Back-to-back Cattle Group and Queensland Division Conferences

Bringing small and large animal expertise to the Gold Coast

19 - 24 March 2019 at Mantra on View, Surfers Paradise Queensland 


This year the Australian Cattle Veterinarians and the AVA Queensland Division are having back-to-back conferences, to benefit our delegates and trade partners over one week of world class scientific presentations across small and large animal topics. 


About the Australian Cattle Veterinarians Conference | 19 - 22 March 


The annual Australian Cattle Veterinarians conference is the country's largest gathering of cattle practitioners and will commence with the annual Welcome Dinner on Tuesday 19 March.

The ACV conference is a major initiative in the AVA’s comprehensive annual Continuing Professional Development Program for 2019 and showcases the latest trends in bovine veterinary practice. You will also find out about the latest products and innovations at the trade exhibition.

Boasting three full days of world-class scientific sessions accompanied by an array of unrivalled networking opportunities and an extensive social program, the ACV Conference continues to be the highlight of the Australian Cattle Vet calendar.

Altogether there are over 20 sessions including:

  • Feedlot medicine 101
  • How and when to do a liver biopsy
  • Rumen fluid sampling in practice
  • Regional anaesthesia of cattle
  • Emergency medicine and managing an outbreak
  • On-farm treatment protocols 
International speaker Dr Owen Atkinson 

Dr Atkinson worked in farm practice for over 20 years before establishing Dairy Veterinary Consultancy in 2013. He now provides strategic health advice and training to ruminant and dairy agri-businesses, vet practices and dairy farmers throughout the UK.

Dr Atkinson was awarded the RCVS Diploma in Cattle Health and Production in 2013 and is an RCVS recognised Specialist, a CowSignals® master trainer and a Nuffield Scholar (2010). 

His Interests include lameness; youngstock; building design; rumen health and responsible use of medicines. Dr Atkinson’s mission is to improve the lives of cows and the people who care for them.

Dr Atkinson will deliver presentations on:

  • Motivating behavioural change in clients
  • Hoof trimming using the five-step Dutch method
  • Lameness - managing complicated claw lesions
  • Liquid gold - rumen fluid sampling in practice
  • The drugs don’t work! Practical advice for good antimicrobial stewardship
  • A pain in the backside? Regional anaesthesia of cattle
  • Dairy farming in Sudan
View registration brochure including program | Register now | Book accommodation

 Early Bird registrations extended until Sunday 3 March


About the Queensland Division Conference | 22 - 24 March 

The AVA Queensland Division Conference will commence with the Friday night trade expo and welcome.

This year the theme of the Queensland conference is toxicology.

Toxic plants and other poisons affecting both large and small animals are a major concern for the practicing veterinarian and livestock producer in every country. In countries with higher plant biodiversity, the number of problematic toxic plants may be greater.

Toxins affect animal health in many ways and can come from the environment, food, bacteria and venomous animals. Treatments are changing and this conference is a perfect opportunity to get up to date led by our international speaker Dr Sharon Gwaltney - Brant

There will be two streams, one focussed on small animals and the other on large.

Altogether there are over 20 sessions including:

  • Toxicology of animal products 
  • Plant toxicities and lab submissions
  • Seasonal risks in Queensland 
  • Treatment of toxicoses in livestock
  • Snake bites and ticks
  • Toxins in livestock
International speaker Professor Sharon Gwaltney-Brant

Sharon has achieved a DVM at North Carolina State University; PhD at Kansas State University is a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology and American Board of Toxicology and has numerous publications.

Sharon’s interests are application of clinical toxicology in an animal poison control center environment. Use of data obtained on accidental exposures of animals to toxic agents to generate information to educate veterinarians and animal owners on the potential risks of various agents.


Professor Gwaltney-Brant will deliver presentations on: 

  • Antidotal therapies for the 21st century
  • Species differences in toxicology
  • Field investigations in toxicology
  • Forensic toxicology - intentional poisoning of animals
  • Effective decontamination techniques
  • Toxicology of animal products (pesticides, parasiticides and veterinary medicines) 
  • All natural but not always safe: toxic pants 
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Register for both conferences and save

AVA members can book a full registration for both the Australian Cattle Veterinarians and Queensland Conferences and receive 5% off!

Not a member of the AVA?

Join your professional association at the AVA and you can attend the conference at member pricing. Contact or 1300 137 309 to join.

About the venue and location

The conferences will be held at the Mantra on View at the Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise.

The Mantra on View is located a short 150m stroll to the world-renowned Surfers Paradise beach and close to the light rail.

The Gold Coast's star attraction is its beaches. Beyond the beaches, discover a booming culinary scene and the Gold Coast's famous theme parks, which are a short drive away. And don’t miss a trip into the subtropical hinterland for rainforest walks and waterfalls during your stay for the conferences.

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