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FAQs

Emerge up-skilled with VetFest 2020, your veterinary virtual conference of the year.

How much is VetFest 2020? 


AVA Members: $290
Non-Members: $580
International delegates: Members of these Associations can attend at member pricing:

  • American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
  • British Veterinary Association (BVA)
  • Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)
  • New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA)
  • South African Veterinary Association (SAVA)

All pricing in Australian Dollars.

RACE accreditation pending 


This conference program has been submitted (but is not yet approved) for 36 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognise RACE approval.

What's included in my VetFest pass?


Unrestricted access to all 100+ live-streamed sessions and access to recordings on-demand for 6 months. 

What days and times are the live-streamed talks?


Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays from 6.00pm – 9.00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time. During this time, multiple sessions will be running concurrently.
If you miss a session, don't worry. You can access most recordings afterwards! Talks will be available on-demand within 48hrs from when the live stream takes place.See the full program schedule here

How does VetFest work? Do I need to download any special software?


VetFest 2020 is viewable on most common internet browsers that you use regularly. No additional software is required to view the conference, and you are not required to download any videoconferencing software. All the streamed sessions will be browser-based. 

How do the VetEd points work? 


Each attendee can earn up to 36 structured* VetEd points for VetFest 2020. Points can be earned by watching talks live or on-demand over the next 6mths. AVA members will have their points uploaded automatically.   

On 17 April 2020, AVA discussed CPD points classification for veterinarians attending VetFest 2020 with the Veterinary Practitioners Board of NSW. It was confirmed that due to COVID-19 and the restrictions this has placed on face-to-face CPD, that veterinarian participation in NSW in the virtual conference will be considered structured learning. This means 1 point will be allocated per 1 hour of activity.  

During May, AVA contacted each state/territory Veterinary Board to request consideration of a similar approach for veterinarians in their state/territory.  

*Response as of 5 June is as follows: 

  • Veterinary Practitioners Board of NSW – veterinarian participation in NSW in the virtual conference will be considered structured learning. 

  • Veterinary Surgeons Board of Queensland – the QLD Board supports the proposal for veterinarians’ attendance at VetFest 2020 via videoconference to be recorded as structured learning. 

  • ACT Veterinary Practitioners Board – Agreed that participation in the AVA’s virtual conference will be considered structured learning for ACT registrants. 

  • Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria – Board agreed to recognise attendance at the conference, be it online or offline, as structured learning for CPD purposes 

  • Veterinary Surgeons Board of South Australia – Board agreed that SA veterinarians who attend VetFest sessions ‘real time’ (live-streamed) can claim 1 point per 1 hour. 

  • Veterinary Board of the Northern Territory – CPD is not legislated as mandatory in the NT however under the Veterinarians Code of Conduct they have a duty to maintain contemporary professional standards and must advise each renewal year that they have completed some form of CPD. 

  • Veterinary Board of Tasmania – The Tasmanian Veterinary Service Standards do not currently include specific requirements in relation to CPD. Rather, there is a broad requirement to maintain professional knowledge under the VSS3/2016: Standard of Professional Conduct. 

  • Veterinary Surgeons' Board Western Australia – There is currently no requirement for veterinary surgeons to complete any CPD. Whilst it’s very much encouraged, there is no specified amount or recording of what they do. 

Do I have to register for the full conference if I only want to watch a few talks? 


Yes, there are no daily registrations. However you do have many other talks you can watch after the conference is over, and even join one or a few of the Virtual Happy Hours! It's all included in your pass.

Can we do a watch party at our practice? If so, how will VetEd points be calculated?


If you purchase a teams membership your VetEd Points will be allocated to the registered delegate only. 
Learn as a team/practice (AVA Members Only) and receive discounted pricing! 

  • Register 5 - 10 staff and receive a 5% discount = $275.50 per delegate 
  • Register 11 - 50 staff and receive a 10% discount = $261 per delegate 
  • Register 51 - 199 staff and receive a 15% discount = $246.50 per delegate 
  • Register over 200 staff and receive a 20% discount = $232 per delegate 
To access this discount you need to comply with the following: 

  • All attendees need to be an AVA member and from the same team/practice 
  • Register all your attendees at once in a group booking 
  • Payment for the group booking needs to be taken in one credit card transaction  
 For further information please contact the AVA Events Team events@ava.com.au 

Is there a student or recent graduate price?  


No, VetFest 2020 is one price for all AVA members, $290.  

Can I access the recording talks after the 6 month period?  


Recorded lectures will not be viewable after the 6 month period, but conference proceedings will be available on the AVA Library for all members to access.  

Are all of the talks recorded?


A majority of the speakers will be speaking live on the night and that presentation will be available on demand for 6 months for viewing later.   There is only 1 session that will not be on demand and that will be visible in the presentation description.
 
Plenaries will not be recorded and are only available to watch on the night. 

Talks will be available on-demand within 48hrs from when the live stream takes place.


Will you be publishing a printed/USB proceedings document?   


Proceedings are available in the ‘Resources’ section under each talk on the VetFest website. You can download these proceedings at any time. 
 

What are the payment options, and can I be invoiced? 


All payments must be made via credit card during the registration process. If you have further questions, please contact events@ava.com.au


Do I have to pay extra for the Virtual Happy Hours? 


No, this is included in your registration! As long as you have registered for VetFest 2020, you will have access to the different Virtual Happy Hours.


Do I have to register to attend the Virtual Happy Hours? 


Yes - when you register for VetFest, you will have the option to advise what groups you are a member of and any group happy hours you may wish to attend*. You will then receive further information and an invitation which will outline the happy hour details (time, date, plus any planned activities, guests or requirements). 
*not all groups will hold a virtual happy hour event 


How does Virtual Happy Hour work? 


These will take place via Zoom! Zoom is a web-based video conferencing tool with a local, desktop client and a mobile app that allows users to meet online, with audio and video. Once you have opted in for your chosen happy hour when you register, you will receive an invitation to your happy hour/s with a link to a Zoom meeting. To participate in the Zoom meeting, you will need: 

  • Zoom application downloaded onto your device 
  • A webcam and microphone enabled device (computers/laptops or tablets are optimal). 
  • A decent, stable internet connection 
  • For a guide on how to set up and use Zoom for the first time, please click here. 

Can I move between Virtual Happy Hours? E.g start at Small Animals, and switch to Cattle during the hour? Or do I need to register for a particular Happy Hour and stay there?


We recommend that you participate in one happy hour per evening.  This way you can be included in any special or planned activities and participate fully with your peers in that group. Different happy hours will be spread out across the three weeks of VetFest to minimise any clashes.  


How do I move from room to room to view a variety of sessions? 


There will generally be 3 rooms available to view between 6-9pm EST on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday nights. Once you navigate to the ‘View Live’ section from the menu on the left, simply select which room you wish to join. You can easily hop out of a room and join another room whenever you wish.
 

I forgot my password or need help with something else during the conference


If you are having trouble logging in, please click the ‘Forgot your Password’ button to reset it - https://vetfest.ava.com.au/users/password/new
If you are still having trouble, please email events@ava.com.au 



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