Plenary sessions

Monday 6 May 2019 | 10.45am-12.15pm | Riverside Theatre
Work-Life balance; the Myths, the Lessons and the Responsibilities with Nigel Marsh

Nigel Marsh is a top-rated speaker, both in Australia and around the world on how to get the best out of business, life and those around you. His TED speech on work/life balance remains the most viewed ever given outside America with well over two million hits.

A best-selling author, he's had more than 25 years of branding and marketing experience including roles as CEO of D'Arcy Australia, CEO of Leo Burnett Australia, Regional Group CEO of Y&R Brands ANZ and, more recently, chairman of The Leading Edge, a world-class strategic research consultancy. Nigel is also the co-founder of Earth Hour, an environmental movement which now engages more than 162 countries.


Tuesday 7 May 2019 | 12.00pm-1.15pm | Riverside Theatre
The Science of Vet Talk with Cindy Adams

Cindy Adams, MSW, PhD is Professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences at the University of Calgary. Professor Adams has designed and directed the first veterinary communication curriculum in North America and pioneered a research program regarding communication in veterinary medicine. Her research has focused on communication education, veterinary-client communication in large and small animal contexts, animal welfare, companion animal death and human grief. She has presented widely and advised veterinarians, veterinary practice teams and veterinary educators throughout North America, Europe, Australia and the Caribbean.


Wednesday 8 May 2019 | 11.30am-1.30pm | Riverside Theatre
VetEd Talks

Following the great success of last year - The AVA is once again offering an exciting and innovative session - VetEd Talks – Passion in the Profession. 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.

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 Joslyn – We have to talk about our data problem
  • Stephanie Stubbe – AniPal, Creating animal ambassadors for change

Thursday 9 May 2019 | 11.30am-12.30pm | Riverside Theatre
No food security without food safety:  lessons from low and middle income countres with Delia Grace

Delia is an epidemiologist and veterinarian with 20 years experience in developing countries. She is a graduate from several leading universites including the National University of Ireland, Edinburgh University, the Free University Berlin and Cornell University. She leads research on zoonoses and foodborne disease at the International Livestock Research Institute in Kenya and the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Human Nutrition and Health. Her main research focus is food safety in the domestic markets of developing countries.