AVA President's Welcome

Perth is always a favourite city of mine to visit, and with our 2019 AVA Conference being held in Perth it will be a standout for my calendar. As our largest conference we’ll be bring to you a blend of the very best in education, the latest trends, ideas with Perth’s raw natural beauty. As a destination Perth has so much to offer. Known as Australia’s sunniest capital city, this city is bustling with bars, restaurants, shopping and attractions.

Our 2019 Conference has a stellar line up of speakers, both local and international. After an outstanding debut in 2018, we have built on the VetED talks for 2019. To ensure no one misses out on this showcase of inspirational stories and thought-provoking ideas from members of our profession, we have moved this session to be one of our plenaries.

The 2019 Conference will include stimulating content across 7 streams with the aim to challenge us and extend our knowledge. Continuing with this theme, we’re introducing a Food Security Day on Thursday 9 May which is relevant to veterinarians whether they are involved in animal production, animal welfare, conservation biology or just want to be well informed of the scientific debate.

Our fantastic social program will not go unnoticed, as well as the opportunity to extend your stay and explore some of the wonders of Perth and the greater West.

We look forward to seeing you in Perth

Dr Paula Parker
AVA President

A note from the Convenor

We live in an ever-changing world and keeping up with these changes is a constant challenge. This year in Perth the AVA has put together a conference program that we hope will help all vets to keep abreast with the changing science of our profession and help us all to understand and appreciate the changing world we are living and working in today.

We have the latest in Small Animal soft tissue surgery with Catherine Sturgeon from the UK, we have Prof Cindy Adams from Canada giving us the secrets to the science of veterinary communication and we have Gayle Hallowell speaking on the latest advances in equine fluid therapy, clinical pathology and management of the sick foal. The Dental and Behavior streams have also invited world eminent speakers and all international speakers are supported by a full and varied cast of talented Australian speakers.

Animal Welfare and sessions looking at the future of the profession also feature strongly in the program. We also have a full day looking at how we are going feed the world in the next 20-30 year and how this is going to interact with our profession, animal welfare and the environment.

This year the scientific committee have made a huge effort to develop a program which will engage all the profession and make sure all delegates go home with new skills, new perspectives and hopefully new friends and alliances.

Putting this program together with the beauty of Perth and Western Australia, the wonderful array of social events and the excellent workshops scheduled before and immediately after the conference, makes the 2019 AVA National Conference a must attend event in the veterinary calendar. Make sure you take advantage of the Super Early Bird registration rate - 4 fun days packed full of amazing CE for just $1260.

We look forward to catching up with you in Perth in May.

Dr Sue Beetson


Thank you to the AVA Conference Program Committee

  • Dr Sue Beetson (Convenor)
  • Dr David Beggs
  • Dr Tara Cashman
  • Dr Sally Colgan
  • Dr Meredith Flash
  • Dr Francette Gerahty-Dusan
  • Dr Kelly Giles
  • Dr Geoff Golovsky
  • Dr Duncan Hoggett
  • Dr Jacqui Ley
  • Dr Malcolm McLennan
  • Dr Helen McGregor
  • Dr Bo Rapheal
  • Dr Tanya Stephens
  • Dr Stephen Yeomans
  • Natalie Howard (AVA)
  • Anne McCotter (AVA)
  • Kandy Musgrave (AVA)