AVA President's Welcome

The AVA conference is the highlight of my calendar every year. As the largest conference in our region, the conference is years in the planning to give you the very best education, the latest trends, controversies, ideas AND the very best of a rocking good time while you are at it. Not a dry lecture or boxed lunch to be seen. Promise.

The team has put together an impressive line up of speakers, local talent and thought provoking plenaries for our 2018 annual conference. The richness and diversity of the program reflects our organisation and our profession. Regardless of your area of interest, I know that you will learn something, be challenged and be given a whole new perspective. With 8 streams throughout the week, planning your conference can require a military like precision.

I am particularly looking forward to the VetEd talks, the many panel discussions and hearing from our CVO Mark Schipp to discuss the state of our fight against AMR.

The social program for this conference is also amazing. We are lucky that some of Brisbane’s best venues are right on our doorstop and the team have been
at it to make sure that you have plenty of opportunities to catch up, make new connections and get your fill of the foodie scene. When you are planning your conference, make sure you come to the dinner on the last night. This is my favourite dinner of the year, full of the best people, the worst dancing and the most delicious food.

I look forward to seeing you in Brisbane

Dr Paula Parker
AVA President


A note from the Convenor                                                                                                                                             

This year we’ve made some exciting program additions to add to the great speaker lineup your SIGs have prepared, to enhance your overall conference experience.

Mini-workshops on Wellness and Resilience will run within the body of the scientific program. These workshops are free but have limited capacity, so registration is required.

“VetEd Talks” - short 10-minute sessions giving eight members the opportunity to present on a topic about which they are passionate - will inspire and entertain.

The Poster competition will showcase 50 selected posters with a great range of prizes on offer.

The Ben Cunneen memorial speaker is internationally renowned Professor Jakob Zinsstag of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute. His focus is One Health and zoonoses control in developing countries and the importance of ongoing cooperation between human and animal health. Professor Zinsstag and the

Public Health SIG will run a workshop on Thursday morning – a treat for the early risers, as he will start at 7am!

Our Monday plenary speaker is Dr Jordan Nguyen, biomedical engineer and NSW finalist for Australian of the Year, 2017. Named in the Top 100 Global Influencers on Virtual Reality in May 2016, Jordan will enlighten us on the ever-changing interface between humanity and technology.

Jennifer Whelan and Jennifer Brockis will also be presenting plenaries. Dr Jennifer Whelan is a recognised academic expert and organisational consultant on corporate diversity, inclusion and unconscious gender bias. Dr Jenny Brockis is an educator who inspires greater performance by simplifying the complexity of brain science into practical applications that are relevant to everyday life.

Hope to see you in Brisbane!

Dr Sally Colgan


Thank you to the AVA Conference Program Committee

Dr Sally Colgan – Convenor
Dr Sue Beetson (AVA’s Board Representative)
Dr John Baguley
Dr David Beggs
Dr Meredith Flash
Dr Geoff Golovsky
Dr Melanie Latter
Dr Jacqui Ley
Dr Stephen Yeomans
Anne McCotter

Conference Secretariat

Kandy Musgrave
National Events Manager
Australian Veterinary Association
Unit 40/6 Herbert Street
St Leonards  NSW 2065

T: + 61 (02) 9431 5051
Fax:  + 61 (02) 9437 9068
E:  events@ava.com.au



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