The key focus of the organisation is to organise a major annual conference. This conference brings together a wide range of disciplines and specialities all connected to veterinary teaching or research. This conference allows delegates to not only attend their specialist areas of interest but also gain knowledge of the wider aspects of the veterinary field.
The organisation is affiliated to the British Veterinary Association and members of the Association's Council sit on committees of that organisation to put members' points of view about issues in veterinary research and teaching in Britain, Ireland and Europe. The AVTRW is consulted by the BVA on matters relating to teaching and research.