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Veterinary Business Group Virtual Summit
Veterinary Business Group Summit 2020
Veterinary Business Group Virtual Summit


Emerge stronger with the VBG Summit, equipped with the business intel you need for your practice.

How much is the VBG Summit 2020? 

VBG Member: $290
AVA Members: $350
Non-Members: $580
International delegates: Members of these Associations can attend at the AVA Members ($350) pricing:

  • American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
  • British Veterinary Association (BVA)
  • Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)
  • New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA)
  • South African Veterinary Association (SAVA)

Learn as a team/practice

Register as a team/practice for the VBG Summit and receive discounted pricing

Pricing for VBG team registrations:
  • Register 5 - 10 staff and receive a 5% discount = $275.50 per delegate
  • Register 11 - 50 staff and receive a 10% discount = $261 per delegate
  • Register 51 - 199 staff and receive a 15% discount = $246.50 per delegate
  • Register over 200 staff and receive a 20% discount = $232 per delegate

Pricing for AVA Team registrations:
  • Register 5 - 10 staff and receive a 5% discount = $332.50 per delegate
  • Register 11 - 50 staff and receive a 10% discount = $315 per delegate
  • Register 51 - 199 staff and receive a 15% discount = $297.50 per delegate
  • Register over 200 staff and receive a 20% discount = $280 per delegate

To access this discount you need to comply with the following:

  • All attendees need to be an VBG member and from the same team/practice
  • Register all your attendees at once in a group booking
  • Payment for the group booking needs to be taken in one credit card transaction
For further information please contact the AVA Events Team;

All pricing in Australian Dollars.

Awards and Scholarships 

If you received a Summit Pack in the mail, you will find in your packs a little something for you to bedazzle in readiness for our Awards night, on Friday 23 October – come celebrate the achievements of your colleagues in style! If you missed out on a Summit Pack – BYO novelty glasses are encouraged for the Awards night!

Logging in to the VBG Summit Platform

As an attendee you do not need to download anything to view and interact with the event, all you need is access to a device which has a stable internet connect and an internet browser.
  1. Log into the VBG Summit website
  2. Enter the email address that you registered for the VBG Summit with and enter the password. If you have already registered but not yet set up a password for the conference site, please click here

Navigating the Summit Website

Familiarise yourself with the conference site and menu items

Register – this will take you to the external registration platform – for those who have not yet registered for the VBG Summit. 
My Agenda – this is where you can view your saved talks. To save talks go to Program, browse the talks. To save one to your Agenda click on the star to the right of the talk title and this talk will then appear in your agenda. You can do this with multiple talks. 
Program - View and browse the VBG Summit program. Join is for the live talks at the scheduled times.
Network - You can network with other VBG Summit participants – delegates, sponsors and speakers. 
Say g’day and start a conversation! 
  1. Click on the NETWORK button at the top right of the VBG Summit homepage: 
  2. Search for a colleague, friend, sponsor or business! The search bar here will pick up a name or word that appears in the first name, surname, company name, job title of the person.
  3. Make sure you are are logged in and your profile set to "Public"

Your VBG Summit profile 

Manage, Set-up and Edit 
To get the most out of the upcoming VBG Summit, we recommend completing your virtual profile. Your virtual profile will be how other delegates, exhibitors and speakers interact with your profile throughout the event.
To fill out your profile comprehensively please have the below information ready:
  • Profile Picture
  • Job title
  • Location
  • Professional Bio.
  • Social media links.
 After logging in go to edit profile, under the account button in the top right of your screen, fill in the form.
*Important* - if you make your profile public, you will be able to interact with other delegates and other delegates will be able to interact with you, without activating your profile as public your details will not be viewed.

Sponsors & Exhibitors

Please make sure you connect with all our sponsors and exhibitors, before, during and after VBG Summit. This event would not be possible without their support of the veterinary profession. 
Here’s some ways you can connect using the VBG Summit virtual platform.

VBG Summit Virtual Satchel - download here

VBG Summit Show Book - download here
Browse the talks, speakers and the industry experts who's brands we'll explore through the VBG Summit 

VBG Summit Treasure Hunt
Open our treasure map on the website for more information on prizes and how to enter. Join us on Friday at 5pm for the VBG Awards, where prize winners will be announced.
Prize Draws
All Summit prizes will be announced on Friday the 23rd of October at the conclusion of our VBG Awards and Scholarships. You must be in attendance to win! 

Book a Meeting!
This is a great way to connect with exhibitors and your VBG Network. You can meet for a video chat, share your screen and chat face to face all whilst in the VBG Summit platform. NB: The search bar here will capture a word or name in the name, company or job title of the person you are looking for.  Booking meetings in the platform can be done through the delegates list. You’ll find a list of delegates in the NETWORK button, top right-hand side of the page (as seen above).  To book a meeting with another delegate, first click onto the delegates name, then select the “book a meeting” button underneath their page header. After clicking the book a meeting button, you will be prompted to select a meeting type, for your meeting there is only one meeting type. Select a person to book a meeting with, with delegates it will only show the Delegate you have connected with. After clicking confirm, an email will be sent to the person whom you are requesting to meet with. They will be able to select to accept or reject the meeting, this will then trigger a confirmation email to you with an acknowledgment of the meeting. To view your meeting calendar please click the view my meetings button and you will be taken to your meeting calendar. 

