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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2011
69 YEARBOOK 2011 CATTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA Australian Cattle Veterinarians The ACV represents approximately 1200 Veterinarians with an interest and passion for cattle Veterinary practice including those working in private practice as Dairy and Beef Veterinarians, Cattle veterinarians working in industry, for universities or in research. Our mission is simple; we aim to support our members in their goal of building successful veterinary practices. The ACV has an important role to play in advocating for our members, seeking out opportunities to enhance the quality and fulfilment that they receive as a result of being able to serve the cattle industry. The ACV has a number of accreditation schemes including the NCPD (National Cattle Pregnancy Diagnosis) scheme and the VBBSE (Veterinary Bull Breeding Soundness Examination) scheme. The great thing about NCPD and Veterinary Bull Breeding Soundness Evaluation (VBBSE) accreditation schemes is that they add value both to cattle Veterinary practice, and probably more importantly, the cattle industry that we humbly serve. ACV, by playing an active role in ensuring that industry receives the highest level of quality assurance when a cow is pregnancy tested, or a bull examined for breeding soundness is striving to also enhance the productivity and profitability of the cattle industry. Cattle Veterinarians are facing increasing pressure throughout Australia from unskilled, unregulated lay operators. Obviously, I have a vested interest in this topic, but would like to take this opportunity to ask all cattle producers to think twice before putting your faith in a person who has often little training and generally limited ability to advise you on the best ways to interpret and use the results that have been generated. Your cattle Veterinarian, if he or she is an NCPD accredited vet, puts their professional reputation, their accreditation and their Veterinary registration on the line every time that they test and certify a cow for you and can help you to interpret the results and what it may mean to your “bigger picture”. Compare this to the unregulated, unlicensed operator who has nothing to lose, and you can hopefully see that your ACV accredited vet is money well spent. Without a regular and recurring role for a cattle vet on your farm, you have very little opportunity to look at possible causes of sub optimal performance, reduced opportunity for disease surveillance and may face challenges with issues such as biosecurity, animal welfare and dispensing and appropriate use of medications This year the Australian Cattle Veterinarians have worked hard to provide quality continuing education for our members. Our annual conference in Alice Springs was a huge success, and its theme of “how to treat” was well received. It is part of a three year “trilogy” which will also include themes of how to diagnose and how to prevent disease. Our aim is to provide our members, and your Vets with the latest information presented in a practical way ready to take home and implement on your farms. ACV is reviewing our reporting of Bull Fertility under our VBBSE scheme. We are moving toward a more “risk based assessment” model which will give producers a better guide as to whether we can expect a bull to get calves under paddock mating conditions. In conclusion, I would like to reiterate, and really emphasise the importance that the ACV places on the relationship between cattle producers and our members, your local Veterinarian. We hope that all members of the Cattle Council of Australia can recognise the synergism between successful cattle veterinary practices, and successful cattle farming enterprise, and that neither can succeed without the other. The Australian Cattle Veterinarians (ACV) is a special interest group of the Australian Veterinary Association. Rob Bonanno President Australian Cattle Veterinarians