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 • 8:00am - 8:30am
The national security implications of biological warfare against animals

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Whilst there have been many incidents where state actors (military personnel and intelligence operatives) or non-state actors (activists, insurgents, terrorists and criminals) have attempted or used biological weapons against animals, they are rarely examined in detail. This presentation will examine a number of these incidents including Imperial Germany’s global sabotage campaign against horses during the First World War, Operation Vegetarian, a British plan to retaliate against German cattle herds during the Second World War and the unauthorised release of rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus in New Zealand in 1997. The potential national security implications for Australia of these and other incidents will be considered as well as the role of veterinarians in attributing the cause of an incident and inform any subsequent government response.


Tuesday May 15, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
Mezzanine M2 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre