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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2009
CA TTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA YEARBOOK 2009 Australian Cattle Vets The ACV (formerly known as Australian Association of Cattle Veterinarians) is a special interest group of the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) Ltd. The Cattle Vets comprise of vets with a strong professional interest in cattle. pharmaceutical companies, and students. With our broad based membership, considerable intellectual resources and focus on the future of the rural veterinary profession and the cattle industry as a whole, ACV continues to be a strong and respected “player” in both the dairy and beef industries. A In 2008-09, ACV focused on continuing education as well as ongoing liaison with the cattle industry. ACV ran major conference streams in Perth and Geelong this year. We firmly believe that quality continuing education of cattle veterinarians is essential. In a coup for ACV, we have been awarded the honour of hosting the World Association of Buiatrics Conference at the Cairns Convention Centre in July/August 2014 (Buiatrics is the study of cattle). This is essentially the “Olympic Games” of cattle veterinary conferences and hosting it is a considerable honour. Due to the scale of this undertaking, the organising committee has already convened and preparations are already underway. The Veterinary Bull Breeding soundness Evaluation (VBBSE) accreditation scheme has been driven by a cattle industry desire to have an accreditation scheme which identifies those veterinarians who have demonstrated their ability to provide an accurate, safe, repeatable and properly recorded bull evaluation service. Accreditation workshops for this were rolled out in Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria in 2008-09. December 2008 saw approval for the certification mark for the ACV National Cattle Pregnancy Diagnosis Scheme which will provide additional legal protection to the scheme and tail tags. An ongoing auditing process and expansion of the program to include accreditation for ultrasound pregnancy diagnosis underpins the ACV’s commitment to providing high quality veterinary services to the cattle industry. ACV is passionate in its commitment to the cattle industry and frequently becomes involved in wider cattle industry CV membership includes veterinarians from private practice, government departments, AQIS, universities, consultants, those employed by issues. In the past 12 months ACV have had considerable input to the following issues: • Antibiotic residues in bobby calves. The international trade implications of this are enormous and ACV members are providing considerable ongoing technical and management input to this thorny issue. • Biosecurity of Australian livestock industries. Particularly in the wake of the equine influenza exotic disease outbreak, ACV members have been involved at many levels in reviewing quarantine and biosecurity practice and policy. • Live export of Australian livestock. ACV members provide ongoing input to the live export industry as well as being a voice of “scientific reason” when the industry comes under fire from various community groups. • Animal welfare issues. ACV as a group and as individual members are frequently involved in responding to livestock welfare issues in the public arena. • Beef 2009 at Rockhampton. ACV members will be speaking at several lectures and forums during Beef 2009 at Rockhampton this year. In conclusion, ACV would like to thank the CCA for their ongoing support and fellowship. The ACV places an enormous value on maintaining an open dialogue and ever evolving role with the greater cattle industry. The ongoing and successful relationship between ACV and CCA is integral to achieving this aim. We firmly believe that it provides untold benefits to both ACV, CCA and the cattle industry in general. We look forward to continuing to work with CCA in 2009 - 10 and beyond. For more details about the ACV, check out our website at www.acv.com.au Scott Parry President Australian Association of Cattle Veterinarians 79 1117_CCA Yearbook 2009.indd 79 5/5/09 8:01:40 PM