The AVA Annual Conference is the nation’s premier veterinary event, covering all fields of veterinary science and in 2017 brought together over 920 veterinary professionals and 115 exhibitors.

We hope you will join us for the 2018 AVA Annual Conference in Brisbane, 13-18 May.    
Visit conference.ava.com.au to register.    To download a pdf file of the entire program click here.
Wednesday, May 16 • 11:00am - 11:30am
Turtle Trials and Tribulations

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JCU Turtle Health Research brings together academics, postgraduate students and volunteers who share an unwavering passion for the health and wellbeing of turtles in the tropics. Our mission is to understand and conserve sea turtles for future generations with specific focus on health and disease processes. One way to answer some of our research questions and establish baseline health parameters is to look at healthy turtles of all ages. This is why we have a purpose-built facility that caters for the special needs of hatchling turtles, whilst enabling us to study their early immune development. We have fondly named this facility ‘The Caraplace’. While many of our projects have a field component, there are also long hours spent in the laboratory analysing samples. This presentation will cover some of the more recent findings from projects concerned with freshwater and seawater turtle health. • Bacterial gut communities of healthy and compromised green turtles (Chelonia mydas). • Antibiotic resistant bacterial isolates from captive green sea turtles and In Vitro sensitivity to bacteriophages. • Epidemiology of fibropapillomatosis in green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas). • Presence and impact of viruses in green turtles (Chelonia mydas) from the Northern Great Barrier Reef. • Do green turtle hatchlings (Chelonia mydas) have a favourite colour? • An unusual mortality event in Johnstone River snapping turtles Elseya irwini (Johnstone) in Far North Queensland • Ingestion of microplastic debris by green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas): Validation of a sequential extraction protocol


Ellen Ariel

James Cook University
Dr Ariel is Associate Professor in virology and coordinator of the Aquatic Animal Health group at James Cook University. After completing a PhD in Aquatic Pathobiology, Dr Ariel worked for the European Commission as Coordinator of the 25 National Reference Laboratories for Fish Diseases... Read More →

Wednesday May 16, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am
Mezzanine M2 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre