The AVA Annual Conference is the nation’s premier veterinary event, covering all fields of veterinary science and in 2017 brought together over 920 veterinary professionals and 115 exhibitors.

We hope you will join us for the 2018 AVA Annual Conference in Brisbane, 13-18 May.    
Visit conference.ava.com.au to register.    To download a pdf file of the entire program click here.
Tuesday, May 15 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Raising a sane cat

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Cats are usually great pets – but not always. Why? Because they sometimes behave in ways that owners may find difficult to understand and / or manage. Behaviour is determined by several factors including the cat’s genetic predisposition, what they have learnt from past experiences as well as the environment in which they find themselves. So knowing what to do to help cats grow in to well - mannered cats starts with the breeder. Understanding how to handle the queen, how to help build resilience in the kitten as well as raise the kitten before they go to their new home are just some things to consider. Once the kitten goes to its new home the new owners have to be educated about how best to look after both the physical health of the kitten but also its mental health. The dissemination of up to date evidence based information is an important role for veterinarians to help breeders and owners raise a sane Kitten.


Kersti Seksel

Sydney Animal Behaviour Service
After graduating from Sydney University as a veterinarian Kersti completed a BA in Behavioural Sciences and a MA (Hons). She is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and a Diplomate... Read More →

Tuesday May 15, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Mezzanine M3 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre