VetEd Talks - 2018

The AVA VetEd Talks are a series of talks where veterinarians present inspiring and innovative ideas that have brought a positive impact to the veterinary profession and demonstrate their passion. Each talk is 10 minutes long.

Watch the videos of the eight speakers at the 2018 AVA Conference to be inspired and impassioned.

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Geoff Golovsky

Cool down, slow down, re-engage constructively

"Becoming a conflict competent leader” written by Rundee and Flanagan changed my life. It helped me manage my staff better, increase my emotional intelligence, helps me communicate with those who I love, but most importantly it taught me how to achieve a work life balance. What can it do for us in the future?


Karen Teasdale

Where to start and end with

Why are we so scared to talk about death?  Why is dying the ultimate taboo -- after all, all that live must die.  Vets have the incredible privilege and grave burden of euthanasia, a "good death", and I want to help vets with tools for frank end of life discussions.


Kate Clarke

Collaborative leadership training in Antarctica and building more options for vets' career fulfillment in private practice

My participation in the unique global Homeward Bound program in Antarctica has inspired me to advocate for collaborative leadership training through CVE, and to help build more options for vets' career fulfillment in private practice. I wholeheartedly encourage more female Australian vets to apply for Homeward Bound.


Lesca Sofyan

The association between domestic violence and pet abuse

Whilst there is increasing awareness for domestic violence in Australia, there is limited awareness on the association between domestic violence and pet abuse. Almost half of victims who have children reported of their children witnessing threats of abuse or actual abuse towards the family pet. Approximately 84% of women reported their pet(s) being threatened by the perpetrator and 56% of pet(s) being physically abused. About 93% of victims delayed leaving the violent relationship due to fear and concerns for the welfare of the pet, the highest recorded rate in any Australian domestic violence study. Further, 36% of victims returned to the violent relationship when pets were still residing with the batterer. These findings reinforces the necessity for services to cater for victims and pets of abuse. Victims of domestic violence with pets will more likely seek help with recognised services reducing the frequency and duration of pet abuse in Sydney.


Madalen Baltussen

Keeping Veterinarians Mobile

Physical Health and the impact on mental health, wellbeing, performance in the profession and beyond.


Marc Simpson

Artificial Intelligence is it "summoning the demons" or will it allow us to become better vets?


Mark Kelman

Leading the charge to stop Canine Parvovirus

Canine Parvovirus is an insidious disease that has existed for forty years, and despite highly effective vaccines being readily available it still hurts and kills tens of thousands of puppies across Australia every year. One vet is leading the charge to stop this disease, and wants to share his message.


Oliver Liyou

Helping vets “stay in the game”

Having hosted over 600 veterinarians at our 3-10 day workshops over the past 15 years, I have noticed how many of them are really struggling to "stay in the game" as a vet. I am proposing that we may need to work harder to find solutions to help sustainability for the most important people in our industry. 


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