African Swine Fever (ASF) virus can affect domestic and feral pigs of all ages. Clinically ASF can present as a peracute, acute, subacute or subclinical/chronic disease. Clinical manifestations include high fever (up to 42°C), inappetence, ‘blotching’ of the skin, incoordination, diarrhoea, vomiting and respiratory signs.
Veterinarians who suspect African Swine Fever in pigs must report it to the Local Land Services on 1300 795 299 or the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888.
ASF virus is not zoonotic - humans are not at risk. Currently, there are no vaccines available....
Digital signatures, prescriptions and compounded medications 19 September 2018
Digital signatures do not constitute a legal signature for the purposes of prescribing. If you require a compounded medication for the treatment of a specific animal you must follow the requirements for writing prescriptions.
General requirements for handwritten prescriptions are available from the NSW Health publication Guide to Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Legislation for Veterinary Practitioners.
AGM in Tamworth 20 November 2018 19 September 2018
You are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the veterinary profession in New South Wales at the Quality Hotel Powerhouse Tamworth, Armidale Rd, Tamworth from 7.00pm Tuesday 20 November 2018.
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 9 November 2018.
Investigation of rare and re-emerging sheep condition: Cervico-thoracic vertebrae subluxation 06 September 2018
DVM4 student, Stacey Russell from Murdoch University, WA, is conducting a short online survey on the awareness of a rare and re-emerging musculoskeletal disorder in sheep in Australia termed cervico-thoracic vertebrae subluxation (CTVS).
The aetiology of CTVS in sheep stills remains unknown and is speculated to be a complex multifactorial condition with scanty reports. In Australia, sporadic cases are re-emerging but at an increasing rate.
This survey will help determine the awareness and possibly areas of distribution. Further description of the problem is provided in the attached survey.
We will appreciate your...
An updated APVMA Permit 14236 for Nobivac Inactivated Rabies vaccine was issued earlier this year. This has resulted in changes in the management of Australian Bat Lyssavirus (ABLV) exposure cases. Veterinarians no longer require individual approval to vaccinate exposed animals in NSW.
Please read the latest CVO Bulletin from Dr Sarah Britton (NSW...
VPB - Identifying Best Practice Cat Management 26 June 2018
RSPCA Australia has released its final report on Identifying Best Practice Cat Management.
The Report contains 21 recommendations which focus on aspects including mandatory desexing, inconsistency in legislation, benefits from collaboration between councils and rescue groups, and the urgent need for universal adoption of definitions for feral and domestic cats.
The Report and accompanying papers are all available from...
Hospital Licence Renewals 19 June 2018
Hospital licence fees must be paid by 30 June 2018 for the licensing period 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019.
You can use your website reference number (found in your offer of renewal emailed to the hospital superintendent) to pay your hospital licence fee ($350) online.
Please contact the Board if you have not yet received your offer to renew a hospital licence.
Any premises where a procedure is undertaken that according to current standards requires the administration of a general anaesthetic or a spinal anaesthetic must be licensed.
There are some exemptions to the above requirement in relation to...
Registration Renewals 19 June 2018
Registration renewals must be completed by 30 June 2018 for the registration period 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019.
The easiest way to renew your registration is to use the Vet Login. If you do not yet have a Vet Login click on the ‘Forgotten your password’ link from the Vet Login page and details will be sent to your registered email address.
You can use your Vet Login or website reference number (found in your offer of renewal) to pay your registration fee ($300) online and your Vet...
NSW DPI has released a discussion paper on proposed changes to biosecurity legislation which would require veterinarians to notify NSW DPI if they become aware of or suspect the presence of certain non-native animal species including if they do so in a professional capacity.
You can view this discussion paper from this link.
The Board appreciated the importance of controlling these species for biosecurity reasons but has expressed...
Early Age Desexing CPD points and resources 20 March 2018
Structured CPD points can be earned through completing the educational package for veterinarians on early-age desexing developed by the Cat Protection Society. This free online training, comprising videos, a written guide and self-assessment can be completed in two hours.
These resources can be found at http://catcare.org.au/vet-professional-education-package/
Resources are also available for clients from the Good Neighbour Project. These resources include factsheets on training cats to...