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VetEd Talks – Passion for the Profession
Tuesday 15 May 2018, 4.00pm-6.00pm, Mezzanine M4

We are looking for inspiring and innovative ideas that have brought a positive impact to the veterinary profession and demonstrate your passion. Your idea could have made a difference previously or could change future perceptions that will have an impact on our audience. Be among the first to take part in our inaugural VetEd Talks session - a series of eight, 10-minute talks where AVA Members can share inspirational stories or ideas with their peers.

If you would like to share your story or know someone who should tell their story (please pass this on).

To be shortlisted, tell us in a video (max 2 minutes) about:

  • yourself
  • your presentation topic
  • why you feel passionate about the topic
  • why you would like to share this with the veterinary community.

Our selection committee will select eight speakers against selection criteria by Friday 13 April 2018.

VetEd Talks Terms and Conditions

The 8 speakers shortlisted to deliver their talks are listed below. The winner is Karen Teasdale for both the Judges and People's Choice Award.

  1. “Collaborative leadership training and building more options for vets' career fulfillment in private practice” with Kate Clarke
  2. “Helping vets ‘stay in the game” with Oliver Liyou
  3. “Physical Health and the impact on mental health, wellbeing, performance in the profession and beyond” with Madalen Baltussen
  4. “Equipping vets with tools for frank end of life discussions” with Karen Teasdale
  5. “Increasing awareness on the association between domestic violence and pet abuse.” with Lesca Sofyan
  6. “Artificial Intelligence: is it "summoning the demons" or allowing us to become better vets?” with Marc Simpson
  7. “Manage your staff better, increase your emotional intelligence and achieve a better work life balance” with Geoffrey Golovsky
  8. “Leading the charge to stop Canine Parvovirus.” with Mark Kelman

You can watch all of the shortlisted talks here.

Interested in participating in next VetEd Talks at the 2019 AVA Conference? Contact us at events@ava.com.au

AVA Poster Competition - applications closed.  Winners announced Wednesday 16 May 2018 at 2pm

Calling for Posters. Whatever your discipline, the AVA Poster Competition will be a powerful way to share your research at our annual conference.
To have your poster selected as one of the 50 exhibits (maximum for display), our committee will be looking for:

  • research, clinic case reports or case series in veterinary science reflecting cutting edge science or an advancement of knowledge at least one of the authors to be a current AVA member
  • a poster no larger than ‘B0’ 1000mm (W) x 1414mm (H)
  • new posters and those presented at other conferences (especially international conferences) in the last three years can be submitted.

Posters older than three years are ineligible.

Fabulous cash prizes, open to all AVA Members to enter and the opportunity to hear in-person feedback – these are just some of the reasons this event will be popular.

  • First Prize: $1,000
  • Second Prize: $500
  • Third Prize: $250
  • People's choice $250

Your mission – should you decide to accept it: distil your research into a BO sized poster that is engaging and visually appealing. Stretch your creativity and copywriting skills and demonstrate the impact of your work!


  • Research, clinic case reports or case series in veterinary science reflecting cutting edge science or an advancement of knowledge.
  • At least one of the authors must be an AVA member.
  • Posters that have been presented at other conferences (especially international conferences) within the previous three years are encouraged. Posters presented more than 3 years ago are ineligible.
  • Limit: A maximum of 50 posters will be displayed. The committee will respond to you after applications have closed.

Poster Terms and Conditions


Carer's pass - parents room - child minding

We are delighted to introduce 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 please contact Kandy Musgrave, National Events Manager - email:  eventsmanager@ava.com.au. There is no need to register online. 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.

There are 4 parenting rooms at BCEC. Three of them are located on the ground floor in close proximity to the Plenary and Exhibition. They include toilets, a baby feeding area (couches), sink, microwave and changing table. Parents can have baby bottles heated at Merivale’s or Olio’s Restaurant. There are also change tables in all of the accessible bathrooms.


Mini Workshops

It’s all about choice for you in 2018. Our conference program will include a series of mini-workshops for you to choose from during the conference week.

Our two hour wellness workshops are designed to be highly interactive, with plenty of group discussion. Rosie Overfield, AVA’s Mental Health First Aid instructor, will be leading our resilience workshop; developing protective thinking and practices for a healthy veterinary career. Naomi Bickley, BSc (Hons Psych), MClin Psych, MAPS, MICP, MAIM,  will be facilitating our veterinary health workshop where you will discover what it means to really flourish in the profession.

Numbers are limited, so make sure you choose your workshop when you register.

Monday 14 May 2018, 8.15am-10.15am
Fostering Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Veterinary Profession with Naomi Bickley

How to develop and maintain mental health and wellbeing for Veterinarians and Veterinary clinics.

A lot more is known about the mental health challenges within the veterinary profession. Now is the time take action: to turn attention to how to develop - and maintain – mental health and wellbeing, not just for yourselves but for your colleagues. Now is the time to not just survive, but to thrive.

With over 9 years’ experience working with veterinarians, the presenter will share her clinical insights and experiences about the underlying causes of mental health problems within the vet profession. The workshop will provide some practical strategies to incorporate into your daily routine to buffer against the high demands placed on your profession. These practical strategies are drawn from the latest research from the fields of cognitive behavioural therapy, neuroscience, neurobiology and mindfulness.  The workshop is will provide an opportunity to practice some of the strategies, to ask questions and share experiences.

About Naomi Bickley
Naomi Bickley is a Clinical Psychologist and leadership coach with over 22 years working in the field, including 18 years running her own practice. For the last 9 years she has worked with Murdoch University’s Veterinary college, having co-designed and annually co-facilitates their ‘Veterinary Professional Life’ camp which is 3-day residential program for their 2nd year students.  In 2017 the Veterinary Surgeons Board of WA appointed her their clinical psychologist of choice, a position she still holds. She has over 15 years’ experience working with a diverse range of professions and organisations helping them to develop healthy leaders, healthy workplaces and healthy team dynamics.

Wednesday 16 May 2018, 4.00pm-6.00pm
Developing resilience with Rosie Overfield

Rosie Overfield, AVA’s Mental Health First Aid instructor, will be leading our resilience workshop; developing protective thinking and practices for a healthy veterinary career.