DPI - Lumpy Skin Disease in Cattle 16 May 2022


Lumpy skin disease (LSD) is a highly infectious viral disease that affects all breeds of cattle and water buffalo. It does not affect other types of livestock or humans.

LSD is primarily spread by biting insects. Insects such as mosquitoes, biting flies and possibly ticks mechanically transfer the virus. It can also be spread through direct contact between animals via secretions and excretions. Contaminated feed, water, vehicles and iatrogenic means (for example, repeated use of needles on different animals) can all spread the disease.

In addition, LSD may be shed...

DAWE Biosecurity Division - Staying alert to lumpy skin disease 16 May 2022


Australia’s animal health system relies on veterinarians reporting any suspicion of an emergency animal disease. Lumpy skin disease has never occurred in Australia, but it is an emerging threat as it continues its spread through Asia and most recently into Indonesia and Singapore.

Lumpy skin disease is caused by a virus from the Poxviridae family. It is a serious disease that primarily affects cattle and water buffalo, although it has also been seen in other bovids and giraffes. There is no reliable evidence that the virus causes disease in humans.

The disease would have significant and far-reaching impacts...

Survey: “A breath of fresh air” exploring veterinary-based barriers to BOAS treatment 05 May 2022


We would greatly appreciate your participation in our online survey on brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS) and brachycephalic dog management which should take less than 10 minutes of your time.

The aim of this study is to assess general practitioner veterinarians understanding and perceptions of BOAS, the recommendations they make based on their understanding and perceptions of the disease and the unique challenges they face managing brachycephalic dogs over their...

Training: Taronga Veterinary Professional Training in Wildlife Treatment and Care 29 April 2022


*Free for eligible applicants

This program has been so successful that we are taking enrolments for the fifth course intake. Specifically designed for veterinarians and veterinary nurses, the course focuses on building the confidence, knowledge and skills required for the triage, first aid, treatment and care of Australian wildlife.

Delivered via a blended learning model combining online distance education and a 1-day intensive practical workshop (optional), the course is CPD accredited by the Australian Veterinary Association and the Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia....

The Australian Canine Snakebite Survey 14 April 2022


Have you ever treated a dog with snake envenomation?

Here is your chance to contribute to our knowledge on this interesting topic!

It only takes 5-15 minutes.

The University of Sydney is conducting an anonymous survey designed to investigate the current practices in the diagnosis and treatment of canine snakebite patients across Australia, with a focus on the number of vials of antivenom being used, the decision-making surrounding this and any adverse events. It is open to any veterinarian in Australia who has been involved with snake envenomation in dogs.

You may open the...

Survey: Seeking Australian veterinarians for feline lower urinary tract signs (FLUTS) research 11 April 2022


We are conducting a research study to investigate the diagnosis and treatment of cats presenting with lower urinary tract signs. The purpose of this study is to determine which diagnostic and treatment techniques Australian veterinarians use most commonly when a cat presents with lower urinary tract signs. Taking part in this study is voluntary, and responses are completely anonymous. We are seeking Australian veterinarians who have seen a case of feline lower urinary tract signs (FLUTS) in the last 12 months to make an important contribution to our study via completion of a brief online survey. To access the survey please...

Webinar: Lumpy skin disease 11 April 1.00 - 2.30 pm 31 March 2022

The nineth webinar in the Australian Biosecurity Series: Lumpy skin disease – what you need to know about this emerging biosecurity threat is on Monday 11 April at 1pm-2.30pm (AEST)

In this exciting webinar you’ll hear from animal health specialists on-ground during LSD outbreaks overseas, vaccine researchers, and from federal and state CVOs, who will outline what government and partner agencies are doing to protect our borders.

Please register here: ...

Survey: Enhancing passive disease surveillance in livestock 31 March 2022

The survey is aimed at government district veterinarians (DVs) and private veterinary practitioners (PVPs) who see and treat livestock – whether they’re production animals or livestock kept as pets. Outcomes of the survey will help to inform the development of a framework to support PVPs and DVs to increase awareness of significant animal diseases, exclusion sampling and testing of cases with clinical syndromes consistent with priority emergency animal diseases for Australia.

More information about the Enhancing passive disease surveillance in...

JEV Pork Industry Information Session 22 March 2022

NSW DPI together with NSW Health, NSW Farmers and Australian Pork Limited will be hosting a joint webinar for pig owners, producers and associated industry partners on Japanese encephalitis and its management in NSW.

Date: Thursday 24 March

Time: 4.45pm to 5.45pm AEDST

Register Here


An expert panel from NSW Health, the NSW Chief Veterinary Officer and industry representative...

Cultural competence guide for vets 18 March 2022


A new generation of Australian veterinarians will be trained in diversity and inclusivity, thanks to a world-first cultural competence guide for the profession developed by University of Sydney experts.

Read more here.

Read the advanced access article Cultural Competence is Everyone's Business here.