AVA President's Welcome

We are extremely excited to bring to you our 2020 Annual Conference on the Gold Coast. This year we have focused on a skills-based conference with a key emphasis on take home skills, education and messages. There will be something for everyone with a wide and varied program catering to all aspects of the veterinary profession.

We have an amazing line up of plenary speakers with our opening plenary featuring Andrew May – talking on the Power of the Gut-Brain Connection. We also have world renowned pathologist and disease surveillance specialist Prof Tracey McNamara from California – talking on the Canary in the Coal Mine. This is a talk all veterinarians should attend and be captivated by.

This year we will be running a series of 8 Masterclasses parallel to the full program of 7-9 streams. The Masterclasses will include sessions ranging from – Advances in pain management, to Preventative medicine and Mindfulness in veterinary practice. Places will be limited and they should be a highlight for all.

We also have a wonderful line-up of key note speakers from around the world, bring you the latest in scientific thinking and advances in all aspects of our profession, from infectious disease to business and HR strategy.

When the program is combined with the opportunity to mix with your peers and experience one of Australia’s most beautiful beaches, our 2020 Annual Conference should be a must on your calendar and a week not to be missed.

I look forward to seeing you all on the Gold Coast in May.

Dr Julia Crawford
AVA Annual Conference 2020


A note from the Convenor

The 2020 AVA Annual Conference will be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, 10-15 May. It is the largest veterinary conference in the region, rotating around Australia’s capital cities, it attracts an average 1200 veterinary professionals including over 800 paid delegates on any given day and 110 exhibitors.

The AVA Annual Conference puts you in touch with the veterinary professionals and decision makers. We offer an array of sponsorship, exhibition and promotional opportunities at various levels and will work with you to create a package that fits your needs and budget.

This year the scientific committee is creating a formidable conference program which will offer an extensive range of both international keynote speakers and the very best of local talent. The conference will have a ’Skills Based’ theme with the emphasis on take home messages and skills. We have added a Master Class stream running parallel to the main program, plus our very popular VetEd talks, an ever-growing poster competition, a variety of workshops and field trips.

The Gold Coast offers an excellent venue with unlimited opportunities for you to mix with customers, make new contacts and socialise with the veterinary profession in a collegial and relaxed atmosphere during the main conference and at the many tailored social events, happy hours and dinners.

Our delegates tell us they learn from the exhibitors about the newest products and innovations from the companies that are contributing to the advancement of the profession and it is a very important part of the overall reason why they come.

The exhibition has sold out for the past 5 years and our exhibitors tell us not only do they meet their objectives, but it also provides an opportunity to engage with clients and to better understand the current demands of the veterinary industry.

Sponsorship opportunities are open now and exhibition bookings open in October 2020. Delegate registration opens December 2020.

Hope to see you in the Gold Coast in 2020, 10-15 May!

Dr Sue Beetson
AVA Annual Conference Convenor


Thank you to the AVA Conference Program Committee

  • Dr Sue Beetson (Convenor)
  • Dr David Beggs
  • Dr Brendan Carmel
  • Dr Tara Cashman
  • Dr Sally Colgan
  • Dr Kathy Cormack
  • Dr Adele Feakes
  • Dr Meredith Flash
  • Dr Geoff Golovsky
  • Dr Edith Hampson
  • Dr Emma Haslim (Davis)
  • Dr John Larsen
  • Dr Jacqui Ley
  • Dr Bronwyn Orr
  • Dr Michael Paton
  • Dr Bo Rapheal
  • Dr Stephen Yeomans
  • Natalie Howard (AVA)
  • Anne McCotter (AVA)
  • Kandy Musgrave (AVA)

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