AVA Annual Conference

2016 Annual Conference - Adelaide

The AVA Annual Conference is the largest veterinary conference in the region and is traditionally held in May each year.

Over the past 8 years the AVA Annual Conference has rotated around the country attracting an average of 800 paid delegates plus an average of 1,094 attendees on any given day. 

The scientific program offers a stellar line-up of local and international speakers, eight concurrent streams and 200 scientific sessions, specialist workshops and field trips and a social program bursting at the seams.

It boasts the largest veterinary exhibition in the country with over 80 exhibitors and over 120 trade booths.

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are now open and registrations open in February 2016. 

Look for more information on the conference website.

2017 AVA Annual Conference - Melbourne

4-9 June 2017, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 
*Please note the change to June dates.*


Past AVA Conferences

2015 Pan Pacific Veterinary Conference - Brisbane


In 2015 the Australian Veterinary Association Ltd (AVA) and the New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) combined to host a Pan Pacific Veterinary Conference, 24-29 May 2015 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.  This event has been held once every five years.    

There was no theme in 2015 except for the expectation that we shall share hot topics, strategy, solutions and camaraderie. It was remarkable, although perhaps unsurprising, that the two associations have so much in common and coming together to share experiences and learning is a unique opportunity.

The joint scientific committee put together a stimulating program leaving delegates with some tough decisions about which stream to attend. Update their skills and learn some new ones; get involved in debates about the future of the profession and challenge your respective association to deliver what you want. The NZVA-AVA members forum was a must attend event as well as enjoy arguably the best line up of plenary speakers ever.

Evenings were spent at the Welcome Reception and the many special interest group dinners culminating in the “Pirates and Pearls of the Tasman” Gala Dinner.
The trade exhibition was the largest ever with 93 exhibitors.

Delegates could also choose from nine workshops and field trips ranging from small animal, practice management, cattle, behaviour, public health, unusual pets and poultry, equine, dental and acupuncture.

Brisbane was a great destination and so close to many of Australia’s favourite holiday spots.

The 2015 Pan Pacific Veterinary Conference (Pan Pac) attracted a record number of 1,121 paid delegates, 106 local and international speakers and 93 exhibitors. 124 paid delegates were from New Zealand.  In total over 1,518 veterinary professionals gathered in Brisbane at the largest veterinary conference ever in the region.

2014 - Perth

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2014 AVA Annual Conference held in Perth from 25-30 May at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

You can find the proceedings of the last five annual conferences on the Vet Ed library.  

View and download the 2014 photos.  Scroll through the gallery, to see the photographs in a larger format click on the image then hit next to view more images.  To download a HIGH RES digital file to your desktop click on the down arrow above/below the photograph.  The image will download to your desktop.  These images are suitable for printing.


Also check out Anne Jackson Photography for more images. If prompted, enter this password: AVAConf 2014

Cairns 2013

Please enjoy the pictures from Cairns 2013.  The password is AVA2013

Canberra 2012

Please enjoy the pictures from the 2012 AVA Annual Conference in Canberra.

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