The 2018 AAVAC-UPAV Combined Conference will be held from November 26-30, 2018.  The venue is the InterContinental Adelaide. Adelaide is the capital city of South Australia.  It has long summers and mild winters. In November, temperatures average between 16-28°C.  If outside, it is advisable to wear sunscreen and a hat.


AAVAC Ltd. are holding their conference at the same venue, from November 28-30, 2018. 

As South Australia’s seat of government and commercial centre, Adelaide is the site of many governmental and financial institutions. Adelaide is noted for its many festivals and sporting events, its food and wine, its long beachfronts, and its large defence and manufacturing sectors.   

More than 450 bird species call South Australia home.  From urban areas, the Murray River floodplains, mallee scrub, forest and woodlands, lagoons, wetlands and the arid Outback.   The Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Little Corella, Long-billed Corella, Rainbow Lorikeet, Noisy Miner, Grey Currawong, the White-backed Magpie and the Australian White Ibis may be seen in and around Adelaide.  The kookaburra has adapted well to urbanisation.





Lauren Powers DVM, DABVP (Avian, ECM)


Dr. Powers has been Service Head of the Avian and Exotic Pet Service at Carolina Veterinary Specialists since 2002.

She graduated with Honours from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1994 and completed a residency in Non-domestic Avian Medicine and Surgery at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine (NCSU-CVM) (1995-1997).

She is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at NCSU-CVM (from 2008), and is Board-Certified in both Avian Medicine (ABVP-Avian Practice - since 1997) and Exotic Companion Mammal Medicine (ABVP-Exotic Companion Mammal Practice - since 2012).  She was the 2011 and 2012 recipient of the AAV President’s Award for Outstanding Service and the 2008 recipient of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV) President’s Award. She currently serves as President of AAV.

Dr. Powers has written more than twenty scientific journal articles and book chapters.  She has presented on pharmacology and pharmacodynamics, antimicrobial therapy, poultry, haemoparasites, fluid therapy, atherosclerosis, compounding medications, reproductive tract disorders, analgesia, ophthalmology.  Her areas of special interest are avian and exotic critical care, emergency medicine and neurologic diseases.