We are excited to host a number of virtual happy hours across the 3 weeks of our conference.
Please find below a list of groups and times for each happy hour. Note that all times are listed in AEST:
Public Health - Wednesday 8 July, 9:00pm - 10:00pm AEST
Australian Veterinarians in Public Health (AVPH) – "Ask Me Anything" with Special Guests
Please join AVPH members, Australia's CVO Mark Schipp and another surprise guest for happy hour on Wednesday July 8th. This will be a once in a lifetime opportunity as they submit themselves to 'Ask me anything'. Your host for the evening will be Guy Weerasinghe. Think of this as the public health vet's version of Triple J's Hack but with more personal stories! Feel free to wear an interesting hat to distract people from your pajamas as it will be held from 9- 10 pm following that evening's Veterinary Public Health presentations.To register please click here.
Wednesday 8 July, 9:00pm - 10:00pm AEST
Veterinarians in Education, Research and Academia (VERA) Virtual Happy Hour.
Veterinarians in Education, Research and Academia (VERA) are getting together for their first virtual networking happy hour! We invite you to catch up with peers who you may not have seen for many months given current circumstances. As we were not able to have our annual "Food for Thought'' dinner, we will have a virtual version instead!To register please click here.
- Friday 10 July, from 7:30pm AEST
Small Animals (ASAV) Virtual Happy Hour - Frock up in Lock Up
We’ve all missed dressing up for celebrations this year .. Conference Gala Dinners, Birthdays, Anniversaries.
Join your hosts Drs Julia Crawford, Caitlin McQuarrie & Anne Fawcett dressed up in something you’ve always wanted to wear out to a ball but have been too shy to do so!
A Covid Maskerade? instead of something covering your eyes, wear something to cover your nose and mouth.
Outfits could be from any era ... 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, David Bowie or punk. Go Wild !
The most important thing is to have fun, laugh a lot and drink champagne of course!To register please click here
Unusual Pet & Avian - Wednesday 15 July, 9:00pm - 10:00pm AEST
Unusual Pet & Avian Veterinarians (UPAV) Virtual Trivia Happy Hour
Step into the world of Unusual Pet & Avian Veterinarians for some trivia fun! Expect all kinds of weird and wonderful questions to keep you entertained.To register please click here
Equine - Friday 17 July, 7:00pm - 8:00pm AEST
Equine Veterinarians Australia (EVA) Virtual Networking Happy Hour
Please join us for the first EVA virtual networking happy hour for a fun and interactive evening of collegiality and catching up with old friends and new. The virtual happy hour gives you an opportunity to connect with many like-minded professionals from different corners of the profession. Please send in some “family friendly” jokes that we can all enjoy on the evening to Elaine.Robertson@ava.com.au
and grab yourself a beverage of choice on the night. We also encourage you to wear a hat of choice on the night for a bit of added fun! To register please click here.
- Friday 17 July, from 7:30pm AEST
Small Animals (ASAV) Virtual Trivia Night
Come along to the first ASAV virtual trivia night! with Quiz Master David Neck. Expect questions to challenge your veterinary knowledge, all in the name of fun!To register please click here.
- Wednesday 22 July, 9:00pm - 10:00pm AEST
Integrative Vets Australia (IVA) Virtual Q and A.
Did you have questions about integrative medicine? Curious to know how it can be incorporated into your practice? If you'd like to know more about this rapidly growing area of Vet medicine join us at Happy Hour and ask members of the group any questions you are curious about. You'll find we are interesting and engaging, very friendly and supportive group. BYO beverage of choice! To register please click here.
Animal Welfare & Ethics - Wednesday 22 July, 9:00pm - 10:00pm AEST
Australian Veterinarians for Animal Welfare and Ethics (AVAWE) – Virtual Happy Hour
Australian Veterinarians for Animal Welfare and Ethics (AVAWE) invite you to forget about COVID-19 and to catch up with fellow members of AVAWE for a fun and friendly night. Have a glass of bubbly in hand. On the night we will be hosting a fancy dress themed night and invite you to dress up as your favourite animal! We will split attendees up into ‘Zoom Breakout rooms’ so you can have a close-knit chat with a smaller group.
Australian Veterinary Conservation Biology (AVCB) - Campfire Happy Hour - penguins, pangolins, PJs & pinot noir
Join us at the conclusion of VetFest for a virtual fireside drinks and chat! Catch up with peers in a relaxed, light-hearted setting (you can even wear your PJs!). Connect with like-minded colleagues over a glass of wine, cheese & bikkies, as you would at the end of a day on a field trip, huddled around a roaring campfire. Speakers from the VetFest AVCB stream will join in, and host Phil Tucak will keep the conversation flowing with some 'wildlife of the world' trivia!
Dental – Thursday 23 July, 9.00pm-10.00pm AEST
Australia Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS) – Virtual Happy Hour
We invite you to attend the first AVDS virtual networking happy hour! Catch up with peers and new friends to discuss recently presented topics. The virtual happy hour gives you an opportunity to connect with many like-minded professionals from across the country. To register please click here.
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.