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Emerge up-skilled with VetFest: a virtual conference for every vet professional.

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.


VetFest 2020 on-demand recorded sessions are RACE-approved for veterinary professionals across regions which recognise RACE approval from AAVSB.
RACE-approved CPD are recognised by veterinary professionals as quality courses which help them meet their compliance obligations for licensure.

Can I still register now that the live conference finished?

Yes! You can still purchase a ticket which gives you unrestricted access to watching any of the recorded lectures on-demand for 6 months from July, until midday Friday 22 January 2021. 

Viewing the recorded lectures

To view talks just go to Program to watch the recording on-screen. You can watch recordings on-demand for 6 months from July, until midday Friday 22 January 2021. 

Or, you can also go to All Talks to watch the recording. Plenaries are not recorded with the exception of Tracey McNamara's talk on Canaries in the Coal Mine and Rapid Vaccine Development in the Age of COVID-19 with Paul Young. ,  Body Language Communication - At least look like you are listening with Louise Mahler on Sunday 19 July 2020 is not be available on-demand.

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

VetFest 2020 recorded lectures are viewable on most common internet browsers that you use regularly. No additional software is required to view, and you are not required to download any videoconferencing software.

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 6 mpnths. 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. 

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 

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.   
Plenaries will not be recorded and are only available to watch on the night with the exception of Tracey McNamara's Canary in the coalmine and  Rapid Vaccine Development in the Age of COVID-19 with Paul Young.

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


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