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. 

Sunday 13 May 2018

Australian Small Animal (ASAV) Innovation, Research and Development Symposium
Sunday 13 May 2018, 1.00pm–4:00pm
Plenary Doors 1 and 8, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

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

We are excited to announce that ASAV will be hosting a pre-conference symposium with 15 minute paper presentations by fellow Veterinarians.

More infomation and the selection criteria

3 VetEd points


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

Kindly supported by:

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:

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 Dodds will lead us through a series of case studies, discussing history taking, diagnostic options, lab tests, and outcomes. Dr Fougere will then 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.

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

6 VetEd points


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.

6 VetEd points


Veterinary Business Group (VBG) Practice Management Exclusive Insights Tour
Friday 18 May 2018, 8.30am to 5.30pm

A behind-the-scenes tour of three small and mixed 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

5.5 VetEd points


Veterinary Business Group (VBG) – Building world class veterinary teams – Alison Lambert
Friday 18 May 2018 9:30am – 4:00pm

Plaza P9, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

In this full-day interactive workshop, Alison Lambert will explore the principles and practicalities of building a great team. Your people drive the success of the practice, controlling Key Performance Indicators for the business and shaping the all-important customer experience - without an engaged and motivated team, the practice will flounder.

This Masterclass will share best practice from academia and case studies from real practices, helping you develop skills and confidence in a number of crucial areas:

  • Effective recruitment - find and keep people who fit the practice. 'Grow your own' through student placements and university internships, build positive recommendation as an employer of choice amongst the undergraduate community (your future colleagues).
  • Management and development - motivate and coach your team at every level (not just the vets), matching skills to roles and optimising communication.
  • Recognising when it's time to part company with colleagues whose ethos doesn't match the practice values, and managing appropriately.

Your practice is only ever as good as the weakest link in the team - this workshop will give you all the skills and insight you need to strengthen those links and bond the team together into a formidable force that will really give your practice the edge.

AVA member: $539
SIG member/partner/guest: $399
AVA student/new graduate member: $99
Non-member $1,078

VetEd points:   5.5


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

Sea World, Seaworld Drive, 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:                         $320

VetEd points:  1


Australian Cattle Veterinarians (ACV) Bovine Basics from Gatton Gurus
Friday 18 May 2018, 10am-4.30pm - noting bus departs at 8.30am and returns by 6pm

University of Queensland Gatton Campus

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 (BULLCHECK®)
  • 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    

10 VetEd points  


Sheep, Camelid and Goat Veterinarians Field Trip to Goat Farms
Friday 18 May 2018, 8.30am-5.30pm

Bus Tour of Darling Downs and Lockyer Valley Goat Farms

Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis eradication and biosecurity will be discussed with a large commercial Parmalat goat milk supplier. Internal parasite control will be discussed on a Boer goat property. Miniature goats and their health problems will also be covered. Non-catered but stops along the way to purchase food.

For those vets wishing to join the tour, without going into Brisbane city, the bus will be stopping to collect attendees around 10.00am at Gatton McDonalds, before proceeding to the first farm, a miniature goat stud just outside Gatton, then morning tea.

Please click on the link to be taken to the map of the tour: 

AVA member: $220
SIG member:  $200
AVA student/new graduate member: $100
Non-member: $440
VetEd points:   3.5


Hands-on Urinalysis workshop - sold out
Friday 18 May 2018, 9.00am-1.00pm

National Vet Care, Unit 1, 28 Burnside Road, Ormeau


Hosted by Hill's Pet Nutrition   

Hands on Urinalysis workshop with Dr Penny Dobson, BVSc, MACVSc (canine medicine) Hill's Pet Nutrition Australian Minnesota Urolith service veterinarian for 13 years will take you through the importance of urine analysis, emphasising the purpose of the test, normal values, and interpretation of results covering key areas on collection, physical, chemical and microscopic examination.

Urinalysis should be a mandatory diagnostic tool used to evaluate a patient’s health. It provides valuable information on a patient’s clinical condition and is a great screening tool for chronic disease. A complete urine analysis includes specific gravity, physical and chemical properties, microscopic sediment examination with culture / sensitivity testing. Unfortunately it is a much neglected facet in veterinary medicine. This wetlab is to provide you with the practical skills to take urine analysis to the ultimate level, allowing you to see more and how to interpret the results you find. Urinalysis is a safe, non-invasive simple study of urine which requires only urination on the part of the patient; it creates no discomfort, poses no health-related risks, has no direct side effects, and evinces no adverse responses. Urine analysis when performed properly is highly reliable and we need to include it as an extension of our bedside clinical assessment. 

Bus depart 8.30 am bus  for 9.15am arrival time for  9.30 am start

AVA/SIG member:  $50
Non-member:  $100

VetEd points:  2


Australian Veterinarian Behaviour Interest Group (AVBIG) - The Behaviour Case: From diagnosis to successful long-term management
Friday 18 May 2018, 9.00am–12:00pm
Plaza P10, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre


Diagnosis of behaviour cases is just the first step in a lengthy process working towards reduced anxiety and normalised behaviour in our patients. The life of a behaviour cases are complex and rarely smooth. Join Dr Theresa De Porter, Dr Kersti Seksel and Dr Jacqui Ley to work through behaviour cases from start through several revisits to see how cases change and are managed.

AVA member: $200
SIG member:  $150
AVA student/new graduate member:    $100
Non-member: $400

VetEd points:   3