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.
Tuesday, May 15 • 4:00pm - 4:30pm
The Hendra virus vaccine: a review of antibody responses in the field

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Sporadically, Hendra virus (HeV) spills over from flying foxes to horses. Horses act as amplifying hosts for HeV, thereby enabling transmission of the virus to other horses, dogs, and humans. Since 2012 a HeV vaccine for horses is available and owners have the choice to vaccinate their horses. However, uptake of HeV vaccination has been slow due to different perception of HeV risks and perceived barriers such as costs, efficacy and safety concerns, and yearly boosters. Anecdotal evidence suggest that some owners choose to test their horses’ HeV antibody titre rather than to booster. However, little is known about HeV antibody titres in horses in the field. This presentation will cover a quantitative analysis of HeV antibody titres in vaccinated horses based on laboratory submissions to the Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) in Geelong. In addition, equine veterinarians submitting samples for HeV titre testing were interviewed via telephone. This qualitative component helped to elucidate veterinarians’ and horse owners’ perceptions and attitudes towards HeV titre testing and how titre results influence veterinary advice and recommended actions.


Anke Weitholter

The University of Melbourne
Anke is a veterinary graduate of the Free University of Berlin, Germany and has a keen interest in health behaviour and infectious disease epidemiology at the wildlife-livestock-human interface. In 2009, she completed a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine on prion diseases in mouflon... Read More →

Tuesday May 15, 2018 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Mezzanine M1 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre