AVA North & Central Branch Meeting | Reproduction: Canine, Bovine & Equine 9 CPD Points


Queensland is open for business, for Queenslanders and we are delighted to announce the first face to face branch meeting of the year! To be held on 10 -11 October, Coral Sea Marina Resort, Airlie Beach. We have a stellar line up of Queensland specialists, Drs Carolynne Joone, Caroline Spelta and Geoffrey Fordyce bringing you their expertise in Canine, Bovine and Equine Reproduction. Due to the pandemic, we had to delay the North Queensland meeting from August, and therefore combined the Central and North branch meetings. Rest assured your safety and health is our number one priority and this event would not be going forward without detailed COVID safe planning. AVA has adapted the format to incorporate the Queensland Government Event Framework and worked with the team at Coral Sea Marina Resort (CSMR) to ensure that all Industry COVID plans are in place.

Price levels

17 Aug 2020 to 7 Oct 2020
New Graduate $ 350.00
Student $ 350.00
12 Sep 2020 to 7 Oct 2020
Full Member $ 595.00
Non-Member $ 1,190.00

Who should attend


Further details

Day only registrations are also available: (for Saturday & Sunday, no evening dinner)

  • AVA Member Day Rate Only Early bird $330/ Standard $430
  • Non Member Day Rate Only Early bird $660/Standard $860
  • Students/New Graduates Day Rate Only $200

Additional tickets available to purchase:

  • Accompanying Person $280 - includes all meals and Saturday evening dinner
  • Saturday Dinner $170 - includes pre dinner drinks, canapes and 3 course meal

COVID-19 Information

  • If you are feeling unwell, please do not attend. Full refunds are available for delegates with COVID related illness
  • We do ask that you follow all instructions given by the staff at CSMR and AVA regarding your safety during the event.

Don't miss early bird, closing 11 September

We have negotiated corporate rates with the Coral Sea Marina Resort, to book call 07 4964 1300 or email hotel@csmr.com.au and quote reference: AVANQ2020.


Dr Geoffry Fordyce
Geoffry is a senior research fellow within the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation at the University of Queensland. His research experience over 40 years follows an apprenticeship in the family beef cattle business and private veterinary practice. Geoffry has worked in multi-agency RD&E teams primarily in northern Australia and south-east Asia where he has studied all aspects of tropical beef breeding herd systems including female and male reproduction, nutrition, health, genetics, behaviour and business.
Dr Carolynne Joone
Carolynne Joone is a diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists (Specialists in Animal Reproduction) and a lecturer in the field of theriogenology within the Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree. As a theriogenologist, Carolynne's expertise is across domestic (and some wildlife) species, although she has a special interest in small animals and horses. Carolynne's PhD studies centred on immunocontraception in horses, primarily the porcine zona pellucida vaccine. Current research interests include ongoing work in fertility control in horses as well as developing projects in fertility monitoring of threatened native Australian wildlife, such as the green sea turtle.
Dr Caroline Spelta
Caroline grew up in Central Queensland on a cattle property where her love of animals and medicine started. Combining these two passions, she graduated from the University of Queensland Vet School with honours in 2001 and moved to Townville, starting work at the Townsville Vet Clinic in 2002. Caroline’s love for horses and medicine led her sit her Australian College of Veterinary Science Membership exams in Medicine for Horses in 2006 and start a residency in Equine Medicine in 2009. She successfully passed her specialist exams in Hannover, Germany in 2018 to become a Diplomat of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine and is now an Australian registered specialist in Equine Medicine. Her career has covered a wide variety of disciplines, with special interests now in endocrinology, equine reproduction (mares and stallions), critical care of mares and foals, infectious diseases, toxicology and performance and sports medicine. Her research interests are currently focused on transportation of chilled embryos, diagnosing infectious neurologic disease and nutritional secondary hyperparathyroidism.

AVA North & Central Branch Meeting | Reproduction: Canine, Bovine & Equine

Coral Sea Marina Resort
Start: 10 October 2020, 8:00AM
End: 11 October 2020, 2:30PM
$ 1,190.00
Registration closes on 07 October 2020
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