Key Dates

Early Bird Registration Closes
22 September 2020

Pre-conference Tours and President's Welcome Drinks
22 November 2020

26th VNCA Conference Melbourne
23 - 25 November 2020


Conference Managers

Association Professionals
PO Box 7345
Beaumaris VIC 3193
T: 03 9586 6022

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Call for Abstract Submissions

The call for abstract submissions for the 26th VNCA Conference has now closed for workshop and lecture presentations.

The call for posters and case reports remains open - submit your presentation now.

The Conference Commmittee warmly invite you to submit an abstract for consideration to present at the 26th VNCA Conference.

The education program of the 26th VNCA Conference, to be held at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on 23 - 25 November 2020. It will comprise of five presentation formats;

  • 1 hour lectures presented by subject matter experts including International Keynote Speaker, Amy Newfield.

  • 15 minute case reports in the Angel Rivera Case Report Presentation session, presented by veterinary nurses and technicians who will be adjudicated to build the presenter’s knowledge and confidence as a presenter.

  • 2 hour workshops providing hands-on, practical skills across a range of topics.

  • Poster presentations prepared by veterinary nurses on a wide variety of subjects.

  • Panel sessions to discuss topical issues facing the veterinary nursing profession.

Start planning your involvement in the 26th VNCA Conference now! We are looking forward to welcoming you to the conference as a delegate and encourage you to submit your abstract for consideration to present as part of the educational program.

Please see below links to detailed information on the 4 presentation formats to submit your abstract.

Conference Theme: Bringing your future into focus.

Submission of abstracts will be considered in 4 formats (1 hour lectures, 2 hour workshops, 15 minute case reports and poster presentations) across the following themes;

  • Surgical,

  • Clinical,

  • Medical,

  • Exotic/Avian,

  • Equine,

  • Anaesthesia and analgesia,

  • Behaviour,

  • Practice Management,

  • Communications and Customer Service,

  • Veterinary Nurse Wellbeing.

All submissions will be considered, with the successful submissions being offered a presentation opportunity at the conference. We anticipate notification to successful presenters being communicated by mid October.

Presenters will receive incentives applicable to the format of their presentation, post conference. Please see the presentation format specific pages below for information on remuneration or incentives. VNCA is unable to subsidise accommodation and travel costs of presenters in order to maintain conference registration fees at an achievable level for delegates.

Why should I present at the VNCA conference?

  • Embrace this opportunity to develop your skills and professionalism in a supportive environment,

  • Share your knowledge and experiences with your veterinary nurse peers,

  • Advance your profession by demonstrating veterinary nursing as a knowledgeable, skilled and professional career,

  • Reinforce the vital role that veterinary nurses play within the veterinary healthcare team,

  • Demonstrate that you are an innovator in one of your areas of interest,

  • Open dialogue within the profession; another delegate may be able to provide a missing piece of the puzzle or you may meet others with the same interests as you,

  • Advance the VNCA's unique body of knowledge,

  • Be recognised by your peers and employer for your unique contribution to the conference,

  • Earn CPD points to gain or maintain your AVNAT registration.

So it’s decided, you’ll submit your expression of interest to present at the 26th VNCA Conference in Melbourne, 2020! You know your subject matter best and which conference them it fits with, what next?

Select the presentation style that best suits you and click the style heading for more information;

1 Hour Lectures 

Oral presentations, or lectures, are the traditional method of conveying research or theories to a large audience. Highly experienced veterinary nurses and technicians present a cohesive flow of information and convey theories, research, developments, experiences and much more to the audience, often with elements of interaction such as Q&A sections to finish the session. 1 hour lecture presenters are reminded that 50 minutes is allocated to the presentation including question time, to allow for any slight delays and for delegates to move swiftly to their next session.

2 Hour Workshops

Hands-on practice can accelerate the learning process and involving audiences in practical workshops can develop skills for veterinary nurses to be fluent, prior to needing them in the workplace. Workshop presenters are encouraged to consider that delegates are of varying skill levels and are challenged to submit workshops which will appeal to new and experienced veterinary nurses and be transferrable across specialist and general clinics.

15 Minute Case Reports

This presentation format is your chance to share your experience with real patients and cases that have challenged you, invigorated your passion, motivated you to learn or inspired you to be a better veterinary nurse. Emphasis of your submission should be placed on the nursing aspect of the case without limitation to the species or scenario of the case.

Submissions in this category are limited to presenters who hold a Cert IV in veterinary nursing or recognised veterinary nursing or technician qualification, with NO prior formal lecturing experience. As this format of presentation is fostering a learning experience for individuals considering lecturing in the future, candidates will be assigned a mentor, on request, to assist in final preparations of the case for presentation.

Poster Presentations 

Creative and informative presentations on A0 size posters are a format of presentation which often appeals to the veterinary nurse who is wanting to participate though may not be ready to advance to an oral presentation role. At the conference, the VNCA will hang all the poster presentations together within the trade exhibition area, and will schedule one lunch break when all poster presenters will stand next to their poster to answer questions and discuss their learnings with conference delegates. Posters present cases, experiences, techniques, research or theories using visual aids such as graphs, photos, charts, tables and diagrams to concisely communicate details of the subject.