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The AVA has an orchestra and it’s looking for musicians. Dr Mike Woodham is the driving force behind the orchestra and is keen to bring musical veterinarians together from across Australia to play at charity concerts.

“Whether playing or listening, music is a wonderful release for so many of us,” Dr Woodham said.

“Coming together to play music is a great experience, and there are the added side effects of reducing stress and connecting with others, which have fantastic mental health benefits.”

"My aim is for our first performance to include those musical vets hat will be attending the 2014 AVA Annual Conference in Perth.

Any proceeds from performances will go to the AVA Benevolent fund.

“Once we gather a group of musical veterinarians together, we’ll look at other opportunities beyond the AVA National Conference where we can come together to share our love for music,” Dr Woodham said.

If you would like to be involved in the AVA’s Orchestra, please contact Dr Woodham on or join the orchestra’s facebook community at 

Putting your name down is not a commitment to travel the countryside playing at every performance. You can choose to be involved in as few or as many performances as you like.

Emma Malcolm
Communication and Marketing Manager

This article appeared in the September 2013 issue of the Australian Veterinary Journal

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