The Australian Small Animal Veterinarians Group is the largest special interest group within the AVA and represents the members with interests in small animal veterinary practice. It has been in existence for 51 years, celebrating its Golden anniversary in 2017.
The Group grew from the Small Animal Clinicians Group formed in Sydney in 1967 and spearheaded by John Holt, Bob Kibble, Jim Gannon, John Beames, Noel Freeman, Keith Baker, Greg Acland, Simon Robinson & Henry Hirschhorn. The Small Animals Clinicians Group became the Australian Small Animal Veterinary Association, eventually merging with the AVA and becoming the Group for small animal practitioners.
In 2017 the name was changed to Australian Small Animal Veterinarians by the Executive Committee. One reason for choosing the name was to keep it as close as possible to the original intent/relationship/foundation of the group’s history.