National Agriculture Day (21 November) was an opportunity for the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) to highlight the important role that veterinarians play in ensuring the health and welfare of rural livestock which leads to increased productivity and profitability.
“Veterinarians work closely with farmers every day to help in the development and implementation of health plans that include preventive measures to keep their stock disease free and in tiptop condition,” AVA president Dr Paula Parker said.
The AVA has a number of schemes that veterinarians use with their farmer clients to help increase productivity and profitability. In addition to its cattle PREgCHECK® and BIOCHECK® programs, this year the AVA launched cattle WELFARECHECK®.
“These programs are designed specifically for the farm and consider what’s best for the health and welfare of the animals,” Dr Parker said.
“Veterinarians add value on Australian farms by providing advice on a range of health-related issues, from nutrition for better growth rates, to infection prevention and control so that diseases don’t pass from animals to humans and vice versa.
“In addition, veterinarians play a key role in disease surveillance, helping to maintain Australia’s favourable disease status and to protect our valuable export markets.”
Based on a media release sourced from the AVA website.