Australia's Premier Veterinary Conference

Veterinary Specialist Services will host its 4th Annual Veterinary Conference from 13-15 March 2020 at the Hilton Hotel, Brisbane and will include eight specific clinical streams; a nursing stream; five renowned international speakers and over 40 local speakers covering all aspects of veterinary care for veterinary professionals, practice managers, nurses and students.


The 4th Annual VSS Conference will offer a world-class program so don't miss this opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and advice while interacting with some of the world's leading experts in their field.

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International Keynote Speakers


Internal Medicine Specialist

Prof. David Church

Royal Veterinary College London

Professor David Church graduated BVSc from the University of Sydney in 1975. After graduating he was appointed there as a small animal clinical instructor and enrolled in a PhD program in the Faculty of Medicine looking at various aspects of the pathophysiology of diabetes mellitus.

Internal Medicine Specialist

Prof. Jill Maddison

Royal Veterinary College London

Jill is a graduate of the University of Sydney. She was a senior tutor and clinician in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at the University of Sydney from 1987 and from 1990 was a senior lecturer in the Department of Pharmacology.

Small Animal Specialist Surgeon

Prof. Bryden Stanley

Michigan State University

Originally a graduate of Murdoch University, Australia, Dr. Bryden J. Stanley did her surgery residency and Master’s degree at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Dr. Stanley’s first faculty appointment was at the University of Edinburgh, but she has been at Michigan State University since 1999. Bryden’s clinical interests are all aspects of soft tissue surgery; her research interests are upper respiratory conditions and wound healing.

Clinical Pathologist

Prof. William Vernau

UC Davis

Dr. Vernau graduated in 1984 from the Murdoch University Veterinary School, Western Australia, with first class honors. He became board certified in Clinical Pathology (ACVP) in 1991. Dr. Vernau subsequently ran a large private diagnostic laboratory in Sydney, Australia (1992-1994) and worked part-time as a Clinical Pathologist at IDEXX laboratories, Sacramento (1994-2000), before completing a PhD at UC Davis in 2000.

Small Animal Specialist Surgeon

Dr. Brian Beale

Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists

DACVS. Dr. Beale is a board-certified surgeon and co-owner of Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, Texas. He joined the practice in 1992 after completing his residency and serving on the faculty of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.

Specialist Ophthalmologist

Prof. Simon Petersen-Jones

Michigan State University

Dr. Petersen-Jones earned his vet degree at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London, UK in 1983. After 18 months in general practice, he returned to the Royal Veterinary College to complete a four-year residency in ophthalmology.

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Conference Program 13 - 15 March 2020

The conference streams will run from the 13th to 15th March 2020. Over these three days, registered delegates will have access to streams covering Surgery, Medicine, Emergency & Critical Care, Cardiology, Oncology, Dermatology, Dentistry, Ophthalmology, Feline Medicine, Clinical Pathology, Physiotherapy, Nursing & Wellness.

With 5 international speakers including Professor David Church, Professor Jill Maddison, Professor Bryden Stanley, Professor William Vernau and Dr Brian Beale, conference delegates will hear from some of the world’s leading experts in their field. The VSS Annual Conference will also boast over 40 local speakers who, combined with the international speakers will deliver a total of 81 talks.

For delegates to get the most out of the conference they are encouraged to attend all three days however; for delegates that are time poor they can choose to attend specific days. Clinic passes are also available for large practices to share access amongst their team members, offering complete flexibility.



Whatever your circumstances, we have a ticketing option to suit you:


As an attendee of the VSS 2020 conference, you can earn up to 20 CPD points for the conference  and 36 CPD points for attending the workshops.

Each delegate will be issued with a certificate of attendance which includes verified hours of conference/workshop attendance. This certificate can be used to register your CPD points with the appropriate association.


Clinical Pathology Symposium

15 March 2020

Do not miss this exciting and unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the QML Pathology Veterinary Clinical Pathology Symposium stream at the 2020 Veterinary Specialist Service Conference. 

Lectures will be presented by local specialist pathologists as well as world renowned international keynote speaker and clinical pathologist Dr Bill Vernau (Professor of Clinical Pathology. Microbiology and Immunology, UC Davis, California). 

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Workshop Program 10 - 12 March 2020

Our series of workshops are scheduled immediately prior to the VSS Conference. The 2020 workshops will run from 10 - 12 March in a range of locations. We have increased the number of workshops available however; places at each are limited so please secure your tickets to avoid disappointment

Each workshop will provide a good mix of theory and hands-on experience to ensure you get the most out of an informative day. Please check the links below for more information and to purchase workshop tickets.

*Please note: the Tube Feeding workshop will be held on Friday, 13 March 2020


Hilton Brisbane


A getaway in itself, Hilton Brisbane showcases modern rooms and suites with stunning city views, Australian cuisine and fantastic amenities. Our location puts you in the heart of the city, so venture out to top attractions and explore all Brisbane has to offer.

We have negotiated great accommodation pricing at the Hilton for VSS Conference Delegates. Follow the links to these deals below:


Our Sponsors


Platinum Sponsor

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Bronze Sponsors


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2020 VSS Annual Conference & Workshops


10 - 15 March 2020


conferences@vss.net.au | 1800 442 648


Hilton Hotel | Brisbane | QLD Australia


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