About the AVNJ

The Australian Veterinary Nurses Journal

Australians only Vet Nurse Jounral

The Australian Veterinary Nurses Journal - AVNJ - is the highly valued bi-monthly publication of the VNCA. Available exclusively to members and subscribers, each issue contains a range of clinical articles, HR tips, information to support the profession of veterinary nursing as well as updates from the VNCA.  All VNCA members receive the AVNJ - student members receive the online edition only.

History of the AVNJ

In 1995 the first edition of the Australian Veterinary Nurses Journal reached VNCA members. This edition featured articles on the 1st VNCA Conference, how the VNCA was formed and what’s in it for nurses. The first two issues were 4 pages reaching 8 pages by the end of 1995 and printed in one colour. They were a vastly different journal to the ones we know today. By 1996 the journal had reached 12 pages and was now printing in two colours. The journal developed in leaps and bounds and as the VNCA grew, so did the AVNJ. By 1997, the AVNJ had a total of 16 pages in full colour and a new look, one which with a few developments stayed with it till a couple of years ago. The new millennium has seen a number of changes to the AVNJ.In the year 2000 the AVNJ included a total of 20 pages and included articles on feline behaviour, pregnancy and whelping in the bitch and veterinary nurses at work. In January 2004 the AVNJ received a face lift and new look. A colour for each year was developed, making it easy for members to distinguish different years and in 2006 the journal grew to 28 pages with full colour throughout.

The January 2007 edition of the AVNJ saw a bumper edition of 32 pages including the 12 page conference program and reached not only members but all veterinary clinics Australia wide. A change of design and colour for the cover to a mainly white theme occurred in January 2007 which was a fresh new look for the AVNJ.  In January 2012 a major change to the title theme from “The Australian Veterinary Nurses Journal” to “AVNJ” as the most commonly recognised name for the journal.

The AVNJ continues as the only publication specifically for veterinary nurses in Australia, producing up to date and relevant information for veterinary nurses both experienced and in training. The Journal is now a substantial 28 pages each issue with the January issue 32 pages including the conference program thanks to the continuing support of our major sponsor Advance and to Amanda Ward-Collins who has published the journal since 1995.