Unusual Pet and Avian Veterinarians Conference




20 - 22 November 2023

UPAV President Welcome

Welcome to the 2023 UPAV Annual Conference, held at the Novotel Sydney Central

Monday 20th – Wednesday 22nd November.


This year we will host three days of high-quality education for veterinarians and vet nurses interested in birds, small mammals and reptiles. The conference has always been a great opportunity for networking as well as providing current information of diagnostics, therapeutics, surgery and medicine of this group of diverse pets. 

We are excited and honoured to welcome back to Australia Dr Todd Driggers, avian and exotic animal specialist from Arizona as our international keynote speaker this year. Todd has spoken internationally and has authored several chapters in the Veterinary Clinics of North America Exotic Animal Practice.  He advocates for ethical stewardship of exotic animal care and for animal welfare and it is an absolute privilege to have Todd back.

Our convener Tegan Stephens has assembled a fantastic line up of speakers and topics, masterclasses and trade exhibitors. A full day program for nurses is also provided on Monday. 
We have excellent support from the trade, so don’t forget to visit their stands and support those who help make the conference a success. The scheduled breaks and cocktail happy hour are a great time to catch up with colleagues and make new friends. The dinner this year will be unique, and I guarantee you will not have experienced anything like it before. UPAV is at the cutting edge of entertainment, as always!

I look forward to attending another great UPAV Conference. See you there!

Dr Deborah Monks
UPAV President 


What's On

Nurses Stream – Monday 20 November
Masterclass Series – Monday 20 November
Keynote Talks & Abstract Presentations – Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 November
Industry Exhibition – Monday 20 – Wednesday 22 November


Monday, 20 November

UPAV Masterclass Series 1
Reptile UV Masterclass
Mechanics of Flight  Masterclass
“You can’t ask that?”

UPAV Masterclass Series 2
Advanced Small Mammal Analgesia
Exotics Management Roundtable
Reptile Roundtable

UPAV Nurses Stream

UPAV Conference Dinner 

Tuesday, 21 November

UPAV Keynote Talks & Abstract Presentations 
Stephen Ross Memorial Scholarship
Wildlife Bushfire Relief Scholarship

UPAV Cocktail Evening

Wednesday, 22 November

UPAV Keynote Talks & Abstract Presentations

UPAV Farewell Drinks

Sydney, Australia

Sydney Australia


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Sydney Airport is located just 13 minutes by train from the city centre. Airport Link offers a fast and convenient way to reach the city and suburbs, with trains running approximately every 10 minutes. To use this service, you will need to purchase an Opal Card. For more information, including fares, maps, timetable changes and travel planners, see the Transport for NSW website.

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