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 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Domestic violence, animal abuse/human behaviour

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The link between Interpersonal Violence and Animal Abuse has been well established. Numerous papers have focused on the link and the role of the veterinarian in recognising and reporting animal abuse. Intentional or overt animal abuse/ cruelty cases are not uncommon. The field of Veterinary Forensics is growing and Veterinarians are more likely to identify cases of non-accidental injury in practice. Animal cruelty can also occur as a result of neglect or a failure to provide for an animal under the care of the owner or person in charge. In Animal hoarding and puppy farming cases, there are poor welfare outcomes for large numbers of animals. Whilst the physical results of abuse are easier to identify, psychological distress and pain should always be considered in any animal cruelty case. The underlying human behaviour and motivation that results in animal cruelty varies and this will determine the approach we use to achieve better outcomes.

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Magdoline Awad

Chief Veterinary Officer, Petsure Australia
Dr Magdoline Awad (or Mags) has a Veterinary Science degree from the University of Sydney. She was Chief Veterinarian at RSPCA NSW from 2008-2015. Mags has a graduate degree in Veterinary Professional Practice Management, and Membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of... Read More →

Tuesday May 15, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Mezzanine M2 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre