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.
Monday, May 14 • 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Public Health, Biosecurity and Exports  –  Government Veterinarians’ Role

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Government veterinarians have always played a vital role in Australia’s agricultural industry. More so than ever before the roles veterinarians play have expanded and will continue to expand into the future. The Commonwealth Department of Agriculture and Water Resources employs more than 300 veterinarians nationally. The roles veterinarians have in the department range from policy making and management to field roles such as performing verification in export abattoirs or dealing with biosecurity issues at airports. Veterinarians have a unique position in this type of workplace as they not only have technical proficiency in the areas of animal health, disease and welfare but also have the skills being demanded by the future of work. These skills include independent judgment and decision making, problem solving and critical thinking, negotiation ability, empathy, and personal drive. These are the skills necessary for the sustainable future of government departments especially as the global shift in technology escalates.


Donna Bennett

Principal Veterinary Officer (NT, QLD, NSW), Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Donna began her career in small animal private practice after graduating from the University of Queensland in 1983. Her career has also included management roles within a multi-national pet food company; a surgical internship at the Murdoch University Veterinary School and a Human... Read More →

Monday May 14, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Plaza P3 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre