2019 Registration Information

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Who should attend the AVA Annual Conference?

The AVA Annual Conference is the largest gathering of veterinary professionals in Australia, and is for all veterinary professionals from those in small animal practice to veterinary professionals in industry and government.

Offering multiple streams over a week, the AVA Annual Conference is held in different capital cities every year and offers world-class veterinary education to suit all interests. In 2019, the conference will be held in Perth from 5-10 May, bringing you local and international thought-leaders and veterinary experts.

The comprehensive five days of veterinary science education also runs alongside an extensive trade exhibition, showcasing the latest technology and services to help you in your profession.

Why should you attend?

  • Multiple interest streams from cattle, business, equine, behaviour, public health and more
  • Hands-on workshops
  • Fieldtrips and wetlabs
  • Renown local and internation veterinary experts
  • Peer-led presentations
  • 100+ exhibitors with the latest gadgets and services
  • 800+ veterinary professionals from across Australia
  • Extensive social and networking program
  • Gala Dinner to end the week in style


Registration categories

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Not an AVA member? Join now and save up to $1,737!

Become an AVA member and you can attend the AVA Annual Conference at the AVA member price.

By joining the AVA now, you’ll save on the cost of your conference registration and your AVA membership will also be extended until 30 June 2020 – that’s up to six months of free membership! The earlier you act the more you save. Contact members@ava.com.au or 1300 137 309 to join now.

International delegates - member rate eligibility

International delegates who are members of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), British Veterinary Association (BVA), Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) or South African Veterinary Association (SAVA) can attend the AVA Annual Conference at AVA member rates.

All international delegates are required to supply their membership association and membership number at the time of registering.

New graduates

All new graduates must be members of the AVA and no more than three years out of University. New Graduates must supply their membership number to receive discount rates.

Practice managers and vet nurses

Practice managers who manage practices and veterinary nurses can join the Veterinary Business Group of the Australian Veterinary Association as an Industry Associate Member to receive a member discount to AVA CPD Conferences. Find out more or contact VBG on 02 9431 5010 or email vbg@ava.com.au. Annual fees are $395 and will increase to $400 on 1 April 2019.

Carer's pass | parents room | childminding

We are delighted to offer a complimentary Carer’s Pass for delegates attending all AVA conferences and events. This will give the Carer access to the conference, exhibition, and sessions and allows parents/delegates nursing children to be provided with assistance. The pass does not include catering for carers. To request a pass or for more information please contact Kandy Musgrave, National Events Manager at eventsmanager@ava.com.au. There is no need to register online, and your Carer’s Pass can be collected at the registration desk upon arrival.

Please note there are no arrangements for child care during the Conference. We suggest you check with your accommodation provider who may be able to assist you further with babysitting services during your stay. Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre parenting room facilities to be advised.


Registration inclusions

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Full week registration

A full week registration gives you the most comprehensive CPD and AVA Annual Conference experience, giving you access to a week of veterinary education and more.

  • Attendance at scientific sessions
  • Admittance to industry exhibition
  • Satchel (including conference materials)
  • Welcome reception and exhibition opening (Sunday)
  • Morning and afternoon tea, lunch (Monday–Thursday)
  • Happy hour (Monday–Wednesday)
  • Downloadable proceedings

Day registration

Day registrations offer excellent flexibility if you wanted to attend scientific sessions, industry exhibitions and more but can't attend the full week.

  • Attendance at scientific sessions (on the nominated day only)
  • Admittance to industry exhibition (on the nominated day only)
  • Satchel (including conference materials)
  • Morning and afternoon tea, lunch (on the nominated day only)
  • Happy hour (Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday only)
  • Downloadable proceedings

Exhibition only

All delegates have complimentary access to the trade show extravaganza, featuring over 100 exhibitors with the latest technology and services. If you can't attend the conference, you have the flexibility of only attending the exhibition. More information available here.

  • Sunday 5 May 2019 - 6.00pm-8.00pm - Welcome reception and exhibition opening
  • Monday 6 May 2019 - 9.30am-5.30pm
  • Tuesday 7 May 2019 - 9.30am-5.30pm
  • Wednesday 8 May 2019 - 9.30am-5.30pm
  • Thursday 9 May 2019 - 9.30am-2.00pm

Exhibition-only pricing

  • AVA members, students/new graduates: $65 per day. Happy Hour an additional $75.
  • Non-members: $130. Happy Hour an additional $75.

Exhibition-only conditions of entry

  • All visitors must register and wear ID name badges, which must be visible at all times.
  • Once registered, you are able to enter the show as many times as you like over the duration of the event.
  • A person who is not an exhibitor and is observed conducting sales activities during the exhibition will be excluded from the event.

Practice registration - all delegates must be AVA members

  • Practice registration badge (one per practice)
  • Attendance at scientific sessions (one person per day)
  • Admittance to industry exhibition (one person per day)
  • Satchel (including conference materials – one per practice)
  • Welcome reception and exhibition opening - Sunday (one per person)
  • Morning and afternoon tea, lunch (one person per day)
  • Happy hour – Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday only (one person per day)
  • Downloadable proceedings

The AVA will send practices a register post-event where details of each delegate who attended each day should be completed and returned to veted@ava.com.au to claim Vet Ed points.


