A new look AVA Annual Conference – at the 2017 price

The 2018 AVA Annual Conference features an exciting new format – and thanks to a price freeze, you can register for the same price you paid in 2017.

The Conference will be held at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre from May 13 to 18. Brisbane  is an easy flight from any capital city in Australia – and the Air Train provides a hassle-free transfer to the CBD at a fraction of the price of a taxi.

The AVA recognises that passion for our profession is important for driving constant improvement, inspiring innovation and enhancing career satisfaction. This year, delegates have an opportunity to share their passion. On Tuesday May 15, from 4 to 6pm, the AVA will be hosting eight ‘VetEd’ talks. This series of eight, 10-minute talks will provide an opportunity for veterinarians to share inspirational stories or food for thought with their peers. The audience will have the opportunity to vote on the most popular talk.

The new AVA Poster Competition will enable veterinarians to gain recognition for their research or clinical work and build their professional profile, and with four fantastic cash prizes, the poster competition really is a must-enter! All members are welcome to apply. Simply visit www.conference.ava. com.au and look at ‘What’s New’ under the ‘Program’ tab.

And in keeping with AVA’s family values and policy on diversity and inclusion, we are pleased to be introducing  the Carers Pass. This conference pass will assist those delegates who require a carer to accompany them.

Within the scientific program you can expect two mini-workshops on wellness and resilience. These are free to delegates, but have limited capacity so you need to book when you register for the conference.

Our plenary sessions incorporate a range of speakers, designed to share cutting-edge science and promote lateral thinking. Jordan Nguyen, NSW finalist for Australian of the Year 2017 and virtual reality engineer, will provide a glimpse into the future. Dr Jennifer Whelan, an organisational expert specialising in corporate diversity, inclusion and innovation will talk about unconscious gender bias and what we can do about it. Dr Jenny Brockis will discuss the science of high-performance thinking, sharing science-based strategies for thinking smarter, innovating more and working more effectively so you can enjoy that elusive ‘work/ life balance’.
The Ben Cunneen Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Professor Jakob Zinsstag, of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute. His research focus is One Health and zoonoses, particularly in developing countries.

Of course, some things don’t change. AVA members continue to enjoy generous discounts on registration. New graduates (up to 3 years out) receive additional discounts.

The renowned scientific program allows delegates to choose from eight streams incorporating  a range of subject areas, giving you a chance to deepen your knowledge in your field of interest or dip into something completely different. Our workshops and field trips complement the scientific program, allowing you to develop practical skills that you can implement in the workplace while you earn additional VetEd points.

You can learn even more (and enjoy a good feed) over our engaging breakfast sessions or catch up with friends at any number of events on the social calendar, including Special Interest Group dinners, alumni events, daily Happy Hours in the trade exhibition or at the conference dinner.

One of the most popular features of the Annual Conference is the largest trade exhibition in Australia: over 100 exhibitors who bring their latest products and services to you, and they’re happy to answer any questions you have.

If you’re thinking about investing in a new piece of equipment, curious about enrolling in postgraduate education or want to find out what new medications are on the market, this is your one-stop-shop.

If you have colleagues who aren’t AVA members, let them know that they can join now and register for the conference at the AVA member price. By joining now, they’ll save on the cost of conference registration and their AVA membership will be extended until 30 June 2019 – that’s up to 6 months’ free membership. The earlier they join, the more money they will save– up to $1,885! Email members@ava.com.au or phone 1300 137 309 to join now.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there.

Visit www.conference@ava.com.au.

Anne Fawcett
University of Sydney

This article appeared in the Australian Veterinary Journal: Aust Vet J 2018;96(3):N8

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