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.    
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Tuesday, May 15 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Practical biosecurity for day to day practice - raising the bar

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The risk of zoonosis for the Equine veterinarian is increasing and the profession must respond. The emergence of Hendra virus has highlighted the serious occupational risk of zoonotic disease with the tragic death of two veterinarians and the infection of a vet nurse. There is, however more out there than Hendra. Recent Chlamydia psittaci infection in Australian veterinary personnel has revealed risk associated with performing obstetric procedures were excessive contamination with body fluids is common. The commensal bacterium Streptococcus equi is well documented to have caused devastating infection in humans. There is a known higher prevalence of MRSA in the nasal passages of veterinarians and the rise in multi resistant bacteria in equines also requires us to become more vigilant. Emerging diseases and novel spill over events such as Australian Bat Lyssavirus (rabies) highlights the difficulty with identifying the risk, which necessitates the need for practical biosecurity in day to day practice as a matter of routine. HIV was the catalyst for significant cultural change in the human medical profession during the 1980's; can the veterinary profession respond similarly?

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Nathan Anthony

Practice Principal, West Vets
Nathan is the Practice Principal of WestVETS Animal Hospitals. Graduating in 1997, he eventually settled in western Brisbane where he started WestVETS as a one vet ambulatory practice which has now grown into a 15 vet referral equine hospital and reproduction centre set on two sites... Read More →

Tuesday May 15, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Mezzanine M1 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre