May 2018, 9.00am – 4.00pm

Plaza P6, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

Presented by Dr Nathan Anthony  BVSc MANZCVSc and Dr Nick Kannegieter BVSc PhD FACVSc

An equine veterinarian needs to be fully competent in all aspects of performing the Pre-Purchase Examination. Be that in either the Sporthorse, Racehorse or the Juvenile, being able to communicate effectively with the Purchaser and Vendor; knowing how to report abnormal findings; pre-purchase medication screening; being able to assess the use of radiology, endoscopy and drug screening and very importantly, avoiding litigation from a disgruntled client are essential skills for the equine vet.

This workshop presents a fully guided and interactive, 5 Stage process to learn the required skills. EVA’s excellent Pre-Purchase Examination video will be used to cover all the aspects in a completely interactive process. With newly updated material for 2018 and presented by two former presidents of Equine Veterinarians Australia, this comprehensive one day Pre Purchase Examination workshop is a must for equine veterinarians and mixed practitioners alike. All delegates will receive a complimentary copy of the brand new edition of the ‘EVA Blue Book: A guide to the examination of the horse.’ The workshop is excellent value and attracts

                                                   Kindly sponsored by Guild Insurance.


AVA member:                                          $475
SIG member:                                           $375
AVA student/new graduate member:       $200
Non-member:                                          $950

11 VetEd points


Australian Veterinary Conservation Biology Field Trip “Wildlife Care and Treatment, Captive Breeding”
Friday 18 May 2018, 8.00am-5.30pm

RSPCA Wacol, Hidden Vale Sanctuary, UQ Gatton, Veterinary Hospital & Food & Agriculture

Hosted by well-known Gold Coast Dreamworld Vet, Dr Vere Nicholson this fieldtrip will provide a complete day’s program visiting some of the major wildlife care and captive breeding centres in SE Queensland. We will visit RSPCA’s busy facility at Wacol en-route to Hidden Vale Sanctuary, a purpose build wildlife care and captive breeding facility. We will also hear of the wildlife postgraduate work being conducted at Hidden Vale by graduate students of UQ.  Lunch will be at the spectacular Spicers Lane where delegates can choose their own lunch options from simple to lavish. Then on to the University of Queensland campus at Gatton to inspect their Veterinary Hospital. This trip will provide the opportunity to meet key wildlife vets and carers as well as become acquainted with current practice and issues. With a full program and limited space best to book early.

Capacity:  15

AVA Member:         $150
AVA student:             $75
Non-member:          $300

3 VetEd points


Australian Veterinarians for Animal Welfare and Ethics (AVAWE) workshop
“Changing human behaviour: Changing animal lives”
Friday 18 May 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm

Plaza P7, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

Join members of AVAWE as they explore, discuss and debate approaches to changing human behaviour to improve animal welfare. Strategies include engagement with the community, schoolchildren- the next generation of consumers, stock owners and handlers, shareholders, exporters and veterinarians making clinical decisions. Providing resources, knowledge, training or other means to improve animal welfare may be meaningless if there is not a corresponding change in behaviour and positive attitude towards animal care.

AVA member:         $150
SIG member:          $150
Student:                  $100
Non-member:         $300

6 VetEd points


Integrative Vets Australia (IVA) "Chronic illness: conundrums and case studies"
Friday 18 May 2018, 9.00am-5.00pm

Club Room, St Andrews Anglican Church 160 Vulture Street South Brisbane

With Dr Jean Dodds and Dr Barbara Fougere

Join us for a day of collegiate brain storming with two of the world’s foremost experts in integrative medicine. Your chance to ask the experts about managing those difficult chronic cases.  Dr Fougere will discuss the clinical application of adaptogens, as well as teaching us about phytotherapy for a variety of chronic illnesses including diabetes, thyroid disease and pancreatitis. Dr Dodds will then lead us through a series of case studies, discussing history taking, diagnostic options, lab tests, and outcomes.

AVA member:                                              $350
SIG member :                                              $300
AVA student/new graduate member:           $250
Non-member:                                              $700


AVA Mental Health First Aid Training Workshop*
Friday 18 May 2018, 9.00am–4.00pm

Plaza P8,  Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

Part 2 of our certified course that will enable you to identify and support someone who is experiencing a mental health crisis.

*This workshop forms part of the accredited blended learning MHFA course which comprises of 8 hours of e-learning – completion of the online component prior to this workshop is mandatory.

Please contact Monika Cole, AVA Recent Graduate and Student Program Manager,

Complimentary for Part 2 participants

VetEd points:  6


Veterinary Business Group (VBG) Practice Management Exclusive Insights Tour
Friday 18 May 2018, 9.00am-5.00pm

A behind-the-scenes tour of three small animal veterinary practices in Brisbane, providing unique insight into the running of a successful practice. The day will focus on vital areas, such as finance, management, marketing and branding, human resources, strategies and infrastructure. The day will include morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea, as well as transport between the practices.

AVA Member:         $699
Non-member:          $1,298

VetEd points:   7.5


Unusual Pet and Avian Veterinarians (UPAV) Sea World Field Trip
Friday 18 May 2018, 9.00am-4.00pm

Sea World, Seaworld Dr, Main Beach, Gold Coast

A behind the scenes tour of Sea World on the Gold Coast with resident veterinarian, David Blyde.  The day includes bus transfers, lunch and entry into Sea World so you can explore the rest of the park.  Bus departs BCEC at 9.00am sharp and departs from Sea World at 4.00pm

AVA member/partner/guest:   $160
SIG member/partner/guest:    $120
Non-member:                         $225

Vet Ed points:  1

Australian Cattle Veterinarians (ACV) Bovine Basics from Gatton Gurus
Friday 18 May 2018, 9.00am-3.30pm

Venue:   TBC

Add our Friday workshop to your diary!
Hop on a luxury coach and be chauffeured about for an extravaganza of bovine clinical skills revision at the various UQ facilities.  You will progress through a series of stations looking at such things as:

  • Lameness management
  • Veterinary Bull Breeding Soundness Evaluation
  • Obstetrics
  • Basic Surgery techniques (eye ablations, teat surgery, claw amputation, uterine suturing)

AVA member:                         $440
SIG member:                          $330
AVA student/new graduate:    $200
Non-member                          $880    

Vet Ed points:  TBC