AVAMS 2020

COVID-19 update: The AVAMS organising committee is still working through the logistics and plans for AVAMS 2020. If restrictions in place to manage the spread of COVID-19 are still in place in some form by the end of August, it is likely that AVAMS will be delayed until November 2021. All other details will likely remain the same, and if you have already registered and the conference is delayed your registration will be rolled over. We encourage those interested to submit abstracts during the period listed below, and if AVAMS is delayed then there will be ample opportunity to update abstracts and papers.

Chair's Welcome

On behalf of the organising committee, I am pleased to announce the 2nd Australian Veterinary Antimicrobial Stewardship conference (AVAMS), being held at the Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove from the 15-17 November 2020. This conference will provide Australians who manage animal health in all sectors the opportunity to contribute to, and learn about, the growing number of antimicrobial stewardship initiatives underway in Australia and develop collaborative opportunities to strengthen these initiatives and address barriers that impede further progress in antimicrobial stewardship. Australian approaches to the appropriate use of antimicrobials in animals have always had their basis in the principles of antimicrobial stewardship and lead the world in many of these initiatives. However, there is more that can be done to capture current efforts and clarify areas that require further progress. All animal sectors have the dual responsibilities of minimising the development of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), while upholding our collective responsibility to ensure high standards of animal health and welfare are maintained. I look forward to welcoming you to the Gold Coast in November, where there will be plenty of opportunity to expand your professional network and leave the conference with a clearer understanding of what antimicrobial stewardship is, and what it means for you and your sector.

Dr Kylie Hewson

Dr Kylie Hewson

Deputy Executive Director
Australian Chicken Meat Federation


Dr Mark Schipp
Australian Chief Veterinary Officer

Mark Schipp was appointed Australian Chief Veterinary Officer in 2011.  In 2012 he was elected to the OIE Council and in 2018 was elected President of the OIE General Assembly. Together with the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Schipp chairs the Australian Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on Antimicrobial Resistance. He is also a member of the Animal Health Committee.

Professor Sabiha Essack
South African Research Chair in Antibiotic Resistance & One Health

Sabiha Essack is the South African Research Chair in Antibiotic Resistance and One Health and Professor in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She serves as expert consultant on antimicrobial resistance to the World Health Organization and the International Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance Solutions in Denmark. She is chairperson of the Global Respiratory Infection Partnership, vice-chairperson of the AMR Ambassadors Network and serves on the Advisory Board of the Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Biopharmaceutical Accelerator (CARB-X).

Shabbir Simjee
Dr Shabbir Simjee
Chief Medical Officer at Elanco Animal Health

Dr Simjee is past-chair of the VetPath program a Pan European AMR monitoring program and past co-chair of the CLSI veterinary antimicrobial susceptibility testing sub-committee. He has served 9 years as editor for Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, 10 years as editor for Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy and continues to serve as editor on International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents.
Dr Simjee is now chief Medical Officer at Elanco Animal Health with global responsibilities for Elanco’s antimicrobial portfolio.

Matthew Stone
Dr Matthew Stone
Deputy Director General, International Standards and Science World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)

Matthew Stone is a veterinary epidemiologist from New Zealand, and the Deputy Director General – International Standards and Science at the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) at their Paris headquarters.  In OIE Matthew oversees the organisation’s processes for setting international standards; the global strategies for FMD, PPR, Rabies and AMR; and represents OIE on the UN Inter-Agency Coordination Group for AMR.   

Stephen Page
Dr Stephen Page
Advanced Veterinary Therapeutics

Stephen is a consultant veterinary clinical pharmacologist and toxicologist and founder and sole director of Advanced Veterinary Therapeutics, a consulting company that provides advice on appropriate use of veterinary medicines to veterinarians, veterinary organisations (Australian Veterinary Association, World Veterinary Association, World Organisation for Animal Health), state and national government departments and statutory bodies (APVMA, Department of Agriculture, Department of Health, US Environmental Protection Agency), and global organisations (OIE, FAO, Chatham House).

Key Dates

  • Abstracts open 5 March 2020
  • Early bird registrations open 5 March 2020
  • Abstract submissions close 8 June 2020
  • Early bird registrations close 10 August 2020
  • Conference opens 15 November 2020

     Sunday 12 noon to 4 pm - DAWE session
     Sunday 5 pm to 6 pm - AVAMS opening session – Dr Mark Schipp
     Sunday 6 pm - Welcome function
     Monday 9 am to 5pm - International perspectives, updates on AMS and Research reports
     Tuesday 8:30 am to 3 pm - AMS in Australian industries



Full Registration
$ 595 Early Bird
  • Regular Price $695
Early Bird


Full Registration
$ 250 Early Bird
  • Regular Price $350
Early Bird

Cancellation Policy available here


We are pleased to advise that abstract submissions are now open for the 2nd Australian Veterinary Antimicrobial Conference. Submissions will be for an oral presentation or poster.

There are three categories for submissions:

  1. Australian Veterinary Antimicrobial Stewardship efforts
  2. Potential barriers to progressing AMS
  3. Potential solutions to progressing AMS

All abstracts must not exceed 1-page of A4 paper (maximum 400 words), including tables, figures and references.

It is strongly recommended that you use the following guidelines so that you can fit your paper to just one page:

  1. Title – maximum of 135 characters (including spaces)
  2. Authors – maximum of 300 characters (including spaces)
  3. References – maximum of 275 characters (including spaces)
  4. Address – maximum of 400 characters (including spaces)
  5. Acknowledgements – maximum of 160 characters (including spaces)
  6. Text/tables/figures – the remaining space on the page
  7. Key Antimicrobial Stewardship Message – maximum of 135 characters (including spaces).

If your abstract is accepted, you will be asked to prepare a short paper for publication in the Australian Veterinary Journal. Please contact the AVAMS Conference Secretariat via email: avams@yrd.com.au or ph: +61 7 3368 2422 with any questions.

Please click on the following link to submit an abstract – https://yrd.currinda.com/register/event/1219


Interested in Becoming a Sponsor?  Email us  to request a prospectus. avams@yrd.com.au




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