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 • 10:30am - 11:00am
Emerging diseases in Australian marine wildlife

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For centuries Australia has been isolated form the rest of the world by a large distance and this has allowed it to remain free from a number of infectious diseases. Additionally, Australia has a large coastline with a relatively small population which has allowed the marine environment to remain relatively pristine and free of contaminants. In the last few decades, however, international travel and trade have increased bringing with it an increased risk of infectious diseases entering the country. In the same period industries such as mining and oil and gas have prospered leading to contamination of the marine environment. Global warming may be playing a part in the emergence of infectious diseases in Australian marine animals as it may alter the environment enough to make animals more susceptible to contracting these diseases. Diseases that have emerged over the last 20-30 years in Australian marine animals include cetacean morbillivirus, coccidiosis in green turtles (Chelonia mydas), toxoplasmosis, Streptococcus agalactiae and brucellosis.

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David Blyde

Veternarian, Sea World
Dr David Blyde is the veterinarian at Sea World, Gold Coast, Australia since 2001. David graduated from the University of Sydney in 1982 with a BVSc (second class honours) He worked as a clinical veterinarian at Taronga Zoo, Sydney  and then Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo from 1988... Read More →

Wednesday May 16, 2018 10:30am - 11:00am
Mezzanine M2 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre