Previewing the Australian Veterinary Association conference 2013


Looking forward to AVA 2013

This time next week I’ll be in sunny, warm  North Queensland attending the AVA 2013 conference in Cairns (I know – poor me).  Having had a great experience at my first national veterinary conference in Canberra last year, I decided to go again this year despite the cost, which has inflicted significant pain on my credit card.

The theme for this year’s meeting is Into the Future. I submitted a proposal to speak on the potential of Web 2.0 and social media for continuing veterinary education, which I thought fitted the theme perfectly, but unfortunately it was not accepted. I am still speaking in a combined presentation with Dr Meg Dietze from NMIT on adapting the Bondy scale1 for assessing clinical competency in veterinary nursing students.

Noteworthy international speakers I am eagerly anticipating are Temple Grandin (US – welfare) and Jim Stowe (Canada – emerging technologies and continuing education). I will again be spending most of my time in the education stream on Monday and Tuesday where I am particularly looking forward to the open forum. Topics covered will include rural and remote learning, continuing education programs in other professions and extramural placements, which seem particularly relevant to me at the moment, having just marked 120 DVM2 (second year veterinary student) extramural placement reports. Last year’s forum session was a great chance for all present to have their voice heard and I expect this one will be no different.

As last year I will be tweeting during sessions using the conference hashtag #AVAConf and blogging about the experience afterwards. Any other contributions to the backchannel would be very welcome.

1.        Bondy KN. Criterion-referenced definitions for rating scales in clinical evaluation. J Nurs Educ.  1983;22:376-82.


About rebekahmcbrown

I am a veterinarian with a special interest in instructional design and developing eLearning in the veterinary and medical areas. I write teaching materials for both face-to-face and online learning as well as writing and editing articles.
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