The ASAV, SCGV and AVBIG Combined Conference 2018 will be held in Melbourne, Victoria from 12-16 August 2018.

Themed The Abdomen and Beyond, this will be the premier Australian conference for companion animal, sheep, camelid, goat and animal behaviour practitioners in 2018.

For the first time, the 45th annual Australian Small Animal Veterinarians conference will bring together these three AVA groups. We are currently putting together an exciting array of scientific sessions, field trips, social events and exhibitors and look forward to seeing you at the event.

ASAV President's welcome

profile mark kelmanThis year, we are holding the 45th annual ASAV Conference in Melbourne, Victoria from August 12 - 16, 2018. The theme for this year’s conference is The Abdomen and Beyond, a very popular theme, with learnings that small animal veterinarians will be able to

implement the minute they get back to their clinics after this event! And with an impressive line-up of speakers including well-known names such as: David Twedt, Hattie Syme, Cathy Beck, Phil Thomas and Steve Holloway, this is a conference not to miss.

But the ASAV Conference isn't just about cutting edge veterinary knowledge. Yet again the schedule of social events provides a great accompaniment to the education elements including Industry networking drinks and Stand up dinner, Happy hours, the New Graduate dinner and of course our ever-popular awards night dinner held throughout the week. Many great opportunities to catch up with old colleagues and make new friends.

Melbourne is a vibrant city full of art and culture, shopping, cafes, hidden laneways and unique regional escapes are just a short drive away. And getting around is easy with the trams.

So, make sure you open your calendar now, register now for ASAV in August, and I look forward to seeing you there.

Dr Mark Kelman
President ASAV

SCGV President's welcome

profile robert suterWelcome to the first ever 'stand alone' conference of the Sheep Camelids and Goat Veterinarians. Small animals are an important part of clinical practice for many of our members, and there are many small animal practitioners with clients who own sheep, alpaca or goats: what a wonderful opportunity for members of all three SIGs to brush up on skills across all of the species they see, or may see!

For those of our membership with other careers, or a focus on commercial production, the traditional conference offerings exist, with the latest research, product development and biosecurity, as well as the

Hugh Gordon Scholarship. Our CE program coordinator Ray Batey has put together a program with daily themes, from small holders, clinical treatment as well as focusing on Toxoplasma and Q-fever, and with a workshop on transitioning to consultancy.

The program has been designed so that you attend the days that interest you most, or do the whole week,

including our biennial Galah Dinner, as well as socialising with members across all three SIGs.

Looking forward to catching up with all of you, members and prospective members, in Melbourne in August.

Robert Suter
President SCGV

AVBIG President's welcome

Behaviour cases can be among the most challenging – and rewarding – cases that veterinarians can face. If you have clients with furkids or clients with kids and a pet or clients with a dog that lives out the back or helps on the farm, you need an understanding of behaviour. Most small animal consultations have a behaviour component. The way companion animals are managed has direct impact on the welfare of animals and the humans they live with.

This year when you come to ASAV, SCGV and AVBIG Conference you will have the opportunity to choose the session you want to attend.

AVBIG is proud to announce Dr Laurie Bergman will be our guest speaker. Dr Bergman walks the walk and talks the talk as a board certified veterinary behaviour specialist, dog owner (Australian Terriers - how appropriate!) and

a parent. Many of you will know her from VIN where she attends to questions from colleagues from the veterinary community.

Dr Bergman brings her many years as a veterinary behaviourist and veterinarian to help you answer many of the questions your clients may have:

  • Things that go bump in the night - when pets won’t let their owners sleep
  • Pets and kids - lessons I’ve learnt as a somewhat successful pet and person parent

And Dr Kersti Seskel and myself will round off the 2 days of Behaviour sessions including sessions on:

  • Creating a safe clinic - understanding the animal's experience
  • Targets of aggression familiar versus unfamiliar and what motivates a dog to be aggressive to its family or strangers
  • Making happy families: case study in managing aggression in multi pet households

Make sure that this conference is the one you attend this year. I look forward to seeing you there.

Dr Jacqui Ley
President AVBIG

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