Live Stream

To watch the live talks, you’ll need to have registered for the conference, and be logged into the VBG Summit conference website. 
Closer to the live stream day, there will be an additional menu item – WATCH LIVE STREAM – at the top right menu section. You can click on this and it will take you to the live stream video. 
Check the program to see what’s on and when. 
Q&A during the VBG Summit Live stream
Ask questions while watching the live stream. You can so do via the Q&A which is found below the live stream window.
VBG is an interactive conference – bring three questions with you to ask the speakers!
You’re not just here to watch, we want to hear what you have to say. For the Keynote Speaker sessions (Michael McQueen and Katerina Kimmorley) we invite you to reflect on and prepare three questions to ask them. For more information and to help you prepare your questions, review the VBG Summit Reflection Workbook. It won’t take long, just a few thoughtful questions for you to answer in preparation for the VBG Summit. You can find the workbook in the pages of your VBG Summit Show Book:
Hard Copy VBG Summit Show Book:       Workbook on pages 10-12
Downloaded VBG Summit Show Book:    Workbook on pages 12-15 (download here)

Viewing the recorded lectures

During the VBG Summit, to view talks just go to Program to watch the recording on-screen. You can watch recordings on-demand for 3 months from October.

Or, you can also go to All Talks to watch the recording. 

How does this work? Do I need to download any special software?

The live stream is viewable on most common internet browsers that you use regularly. We recommend the latest version of Google Chrome.  No additional software is required to view.

For the daily breakout sessions (see the VBG program for timings) these are held via separate Zoom meetings. You will have access to a link to this on the day, and it will also be emailed to you. We do suggest having Zoom downloaded onto your nominated device for this.

Is there a student or recent graduate price?  

No, the event is one price for all AVA members, $290 or the non-member pricing listed above.

Can I access the recording talks after the 3 month period?  

Recorded lectures will not be viewable after the 3 month period, but conference proceedings will be available on the AVA Library for all members to access.  

How do the VetEd points work? 

Each attendee can earn up to 9.5 structured* VetEd points for the VBG Summit 2020. Points can be earned by watching talks live or on-demand over the next 3 months. AVA members will have their points uploaded automatically.   
On 17 April 2020, the AVA discussed CPD points classification for veterinarians attending VetFest 2020 with the Veterinary Practitioners Board of NSW. It was confirmed that due to COVID-19 and the restrictions this has placed on face-to-face CPD, that veterinarian participation in NSW in a virtual conference will be considered structured learning. This means 1 point will be allocated per 1 hour of activity.  

 During May, AVA contacted each state/territory Veterinary Board to request consideration of a similar approach for veterinarians in their state/territory.  

 *Response as of 5 June is as follows: 
  • Veterinary Practitioners Board of NSW – veterinarian participation in NSW in the virtual conference will be considered structured learning. 

  • Veterinary Surgeons Board of Queensland – the QLD Board supports the proposal for veterinarians’ attendance at VetFest 2020 via videoconference to be recorded as structured learning. 

  • ACT Veterinary Practitioners Board – Agreed that participation in the AVA’s virtual conference will be considered structured learning for ACT registrants. 

  • Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria – Board agreed to recognise attendance at the conference, be it online or offline, as structured learning for CPD purposes 

  • Veterinary Surgeons Board of South Australia – Board agreed that SA veterinarians who attend VetFest sessions ‘real time’ (live-streamed) can claim 1 point per 1 hour. 

  • Veterinary Board of the Northern Territory – CPD is not legislated as mandatory in the NT however under the Veterinarians Code of Conduct they have a duty to maintain contemporary professional standards and must advise each renewal year that they have completed some form of CPD. 

  • Veterinary Board of Tasmania – The Tasmanian Veterinary Service Standards do not currently include specific requirements in relation to CPD. Rather, there is a broad requirement to maintain professional knowledge under the VSS3/2016: Standard of Professional Conduct. 

  • Veterinary Surgeons' Board Western Australia – There is currently no requirement for veterinary surgeons to complete any CPD. Whilst it’s very much encouraged, there is no specified amount or recording of what they do. 

What are the payment options, and can I be invoiced? 

All payments must be made via credit card during the registration process. If you have further questions, please contact

I forgot my password or need help with something else during the conference

If you are having trouble logging in, please click the ‘Forgot your Password’ button to reset it -
If you are still having trouble, please email 

Become a member of the Australian Veterinary Association 

As Australia’s peak professional association of the veterinary profession, you become part of an extensive network of like-minded professionals across the country and gain access to continuing professional development, thousands of resources and ongoing opportunities to be represented on state and federal issues that matter to you. With leading continuing professional development, exclusive discounts and benefits, an extensive online library and a large collegial network, membership to your professional association is key to ensuring you have a successful working career – at any stage of your professional life.
The AVA has thousands of resources you need for a successful career and business, and the AVA’s 19 Groups and continuing professional development help you stay current as well as meet your registration requirements.

Become a member of the Australian Veterinary Association and be one of the thousands of fellow veterinary professionals represented by their peak professional association. Click here to join today.

How can I become a sponsor of the Summit?

Click here to see sponsorship opportunities.

Keynote Speakers

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