CVO Bulletin March 2020 20 March 2020


2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

COVID-19 is continuing to spread throughout the world. There is no evidence that animals play a role in spreading this human disease.



Coronaviruses (CoV) are a family of RNA viruses. CoV infections are common in animals and humans. Some strains are zoonotic, but many strains are not.

In December 2019, human cases of pneumonia of unknown origin were reported in...

APVMA Adverse Experience Reporting Program 20 March 2020


The APVMA’s Adverse Experience Reporting Program (AERP) is a post-registration program that assesses reports of adverse experiences associated with the use of a registered veterinary medicine or agricultural chemical.

The APVMA is currently in the process of examining how the AERP is performing and looking to ensure that veterinarians are aware of this program and the benefits that it is able to deliver in relation to Agvet chemicals (including veterinary medicines).

If you have any comments or suggestions for...

What would you do if you suspected one of your patients to have an Emergency Animal Disease? Would you know who to call? Or how to proceed clinically? 20 March 2020


Two newly launched resources aim to help veterinarians and veterinary students to increase their knowledge and confidence around the detection, investigation, reporting and response to Emergency Animal Diseases (EADs).

The Emergency Animal Disease Surveillance Online Training modules have been collaboratively developed by the epidemiology teams from all of the Australian Veterinary Schools. The four modules are freely available online at and each takes approximately...

Survey: Assessment of body condition in cats and dogs in Australia 20 March 2020


Most veterinary clinics perform some type of body assessment of their patient as part of their regular consult. The objective of this study is to evaluate how often veterinarians and veterinary nurses in Australia assess body composition of dogs and cats. This is important to prevent obesity in small animals as this can lead to significant health problems such as musculoskeletal diseases, cardiovascular diseases and many more.   

I am seeking your participation to take part in this interesting...

Referral letters and reports 20 March 2020



The Veterinary Practitioners Code of Professional Conduct (Code) requires that a veterinarian who has previously treated an animal must, when requested to do so, and with the consent of the person responsible for the care of the animal, provide copies or originals of all relevant case history records directly to another veterinarian who has taken over the treatment of the animal (cl 10).

With the client’s consent, relevant records must therefore be sent by the referring veterinarian to the veterinarian providing a second opinion (referral letter) and similarly from the second opinion veterinarian to...

Emergency Response to African Swine Fever 20 March 2020



March 2020 CVO Bulletin regarding African Swin Fever. 

This CVO Bulletin has been issued on behalf of Sarah Britton – the Chief Veterinary Officer in NSW. The CVO Bulletin provides an update on African swine...

Animal Welfare Requirements for Transport and Sale 20 March 2020



The impacts of drought continue to cause immense pressure on rural communities and serious risks to human and animal welfare across NSW.

To guide people involved in the transport and sale of livestock, including horses, the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has developed a range of support material to provide practical advice on animal welfare requirements for transport and sale.


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Warning to Trainers and Veterinarians - Use of Altrenogest in Fillies and Mares 17 February 2020


A warning from Racing NSW has been provided with regards to the use of Altrenogest following the detection of a prohibited substance in a sample obtained from a horse on race day.

Racing NSW Altrenogest Warning to Trainers and...

Updated User Guides for the NSW Pet Registry 05 February 2020


The NSW Pet Registry User Guide for Veterinarians and Authorised Identifiers (Vet and AI User Guide) provides a step by step guide to the major functions of the Registry for both Veterinarians and Authorised Identifiers.

The Vet and AI User Guide includes detailed instructions on how to create microchip records and update the desex status of a pet, as well as new sections on how to create and manage litter and...

Bushfire Crisis Resources for Veterinarians 17 January 2020


Personal support

1. Doctors’ Health Advisory Service (02) 9437 6552

2. AVA Counselling Service 1300 687 327

3. Lifeline 131 114

4. Beyond Blue 1300 224 636


Staff support

1. Vets Beyond Borders

Volunteer veterinarians and veterinary nurses (AVERT program) are available to assist...