  • Online registration only
  • Vet Ed points will need to be claimed individually from the AVA website.
  • AVA member numbers must be supplied to receive the discounted member rate.

Accompanying guests

Accompanying guests must be accompanied by the registered delegate. Scientific sessions are not included.

  • Welcome Reception – Sunday 5 May 2019, 6.00pm-8.00pm
  • Accompanying guest’s welcome morning tea – Monday 6 May 2019, 10.00am-11.00am
  • Morning and afternoon tea, lunch (Monday-Thursday)
  • Accompanying guests name badge
  • Happy hour (Monday-Wednesday)
  • Accompanying guests may attend plenary sessions (Monday-Thursday) but must be accompanied by a registered delegate.


Terms, conditions and policies

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Cancellation of registration

Cancellations must be received in writing to the Conference Secretariat at eventsmanager@ava.com.au by Friday 12 April 2019.  Cancellations received prior to 12 April 2019 will receive a full refund minus $150 administration fee. Cancellations after 12 April 2019 will not be refunded. Substitute delegates will be accepted.

International delegates - letters of invitation and visas

Please note that our policy is to only issue a letter of invitation to an international delegate once registration and full payment has been received. A letter of invitation from the conference does not guarantee entry into Australia. Please email events@ava.com.au to request a letter of invitation after your registration and payment have been submitted and attaching your paid invoice. 

All international visitors to Australia (other than New Zealand citizens) are legally required to hold a valid visa. Please visit the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection for more information at www.homeaffairs.gov.au/.

Privacy Policy

The Australian Veterinary Association Ltd (AVA) supports good privacy practice and aims to manage personal information in an open and transparent way. This policy sets out how the AVA aims to comply with the Privacy Act 1998 (Act) and the Australian Privacy Principles (APP's) which came into force on 12 March 2014. View AVA Privacy Policy or visit www.ava.com.au/privacy-policy.

The AVA takes photos of this event. By attending you give permission to use images taken at the conference, as well as any written comments on our evaluation forms in advertising and promoting the AVA.


All speakers and sessions were confirmed and correct at the time of printing. The AVA reserves the right to amend the program details as required. For program updates, visit the Program page. The views and advice offered by speakers are their own views and may not represent those of the AVA.

2018 Survey Prize Winner

Neil Farmer of Queensland won a free registration to the 2019 AVA Conference for completing the 2018 survey.

Points and CPD


VetEd points

The AVA Annual Conference offers delegates 25 hours of continuing professional development over the full week.

To have your attendance at the conference recognised for VetEd points, you must include your AVA membership number when registering for the conference for automatic awarding of the points to your VetEd statement.

Delegates can earn extra points by attending one of the post-conference workshops and field trips, or by completing trials at the National Veterinary Examination stand.

VetEd points are correct at the time of printing, however, points are subject to change without notice.

  • Sunday & Monday  - 6 points
  • Tuesday - 7 points
  • Wednesday - 6 points
  • Thursday - 6 points


Provet PLUS points


Delegates may use Provet PLUS points but must check they have sufficient points available prior to registering. You must have sufficient points to cover the full registration. Part payment is not accepted.

Delegate/attendee steps to claiming Provet PLUS points

  1. Complete AVA conference registration online and pay.
  2. You will receive a tax invoice/receipt sent to your nominated email address (check your junk mail if it has not arrived in your inbox).
  3. Attendee to email a copy of tax invoice/receipt and a copy of the completed Provet Plus form to marketing@provet.com.au
  4. Provet Marketing will process redemption from nominated Provet PLUS account (Please note: Provet will only be able to process redemption if the customer has enough points).
  5. Provet accounts team will reimburse the attendee by direct deposit to the nominated bank account.


Registration enquiries

Info Salons (online conference registration platform)

Telephone: + 61 (02) 9212 1452
Email: ava@infosalons.com.au

Registration desk opening hours

Sunday 5 May 2019 3.00pm-8.00pm
Monday 6 May 2019 7.00am-7.00pm
Tuesday 7 May 2019 7.00am-7.00pm
Wednesday 8 May 2019 7.00am-8.00pm
Thursday 9 May 2019 7.00am-5.30pm





Special thanks to the AVA Annual Conference Scientific Committee

  • Dr Sue Beetson (Convenor)
  • Dr David Beggs
  • Dr Tara Cashman
  • Dr Sally Colgan
  • Dr Meredith Flash
  • Dr Francette Gerahty-Dusan
  • Dr Kelly Giles
  • Dr Geoff Golovsky
  • Dr Duncan Hoggett
  • Dr Jacqui Ley
  • Dr Malcolm McLennan
  • Dr Helen McGregor
  • Dr Bo Rapheal
  • Dr Tanya Stephens
  • Dr Stephen Yeomans
  • Natalie Howard (AVA)
  • Anne McCotter (AVA)
  • Kandy Musgrave (AVA)


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