The biggest pet conference in the Asia Pacific region comes to the Gold Coast

08 Aug 2017

More than 1400 veterinarians will be on the Gold Coast from 11-14 August to attend the FASAVA (Federation of Asian Small Animal Veterinary Association) Congress.

Hosted by Australian Small Animal Veterinarians, a special interest group of the Australian Veterinary Association, the Congress is for veterinarians in the Asia Pacific region who predominantly treat pets.

During the four-day event, through a series of field trips, symposia, and scientific sessions, vets will learn all the latest developments within the area of companion animal medicine.

President of Australian Small Animal Veterinarians, Dr. Geeta Saini said, “This congress is a unique opportunity for colleagues from all corners of the globe to come together and take part in world-class education. They’ll explore the latest in surgical techniques, disease management, cancer treatment and pet dentistry.

"Also featured heavily in the program are ways to diagnose and treat cardiac conditions, skin conditions and eye diseases. We also have a dedicated exotic pet stream for vets who treat birds, reptiles, and other exotic animals, which have become increasingly popular in Australia.

“We have over 60 world-class speakers as well as a veterinary nurses’ stream to ensure the entire veterinary practice team will be able to expand their knowledge and develop new skills that they can take back to the clinic and apply in everyday practice,” Dr. Saini said.

The FASAVA program features world-renowned international experts including:

  • David Church from the Royal Veterinary College who will share what’s new in the management of diabetes in pets in 2017.
  • Both Lynelle Johnson and Richard LeCouteur who are from the University of California, Davis. Dr. Johnson is an expert in respiratory disease and will share the latest in this field of pet medicine, while Dr. LeCouteur will shed some new light on neurological conditions in pets such as seizures and other brain abnormalities.
  • From LMU Munich, Ralf Mueller will explore new approaches to the diagnosis and management of skin conditions.

“In addition to a great line up of international speakers, we also have a variety of Australian speakers who are all experts in their fields and will share what’s new in our part of the world in companion animal medicine and surgery.

“This event is a unique opportunity for veterinarians to learn from colleagues from different countries and regions, who all share the same professional interest – the health and welfare of companion animals.”

The FASAVA Congress is being held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre from 11 – 14 August 2017.

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The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) is the only national association representing veterinarians in Australia. Founded in 1921, the AVA today represents 9000 members working in all areas of animal science, health, and welfare.