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.
Thursday, May 17 • 9:00am - 9:30am
Exercise. Is it worth it?

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The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (the department) has been working to improve surge capacity for emergency response, a key issue identified in the 2011 Matthews report, through the International Animal Health Emergency Reserve (IAHER) Arrangement. The IAHER Arrangement benefits all signatory countries by providing additional personnel in an emergency and valuable experience to deployed personnel. Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada, the UK and Ireland first signed the IAHER Arrangement in 2004 however it was not activated until August 2017. This was a result of work led by Australia to develop and test an IAHER operations manual to provide the tools required to efficiently use the IAHER Arrangement. Exercise Athena, the first exercise of its kind, was held in November 2016 and tested the policies and procedures of the IAHER Arrangement. The benefits of Exercise Athena were realised when New Zealand activated the IAHER Arrangement in August 2017. Australia deployed thirteen personnel to New Zealand to assist with response to Mycoplasma bovis.


Thursday May 17, 2018 9:00am - 9:30am
Mezzanine M2 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre