What was on in 2019?

View the 2019 program and get a taste for what to expect in 2020 at the AVA Annual Conference on the Gold Coast.

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This year's conference highlights

The AVA Innovation, Research and Development Symposium – Sunday 5 May 2019, 1.00pm - 5.00pm - River View Room 5

Following the success of last year’s ASAV Innovation Symposium - the AVA will be offering a broadened AVA Conference Innovation, Research and Development Symposium for 2019.  This session will be open to Industry, University and other clinical veterinary researchers. The symposium will provide a venue for industry and animal researcher to present their clinical research and findings directly to the profession – including both AVA members and non-members.

Researchers are asked to submit scientific abstracts to Scientific Committee for peer review to determine if they are suitable for inclusion. Successful abstracts will be nominated to present a verbal presentation (15 minutes). Unsuccessful submissions will be encouraged to present a poster at the conference.

The Symposium will be held Sunday 5 May 2019, Meeting Room 8, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Click here to see the list of Activities/Papers.

Full submission guidelines & program format are available here

Delegate costs
  • Delegates at the AVA Annual Conference and AVA members can attend at no cost.
  • Non-members will be charged $50 for the day.
VetEd Talks Plenary – Passion for the Profession
Wednesday 8 May 2019, 11.30am-1.30pm – Riverside Theatre
Do you have something to say?

Following the great success of last year - The AVA is once again offering an exciting and innovative session - VetEd Talks – Passion in the Profession, at the AVA Annual Conference in Perth May 2019. The aim of the session is for veterinarians to present succinct inspirational stories and food for thought to the profession. Presentations will be presented in a quick 10 minutes format.

Line up for VetEd Talks 2019:

  • Nigel Perkins – Trust: yourself, data and others
  • Cherlene Lee – Social Media Harrassment
  • Kate Clayton – Doing it all & Loving the Life
  • Charles El-hage – Charitable Capers as a veterinarian
  • Jacqueline Brew – Who are you Kidding? Imposter Syndrome in the Veterinary Profession
  • Kate Toyer – Reclaiming my identity
  • Steve Joskyn – We have to talk about our data problem
  • Stephanie Stubbe – AniPal, Creating animal ambassadors for change
Food Security Day
Thursday 9 May 2019 - 8.00am-4.30pm - Riverview 5

How is the world going to feed itself into the future and what is going to be the effects on the environment, animal and human welfare and biosecurity?  The AVA in conjunction with the Australian Veterinary Conservation Biology (ACVB), Australian Veterinarians for Animal Welfare and Ethics (AVAWE), Australian Cattle Veterinarians (ACV), Sheep, Camelid and Goat Veterinarians (SCGV) and Australian Veterinarians in Public Health (AVPH) groups - is offering a full day’s program to consider the crucial food security issues facing humanity up to 2050. During the day a series of experts from around the world will review the ‘assets’ available to meet this need and to consider the environmental, welfare and biosecurity implications. These will have a global perspective whilst also highlighting the Australian perspective and the role of our animal industries.

AVA Poster Competition 2019
  • Food Security internationally and Australia’s role: aligning nutrition, biodiversity, welfare – Robyn Alders
  • Conserving Australia’s biodiversity, while doubling food production – Adrian Ward
  • Some animal production methods are unstainable: factors include poor welfare – Don Broom
  • Wildlife conservation programs in pastoral landscapes in Northern Australia – John Kanowski
  • Australia and the global context – Mark Schipp

The 2019 AVA Conference will be holding a “AVA Poster Competition” as an opportunity for veterinarians to gain recognition for their research or clinical work and to build their professional profile.

  • Research, clinic case reports or case series in veterinary science reflecting cutting edge science or an advancement of knowledge
  • At least one of the authors must be an AVA member and at least one author should be present at conference for the judging of the posters (Wednesday 8 May 2019).
  • Posters that have been presented at other conferences (especially international conferences) within the previous three years are encouraged
  • A maximum of 50 posters will be displayed. Poster Format: No larger than ‘B0’ 1000mm (W) x 1414mm (H)
  • Please read the Terms and Conditions for more information

Poster Format and submission details /instructions are available via the Terms and Conditions document.

For tips on how to write a good poster, please see: https://guides.nyu.edu/posters

Prizes:  Early Career Researcher (student or graduate less than 3 years) - $500

Best poster
  • First Prize: $600
  • Second Prize: $250
  • Third Prize: $150

Applications are now closed.

Carer's pass - parents room - childminding

We are delighted to introduce a complimentary Carer’s Pass for delegates attending all AVA conferences and events. This will give the Carer access to the conference, exhibition, and sessions and allows parents/delegates nursing children to be provided with assistance.   The pass does not include catering for carers.   To request a pass please contact Kandy Musgrave, National Events Manager at eventsmanager@ava.com.au. There is no need to register online. Your Carer’s Pass can be collected at the registration desk upon arrival.

Please note there are no arrangements for child care during the Conference. We suggest you check with your accommodation provider who may be able to assist you further with babysitting services during your stay.