AVA SA - Robe weekend 13-14 August 2022 7 CPD Points


The AVA South Australia Rural Branch is pleased to present a weekend of friendship and learning in beautiful Robe.

Who should attend

Veterinarians and Veterinary Students

Learning outcome

Topics covered in this 1.5 day event include:

  • SASH services & support available for local and rural practitioners with 
    • Dr David Davies 
    • Dr Peter Hill
  • Radiology - Changing workflow efficiencies: Improving patient outcomes through Rover Mobile DR with Dr Steve Crouch from Gawler Animal Hospital
  • Emerging and exotic diseases including an interactive exercise with PIRSA
  • The role of Vet Technicians in practice with Sonya McDowell from Adelaide Uni

Further details

Program commences Saturday 13 August at 10am and concludes Sunday 14 August at 1.30pm.

What’s included? Scientific Program and all catering during session times

What’s not included? Accommodation, Breakfasts, Saturday dinner

Day registrations available

Full program available here


The health and wellbeing of our veterinary community is of the upmost importance. To ensure this we continue to closely monitor the circumstances and requirements in all states and territories in line with local, state, and national authorities, public health advice and state government public health directives, as mandated. Currently, our events are running as scheduled and we will respond appropriately and provide further updates should the situation evolve.



Dr David Davies
David graduated from Murdoch University in 1992 with first class honours and the Australian Small Animal Veterinary Association Award for Clinical Proficiency. After seven years in general small animal practice in Adelaide and the United Kingdom, David returned to Murdoch University for specialist training in Small Animal Medicine, including stints at Massey University in New Zealand and the Royal Veterinary College in London. In late 2002 David completed his specialist training and returned to Adelaide to establish a referral service. David obtained Fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Canine Medicine in 2004 to become South Australia’s only registered specialist in Canine Medicine. David’s focus is on integrating the best-available scientific evidence, the diverse skills and talents of the entire veterinary care team and a healthy dose of compassion into his daily clinical practice. David has co-authored ten publications in national and international peer-reviewed veterinary journals in areas that include infectious disease, oncology and neurology. He enjoys providing up-to-date continuing veterinary education to colleagues and has acted as an examiner for the next generation of specialists on several occasions.
Miss Sonya McDowall
Sonya McDowall is a concurrent PhD and MBA candidate with an interest in veterinary business and animal welfare. Sonya’s experience in human health in senior roles, government liaison and advisory experience, combined with her research in animal welfare provides a well rounded and unique scope to this profession. Sonya is a Veterinary Technologist, manages two veterinary clinics and provides academic support to both the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Bachelor Veterinary Technology programs at the University of Adelaide. She has been admitted to the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Committee Member of Australian Veterinary Association (SA Branch).
Prof Peter Hill
Dr Peter Hill originated from the UK and completed his veterinary degree at the University of Liverpool in 1986. He spent 5 years in general practice before completing his residency in veterinary dermatology at the University of Madison-Wisconsin, USA. Returning to the UK, Peter completed a PhD at the University of Edinburgh before becoming a lecturer in Veterinary Dermatology and Veterinary Hospital Director. After 11 years in Edinburgh, he moved to the University of Bristol to become a Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Dermatology. Dr Peter moved to Australia in 2009 with his family to practice as a Specialist Dermatologist at a Sydney based referral hospital. In 2010, he took up a position at the University of Adelaide where he remained for 11 years, finishing as a Professor in Veterinary Dermatology & Immunology and Head of Department of Companion Animal Health. Dr Peter joined SASH Adelaide in 2022 and is currently the only veterinary dermatologist in the world to hold a PhD and be board certified in the USA, UK, and Europe. He has published over 100 journal articles and book chapters and has won numerous teaching awards. Peter specialises in all aspects of dermatology and has particular expertise in allergies and ear infections. His home life revolves around spending time with his wife and two children, and their much loved pets.
Dr Stephen Crouch
Stephen Crouch (better known as Steve) earnt his Veterinary Degree graduating with honours from the University Of Melbourne in 1992. Since then he has practiced as a small animal veterinary surgeon in the North Eastern suburbs of Adelaide, in the United Kingdom, at the Adelaide Veterinary Emergency Centre, and over the past decade in Gawler, SA. In 2013 Steve joined Dr David MacPhail as a partner at Gawler Animal Hospital and was an integral part of the development of the new hospital premises. Toward the end of 2020, due to Dr Dave’s retirement Steve took on ownership of the practice along with his wife Anne. Soon after marrying, Steve and Anne travelled to the UK for one year which turned into nearly seven years abroad. Steve managed a busy small animal practice in greater London and enjoyed the various accents of clients as well as the opportunity to sight-see and contribute to a lively and healthy church community. Steve and his family returned Adelaide in 2004 to take up residence near Gawler. Throughout his veterinary career Steve has had a keen interest in surgery in particular and believes that blood should stay inside the body as much as possible! He’s a very skilled and meticulous surgeon and takes referrals from a number of regional practices for orthopedic cases (leg fractures, cruciate ligament damage, patella instability and other conditions).

AVA SA - Robe weekend 13-14 August 2022

Tarooki Campsite
55 Main Rd
Robe 5276 SA
Start: 13 August 2022, 10:00AM
End: 14 August 2022, 3:00PM
Registration closes on 10 August 2022
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Robyn Whitaker