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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2015
YEARBOOK2015 CATTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA 56 Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) is the professional organisation that represents veterinarians across Australia. Our mission is to drive the success of the veterinary profession and promote veterinary science to benefit animals, the environment, the community, and our members. There are divisions in each state and territory around the country, along with local branches and more than 20 special interest groups. Veterinarians are vital contributors to agricultural industries. They help livestock producers to increase production, as well as promoting the welfare of farm animals, and detecting and responding to outbreaks of emergency animal diseases. Australian Cattle Veterinarians (ACV) – A Special Interest Group of the AVA World Buiatrics Congress in Cairns In 2014, the AVA hosted the World Buiatrics Congress (WBC), the largest gathering of cattle vets in the world. The Buriatrics Congress, which was held in the last week of July, focuses on the study of ruminants such as cattle and their diseases and is held somewhere different in the world very two years. Past president of the Australian Cattle Veterinarians (ACV), Dr Scott Parry, said they were proud to have won the bid to host the event. “With over 1000 delegates, the WBC is like the Olympic Games of conferences for people who study and treat cattle and other ruminants,” he said. “There were over 350 presentations and 70 keynote lectures during the week – so there was something for everyone.” Beef Week Over 30 passionate cattle veterinarians were at the ACV stand at Beef Week in Rockhampton this year. Over 1,000 blown up pregnancy testing gloves were given out to kids and young at heart adults driving lots of attention and traffic to the stand. Production related topics were delivered both at the stand and at various other stands by Cattle Vet members over the week. Our Australian Cattle Vets raise the bar The flagship ACV accreditation schemes diagnosing pregnancy and assessing bull breeding soundness have had a brand new makeover. The new-look PREgCHECKTM and BULLCHECKTM schemes were launched at Beef Week. Our cattle vets provide crucial services to cattle producers, particularly in ensuring the ongoing productivity and prosperity of producers whilst maintaining animal welfare. The ACV’s two schemes are key components to their service offering, providing producers with assurances of accuracy, consistency, and accountability. PREgCHECKTM (formerly the National Cattle Pregnancy Diagnosis Scheme) is the most robust pregnancy diagnosis assurance scheme in Australia. Accredited members must have demonstrated their ability to detect Veterinarians are vital contributors to agricultural industries.