Hendra virus spillover warning 01 May 2020


BatOneHealth ( is a global team of experts working across multiple scales to learn the causes of spillover and find sustainable solutions that protect future generations from zoonotic disease.

Our research in Australia focuses on the complex interactions between climate, land use change, flying fox ecology, Hendra virus dynamics and spillover into horses.  In particular, our long-term studies of this system enable us to...

Advice of public consultation regarding anticoagulant rodenticides 15 April 2020


The APVMA has opened a public consultation ( regarding the use patterns for anticoagulant rodenticides (

Registered products containing the following active constituents are included in this consultation:

First-generation anticoagulant rodenticides (FGARs)

  • warfarin
  • coumatetralyl
  • ...

Animal Health Committee statement on COVID-19 testing in animals 14 April 2020



Animal Health Committee policy statement on COVID-19 diagnostic testing and surveillance in animals


9 April 2020


Dear colleagues

I am writing to advise you that Animal Health Committee has developed a position statement on COVID-19 testing and surveillance in animals. This is copied below and can be found on the Animal Health Committee website (...

Taronga Wildlife Treatment and Care Veterinary Professional Training 09 April 2020


This new course presented by Taronga will support veterinarians and veterinary nurses to develop knowledge and skills in native wildlife triage, including first aid, initial treatment and emergency care.

Online course (20 CPD points)
Hands on workshop (12 CPD points)

Workshops are delivered at Taronga Zoo Sydney or Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo


Amendments to the Veterinary Practice Regulation 2013 06 April 2020



The NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) has amended the Veterinary Practice Regulation 2013. These amendments provide greater clarity of the controls the NSW Veterinary Practitioners Board has regarding registration, complaints handling and disciplinary proceedings and disclosure of information in certain circumstances with veterinary practitioners within New South Wales.


The amendments include:

  • updating legislative...

Emergency response to African Swine Fever 31 March 2020



March 2020 CVO Bulletin regarding African Swine Fever. 

This CVO Bulletin has been issued on behalf of Sarah Britton – the Chief Veterinary Officer...

Unassessed computer based courses to earn structured points 30 March 2020


The Board notes that many veterinary practices may wish to encourage staff to take study leave in addition to annual leave in the event COVID 19 restrictions lead to less veterinary work.

Given the restrictions on face to face continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities the Board has resolved that unassessed AV/audio/computer based courses (including webinars) will earn structured CPD points (1 point allocated per 1 hour of activity) until further notice.  Evidence of completing the activity is required for validation.

Please note that information provided in your Annual Return later this...

Office of Local Government advice for councils on companion animals 30 March 2020



The COVID 19 shutdowns may impact on the delivery of council services and the Office of Local Government has issued advice for council pounds and shelters to ensure continuity of care for animals held in these facilities.

It is possible that services at local pounds and shelters may be reduced and the Board encourages...

Veterinarians provide essential services 30 March 2020


The Federal Minister for Agriculture the Hon David Littleproud MP has stated that the food production and supply chain will not be affected by COVID 19 (Coronavirus) shutdowns.  Veterinarians supporting farming and food production are therefore considered to be an essential service.

The Minister has stated that State imposed border controls do not affect agriculture supply chains but veterinarians...

Essential Services 23 March 2020


The government has not defined non-essential services and has identified some essential services.  Broad advice from government is to ‘use common sense’. The Board considers the care of sick and injured animals to be an essential service noting that failure to provide veterinary treatment when necessary is in breach of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 (s 5).  If the Board receives any advice to the contrary we will notify the profession.

Please note, as per our previous advice regarding the Coronavirus pandemic, it...