Chair's Welcome

On behalf of the organising committee, I am pleased to invite you to the 3rd Australian Veterinary Antimicrobial Stewardship Conference (AVAMS23), being held at Crowne Plaza, Gold Coast from the 20-22nd November 2023.

This conference will provide those who manage animal health in all sectors the opportunity to contribute to, and learn about, the growing number of antimicrobial stewardship initiatives underway in Australia and develop collaborative opportunities to strengthen these initiatives and address barriers that impede further progress in antimicrobial stewardship.

Australian approaches to the appropriate use of antimicrobials in animals have always had their basis in the principles of antimicrobial stewardship and lead the world in many of these initiatives. However, there is more that can be done to capture current efforts and clarify areas that require further progress. All animal sectors have the dual responsibilities of minimising the development of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), while upholding our collective responsibility to ensure high standards of animal health and welfare are maintained.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted global focus to human health, we must continue to focus on making improvements in animal health to minimise the potential risks to animal and human health, such as AMR. The efficacy of antimicrobials to treat human bacterial infections, which are a common complication of respiratory diseases such as caused by COVID-19, is more important than it has been in a generation. We must ensure the animal sector is doing all it can to use antimicrobials responsibly to manage animal health and welfare while minimising its contribution to the AMR burden.

I look forward to welcoming you to the Gold Coast in 2023, where there will be plenty of opportunity to expand your professional network and hopefully leave the conference with a resolve to action changes in your sector.

Raymond Chia, 2023 Chair

Key Dates


February 2023

Early bird registrations open

February 2023

Abstract submissions close

EXTENDED 2 July 2023

Early bird registrations close

20 August 2023


Mark Schipp

Mark Schipp

Australian Chief Veterinary Officer

Mark Schipp was appointed Australian Chief Veterinary Officer in 2011.  In 2012 he was elected to the OIE Council and in 2018 was elected President of the OIE General Assembly.

Together with the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Schipp chairs the Australian Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on Antimicrobial Resistance. He is also a member of the Animal Health Committee.

Previously Dr Schipp has held positions responsible for animal derived food product inspection, market access and export certification. 

Dr Schipp served two terms overseas as Agriculture Counsellor in Seoul, South Korea and in Beijing, China.  

Mark is a biology and veterinary graduate of Murdoch University. After graduation he worked with the Western Australian Department of Agriculture.

Dewi Huges

Dewi Hughes

Animal Health Services Manager for Menter a Busnes Wales

Dewi is responsible for delivering Government veterinary services and Menter a Busnes’ animal health initiatives in Wales.

Dewi has co-developed and managed the Arwain DGC Programme (leading on the responsible use of antimicrobials in Wales). Working closely with Government, industry leaders, veterinary practitioners, academics, farmers and horse owners, he has coordinated an industry-led programme to reduce the need to use antibiotics.

The £4 million programme focussed on reducing the need to use antibiotics through diverse approaches and practices including; the use of new and innovative technology on farm, measuring antibiotic usage, supporting and training veterinary prescribing champions, environmental sampling, developing new surveillance strategies, developing a biosecurity application and crucially leading a change in mindset on responsible antibiotic use.

Shabbir Simjee

Chief Medical Officer at Elanco Animal Health

Dr Simjee graduated from the University of Birmingham Medical School in England in 1992, he specialised in infectious diseases completing a MSc in 1994 and a PhD in 1998 also from the University of Birmingham Medical School. After a brief time in research he went to work at the US FDA between 2000-2003 at the Centre for Veterinary Medicine specifically looking at gene transfer between animal and human pathogens. He returned back to the UK in 2004 to take up a position at Elanco Animal Health as global technical and regulatory advisor on antibiotics.

Dr Simjee is past-chair of the VetPath program a Pan European AMR monitoring program and past cochair of the CLSI veterinary antimicrobial susceptibility testing sub-committee. He has served 9 years as editor for Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, 10 years as editor for Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy and continues to serve as editor on International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents.

Dr Simjee is currently serving as chief Medical Officer at Elanco Animal Health with global responsibilitiesfor Elanco’s antimicrobial portfolio

Catherine McLaughlin

Catherine McLaughlin

Chair. Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance (RUMA)

Cat McLaughlin Chairs the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance (RUMA) in the UK ( ). RUMA agriculture is a not-for-profit cross sectoral Alliance of 26 organisations representing supply chains from farm to fork. It provides leadership to the UK livestock industry encouraging innovative and proactive efforts to improve the responsible use of veterinary medicines while ensuring optimum animal health and welfare.

Under RUMA’s collaborative leadership, the total sales of antibiotics for use in UK farmed animal production have reduced by 55% since 2014, with highest priority critically important antibiotics (as categorised by the European Medicines Agency) accounting for only 0.4% of total antibiotic sales.

In addition, Cat Chairs the European Platform for Responsible Use of Animal Medicines ( ) and is also the National Farmers’ Union (England and Wales) policy lead for animal health and welfare.

Cat graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a degree in Agricultural Animal Science and followed with a post-graduate qualification in Farm Business Organisational Management from the Scottish Rural College (SRUC) in 1997. She has worked in the UK’s Agricultural sector ever since.


We are pleased to relase a draft of the program for the 3rd Australian Veterinary Antimicrobial Stewardship Conference (AVAMS23)


We are pleased to advise that registrations are now open for the 3rd AVAMS Conference.  This will be a fully in-person event.  Registration fee includes 2 days conference attendance and tickets to the:

  • Pre-conference workshop (Monday 20 November)
  • Welcome function (Monday 20 November)
  • Conference dinner (Tuesday 21 November

(closes 20/08)


(closes (12/11)


(from 13/11)


* must provide proof of being a full-time student either through letter from university or student id which clearly states that you are full-time.

Cancellation and refund policy


Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise is perfectly situated between the popular Surfers Paradise strip and the buzzing suburb of Broadbeach.


Our Standard Rooms – King or Twin – offers all of the comfort and amenities you need for an amazing holiday in Surfers Paradise.
$175 / night room only, Breakfast daily is $25 pp / night
To enjoy these rates please book in when you register for the conference.

King Standard

Enjoy a superior night’s sleep in a large and comfortable king-sized bed, with some of our King Standard’s also featuring a single fold-out sofa.

Relax on the balcony with garden or partial ocean views. Make the most of the amenities including your LCD TV, mini bar fridge, tea & coffee making facilities, table and chairs, and bathtub with a separate shower.

Twin Standard

Our Twin Standard Rooms feature two comfortable double beds and a balcony with garden or pool views.

Enjoy all the in-room amenities including your LCD TV, mini bar fridge, tea & coffee making facilities, table and chairs, and bathtub with a separate shower.


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Gold Sponsor

Meat & Livestock Australia


Silver Sponsor

Australian Pork Limited


Coffee Cart

Animal Medicines Australia


Session Sponsor

Australian Veterinary Association


Welcome Networking Function

Lallemand Australia


AVAMS 2023 Conference Secretariat
Kate Murphy and Jenny Lawler
KAM Events

P 07 5619 3681 | E

PO Box 318 Coolangatta QLD 4225


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