The VET Expo’s Collaborative Efforts to Address Key Challenges in the Veterinary Industry
As part of their commitment to the industry, the VET Expo is joining forces with:
- The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA),
- Australian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC),
- Veterinary Schools of Australia and New Zealand (VSANZ), and
- Veterinary Academics to tackle the pressing issues that have been affecting the veterinary profession. These collaborative efforts are set to make a significant impact on the future of the industry.
Highlights from The VET Expo Agenda.
Opening Keynote: AVA’s President, Dr Diana Barker’s Vision for the Industry
To kick off this groundbreaking collaboration, Diana Barker, the newly appointed president of the AVA, will deliver an opening keynote presentation at the VET Expo. Her address will outline her vision for the veterinary industry and share her leadership goals. It’s an exciting opportunity for attendees to gain insight into the direction the AVA plans to take in addressing the challenges ahead.
The Veterinary Shortage: A Nationwide Discussion
The recent parliamentary inquiry into the veterinary shortage, as highlighted in a compelling article by ABC News, has triggered a nationwide conversation about the challenges faced by the industry and the potential consequences for animal welfare and public health. The shortage of veterinarians has become a pressing issue that demands immediate attention.
The AVA, AVBC, NSW Legislative Council, University of Queensland and the VET Expo will be taking the lead in these conversations by moderating panels and conducting solo presentations dedicated to discussing the veterinary shortage. Experts from various fields will come together to analyse the root causes, potential solutions, and the overall impact of this shortage on the profession and society at large.
Rethinking Veterinary Education: Preparing for the Future
Another critical aspect of the collaborative efforts between AVA, AVBC, VSANZ and the VET Expo is the groundbreaking panel discussion centred around VSANZ’s education review. Titled ‘Rethinking Veterinary Education: Safeguarding Australasia’s Future in Biosecurity, Food Production, One Health, and Animal Welfare‘ this discussion will be a highlight of the expo.
The panel will delve deep into the report’s findings and discuss how these changes can positively impact the industry and contribute to the overall preparedness of veterinarians.
Why These Collaborative Efforts Matter
The collaboration between the industry’s associations and the VET Expo represents a significant step forward in addressing the key challenges facing the veterinary industry. By actively engaging in discussions about the veterinary shortage and reimagining veterinary education, stakeholders in the field are taking proactive steps toward a brighter future.
The veterinary profession plays a crucial role in safeguarding animal welfare, public health, and the broader ecosystem. Through open dialogue, innovative thinking, and visionary leadership, we can overcome the challenges we face and build a stronger, more resilient veterinary profession. These collaborations signify a commitment to a brighter future for both veterinarians and the animals they serve.
Event Details: The VET Expo 2023
Date: 18 & 19 October 2023
Location: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Conference Tracks: 17
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