Australian Veterinary Association

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The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) is a not-for-profit association representing more than 6000 Australian veterinarians working in private practice, government, industry, and academia.[1] The AVA was mooted before the First World War but not founded until 1921. The nineteenth century predecessor organisation was the Australasian Veterinary Medical Association [2][3]

Prominent veterinarians who have been members of the Australian Veterinary Association include Professor J.D. Stewart (who was the first AVA President), Ian Clunies Ross (former head of the CSIRO), and parasitologist Hugh Gordon.[4]

The AVA provides information resources, continuing education opportunities, publications, public education programs, and professional support. The AVA also lobbies government on a number of fronts. Special interest groups have existed within the AVA since the early 1960s. These include groups dedicated to equine medicine, cattle, practice management, avian health, sheep, conservation and animal welfare. Some of the special interest groups publish their own peer reviewed journals. The Australian Veterinary History Society is a division of the association [5] Recent lobbying efforts include live cattle export and research into the deadly Hendra Virus.

The AVA has published the Australian Veterinary Journal since 1925.[6][7]

Past and current presidents[edit]

  • 2017-Current: Dr Paula Parker[8]
  • 2010: Dr Barry Smyth
  • 2007–2010: Dr Mark Lawrie


  1. ^ "The Australian Veterinary Association". Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2011.
  2. ^ "Australasian Veterinary Medical Association". The Argus. Melbourne. 14 April 1883. p. 11. Retrieved 19 May 2012 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-05-11. Retrieved 2012-05-19.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Australian Veterinary History Society (2002), Eminent Australian veterinarians, Australian Veterinary History Society, retrieved 19 May 2012
  5. ^ Australian Veterinary History Society (2002), Milestones in Australian veterinary history, Australian Veterinary History Society, retrieved 19 May 2012
  6. ^ "VETERINARY JOURNAL". The Sunday Times. Perth. 26 April 1925. p. 26. Retrieved 19 May 2012 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ Australian Veterinary Association; Blackwell Publishing (1927), Australian veterinary journal, Australian Veterinary Association, ISSN 0005-0423
  8. ^ Association (AVA), Australian Veterinary. "Australian Veterinary Association | Board of Directors". Retrieved 2019-05-03.