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  1. Learn from the best international speakers, as well as a variety of Australian speakers, all experts in their fields - Cardiorespiratory: Lynelle Johnson, Fiona Meyers-Campbell, Niek Beijerink  Clinical pathology and principles of medicine: Jill Maddison, Sue Foster, Graham Swinney  Dentistry: Curt Coffman, Loic Legendre, Ruth Barthel, Anthony Caiafa  Dermatology: Sonya Bettenay, Ralf Mueller, Linda Vogelnest  Emergency: Sarah Haldane, Dez Hughes, Terry King  Endocrinology: Dennis Chew, David Church, Darren Merrett  Feline Medicine: Andrea Harvey, Vanessa Barrs, Carolyn O’Brien  Gastroenterology: Caroline Mansfield, Stanley Marks, David Twedt  Imaging: Cathy Beck, Zoe Lenard  Infectious Disease: Michael Lappin, Vanessa Barrs, Julia Beatty, Jill Maddison  Neurology: Richard LeCouteur, Georgina Child, Sam Long  Oncology: Peter Bennett, Tony Moore, Rod Straw  Ophthalmology: Mark Billson, Anna Deykin, David Maggs, Robin Stanley  Surgery: Daniel Brockman, Catriona MacPhail, Jason Beck, Stephen Fearnside, Andrew Marchevsky, Phil Moses  Urogenital: David Senior, Dennis Chew  Unusual pets and avian: Hamish Baron, Brendan Carmel, Bob Doneley, Anne Fawcett, David Neck, Annabelle Olsson, Lizzie Selby, Gerry Skinner, Tegan Stephens, Alex Rosenwax, Shangzhe Xie  Nursing: Trish Farry, Tinika Gillespie, Philip Judge, Terry King, Patricia Newton, Anita Parkin, Lisa Partel, Rebekah Scotney, Rod Straw, Robert Webster, Layla Wilkinson

Each year The Australian Veterinary Association in conjunction with our University partners offers a small number of selected student volunteers the opportunity to attend and be part of the ASAVA Annual Conference. In 2017 the AVA and ASAVA are delighted to be hosting the Federation of Asian Small Animal Veterinary Association Congress.

In 2017, the AVA are seeking volunteer applications to fill 10 student volunteer positions, with preference given to those who speak a second language.

Students that are accepted will benefit by having the opportunity to hear talks from some of the best speakers in the world on cutting edge issues and findings in the industry. Student volunteers will also have the opportunity to network with other AVA members, FASAVA members, students, speakers and graduates while gaining valuable contacts from not only Australia but across the Asia-pacific.

Your role as a volunteer

The main role of student volunteers will be to assist in the scientific session rooms including scanning delegates name badges on entry, assisting with speaker requirements, assisting at registration desk and at the information desk.

AVA will provide successful AVA student volunteers with:


  • Accommodation for the duration of your volunteer role - single sex dormitory style accommodation
  • Free conference registration including access to scientific sessions (once duties are completed)
  • Free access to the trade exhibition
  • Breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided to all students during their rostered shifts.
  • Student volunteers are also welcome to join delegates for:
    • 5.30pm-8.30pm Exhibition Night - Friday
    • 5.40pm-6.40pm Farewell Drinks - Monday
  • If you are volunteering for the entire week you may receive one free Annual Awards Dinner ticket - Sunday - depending on availability.

Not Included

  • Additional social events are at student’s expense; however you may be asked to assist with small duties at the events you attend.
  • Travel and transfers are at student’s expense

Main duties:

Thursday 10 August 2017: 8:00am – 6:00pm

Welcome and briefing, tour of conference facilities, satchel packing and general set up as required.
Compulsory for all volunteers.
Meet and Greet dinner tickets: $40 each

Duties Friday 11 - Monday 14 August

Students will be required to help at various breakfast sessions throughout the week.

During the day all session doors need to be staffed and once all delegates are in their respective sessions you will be able to attend sessions.

There are various events such as happy hours in the afternoon/early evening where the Events Coordinator, Gabi Caruana, will need your help.

Staying in contact with Gabi will enable you to understand what’s happening each day and what is required of you.


Friday 11 August

Exhibition Night for delegates so we will need your assistance welcoming guests.
Complimentary entry for students once tasks are completed.

Saturday 12 August

Volunteers are required to assist with loading buses for Australiana Night.
Australiana Night tickets: $130

Sunday 13 August

This morning is the Scrub Run so we will need you to help at the event with marshalling and way-finding.
The scrub run will be held down at the beach at Pratten & Kurrawa Parks, Broadbeach. Annual Awards Dinner: complimentary if you attend the whole week (pending availability)
Gala Awards Dinner tickets: $180

Monday 14 August

2pm: Check out of accommodation

Farewell drinks 5:40pm – complimentary for student volunteers

Tuesday 15 August

We may require assistance with workshops on this morning, if you are available, please indicate on the application.


If there are no functions to attend, evenings are at your own leisure


Please wear black trousers during the conference.

The AVA will provide you with a Student Ambassador Vest so that you are noticeable as the AVA Student Representatives.

Also bring dinner attire for the Annual Awards Dinner, formal dress is required, in case we are able to provide you with a ticket.

Key dates

Applications close on 21 April 2017

Successful applicants will be contacted via email by 1 May 2017.