MAVALT is a group of teaching-focused academic and professional staff committed to fostering innovative learning and teaching in the Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences.

MAVALT Veterinary Symposium:
November 29 & 30, 2016

In Pursuit of the Holy Grail:
Fostering Clinical Reasoning Capabilities in Veterinary Education

The second biennial veterinary symposium hosted by MAVALT will be held on November 29 and 30, 2016, at the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, University of Melbourne.

Titled In Pursuit of the Holy Grail: Fostering Clinical Reasoning Capabilities in Veterinary Education, this meeting will bring together educators from Asia Pacific Veterinary and Animal Science schools.

In addition to presentations from keynote speakers, the two-day symposium will include opportunity for presentations from teaching practitioners and industry partners, and a symposium dinner.

Symposium Location

Lower Theatre
Building 142
University of Melbourne


Symposium Themes

The symposium will focus on following key themes:

  • Fostering clinical reasoning capabilities
  • Technological innovations in veterinary education
  • Authentic assessment practices

Symposium Program

A full symposium program is now available.

MAVALT 2016 Program

Symposium Dinner

Tuesday 29 November, 6.30 PM
The Lincoln
91 Cardigan Street, Carlton VIC 3053


The Lincoln is a grand old Carlton pub built in 1854, retaining its art-deco features. The kitchen works closely with small regional suppliers and is focused on using the highest quality sustainable and seasonal produce, with as much as possible made in-house, from our bread, mustard and pickles to curing own own free-range bacon. The bar features 12 taps of craft beer and a wine list focused on small interesting producers, showcasing speciality brewing at its best.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Jill Maddison

Royal Veterinary College
University of London

Jill is Professor of General Practice and responsible for the RVC's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme including management of the RCVS Certificate of Advanced Veterinary Practice.

She is also Director of Clinical Extramural Studies (EMS) and contributes to the RVC's teaching programme for veterinary students and veterinary nurses in the areas of small animal medicine, clinical reasoning and clinical pharmacology.

Jill has published over 60 refereed papers in veterinary and medical journals and is the senior editor of Small Animal Clinical Pharmacology, the 2nd edition of which was published by Elsevier in 2008. She is also senior editor of Clinical Reasoning in Small Animal Practice published by Wiley-Blackwell in March 2015. She has lectured extensively around the world on clinical problem solving, small animal internal medicine and clinical pharmacology. Jill was co-chair of the Scientific Program Committee for the World Small Animal Veterinary Association Congress held in Sydney in 2007 and is coordinator for the clinical CPD streams at The London Vet Show. She is also the chair of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association Continuing Education Committee.

To keep in touch with the realities of private general practice she consults at a local veterinary practice and at the RVC’s first opinion practice, the Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital.

Associate Professor Clare Delany

Melbourne Medical School
University of Melbourne

Clare is Coordinator of Research Higher Degree Programs and Coordinator of the final year of the Masters of Clinical Education Program (EXCITE) in the Department of Medical Education, Melbourne Medical School.

Clare's research and teaching expertise is in clinical and ethics education, clinical clinical reasoning and qualitative research. Clare also works as a clinical ethicists at the Childrens Bioethics Centre at the Royal Childrens Hospital. At the Childrens Bioethics Centre, Clare conducts clinical ethics consultations as a member of the Clinical Ethics Response Group and is involved in delivering ethics education and conducting research in paediatric bioethics.

Clare's research interests and publications include legal and ethical obligations of health practitioners; critical thinking and reasoning in clinical education, and ethics education methods for clinical practice and ethics consultations.

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