The size and location of all logos included in conference collateral, on the conference website or conference signage will be at the discretion of the Conference Secretariat and will reflect the level of commercial support given.
There is to be no sale or promotion of products or services that conflict with AVA policy. Nor is there to be sale or promotion of any unregistered products unless an application for registration has been lodged with the APVMA and it is stated on the promotional material that the product is not registered, and an application has been lodged. The conference organisers have the right to remove any products from display that they feel are inappropriate without penalty. To view the current AVA policies, visit www.ava.com.au.
Support AVA in removing breeds with exaggerated features from advertising, including brachycephalic breeds.
The popularity of certain breeds of dogs with exaggerated physical features has resulted in their increased use in marketing and advertising campaigns, and often in products aimed specifically at veterinarians, such as veterinary pharmaceuticals. The exaggerated features of concern include brachycephaly (flat faces), chondrodystrophy (dwarfism) and excessive skin folds.
Unfortunately, the exaggerated features lead to serious health and welfare problems, which the veterinary community are faced with managing, to try to give these animals a more comfortable life. To raise awareness of this issue, the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) and RSPCA Australia launched an awareness campaign in 2016 called ‘Love is Blind’.
We have already reached out to our sponsors and regular advertisers advising that we will stop using these breeds in all advertising material appearing in our publications, and ask for your assistance with this when it comes to all marketing material, including:
- Any form of advertising in print and digital AVA products
- Exhibits at AVA conferences and events
- Any other form of marketing undertaken under the AVA brand.
- The AVA will be enforcing this policy at the AVA Annual Conference, and we ask that you make sure that all your team involved in the exhibition are aware of our policy and the animal welfare issues involved.
- The dog breeds governed by this policy are:
- Brachycephalic breeds: including Pugs, British Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, Pekinese, Shih Tzu and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
- Chondrodystrophic (dwarf) breeds: including Dachshunds, Basset Hounds, and Welsh Corgis
- Breeds with excessive skin folds: in particular the Sharpei breed
We believe this is great opportunity for the AVA and our valued industry partners to demonstrate a partnership that promotes healthy dogs and contributes to a positive animal welfare outcome.
Competing Products and Services – Clause 41
The AVA reserves the right to refuse to enter into a contract, or to restrict the activity of a sponsor, exhibitor or advertiser, when in the view of the AVA the product, exhibits, images or advertising content will:
- Not comply with AVA policies and values
- Not comply with the relevant Australian Standards or legislation
- Contravene contractual relationships with commercial partners that we are legally bound to including Credit card providers, Health/Professional Indemnity, Business Insurance and On-Line Vet Bookings
- Directly promote membership of a competing veterinary membership association to AVA members and potential members.
The AVA takes photos of this event. By attending you give AVA permission to use images taken at the conference, as well as any written comments on our evaluation forms in our communications.