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.
Wednesday, May 16 • 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Gastrointestinal nematodes of alpacas in Australia

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Australian alpaca population has been growing substantially since alpacas were introduced into the country. Like other ruminants, parasitism is a major health concern for alpacas. Moreover, alpacas harbour shared-gastrointestinal nematodes (shared-GINs) and thus they can be source of resistant GINs for sheep, goat and cattle. Very little is known about the prevalence of GINs, control practices and efficacy of commonly used anthelmintics in alpacas. This study was conducted recently in Australian alpacas. An online questionnaire survey was administered to assess the current worm control practices used by Australian alpaca farmers. Faecal samples were collected and analysed using faecal egg counts and larval cultures. Adult worms were also recovered from alpaca guts, counted and examined to determine the worm burdens and their spectrum. Finally, the efficacy of commonly used anthelmintics was assessed by faecal egg count reduction test. Results show that shared-GINs are prevalent in Australian alpacas and they are resistant to most widely used anthelmintics.


Wednesday May 16, 2018 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Plaza P3 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre