Business View Oceania | April/May 2022

83 84 BUSINESS VIEW OCEANIA VOLUME 4, ISSUE 4 BUSINESS VIEW OCEANIA VOLUME 4, ISSUE 4 T he Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) is the only professional association representing veterinarians across Australia- a responsibility embodied by the organisation since its founding in 1921. The AVA serves its members in advocacy (member representation and strategy development and implementation for workforce issues, animal health and welfare, legislation, and biosecurity) education (professional development and learning), community support (social and professional networking), and the development of a sustainable future for the industry. Members enjoy exclusive access to thousands of online resources via the VetSuccess hub, member library, and HR Advisory Services. The association also provides AVA Telephone Counselling to support the mental health and wellbeing of member vets, their staff, and family. Dr. Warwick Vale, President of the AVA, introduces the association. “The AVA evolved from a small group of veterinarians working to bring the profession together as a collective unit that could tackle industry challenges as they arose. We now represent more than 8,500 members as a national organisation from our head office in Sydney, supported by volunteer-run divisions for each state and territory across the country.” Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) AT A GLANCE AUSTRALIAN VETERINARY ASSOCIATION (AVA) WHAT: Peak body organisation supporting Australian veterinary professionals WHERE: The AVA is headquartered in Sydney, Australia WEBSITE: Championing and Empowering the Veterinary Profession