AVERT - Summer 2017 Bulletin 21 December 2017

The summer issue of the AVERT Bulletin has been released.   Weather and Warning information for each State and Territory Emergency Services have been compiled for your information.

Vets Beyond Borders have just launched a new website...

DPI - Veterinary Workshop Antimicrobial Stewardship 09 October 2017

DPI - Veterinary Workshop Antimicrobial Stewardship

This workshop is part of a Dept of Agriculture & Water Resources funded project where the veterinary schools of Australia and NZ are developing an online learning resource for vets about antimicrobial stewardship.

The key aims of the workshop are to:

  • Discuss the importance and potential outcomes of developing antimicrobial stewardship programs in veterinary practice in Australia
  • Outline the proposed Antimicrobial Stewardship Training Program for veterinary graduates under development by Australian and New Zealand Veterinary schools,...

VPB: Notice of Annual General Meeting 26 September 2017

Notice of Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the veterinary profession in New South Wales will be held at the Holiday Inn Sydney Airport, O’Riordan St and Bourke Rd, Mascot from 7:30 pm Monday 20 November 2017.

Meeting Agenda

  1. Welcome
  2. Attendance and apologies
  3. Confirmation of minutes
  4. ...

VPB: Sedation of Rams for Shearing 26 September 2017

Veterinarians are able to prescribe acepromazine for sedation of rams to the owner of these animals if the veterinarian has either physically examined the rams or has these rams under his or her direct care.  The amount dispensed must be limited to that required to sedate the number of rams needing sedation and you must be confident in the owner's ability to safely administer this sedation.

In recent years the shearing industry has implemented strict procedures and guidelines to ensure that the industry’s working population goes ‘home’ safe and sound each night.

As part of this safety shift, the sedation of rams has...

VPB: Western Sydney Vets Forum 26 September 2017

The Board and the Sydney Branch of the NSW Division of the AVA held a forum at Rooty Hill RSL Thursday evening 31 August to discuss issues affecting veterinarians and their staff in Western Sydney.

This event was initiated in response to concerns raised by the profession in the Western Sydney area with the Hospital Inspector Glenn Lynch during his routine inspections.

The discussions were facilitated by Dr Coralie Wales, Manager Community and Consumer Engagement, Western Sydney Local Health District.

Around 60...

VPB: Responsible and Prudent Use of Antimicrobials in Veterinary Practice 26 September 2017

As veterinarians, our prescribing rights come with significant responsibilities. Veterinarians can help minimise the spread of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) by: 

1.      Pausing and considering each antimicrobial prescription.

2.      Talking to clients about ways to minimise the use of antimicrobials.

3.      Promoting and applying best practice biosecurity and hygiene measures.

4.      Using published therapeutic guidelines, where available.


VPB: Concerned About Social Media? 23 August 2017

Attend the Western Sydney Vets Forum

Registered veterinarians, practice partners and nursing staff are all invited to attend an 'Insight' style forum to discuss matters affecting veterinary practices in Western Sydney.

The forum will be facilitated by Dr Coralie Wales...

RESEARCH: University of Adelaide Research Study: Mid and Late Career Veterinarian Resilience Study 16 August 2017

Dear Veterinarian,

We wish to invite you to participate in a research project regarding the experiences of mid and late career veterinarians (5+ years post graduation). The study specifically focuses on professional motivation, resilience and efficacy of veterinarians. Your participation will contribute to helping better understand how mid and late career veterinarians enjoy a successful and rewarding career. We hope that by better understanding your experiences, we can help to inform veterinary education and the wider profession about ways to support professionals in an engaging and rewarding career.

Participation will...

VPB: Have Your Say On Matters Concerning Western Sydney Vets 16 August 2017

Registered vets are invited to attend an open forum to discuss issues affecting vets in the Western Sydney area. This is a joint initiative of the NSW Division of the AVA and the Veterinary Practitioners Board of NSW and the forum is open to all registered vets.

When:              Thursday 31st August, 2017
Time:                6.30pm for 7.30pm start
Venue:              Rooty Hill RSL Club,...

DPI: CVO Bulletin - Commencement of the Biosecurity Act 2015 06 July 2017

Notifiable pests and diseases of animals: commencement of the Biosecurity Act 2015

The Biosecurity Act 2015 (the Act) commenced on July 1, 2017.

The Act replaces a number of pieces of legislation including the Stock Diseases Act 1923 (which previously covered the regulation of notifiable pests and diseases of animals in NSW), and the Animal Diseases and Animal Pests (Emergency Outbreaks) Act 1991 (which previously covered the regulation...