Bushfire Crisis 08 January 2020


Many veterinarians, veterinary students and veterinary staff have been affected by the devastating bushfires in NSW and a number of services are available to provide support including:

  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


The response to this crisis has been heartwarming with many veterinarians from Australia and overseas expressing an interest to assist animals, colleagues and members of the public affected by these bushfires.

For those wishing to...

What would you do if you suspected one of your patients to have an Emergency Animal Disease? 17 December 2019


Would you know who to call? Or how to proceed clinically?


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...

CVO Bulletins 16 December 2019

There have been some recent amendments to the NSW Biosecurity legislation. Of most interest to veterinarians in NSW will be the amendments to requirements relating to:

Veterinary Training in Wildlife Treatment and Care 12 December 2019

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



Joint statement from Australia’s Chief Veterinary Officer and Chief Medical Officer on how Australians can reduce antibiotic resistance 19 November 2019

World Antibiotic Awareness Week, 18 – 24 November 2019

Antibiotics are an essential part of modern medicine; they are used to treat a range of bacterial
infections in humans and animals. Unfortunately, antibiotic resistance is a growing problem that
poses a serious threat to human and animal health in Australia and worldwide. 

See the full statement here





Survey Research: Everyday sexism in the workplace 09 September 2019

You are invited to participate in research exploring Australian veterinarians’ experiences of everyday sexism in the workplace.

This is part of a student honours project at Charles Sturt University.

Complete the questionnaire

This study is adopting a perspective of everyday sexism to explore negative gender experiences for Australian veterinarians — male, female and gender diverse. 

This study is not setting out to explore overt sexual...

Animal Health Surveillance Newsletter 09 September 2019

The Animal Health Surveillance Newsletter is a quarterly report on a portion of the animal disease investigations conducted by the government veterinary service of NSW. It contains case reports and information provided by the District Veterinarians of Local Land Services and the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI), who together form the government veterinary service of NSW.

The NSW DPI is obliged under the Biosecurity Act 2015 to detect and manage notifiable animal disease outbreaks.

This obligation is met by government veterinary officers being required to investigate potential notifiable...

Hendra Virus 09 September 2019


Local Land Services Hunter Region noted confirmation of Hendra virus infection by the State Veterinary Laboratory at Menangle 12 June 2019 in an unvaccinated mare on a property near Scone. In NSW to date there have been 22 horse deaths as a result of Hendra virus and whilst there have been no human fatalities from Hendra virus in NSW the disease presents significant work health and safety, public health and biosecurity risks. 

Hendra virus infection is a notifiable disease in NSW.

Veterinarians are strongly advised to regularly review their Hendra virus work health and safety responsibilities...

Ear Marking or Tattooing of Female Companion Animals 09 September 2019

The Companion Animals Act 1998 (s 86A) from 1 July 2019 has introduced a requirement for veterinarians to ear mark or tattoo female companion animals (dogs and cats) at the time of desexing.

However, this must only be performed:

  1. Whilst the animal is under general anaesthetic
  2. If it is considered by the veterinarian to be safe and humane
  3. If the owner has consented to the procedure




Notice of Annual General Meeting 09 September 2019

You are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of the veterinary profession in New South Wales at Rydges Campbelltown 15 Old Menangle Rd Campbelltown from 7.00pm Monday 11 November 2019.

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 1 November 2019.

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