Joint statement from Australia’s Chief Veterinary Officer and Chief Medical Officer on how Australians can reduce antibiotic resistance 19 November 2019

World Antibiotic Awareness Week, 18 – 24 November 2019

Antibiotics are an essential part of modern medicine; they are used to treat a range of bacterial
infections in humans and animals. Unfortunately, antibiotic resistance is a growing problem that
poses a serious threat to human and animal health in Australia and worldwide. 

See the full statement here





Survey Research: Everyday sexism in the workplace 09 September 2019

You are invited to participate in research exploring Australian veterinarians’ experiences of everyday sexism in the workplace.

This is part of a student honours project at Charles Sturt University.

Complete the questionnaire

This study is adopting a perspective of everyday sexism to explore negative gender experiences for Australian veterinarians — male, female and gender diverse. 

This study is not setting out to explore overt sexual...

Animal Health Surveillance Newsletter 09 September 2019

The Animal Health Surveillance Newsletter is a quarterly report on a portion of the animal disease investigations conducted by the government veterinary service of NSW. It contains case reports and information provided by the District Veterinarians of Local Land Services and the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI), who together form the government veterinary service of NSW.

The NSW DPI is obliged under the Biosecurity Act 2015 to detect and manage notifiable animal disease outbreaks.

This obligation is met by government veterinary officers being required to investigate potential notifiable...

Hendra Virus 09 September 2019


Local Land Services Hunter Region noted confirmation of Hendra virus infection by the State Veterinary Laboratory at Menangle 12 June 2019 in an unvaccinated mare on a property near Scone. In NSW to date there have been 22 horse deaths as a result of Hendra virus and whilst there have been no human fatalities from Hendra virus in NSW the disease presents significant work health and safety, public health and biosecurity risks. 

Hendra virus infection is a notifiable disease in NSW.

Veterinarians are strongly advised to regularly review their Hendra virus work health and safety responsibilities...

Ear Marking or Tattooing of Female Companion Animals 09 September 2019

The Companion Animals Act 1998 (s 86A) from 1 July 2019 has introduced a requirement for veterinarians to ear mark or tattoo female companion animals (dogs and cats) at the time of desexing.

However, this must only be performed:

  1. Whilst the animal is under general anaesthetic
  2. If it is considered by the veterinarian to be safe and humane
  3. If the owner has consented to the procedure




Notice of Annual General Meeting 09 September 2019

You are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of the veterinary profession in New South Wales at Rydges Campbelltown 15 Old Menangle Rd Campbelltown from 7.00pm Monday 11 November 2019.

Prior to the AGM the Board will be providing a short presentation on complaint investigations and the current demographic profile and movements of the veterinary profession in NSW.


For catering purposes, if you will be attending please RSVP via email, telephone or facsimile by close of business Friday 1 November 2019.

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Grace period for the introduction of annual permits for dogs and cats 15 August 2019


The NSW Government has granted a 12-month grace period for the introduction of annual permits for owners of non-de-sexed cats and dangerous or restricted dogs.

This means that from 1 July 2020 owners of cats not de-sexed by four months of age will be required to pay an $80 annual permit in addition to their one-off lifetime pet registration fee.

This will create a stronger incentive to de-sex cats, improve health and wellbeing of pets, lower demand on pounds, reduce euthanasia rates, and help to address concerns about feral, stray and roaming cats.

Exemptions will be in place for cats that are...

Greyhound Muzzling 18 July 2019


In NSW all pet greyhounds were required to wear a muzzle in public unless they had completed an approved retraining program. From 1 July 2019 this legal requirement no longer applies to pet greyhounds registered on the NSW Pet Registry.

Further information





Mental Health First Aid Course - Sydney August 12 July 2019

Rosie Overfield will present this 2 day workshop at ARH in Homebush on the 12 & 13 August. 

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