The Centenary Tour

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2021 marks the AVA’s 100 years of representing our veterinary profession in Australia, and we’re inviting the veterinary community to join a very special AVA Centenary Conference Series to celebrate a century of science, community and collegiality.

For 100 years since 1921, the Australian Veterinary Association has been the professional body for all veterinary professionals like you across the country.

“From small beginnings, something strong has grown—we can be proud of what the AVA has achieved over the last 100 years, and it’s the perfect time to celebrate the achievements of veterinarians and the profession. The AVA is committed to empowering the veterinary profession to thrive by providing a strong and united voice, underpinned by a focus on support, education and community,” said Dr Warwick Vale, AVA President.

The inaugural meeting responsible for the formation of the AVA was held at the University of Melbourne on 12 January 1921. Since then the AVA has made a significant impact in areas such as antimicrobial resistance and prescribing guidelines, the welfare of racehorses over their entire lifetime, and the care of livestock and wildlife affected by environmental disasters.

Today, the AVA provides essential leadership on animal welfare issues, contributes to government policy development, lobbies for improvements in legislation, and develops quality assurance programs that relate to standards of care for patients in veterinary hospitals.

“The veterinary profession and the leadership delivered by the AVA over the last 100 years in animal welfare disease prevention and veterinary services has been a key part of the success of Australia. Veterinarians provide unique and vital services that are essential to our community. Australians can feel proud of our veterinarians in the contribution they have made to animal health and welfare of pets, farm animals and wildlife over the last 100 years—at a local, national and international level,” said Dr Vale.

“The AVA advocates in a way that ensures that veterinarians’ professional knowledge, scientific expertise, and our empathy and compassion for animals is at the forefront and is making a difference. The AVA also advocates for better outcomes for veterinarians and the animals they care for, as the ongoing needs of veterinarians is our highest priority”.

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The AVA’s Centenary program brings together activities that acknowledge our history and longevity whilst celebrating this fantastic milestone. A range of programs are planned for the AVA’s Centenary year to highlight the significant contributions of veterinarians to Australia, along with exploring what to expect in the field of veterinary science in the years ahead.

Activities include AVA’s 100 Living Treasures, which will celebrate veterinarians who are, or have been, active in the veterinary profession, and Heroes of History, which will celebrate veterinarians who were active in the veterinary profession before they passed away. There will also be a very special series of conference events.

Every year, the AVA Annual Conference is hosted by a different city around the country. In 2021, the special AVA Centenary Conference Series will instead be brought to every state and territory.

Visiting every state or territory, the AVA Centenary Conference Series will bring together with a world-class program and guests from across the industry who will share all the latest in veterinary science and discuss the topics that are of most interest to you. You’ll discover exciting innovations that are transforming veterinary care, learn how to adapt and innovate to meet future business demands and ensure your skills and knowledge are up-to-date to cope with the changing veterinary landscape. The conference is open to AVA members and non-members.

Excited to catch up with your fellow veterinary community following 2020? This Conference Series will feature a huge social program including Group dinners, happy hours, university alumni events, meet and greet nights and of course the highly anticipated Gala Dinner! You can also expect an extensive trade show exhibition with the latest products, services and technology from our conference partners who will be available to answer all your questions and inform you on what’s out there.

The conference dates are:

Northern Territory – Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 August – Hilton Darwin,  32 Mitchell Street, Darwin

Australian Capital Territory – Thursday 2 September – Rex Hotel, 150 Northbourne Ave, Braddon, Canberra

Western Australia – Friday 15 – Sunday 17 October –  Esplanade Hotel, 46-54 Marine Terrace, Fremantle

Queensland – Friday 29 – Sunday 31 October – Pullman Brisbane King George Square, Corner Ann and Roma St, Brisbane City  

Tasmania – Saturday 6 – Sunday 7 November – Country Club Tasmania, Country Club Avenue, Prospect  Vale, Launceston

Victoria – Monday 22 – Wednesday 24 November, Melbourne – Pullman Albert Park, 65 Queens Rd, Albert Park, Melbourne

Dates for South Australia and NSW are still to be announced.

Find out more about AVA’s Centenary activities and register for the Centenary Conference Series at


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