2020 NT division conference - Respiratory medicine & oncology 11 CPD Points


The AVA Northern Territory Division’s “Top End” Conference is a small, but world class conference where you are welcome and not lost in the crowd. I invite you to come and join the NT veterinarians in an amazing un-spoilt part of the country in the wet season for a weekend of first class continuing veterinary education. This year Dr Aaron Herndon from the University of Queensland will provide an exciting update on topics in respiratory medicine & Dr Rod Straw from Brisbane Veterinary Specialist Centre will provide us the latest information on oncological conditions cranial to the diaphragm which will include a session on the commonly seen Mast Cell Tumour. An exciting informative programme is promised for both veterinarians & nurses. This meeting is a great chance to recharge, relax, spend a little more time in the “Top End”, maybe catch a barra, as well as an opportunity to meet old friends and make new friends. I look forward to meeting you there. - Dr Kimball Smith

Price levels

9 Dec 2019 to 3 Feb 2020
Associate $ 375.00
Full Member $ 510.00
New Graduate $ 375.00
Non-Member $ 1,020.00
Student $ 375.00
4 Feb 2020 to 15 Feb 2020
Associate $ 475.00
Full Member $ 610.00
New Graduate $ 475.00
Non-Member $ 1,220.00
Student $ 475.00

Learning outcome

Get up to speed on the latest in respiratory medicine and oncology from a value packed 2 days at the Hilton Darwin for veterinarians and nurses.

Mast cell tumours are known as the “Great Imposter” because they can masquerade as any other type of skin cancer. Are you confident you can tell the difference? Learn from oncology specialist Rod Straw everything you need to know about the most common skin cancer in dogs and more.

Respiratory diagnostics can be difficult. The diagnosis of pneumonia hinges on the chest radiograph but knowing when to take chest radiographs can be tricky. The veterinarian must put together findings from the history, physical examination, and possibly response to initial therapies to decide if radiographs should be checked. Aaron Herndon, from the University of Queensland, will take you through what you need to know about respiratory diagnostics, radiographs and more.

There is a packed nurses program as well and Aaron and Rod will talk on aspects of nursing acute respiratory distress, palliative care and much more. In addition Penny Dobson from Hills will speak on the importance of having a healthy gut while Eva Haupt from Boehringer -Ingelheim will talk about nursing dogs with heart valve problems.

So come on up to the Top End and refresh yourself with the latest on these medical conditions from the experts in the convivial and relaxed atmosphere of the NT.


Dr Penelope Dobson
Penny is a graduate of the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) and attained membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Canine Medicine 1992 by examination. She was a Member of the Animal Experimentation Ethics Committee of the Microresearch Foundation 1991-1992. Penny has worked as a clinician in small animal practice Sydney Metropolitan area for 30 yrs and is a Veterinary Practice owner with her husband, Paul Hansen of Woollahra Veterinary Hospital. Penny has been involved in the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) as Secretary Sydney Metropolitan Practitioners Branch for 12 years and recipient of the AVA Meritorious Service Award 2002. She is also an active member of the ASAVA. Nutrition is a passion for Penny and she is the Hill’s HelpLine Manager with the Veterinary Nutritional Consultancy team with a focus on uroliths, kidney, obesity, immune diseases and their management.
Dr Aaron Herndon
Aaron was born in Oklahoma, USA and grew up in Texas. After graduating with his DVM from Texas A&M University he served three years in the US Army Veterinary Corps. Aaron spent 12 years in private practice before returning to academia in 2010 to complete a combined small animal internal medicine residency and PhD with a focus on feline endocrinology. Aaron joined the staff at the University of Queensland in 2015.
Dr Guyan Weerasinghe
Guy is a 2011 graduate from UQ and has had experience in a wide range of veterinary fields such as dairy medicine, shelter and welfare medicine, companion animal general practice and government. He is currently a Veterinary Officer with the Northern Australia Quarantine Strategy, under the Department of Agriculture. Guy also has a Masters in Veterinary Public Health and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (ACVPM). He serves on a range of committees including the NT division, Australian Veterinarians in Public Health special interest group, and the communications committee for the ACVPM.
Dr Eve Haupt
Eve Haupt graduated from Murdoch University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery. After working in small animal practice in Perth for three years, Eve was offered a role as Territory Manager with Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health in Melbourne. The opportunity to transfer back to the sunny shores of Western Australia came in 2015 and after four years working in animal health sales, Eve moved into the role of Technical Services Veterinarian. Eve’s particular areas of interest include companion animal cardiology and neurology along with promoting mental wellbeing within the veterinary community; she also is a budding artist and has been commissioned to draw numerous portraits of her passion – animals!
Dr Rodney Straw
Rodney C. Straw, BVSc, Dip ACVS, M(A)ANZCVS, ACVS Founding Fellow Surgical Oncology Rod Straw is the Director of a multidiscipline veterinary referral hospital, Brisbane Veterinary Specialist Centre (BVSC) and is the founder of Australia’s comprehensive cancer centre with the Southern Hemisphere’s first veterinary linear accelerator. He is the Executive Director of the Australian Animal Cancer Foundation (AACF), a not for profit, research charity. He has clinical research experience in comparative oncology using spontaneous animal cancers. Currently he is involved in various projects with AACF, BVSC and academic and commercial partners. He has made contributions to 11 textbooks and has over 90 refereed publications in scientific journals. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University Of Queensland.

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Full registrations

Prices as listed above

Registration includes:

  • Attendance at scientific sessions
  • Admittance to industry exhibition
  • Conference bag
  • Morning and afternoon tea, lunch
  • Conference Dinner
  • Happy Hour
  • Link to proceedings

Book a group of 5 or more and receive a 5% discount on full week registrations

Day Registration

Registration (incl. 10% GST)

Early Bird - 3 February 2020

Standard  - From 4 February 2020

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Registration includes:

  • Attendance at scientific sessions on nominated day
  • Admittance to industry exhibition
  • Conference bag
  • Morning and afternoon tea, lunch
  • Link to proceedings
  • Social activities are an additional cost

Hard copy proceedings: $25 (opt in)

NT Top End Dinner – Saturday 15 February 2020, 7.30pm-11.30pm

Celebrate the profession with your colleagues with a night of great food, drinks and fun.

  • Inclusive for full week delegates
  • AVA Member/Nurse $125
  • Non-member $150


Hilton Darwin is a 5-star hotel ideally located in the city centre overlooking Darwin Harbour. You are within walking distance of dining, shopping and entertainment and just moments from Bicentennial Park and 15 minutes’ drive from Darwin International Airport.

32 Mitchell Street, Darwin 0800 Northern Territory NT Australia

+61 8 8982 4977 | HiltonDarwin.Reservations@hilton.com

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2020 NT division conference - Respiratory medicine & oncology

Hilton Darwin
32 Mitchell St
Darwin City 0800 NT
Start: 15 February 2020, 8:30AM
End: 16 February 2020, 5:00PM
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