Melbourne prepares for Australia’s largest animal health conference

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Veterinarians from across Australia are converging in Melbourne this weekend to participate in the country’s best week of veterinary education.

The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) Annual Conference—being held 4-9 June at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre—kicks off this Sunday and will be officially opened by Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, from 10.45am on Monday 5 June.

Following the official opening, Australia’s chief veterinary officer, Dr Mark Schipp, will deliver the first plenary, talking about antimicrobial resistance—strategies and plans.

Other conference highlights include:

Monday 5 June – Thursday 8 June: International keynote speaker and senior vice president of the British Veterinary Association, Dr Sean Wensley, will discuss the health and welfare concerns of dogs that are bred with exaggerated features, such as the pug and French bulldog.

Wednesday 7 June: Australian Cattle Veterinarians will be launching a new program called BIOCHECK, which allows vets to easily create biosecurity plans for producers. There will be a product demonstration so that cattle vets can see firsthand how the program is designed to ensure a farm has considered the major biosecurity risks and has appropriate risk management strategies in place.

Thursday 8 June: During his plenary session at 10.30am, Australia’s former chief medical officer (CMO), Professor Chris Baggoley, will discuss One Health from the perspective of a veterinary graduate to a CMO.

Equine Veterinarians Australia will also be launching a video for veterinarians, horse owners and the general public that highlights the varied roles of equine vets and the value they add to communities. From working with police units to the horse racing industry, every day equine vets work to keep Australian horses fit and healthy.

The AVA Annual Conference (and trade exhibition) is an opportunity for vets to come together with colleagues from all corners of the profession and find out how others have addressed challenges and developed game-changing solutions to previously unsolvable problems.

For more information visit the conference website.

Based on a media release sourced from the AVA.

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