The inside and out of this year’s AVA WA State Conference

This year’s AVA WA State Conference examined the inside and out by honing in on two broad topics: radiology and dermatology. To fully explore these two interest areas, the WA education committee secured two international speakers: Dr Andrew Hillier, our expert dermatologist from New York with connections to the Perth veterinary community, and Dr Mark Owen, a New Zealand-based radiologist whose CV includes being the Chief Examiner for the ANZCVS.   

Some delegates were especially lucky to participate in a limited-access radiology masterclass with Dr Owen. The masterclass followed a similar structure to the practitioners’ seminars in WA – participants were given case files beforehand so that they could examine them and come prepared with theories and questions to ask the expert. As predicted, this structure encouraged healthy discussion, one which was well-facilitated by Dr Owen’s engaging presentation style.

For the first time, we featured a working dog stream. Dr Lucas Beierer from Queensland discussed how to handle those common working dog orthopaedic injuries and wounds, Professor Mark Glyde covered approaches to lameness and Dr Alicia Faggella took delegates through the latest treatments for heatstroke and intoxications.

We owe kudos to our education committee for a well-considered scientific program but the conference weekend is not all work and no play. The WA Division’s most anticipated social events take place during the weekend too – the Friday night Trade Fair and Saturday night Mystery Gala Dinner.

The AVA WA Trade Fair is one of the largest divisional Trade Fairs and welcomed a record-breaking 442 guests this year. The 71 booths showcased an eclectic range of products and services from loyal supporters and new exhibitors, with guests treated to gourmet food and wine throughout the evening. Our expanded exhibition area didn’t just equate to more booths for guests to visit – it also gave them more room to relax and catch up with their peers, further adding to the collegiate vibe that is always associated with the Trade Fair.

Not to be outdone, the Mystery Gala Dinner delighted guests who were looking for an opportunity to unwind after a long day of conference sessions. The inspiration for this year was steampunk and guests were welcomed to an elaborately themed room, which were reminiscent of a Victorian style library and conservatory. Guests were amazed by the aerial performances, with audible gasps leaving their lips during the highlights of each set. The clairvoyant was also a popular attraction at the event, with guests lining up in groups to chat the time away while waiting for their turn with the tarot cards.

It was a jam-packed weekend, one that always leaves the WA office completely exhausted by Sunday evening, but seeing all the happy faces throughout the weekend strengthens our resolve to ensure that we provide the best value CPD for members in WA. Onwards and upwards to 2018!  

Check out the photos from this year’s conference weekend on our Facebook page

 

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