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Like most of the world, the Australian Veterinary Association cancelled their face-to-face events in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. That meant the annual conference which had been running since 1922 had to be scrapped in 2020, and then again in 2021. After two years away and 100 years after the first meeting, the conference returns and promises to be the largest gathering of vets in Australia for some time.
The AVA Annual Conference will be held on the 22-27 May at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Dr Warwick Vale, AVA President, said:
“Everyone is unbelievably excited to finally see each other again. We know that community is a big part of this close-knit profession and that feeling of community is something we’ve missed for too long. I look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones in the Gold Coast in May.”
The heart of the conference is the education and the speakers. This year’s comprehensive program will cater for vets from all areas of the profession, from a small animal clinicians, largies vets, business owners or wildlife warriors. There are also special streams focussed on veterinary nurses and the students who will make up the next generation.
The AVA Awards will also be presented in person for the first time since 2019. This year’s plenary speakers are addressing the biggest topics facing vets today. Athlete Mark Mathews will discuss his journey towards mental wellness and resilience. Anika Molesworth looks at climate change sustainability through her agriculture work. Futurist Paul Higgins will look at the technology on the horizon. Peter Reid and Ed Annand will look at the impact of the Hendra Virus.
Alongside the talks will be the largest veterinary trade show in Australia. Over 100 industry partners will be present and talking to the profession, many of them having not seen vets face to face for two years.
Dr Meredith Flash, AVA Annual Conference Convener, said:
“The 2022 AVA Annual Conference will has something for every veterinary professional. Join us for world class speakers, mini workshops, panels and lectures throughout the week and in-depth hands-on workshops on Friday and Saturday. I’m excited for everyone to be a part of the discussion about the challenges and the future of our profession.”
But it’s not all about the learning. The annual Gala Dinner is the unmissable event of the week, which will also feature the celebration of the AVA Fellows.
There are plenty of other opportunities to socialise, as well as recharging every morning with breakfasts from some of AVA’s corporate supporters. Registrations are now open for the 2022 AVA Annual Conference. There are discounts for AVA Members and you can take advantage of special early bird pricing right now. Visit conference.ava.com.au to find out more, including the full program, accommodation advice and safety information.