Plenary sessions to complement your 2020 experience

Plenary sessions give you food for thought across a number of interesting topics. In 2020 we're bringing you plenary sessions on emerging diseases, wellbeing and workplace performance, popular short talks from your peers and more. 


Monday 11 May 2020, 10.45am-12.15pm

Welcome to Country and Welcome from AVA President, Dr Julia Crawford


The power of the brain-gut connection with Andrew May

With advancing research and technology, the worlds of nutrition and human performance are constantly evolving. The most recent and exciting development in nutrition is research around the gut microbiome and the impact the gut has on our health, way beyond the gastrointestinal tract.

As one of the world’s leading strategists on wellbeing, workplace performance and leadership, Andrew May thrives on helping others reach their full potential. He has helped multiple Olympic athletes achieve peak performance and trusted coach and confidante of numerous CEOs and Senior Executives simply because they know that his approach works. He is also best-selling author of Flip the Switch and the soon to-be released MatchFit.


Tuesday 12 May 2020, 12.00pm-1.15pm


Gilruth Award


Climate Change – Human, animal and environmental health with Peter Daszak


Dr. Peter Daszak is President of EcoHealth Alliance, a US-based organization that conducts research and outreach programs on global health, conservation and international development. Dr. Daszak’s research has been instrumental in identifying and predicting the origins and impact of emerging diseases across the globe. Peter will also be speaking in the Conservation Biology stream and the QLD Division Day.


Wednesday 13 May 2020, 11.30am-1.30pm


VetEd talks

Following the popularity over the past two years – VetEd Talks – Passion in the Profession is returning. The aim of the session is for veterinarians to present succinct inspirational stories and food for thought to the profession. Eight shortlisted speakers will present for 10 minutes about their passion in life and for the veterinary profession.


Thursday 14 May 2020, 11.30am-12.30pm


Ben Cunneen Memorial Plenary


Canary in the Coal Mine with Dr Tracey McNamara

Tracey is a veterinary pathologist and a Professor of Pathology at Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine in Pomona, California. She specializes in the recognition and understanding of the diseases of captive and free-ranging wildlife and is best known for her work on West Nile virus. She has consulted to the National Biosurveillance Advisory Subcommittee, served as lead on a project with Russian colleagues on the “Human Animal Interface” and most recently, she participated in Ending Pandemics “Finding Outbreaks Faster – Metrics for One Health Surveillance”. She is actively involved in the One Health movement and advocates for a species neutral approach to the detection of pandemic threats.

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