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Welcome to the 2019 Small Animal, Dentistry and Behaviour Conference

It is my privilege to welcome you to the 46th annual ASAV conference to be held at The Star Gold Coast, Broadbeach on the Gold Coast from the 12 - 16 August 2019. The theme this year is “It’s all in the head”.

Our collaboration with the Behaviour Group (AVBIG) and the Dentists (AVDS) ensures that if you are a small animal practitioner in Australia this is one conference definitely not to miss. We have two renowned international speakers to headline our schedule: Professor David Maggs from UC Davis will present on Ophthalmology and Professor Simon Platt from UC Georgia will talk on Neurology. The line-up of plenary speakers is also bound to impress.

The ASAV conference is not just about quality continuing education for the small animal practitioner. There are many great opportunities to catch up with old colleagues and make new friends. The conference has a schedule of social events through-out the week that will accompany the lecture program. The industry networking drinks and dinner in the wonderful trade display, happy hours, the ever popular Recent Graduate Dinner and of course the ASAV Awards Dinner.

We are back on the Gold Coast again this year with everything that the glitter strip and the beautiful hinterland has to offer. Make sure you reserve these dates in your calendar and register for this conference in August.

I look forward to seeing you there.
Dr Alistair Webb, ASAV President

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Top 5 reasons to come to the Conference

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4 days of science programs expertly curated by our scientific convenor

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The opportunity to network with peers and industry in a collegial and supportive environment

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A trade and industry show featuring many of your suppliers where you can find out about the latest products and innovations!

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Up to 36 VetEd points!

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All workshops, social events and accommodation will be under one roof

Exciting New Initiatives

In 2019 we are providing delegates with more opportunities to make meaningful connections with like-minded veterinary colleagues and professionals.

This year we have added an additional social activity on the Wednesday evening, the ‘Eat Street’ Dinner where delegates can relax after a long day of sessions and make new friends in a fun and easy going environment.
We are also holding morning yoga sessions by the pool on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Rise with the sun and start the day with some self-care.

For the first time ever, we are implementing a program to help grow and bring our ASAV conference community together. This year all attendees have the option to wear a small clip on badge which will help identify them as either a ‘1st Timer’ or an ‘ASAV Connector’. The aim is that our returning delegates (ASAV Connectors) will help to extend a friendly hand to our ‘1st Timers’.

Industry Exhibition

The industry exhibition will be in the Gold Coast and Southport Rooms at The Star Gold Coast. The exhibition will be the networking hub of the conference, giving delegates the opportunity for direct contact with sponsors and exhibitors alike. Refreshment breaks from Tuesday morning to Friday afternoon will be held in the exhibition, including an exhibition welcome night on Tuesday evening and a happy hour on Wednesday evening.

All delegates receive complimentary access to the industry exhibition as well as automatic entry into the Conference Passport Competition. Make the most of the opportunity to meet and mingle with companies from across Australia, keep up to date with the latest products and services whilst going in the draw to win a variety of prizes.

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