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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2010
67 YEARBOOK 2010 CATTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA Australian Cattle Vets The ACV is one of the largest special interest groups within the AVA. Membership includes veterinarians from private practice, government departments of agriculture, Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service, the university system, consultants, and those employed by pharmaceutical companies. In recent years the promotion of veterinary student membership has been an area of focus for ACV, due to a conviction that we, like all rural based industries need to secure our future membership (and indeed the ongoing future of animal production in Australia) by nurturing and encouraging young members of the profession. 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. The ACV is managed by an annually elected executive committee of 9 members including a president, vice president, president-elect, secretary/treasurer, AVA board member and Policy Councillor. There are additional executive committee members, state representatives and subcommittees as well as a paid scientific officer who is responsible for editing the quarterly journal and co-ordinating the scientific component of our continuing education events. Administration is conducted from a central office based at Eight Mile Plains in Brisbane, Queensland which is shared with the sheep (ASV) and animal reproduction (AETS) special interest groups. In 2009-10, ACV has continued to focus on continuing education and member services as well as ongoing liaison with the cattle industry which its member's serve. Providing high quality continuing veterinary education with a strong production animal focus is a core aim of the ACV and in 2009-10 we have worked hard to fulfil this commitment. The ACV ran a well attended conference program at the AVA annual conference in Darwin in May 2009 with the theme of 'One Medicine'. With the conference being held in the tropical north, themes were focused on tropical diseases, cattle welfare, emerging issues of exotic and zoonotic diseases and on farm biosecurity. The ACV teamed up with Australian Sheep Veterinarians and the Australian Reproductive Veterinarians for the Mega Repro Conference at the gold Coast in QLD. This was one of the most successful and well attended conferences, mostly due to the excellent line up of world expert presenters including speakers from USA and Human reproductive fields and the coming together of three production animal special interest groups of the AVA. As usual a busy social calendar for the conference allowed old colleagues and new to catch up and meet and spread the word. » 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.