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 • 9:30am - 10:00am
African swine fever: a devastating disease of pigs

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African swine fever (ASF) is a highly lethal and contagious disease of domestic and wild pigs caused by the ASF virus. It is commonly found in Africa, however in 2007 the virus spread to eastern Europe and subsequently spread to nine other countries, causing devastating impacts to their pork industries. As a result of increased travel and trade, there is now a very real risk of ASF spreading to China - the world’s largest producer of pigs – and onward spread to Australia. This represents a major threat to our biosecurity and pork industry, and would lead to a significant financial burden. This presentation will review current knowledge on the pathogenesis, epidemiology and diagnosis of ASF. Research undertaken at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory has focused on developing models of infection, diagnostic test development and evaluation, and studying host responses. Results from this research will be presented and discussed.

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David Williams

Group Leader, CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory
Dr David Williams is the leader of the Emergency Disease Laboratory Diagnosis group at the CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory, Geelong, Victoria. This group comprises multidisciplinary capability in virus diagnostics, contributing to national and regional emergency animal disease... Read More →

Tuesday May 15, 2018 9:30am - 10:00am
Mezzanine M2 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre