Social events


Relax and unwind after a big day of presentations with these exciting collegial social events, tickets are available for purchase when registering online.

Conference Dinner

Monday, 20 November | 6:30pm – Late

Olio Restaurant, The Old Rum Store. Level 2/2-10 Kensington St, Chippendale NSW 2008

Join us for modern Sicilian cuisine from award-winning chef Lino Sauro. Ticket includes three course sit down dinner, drinks and entertainment. An evening not to be missed!

$150 per ticket for delegates and partners. $210 for non-delegates.


Cocktail Evening

Tuesday, 21 November | 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Exhibition Area, Novotel Sydney Central

Please join us for a relaxing evening of collegiality and catching up with new and old friends. Also make the most of this opportunity to meet and mingle with companies from across Australia, keep up to date with the latest products and services. Includes substantial canapes and drinks.

$88 per ticket for delegates and partners. $120 for non-delegates.

Farewell Drinks

Wednesday, 22 November | 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Novotel Sydney Central

Following the last sessions of the conference, join us for our final farewell drinks at the hotel bar.

Not included in registration. Cash bar available.

UPAV Masterclass Series 1

How Much UV Does Your Reptile Need and What the Heck is Umwelt 

Monday, 20 November | 8:30am – 10:00am

What experience of life do our patients have?   
Ferguson Zones, Photo/thermoregulation, MBD, and utilizing technology monitoring equipment and cage engineering for proper species-specific husbandry and increasing reptilian welfare. 

Choose Right, Choose Flight, Mechanics of Flight Masterclass

Monday, 20 November | 10:30am – 12:30pm 

The wing is the tool that distinguishes the talent of flight conveyed to 10,000 + species of birds and a few hundred species of mammals. A fundamental understanding of flight mechanics for avian practitioners is valuable to clinical practice, and one could articulate the total freedom we envy most. Concept definitions and examples of clinical practice interventions and decisions based on normal and deviations from impact on our wildlife patients' health, welfare, and release will be discussed. Examples of anatomical differences in the wing size and shape for a given species will be shown and discussed concerning their evolutionary biology.

“You can’t ask that?”– Panel

Monday, 20 November | 1:30am – 3:00pm 

Is there something you’ve always wanted to know or have a question that you’ve always wanted to ask but not sure how? Join a panel of UPAV vets as they answer anonymous questions live. There’s no script and nothing is off limits!


UPAV Masterclass Series 2

Advanced Small Mammal Analgesia Masterclass

Monday, 20 November | 8:30am – 10:00am

Preventing and treating pain in our patients is an important but often difficult part of our job. In small mammals, this is made even more difficult by the lack of specific research along with the lack of information provided to us by our patients. In this masterclass, we will work through different cases and explore how to assess pain in our small mammal patients and our options to treat or prevent it. There will be small group discussions as well as whole group sessions.
By the end of this session, hopefully you will feel a little more comfortable with the analgesia options you can provide your patients and when to use them.

The Capybara in the room: Why we should talk about business and leadership at UPAV conferences!

Monday, 20 November | 10:30am – 11:00am 

Business management and money are the capybara in the room but these are the tools to stronger more stable workplaces and we know this has direct implications for workplace wellbeing. Starting with talking about Standards Of Care (SOC’s) in an exotic clinic as an example of how we might explore this at UPAV conferences in the future. 


The hard reality of soft skills: how targeted non-technical competency development supports professional fulfilment and career longevity

Monday, 20 November | 11:00am – 12:30pm 

With the declining supply of qualified veterinary professionals, talent retention is crucial for business sustainability. In this presentation, Dr. Michael Powell will share the latest data from the Lincoln Institute's global Veterinary Sustainability Survey, highlighting critical factors triggering premature departures of veterinarians from clinical practice.

Let's Talk About Dragons! A Roundtable Masterclass about Central Bearded Dragons

Monday, 20 November | 1:30pm – 3:00pm 

Central Bearded Dragons are the most common reptile pets in the world. Despite their popularity there is still much debate about their husbandry and veterinary management. In this Masterclass audience participation is a must as we delve into all things dragons covering topics such as housing (substrates, lighting, heating and diet), medicine (common conditions, emerging issues) and surgery (anaesthesia, procedures). Ask questions, contribute to the discussion, and hear what others are doing in relation to their beardie patients.

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Gadigal and other Traditional Custodians of the lands on which this conference takes place.

We pay respect to their Elders’ past and present and extend that respect to all First Nations peoples as knowledge holders with continuing connections to land, place, waters and community.

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