The Australian Small Animal Veterinarians (ASAV) is the largest special interest group of the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) and represents veterinarians who are dedicated to excelling in small animal practice. AVA has a membership of 9,000 + veterinary professionals of which 2,000 are members of ASAV.
In 2017, ASAVA had a name change to ASAV, which can now be expanded to Australian Small Animal Veterinarians.
Companion animal vets around Australia look to ASAV for services to maintain and increase their skills and knowledge. Continuing professional development in all areas of clinical veterinary medicine is a key service provided by the group.
As at 1 July 2017, Australian Sheep Veterinarians (ASV) and Australian Alpaca Veterinarians (AAV) have merged to become the Sheep, Camelid and Goat Veterinarians (SCGV), a special interest group of the Australian Veterinary Association Ltd. SCGV aims to:
- promote the professional development of sheep, camelid and goat veterinarians,
- to raise the standards of sheep, camelid and goat veterinary practice and,
- improve the health, welfare and productivity of the sheep, camelid and goat industries within Australia.
The Australian Veterinary Behaviour Interest Group (AVBIG) aims to improve human and animal welfare by increasing the understanding of animal behaviour and its significance in veterinary science.
Far from being a small niche of veterinary medicine, behavioural problems remain a leading cause of euthanasia in young pets and most consultations seen by a general practitioner have a behavioural component to them.
A greater understanding of behavioural medicine will lead to improved animal welfare and strengthening of the human-animal bond.