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.
Thursday, May 17 • 9:30am - 10:00am
NZ’s Mycoplasma bovis emergency response and IAHER

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Refreshing our knowledge of Mycoplasma bovis in both dairy and beef cattle including characteristics and symptoms of this disease, diagnosis, modes of transmission, prevention and control. The disease is known to cause unusual mastitis in dairy cattle that doesn’t respond to treatment, arthritis in cows and calves, late term abortions, high numbers of calf deaths and Bovine Respiratory Disease in beef feedlot cattle. Also an explanation is given of the workings of the IAHER agreement and the deployment of epidemiologists and laboratory personnel from Australia to NZ’s emergency response to the first known incursion of this bacterial infection. The bacteria is an Unwanted Organism under NZ’s Biosecurity Act 1993, despite being commonly found internationally. Mycoplasma bovis is not listed with the OIE and does not present a trade risk for NZ’s animal products. Dr Harradine was assigned the task of designing a survey of the beef cattle population of NZ for Mycoplasma bovis. This was to assist in answering the question whether the NZ beef industry is free of the disease or if it has been present for some time undetected. Details of NZ’s effort to contain the spread of the disease and, if possible, eradicate it following the original detection in July 2017 in dairy cattle in the Oamaru area of the South Island will be given. The current situation report and future activity will also be discussed.

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Ian Harradine

On Plant Veterinary Officer, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Dr Ian Harradine is a veterinary officer with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. He was deployed to New Zealand as an epidemiologist to assist with the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis in August 2017 in response to activation of the International Animal Health Emergency... Read More →

Thursday May 17, 2018 9:30am - 10:00am
Mezzanine M2 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre