Workforce Shortage Forum 22 April 2021



A facilitated discussion for all veterinary professionals - to ensure the future success of our profession.


The AVA invites all members of the profession to participate in our virtual Workforce Shortage Forum, Thursday 6 May at 7pm, hosted by Associate Professor, Cristy Secombe.


This virtual forum aims to provide a collaborative space to workshop the longer-term solutions to workforce shrinkage and attrition in the veterinary profession. We will be joined by a...

Research Survey: Sickness presenteeism in veterinarians (NSW) 01 April 2021


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Veterinarians, like members of the general public, suffer from illness, including influenza-like illness, from time to time. This study aims to examine the behaviour of veterinarians with influenza-like illness, specifically in relation to attending work.


This survey is completely anonymous, and we estimate it will take no longer than 10 minutes.


This survey is open to veterinarians registered in NSW and have been practicing for the...

NSW DPI Update: NSW Floods 23 March 2021


Agricultural and Animal Services Hotline: 1800 814 647  

DPI and LLS are providing assistance to landholders and communities with animal welfare-related issues resulting from the floods, including: 

  • Animal assessment and veterinary assistance 
  • Stock euthanasia and burial 
  • Emergency fodder and emergency stock water (where there is an immediate animal welfare concern) 
  • Livestock feeding and management advice 
  • Care of animals in evacuation centres 

To request assistance,...

Board member applications open 23 March 2021


The term of the current Board will end 30 June 2021 and the Minister will be looking to select 6 members of the profession and 2 non-veterinarians for appointment by the Governor in the coming months.  The term of the Board is 3 years.

If you are an AVA member you should contact the NSW Division of the AVA to express your interest in...

Televet Service Trial for wildlife 19 March 2021


Expressions of interest are being sought for suitable qualified people to participate in the NSW government Televet Service Trial for wildlife which is planned for four weeks from 19 April to 17 May 2021.


The intent is to form a group the involves wildlife capable vets providing teleconsulting and telemedicine services to:

  • General practice vets in NSW that have native wildlife in their care and require additional guidance on their assessment and treatment
  • Wildlife rehabilitators in NSW that have native wildlife in their care,...

Have your say on antibiotic use in dairy farms 19 March 2021


Production animal veterinarians who work with dairy cattle are invited to participate in a short 8 to 10-minute questionnaire.

This study is being conducted by Murdoch University PhD student Michele Tree to investigate perception and attitude towards antimicrobials among veterinarians in the Australian dairy industry.

It is an essential part of a larger study investigating antibiotic resistance in animals and humans and your responses to this anonymous questionnaire are greatly appreciated.

Please feel free to share with...

Reporting of Rodenticide Poisonings 18 March 2021


As parts of Australia are experiencing the worst mouse plague in decades the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) is seeking information regarding suspected poisoning of companion animals with rodenticides.

The APVMA encourages veterinarians to report incidences of primary and secondary poisoning through the Adverse Experience Reporting Program (AERP).

Reports can be submitted through any of the following avenues:

NSW DPI Update: Variant Hendra virus strain 11 March 2021


The ‘Horses as sentinels for emerging infectious viral disease research’ program research team recently communicated to the EVA and its members regarding their recent detection of a variant Hendra virus strain in a retrospective horse sample from 2015. This update from NSW DPI is in response to that communication.

Hendra is rare zoonotic disease in humans which sporadically affects horses and causes severe illness with high case fatality rate in horses and humans who work closely with infected horses. Hendra virus infection can be passed to horses ...

Ehrlichia canis Webinar Wednesday 7 April 2021 11 March 2021

On behalf of the AVA, the Australian Small Animal Veterinarians (ASAV) special interest group would like to invite all veterinarians to attend a webinar presented by Prof Peter Irwin on Ehrlichia canis on Wednesday 7 April 2021 at 8.00pm AEST (Sydney).

This is a free event.

Further information and registration



Invitation to test the new Pet Registry prototype 09 March 2021


The team at Customer Service NSW has been very busy designing the new Pet Registry system prototype and are in the process of gathering more feedback from our user groups to improve our design. 


Customer Service NSW is planning to run a few testing sessions (60-90mins online video call) sometime around the week starting Monday, 15th March 2021 and would like to extend an invitation to veterinarians, veterinary nurses and practice managers interested in participating.


Specifically, Customer Service NSW is looking for: