Welcome to the AVA Annual Conference


This article is sponsored content brought to you by The Australian Veterinary Association.

This year’s AVA Annual Conference theme is Refresh, Renew, Refocus: Refresh your passion for the profession with outstanding CPD, Renew connections with colleagues and Refocus on developing your skills.

It’s no secret that the veterinary sector is struggling with a range of challenges – from a shortage of vets, nurses and other vital veterinary team members due, to incivility, toxic workplace cultures, and widespread concerns about mental wellbeing in the profession. All exacerbated by the rolling pandemic.  The AVA is committed to addressing these challenges with evidence-based strategies and the conference is your opportunity to learn more about what’s being done, both here and overseas.

One of the largest gatherings of veterinary professionals in Australia, the AVA Annual Conference brings together over 750 veterinarians from every sector of our profession. Whether you work with smallies, largies, in public health, academia, referral practice, conservation, whether you delve into dentistry, veterinary business or acupuncture, the scientific program offers something for everyone. World class international and local speakers share the latest knowledge in an engaging format. 

You control your CPD by choosing from sessions over 7 concurrent streams. You can deepen your knowledge in an area of interest, broaden your knowledge by exploring a new area, or both earn up to 27 CPD points.

It’s Australia’s premier veterinary networking conference, with a social program providing unrivalled opportunities to catch up with colleagues you know, establish new contacts and explore opportunities. From alumni cocktails, group dinners, to the fabulous ‘Winter Wonderland’ gala dinner and awards night, we’ve got you covered.

With over 100 exhibitors, the trade exhibition provides the perfect opportunity to continue networking, find out what’s new and take advantage of exclusive conference offers.

Extend your learning and develop practical skills by signing up for one of the many workshops on offer. 

The conference week starts with the THRIVE symposium on Sunday 28 May where you can develop the skills you need to grow your emotional intelligence, improve team wellbeing and foster positive change in your workplace. 

To have a sustainable profession, we need an adequate workforce, yet the veterinary sector has been hit with unprecedented workforce shortages – with little relief in sight.  On Monday find out how these challenges have been experienced and addressed in other countries, in our International Workforce Challenges Panel plenary facilitated by AVA CEO David Andrews. 

Our keynote and plenary speakers bring a breadth and depth of experience, sharing global perspectives.  At our plenary sessions, learn how to use emotional agility to protect your team and business from incivility, conflict and the dreaded “great resignation” in the plenary with Olivia Oginska on Tuesday May 30 and take home three powerful secrets to retaining your people from the plenary with Marie-Claire Ross on Wednesday 31 May.

We are also excited to have the veterinarian who literally wrote the book on small animal infectious disease, Jane Sykes (University College, Davis, USA), joining us and she will deliver the deliver the 2023 Ben Cunneen Memorial Plenary Lecture on Leptospirosis – a One Health issue in companion animals.

Jennifer Hatzel (Colorado State University, USA) will help you trouble-shoot equine reproduction. Back by popular demand, Trepheena Hunter (Wild Things Behaviour Services) will help you expand your behaviour toolbox, troubleshoot tricky cases and problem-solve treatment “failures”.

Join us for a fantastic week of learning and collegiality and Refresh, Renew and Refocus.

Visit the AVA Annual Conference website

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