Melbourne hosts veterinary student conference

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students from the University of Melbourne hosted delegates from around Australia and overseas at the 58th Australasian Veterinary Student Conference (AVSC).

AVSC 2019 ran from Monday 28 January – Friday 1 March. Most events were held at the University of Melbourne’s Werribee veterinary campus, where a redevelopment program is expanding and improving the teaching facilities and hospital.

The program saw mornings dedicated to lectures and presentations on topics including emergency and critical care, wildlife and conservation, exotic animal handling, bovine obstetrics and advice for new graduates; on Wednesday delegates visited Zoos Victoria, the Victoria Police Dog Squad Academy and an equine quarantine facility at Werribee.

Most afternoons consisted of workshops where leading veterinarians, including many University of Melbourne staff, demonstrated a wide range of techniques, from bovine surgery and canine ultrasound to fish anaesthesia.

Evenings provided opportunities to relax and socialise, including a Gala Dinner held at the Melbourne Sea Life Aquarium. A Trade Fair linked delegates with veterinary professionals and industry representatives showing products and services.

In all, 64 delegates attended the conference. While most represented Australia’s seven veterinary universities – Melbourne (25), Adelaide (1), Charles Sturt (13), James Cook (3), Murdoch (2), Queensland (8) and Sydney (3) – they were joined by delegates from Massey University in New Zealand (4), Federal University in Brazil (1) and four delegates from Malaysia.

Kok Loong (KL) Chu, fourth-year DVM student and President of the AVSC 2019 Committee, said feedback from delegates and industry representatives was very positive, and praised the work of staff and committee members.

KL Chu, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine student and President of the AVSC 2019 Committee.

KL Chu, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine student and President of the AVSC 2019 Committee.

“Overall, it was a really fantastic week and delegates enjoyed themselves thoroughly and some even said they will definitely attend the one next year,” he said.

“It was an extremely commendable effort by the whole team, especially having to juggle the conference outside of school hours alongside the rigorous DVM curriculum... Every member was truly amazing, and I am glad I went through this memorable journey with them.

“I also would like to thank all members of the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences who have helped us along the way, and for their kind assistance and patience in dealing with our requests.”

Story by Stuart Winthrope. Banner image: Delegates at the conference’s Gala Dinner, Melbourne Sea Life Aquarium.