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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2010
68 YEARBOOK 2010 CATTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA As this report is being written we are coming up to our standalone conference which is being held in Alice Springs in April. The theme of the conference is 'How to Treat', and from the number of registrations received in the lead up to the conference looks to be a very popular program with Practitioners from around Australia speaking and field trips organised for pasture walks and demonstrations of electro-immobilisation and speying of female cattle. Plans are being laid for the upcoming World Buiatrics conference which was secured for Australia in 2014. Later on this year a delegation of veterinarians from ACV will attend the upcoming 2010 Buiatrics conference in Santiago, Chile. This will also help with the planning of our conference in the near future with attendees looking closely at the running of the event. The conference will be set in Cairns so access to the Barrier Reef and other travel destinations should encourage a large contingent of overseas veterinarians to attend. The ACV executive, state reps, executive officer and scientific officer met for the annual executive workshop at Melbourne Airport in November. Much time was devoted to looking at how ACV can continue to encourage under graduates to enter the rural veterinary profession as well as retain them in rural practice in those vital first 3 -- 5 years post graduation. One of the ways ACV does this is through awards and incentives that bring young members to the conference and encourage them to build a career in cattle practice including through the rural practice weekends and presenting at the ACV conference. » 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. A large number of veterinarians are now accredited as VBBSE testers adding to the robustness of the scheme. In 2008, the ACV received approval for the certification mark for the ACV National Cattle Pregnancy Diagnosis Scheme. This certification mark 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. The rural practice weekends (RPWs) have continued to be a big success in 2009-10. They involve a group of rural practitioners attending each of the Australian Veterinary Schools on an annual or biennial basis. With additional University courses being run in almost all states in Australia it requires a large input from rural practitioners in the close proximity to the Veterinary teaching centers. The practitioners present a variety of lectures and hands on workshops. These are aimed at (a) increasing the practical skills of prospective rural veterinarians and (b) encouraging veterinary graduates to enter rural practice. These events provide a fantastic opportunity for ACV and individual practices to promote themselves to the undergraduate population and nurture the oncoming crop of rural vets. ACV is passionate in its commitment to the cattle industry and frequently becomes involved in wider cattle industry 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. We also contribute to formulating a rational and humane approach to animal welfare as it pertains to the production animal industries. In conclusion, ACV would like to take this opportunity to thank the Cattle Council of Australia 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 Cattle Council is integral to achieving this aim. We firmly believe that it provides untold benefits to both ACV, Cattle Council and the cattle industry in general. We look forward to continuing to work with Cattle Council in 2010-11 and beyond. Andrew Hoare President Australian Cattle Vets