About the AVA

About the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA)


For nearly 100 years, we’ve represented Australian veterinarians nationwide. Providing our members with access to continuing professional development (CPD) of the highest calibre on the latest scientific thinking is a key focus of the AVA. Our CPD program planning begins up to two years in advance to ensure it includes veterinary science and business training that is interesting, relevant and accessible, so that we maintain a highly skilled veterinary workforce.  Looking ahead we will embrace new technologies to proactively assist our members with more flexible and appropriate learning outcomes.

Visit our website at www.ava.com.au


Why attend?

Advancing knowledge and skills

The AVA Annual Conference is a world-class program of speakers from across the globe, sharing all the latest in veterinary science and discussing the topics that are of most interest to you.

You’ll discover exciting innovations that are transforming veterinary care and learn how to adapt and innovate to meet future business and industry demands and challenges. Special interest groups will also lead field trips and workshops giving you more hands-on learning experiences.

As always, the AVA Conference features an extensive social program. Special interest group dinners, happy hours, university alumni events, meet and greets and the conference dinner - these are just a few of the events planned to enable you to gather with colleagues, exchange ideas and share experiences.

The 2018 AVA Annual Conference will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) named as the World’s Best Convention Centre!  It is located in South Brisbane and occupies most of the block formed by Grey Street, Melbourne Street, Merivale Street, and Glenelg Street.

  • 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, conference 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!”