About AAAS

AAAS’s unique, inclusive approach, allows everyone involved in animal science – from students, to industry professionals and researchers – to meet and learn from each other.

At the national level, the AAAS Biennial Conference provides an excellent opportunity for members to meet, exchange information and ideas and discuss the very latest advances from the world of animal science and production. At branch level, meetings are convened at regular intervals to discuss topics of local or national interest and to provide a forum for members to raise matters of importance.

Our AAAS values are

  • Professional integrity
  • Evidence based science
  • Ethical, sustainable animal enterprises
  • Lifetime support

AAAS membership will allow you to connect with practicing animal scientists throughout Australia and internationally


AAAS is part of a global network of animal science. We are members of:

Established in 1965, WAAP represents a federation of nations and regional societies or associations having the same goals. WAAP aims to encourage closer collaboration between the animal production organisations and to bring together scientists, educators, technicians and administrators with the objective of reviewing development concerns on the five continents.

WAAP hosts a World Conference on Animal Production every five years, with the next meeting to be held in Lyon, France in 2023.

AAAP was established in 1980 to provide connections between animal scientists in Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The biennial conference is an important scientific forum for the region, with the next congress to be hosted by Korea in 2022.

AAAS is represented on the council of AAAP by Associate Professor Russell Bush, University of Sydney

Our history

In 1954 a group of Australian scientists decided that they needed a society to provide the then-burgeoning activity of applying science to animal production with a forum that allowed sharing of ideas, a biennial research conference, and a dedicated research publication. Each state established branches of the Australian Society of Animal Production (ASAP), which held regular meetings to discuss current research and extension developments.  A feature of the early society was the inclusion of producers in branch activities and the biennial conference. Early career graduates were introduced to the legends of animal science and production, and used the conference to form networks and learn how to deliver messages from their scientific research. This society contributed enormously to the current success of animal production in Australia.

Times change, and the society gradually diminished in its relevance to researchers, students and others involved with animals, for a range of reasons. Those involved with different individual animal species started their own societies, scientists preferred going to their own discipline meetings, and other relevant groups began to service animal agriculture. In 2018, the ASAP federal council met in Sydney to develop a strategy for invigorating the society based on broader engagement across the animal sciences – and the Australian Association of Animal Sciences (AAAS) was born!