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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Wednesday, May 16 • 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Research priorities for GPs and veterinarians with respect to zoonoses

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The paradigm of One Health seeks to break down silos with the aim of improving health and environmental outcomes for all species and the world. Zoonoses and emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) are a major focus of this movement. GPs and veterinarians may be (and often are) the ‘first line’ responders when it comes to recognising, diagnosing, referring and/or managing such diseases, either at an individual level or in the face of a potential outbreak. Are GPs and veterinarians prepared for these challenges? We asked ‘One Health experts’ from both veterinary and non-veterinary backgrounds to give us their opinions regarding research priorities for a proposed survey of Australian GPs and veterinarians regarding knowledge, attitudes and practices with respect to zoonoses and EIDs. This presentation will explore the findings of this Delphi Survey, examining what overall priorities were determined as well as differences in opinions between veterinary and non-veterinary participants. The eventual goal is to design and evaluate a targeted educational intervention to address knowledge deficits and hopefully explore pathways to facilitate more cross professional collaboration.


Sandra Steele

PhD student, University of Sydney
Sandra Steele has worked for many years as a small animal practitioner in Sydney and has always had an interest in zoonoses education and prevention. As a result of mid-career frustration, she went back to uni and completed a Master of Public Health in 2014, part of which was a self-directed... Read More →

Wednesday May 16, 2018 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Plaza P3 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre