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  1. Learn from the best international speakers, as well as a variety of Australian speakers, all experts in their fields - Cardiorespiratory: Lynelle Johnson, Fiona Meyers-Campbell, Niek Beijerink  Clinical pathology and principles of medicine: Jill Maddison, Sue Foster, Graham Swinney  Dentistry: Curt Coffman, Loic Legendre, Ruth Barthel, Anthony Caiafa  Dermatology: Sonya Bettenay, Ralf Mueller, Linda Vogelnest  Emergency: Sarah Haldane, Dez Hughes, Terry King  Endocrinology: Dennis Chew, David Church, Darren Merrett  Feline Medicine: Andrea Harvey, Vanessa Barrs, Carolyn O’Brien  Gastroenterology: Caroline Mansfield, Stanley Marks, David Twedt  Imaging: Cathy Beck, Zoe Lenard  Infectious Disease: Michael Lappin, Vanessa Barrs, Julia Beatty, Jill Maddison  Neurology: Richard LeCouteur, Georgina Child, Sam Long  Oncology: Peter Bennett, Tony Moore, Rod Straw  Ophthalmology: Mark Billson, Anna Deykin, David Maggs, Robin Stanley  Surgery: Daniel Brockman, Catriona MacPhail, Jason Beck, Stephen Fearnside, Andrew Marchevsky, Phil Moses  Urogenital: David Senior, Dennis Chew  Unusual pets and avian: Hamish Baron, Brendan Carmel, Bob Doneley, Anne Fawcett, David Neck, Annabelle Olsson, Lizzie Selby, Gerry Skinner, Tegan Stephens, Alex Rosenwax, Shangzhe Xie  Nursing: Trish Farry, Tinika Gillespie, Philip Judge, Terry King, Patricia Newton, Anita Parkin, Lisa Partel, Rebekah Scotney, Rod Straw, Robert Webster, Layla Wilkinson

Congress venue

Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
2684-2690 Gold Coast Hwy,
Broadbeach Queensland 4218
T: +61 7 5504 4000

FASAVA Congress 2017 will be held at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre (GCCEC), the largest regional convention centre in Australia. Located in Broadbeach, the GCCEC is close to a wide range of accommodation options, restaurants and bars, fantastic shopping and the Gold Coast’s famous beaches.

Getting to the Gold Coast

Getting to the Gold Coast couldn’t be easier with access via two major international airports as well as effortless road access from Queensland’s capital, Brisbane. The Gold Coast is serviced by two major airports. Gold Coast Airport is conveniently located 30 minutes from the city centre and offers extensive domestic and international services.

Direct flights to and from all Australian capital cities and regional areas, plus the majority of metropolitan centre are readily available.The airport operates from 4:30am each day with an average of more than 350 direct flights per week. Brisbane domestic and international airport is less than one hour’s drive north from the city centre via the M1. Brisbane International Airport is open 24 hours a day and currently has more than 3,000 direct international flights per week to and from major destinations.

Airport transfers

For delegates requiring airport transfers, a wide range of coach, bus, taxi and hire car services are available from both Coolangatta and Brisbane airports.

From Gold Coast Airport
For details of transfers from Gold Coast Airport click here.

From Brisbane Airport
For details of transfers from Brisbane Airport click here.


The official currency in Australia is the Australian Dollar (AUD). Compare your currency to AUD through this currency converter.

Disabled access

Wheelchair access is available to all areas of the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre building, including wheelchair lift access from the car park where ample disability bays are located beside the elevator on the first basement level. Specially designed bathrooms are also located on all levels. In the Arena, wheelchair access seats are available in the cross aisles which are designed with glass barriers for easy viewing. Public bathrooms and lift facilities throughout the centre have Braille signs, and a mobile hearing augmentation system ensures clearer reception throughout the venue. Tactile warning indicators to stairs, ramps and other changing conditions comply with all laws governing safety.


Electrical current is 240/250V, AC 50Hz. The Australian three-pin power outlet is different from that in many countries, so you will need an adaptor. If your appliances are 110V, check if there is a 110/240V switch. If not, you will need a voltage converter. Universal outlets for 240V or 110V shavers are usually found in leading hotels.

GST information

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is a broad-based ten percent tax included in the shelf price of most Australian goods and services. The Tourist Refund Scheme allows international travellers to claim a GST refund (subject to certain conditions) on goods purchased in Australia. The refund only applies to items worn or goods taken onboard as hand luggage when leaving the country.

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Queensland's Gold Coast has a comfortable sub-tropical climate ideal for outdoor enjoyment all-year round. The Gold Coast averages 245 days of fine and sunny weather each year. Average temperatures in August range between 10°C to 21°C (50°F to 70°F).


The official language of the Congress is English.

Liability and insurance

Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind. It is strongly recommended that at the time you register for the conference and book your travel you take out an insurance policy of your choice. The policy should include loss of fees/deposit through cancellation of your participation in the conference, or through cancellation of the conference, loss of international/domestic air fares through cancellation for any reason, loss of tour monies through cancellation for any reason including airline or related services strikes within Australia, failure to utilise tours or pre booked arrangements due to airline delay, Force Majeure or any other reason, medical expenses (including sickness and accident cover), loss or damage to personal property, additional expenses and repatriation should travel arrangements have to be altered. The conference managers cannot take any responsibility for any participant failing to arrange their own insurance. This insurance is to be purchased in your country of origin.

International visa entry requirements

International delegates please note: You will need a visa to enter Australia.

All international visitors to Australia (the sole exception being citizens of Australia and New Zealand travelling on Australian and New Zealand passports) must obtain a visa in advance. You are urged to apply for a visa not later than six weeks prior to travel. Residents of many countries may now apply for a visa online, others will need to apply at an Australian Embassy, Consulate or High Commission. For information on how and where to apply for a visitor’s visa to Australia, please go to the Department of Immigration Website.

You will need to register for the conference and pay your fees before you apply for a visa.

International delegates: Letters of invitation and visas

Official letters of invitation designed to help overcome administrative difficulties in certain countries will be sent on request. It must be understood that such letters do not represent a commitment on the part of the Organizing Committee or Congress to provide any financial assistance. Please note that our policy is to only issue a letter of invitation to an international delegate once registration and full payment has been received. A letter of invitation from the conference does not guarantee entry in to Australia. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a letter of invitation after your registration and payment has been submitted and attaching your paid invoice.

Guest attendance policy

All event activities (including educational sessions, meal functions, exhibition hall, etc.) are exclusively reserved for registered attendees. Non-registered guests (including children, family members, colleagues, etc.) are not allowed in any of the event areas. Badges provided at registration are required for entrance into all functions and will be strictly enforced.

Time zone

Eastern Standard Time (EST): GMT + 10 hours. Daylight saving is not observed in Queensland.

FASAVA Congress 2017 secretariat

Gabi Caruana
Australian Veterinary Association Ltd
Address: Unit 40, 6 Herbert Street,
St Leonards NSW 2065, Australia
T: +61 2 9431 5056
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