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 • 10:30am - 11:00am
Diagnosing Anthelmintic Resistance in small ruminants: Problems and solutions

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Small ruminant producers in Australia require effective anthelmintics to ensure good welfare and productivity. However, common gastrointestinal nematodes have developed resistance to most anthelmintics, resulting in variable efficacy and frequent ‘drench failure’. Due to high cost and inconvenience of conventional tests, which require 15 animals per test group and a starting worm egg count of 300 eggs per gram (epg), most producers do not know the efficacy of the drenches they are using. One solution is to use more sensitive egg count methods such as Mini-FLOTAC, which has a higher egg recovery than previous methods and a sensitivity of 5 epg. Another is to pool samples for composite testing. Further, some producers will use cloud-based devices such as FECPAKG2, which allow a rapid, cheap and repeatable assessment of worm egg counts. Novel protocols based on these methods allow small ruminant veterinarians to quickly and cheaply diagnose anthelmintic resistance.


Wednesday May 16, 2018 10:30am - 11:00am
Plaza P3 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre