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Emergency Animal Disease Workshop

Two day workshop for veterinary practitioners

26th and 27th November 2016, Darwin

The Northern Territory Chief Veterinary Officer invites all veterinarians practicing in the NT to attend the 2016 Department of Primary Industry and Resources Training Workshop for Veterinary Practitioners.

More information (1.2 mb)

Registration form (51.8 kb)

Survey about antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance

You are invited to participate in a survey about antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance.

Researchers at the University of Sydney invite veterinarians practising in Australia to participate in an online survey on antibiotic use and resistance. The survey contains questions about antibiotic prescribing decisions, antibiotic resistance and where practitioners source their information. The findings from this study may be used in assisting national policy-makers to revise and enhance national policy and education interventions about antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance in Australia. 

It takes about 15-20 minutes to complete and your responses are anonymous and confidential. Your participation is greatly appreciated. At the end of the survey, you will have the chance to enter a prize draw to win an iPad.

To access the survey and for more information, please click here: Your views are important to this study.

For more information, please contact Dale Dominey-Howes (Chief Investigator) at the University of Sydney. Email: Tel: +61 2 9351 6641.

This Survey has now been extended until 31 December 2016.

Thank you for your assistance in this study.

Biosecurity advice when handling aborted material from horses

Abortions are not infrequent in horses and while not all abortions are caused by infectious agents, differentiating infectious from noninfectious causes by observation only is generally difficult. Biological material from mares who have aborted is often collected for veterinary examination and testing. It is very important to have good biosecurity to prevent the spread of infectious agents to either people or other animals when handling this material.

More information is available from the Department of Primary Industries, Primefact #1465 (298.4 kb) 

Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) 2016 Workforce Survey

Australia’s veterinarians perform essential roles in public health, food safety, biosecurity and quarantine, and in creating healthy and safe communities through the work they do with animals.

Despite the critical public good services provided by the veterinary profession, and an ongoing trend for governments to reduce spending on field veterinarians, there is no centralised workforce planning for the profession in Australia.

It’s essential that the nation has the right number of vets to meet the needs of Australia’s animals and their owners, and that those vets are where they’re needed. Although there have been numerous government reports in the past about ensuring veterinary services are meeting Australia’s needs, these have often focussed only on rural services.

Three new veterinary schools have been established in the last ten years, and the student population at the existing four schools has grown in that time. As a result, a large number of new veterinarians has started to enter the profession.

To address the gap in information about veterinarians across the nation, the AVA established a voluntary survey for all registered veterinarians to complete annually.

The 2016 survey is ready for all veterinarians to complete.

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General information

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Last updated: 07 November 2016