MAVALT Veterinary Symposium:
3–4 December, 2019
Sowing for Success: Selection, progression and retention in the veterinary profession
The third veterinary symposium hosted by MAVALT will be held on 3 and 4 December 2019, at the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, University of Melbourne.
Titled Sowing for Success: Selection, progression and retention for a healthy veterinary profession, 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.
University of Melbourne
A symposium program can be found here.
- Selection for increased diversity
- Retention for a sustainable profession
- Curriculum innovation and assessment
- Collaboration and interpersonal skills
- Teaching essential life skills to our veterinary students
6.00pm, Tuesday 3 December
Abstract submissions have now closed.
- Register as a University of Melbourne staff member (University employees only)
- Register as an external delegate
Professor Jennifer Hodgson
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Virginia Tech, USA
Jennie is a professor of Population Health Sciences and also the Associate Dean for Professional Programs at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.
She uses a competency-based approach to her teaching in bacteriology which encourages students to find, analyse and interpret information in the context of real-life clinical case scenarios. This helps to equip students with critical thinking skills and bridges the gap between theory and practice. Throughout her career, Jennie has been committed to develop new ways to advance veterinary education and share her experiences with her peers.
Jennie earned her BVSc(hons) from the University of Sydney. After a brief stint in practice, Jennie returned to the University of Sydney as an intern in veterinary pathology, before heading to the US to complete a PhD at Washington State University. She then went on to teach at various universities including Washington State University, the University of Sydney and, most recently, Virginia Tech. She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiology and a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
Jennie is an active member of the North American Veterinary Educational Consortium, the AAVMC Academic Affairs Committee and the AAVMC working group for Competency-Based Veterinary Education (CBVE). She co-authored the teaching guide “Veterinary Medical Education – A Practical Guide”.
In 2017, she has received the AAVMC Distinguished Teacher Award presented by Zoetis, one of the most prestigious veterinary teaching awards. Jennie has also received numerous teaching awards in Australia including the AVA Excellence in Teaching Award and the Carrick Award for Australian University Teaching.
Associate Professor Jenny Weston
School of Veterinary Science
Massey University, New Zealand
Jenny has worked as a dairy cattle clinician in private practice and then back at Massey University for about 20 years. She coordinated the final year clinical rotations for several years and was then appointed Academic Dean in the Veterinary School in 2016. She has been a member of VSAAC since 2013 and has participated in seven site visits for AVBC accreditation. Her research interests include a range of infectious diseases of cattle as well as veterinary wellbeing, and the demographics of the veterinary profession in NZ. She is currently supervising PhD student Natalie King who is documenting the career patterns of two cohorts of Massey BVSc graduates and conducting in-depth interviews to explore what factors affected their career decisions. We are very excited about the outcomes from this research as Natalie has contacted and will be interviewing a number of graduates who are no longer working as veterinarians and their personal histories will add valuable perspectives to the research.
When not at work, Jenny enjoys walking for fitness, badminton and being involved in horse endurance competitions. She lives on a 10 acre ‘lifestyle’ block with her husband, Ziggy the cat, a couple of horses and a few cows.
Professor Jill Klein
Melbourne Business School and the Melbourne Medical School
University of Melbourne
Jill is a Professor of Management at the Melbourne Business School and a Professorial Fellow in Medical Education at the Melbourne Medical School. Her teaching specialties are Clinical Decision Making, Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, and Resilience. She teaches growth mindset and resilience work methods to help medical students and doctors (as well as executives and business students) learn to cope with loss, change or adversity in their own lives. Her research interests include medical decision making, junior doctor resilience in the face of medical error, and medical student well-being. Jill has published widely including in the British Medical Journal, Medical Education, and Harvard Business Review.
When Jill isn’t helping to create a growth mindset and resilience in her students, she can often be found playing soccer. She plays internationally with Equal Playing Field, an initiative that challenges gender inequality in sport and promotes sport development for girls and women globally. In 2018 she earned a Guinness World Record with EPF in Jordan (lowest altitude soccer game) and in 2019 in France played in two more world record games.
- Naughtons Hotel *** (website)
43 Royal Parade, Parkville VIC 3052*(03) 9347 2255
Price/ night: $165
Distance from Conference: 250 m (4 min walking)
- IFSTAYS Service Apartment – North
33 Blackwood St, North Melbourne VIC 3051*0426 878 268
Price/ night: from $140
Distance from Conference: 700 m (10 min walking)
- Rydges on Swanston **** (website)
701 Swanston St, Carlton VIC 3053*(03) 9347 7811
Price/ night: $183
Distance from conference: 1 km (13 min walking)
- City Edge North Melbourne **** (website)
188 Peel St, North Melbourne VIC 3051
Price/ night: $135
Distance from Conference: 800 m (10 min walking)
- Alston Apartments Hotel **** (website)
138 Elgin St, Carlton VIC 3053*(03) 8341 6100
Price/ night: $127
Distance from Conference: 1.3 km (17 min walking)
- The Larwill Studio (website)
48 Flemington Rd, Parkville VIC 3052 (03) 9032 9111
Price/ night: $239
Distance from Conference: 1 km (13 min walking)
- University College a (website)
University College, College Crescent, Parkville VIC
Price/ night: $ 77-81
Distance from Conference: 600 m (7 min walking)
a It is not possible to book accommodation in University House directly. Please contact Christina Marth to organise this accommodation.
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