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Disease eradication versus control

Is there a silver lining to New Zealand?s Mycoplasma bovis outbreak? Carl Eden, General Manager, Commercial, and Christoph Egli, Bovine Product Line Manager, of IDEXX Laboratories, argue that the Mycoplasma bovis crisis provides an opportunity to hone our response to other animal diseases, including BVD. Introduction New Zealand has an admirable and ongoing record when it comes to animal disease control. While the current effort surrounding the control and eradication of Mycoplasma bovis has the attention of the industry, the opportunity to consider our response to other diseases of economic importance should not be sidelined. This discussion aims to focus…
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Before you purchase fireworks, think about the animals

Guy Fawkes is coming up (5 November). Before you purchase fireworks, think about the animals. The NZVA supports a ban on the private sale of fireworks. To reduce the impact of fireworks on animals the NZVA encourages people to view a public fireworks display rather than purchasing fireworks for private use. We also encourage the public to continue to speak up on this issue and speak loudly for those who cannot speak themselves - animals. Each year veterinary clinics see injured and traumatised animals as a result of fireworks. Some of the injuries are horrific. Fireworks can also cause severe…
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Mycoplasma bovis update: 15 October

In this update: The current situation. Advice for farmers buying, selling or moving weaned calves to grazing. Help find unregistered tag numbers. The calf rearer survey. Update on bulk milk testing. ELISA test for Mycoplasma bovis do not react to pink-eye antibody. M. bovis Strategic Science Advisory Group Workshop. PM sets out recovery package and compensation assistance. Helpful resources for you and your clients. Key contacts. The current situation As at 12 October there are: 38 infected properties (6 in the North Island, 32 in the South Island) 59 properties under restricted place notice (this number includes infected properties Find…
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Future focused

VetScript Editor's pick: October 2018 All business owners should think about succession planning, but few do. Matt Philp gets tips for you to get started. When it comes to succession planning, Margie Murray is very much the exception that proves the rule. The Practice Manager at Mosgiel-based Murrays Veterinary Clinic has been actively discussing the long-term future of the business with her co-owner ? and husband ? Donald, a mixed animal veterinarian, for several years. Rest assured, there will be no last-minute panic in the Murray household when they eventually make the call to retire. But that level of preparedness…
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Donate your veterinary books

The Commonwealth Veterinary Association (CVA) run a book programme where books can be donated by veterinarians in New Zealand and Australia to distribute to graduate veterinarians (for free) in the Association?s member countries. The programme is coordinated by Dr Jim Connah in Hobart, Australia with a sub-depots at the New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) in Wellington and IDEXX Laboratories in Auckland. Have you got books you could donate to the programme? Good quality books published in the past 20 years are ideal for donation. Any veterinary subject may be of interest. The most popular requests are for books on small…
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Wanted: Senior Communications Advisor

Permanent/Full-time (40 hours a week) Wellington-based Applications Close: 23 October 2018, 12pm. Do you want to use all your skills and experience and do your best work every day for a good cause? The New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) and Healthy Pets NZ (a charitable trust) have combined forces to create a dream job for an experienced savvy communications professional who loves to be involved with positive and exciting change. This role offers a mix of autonomy and teamwork in a relaxed professional working environment with smart, caring people, dedicated to supporting the veterinary profession and animal welfare. The NZVA…
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Watch for rips

VetScript Editor's Pick - October 2018 Bette Flagler talks with Vicki Lim, the student behind The Riptide Project, a veterinary mental health social media initiative. For more information go to www.facebook.com/theriptideproj or www.theriptideproject.com, where you can sign up for a Cuppa. Once Massey University fifth-year veterinary student Vicki Lim took a surfing lesson. ?It was horrible; I got beat around so much. In my head I thought I was going to be this really sexy surfer chick, but it didn?t work out,? she laughs. But the experience wasn?t for naught. Before Vicki and her fellow wannabes got into the water,…
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Hog heaven

VetScript Editor's pick - October 2018 Animal scientist Kirsty Chidgey?s obsession with pigs began at Massey University and included a period breeding rare types for sale and eating. Two years ago she completed a PhD study investigating the relative merits of farrowing crates versus farrowing pens. It?s highly topical ? and, in its conclusion, potentially controversial. Jacqui Gibson reports. Animal Scientist Kirsty Chidgey completed her PhD at Massey University in 2016 ? two years on, its findings couldn?t be more relevant. Kirsty?s thesis compared the impacts of farrowing crates and pens used on commercial pig farms in New Zealand. Kirsty?s…
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Cracking down on cartels

This article is the first in a five-part series from the Commerce Commission addressing anticompetitive conduct. Next month we will outline how businesses can break Commerce Act laws by bid-rigging, and describe the red flags that suggest this conduct is occurring. With cartels continuing to be an issue in New Zealand, the Commerce Commission is on a mission to boost business awareness of how to avoid and how to spot anti-competitive conduct. Put simply, a cartel is where two or more businesses agree not to compete with each other in order to increase profits. This conduct can take many forms, including…
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Chief executive of New Zealand Veterinary Association announces resignation

Mark Ward today announced his resignation as chief executive of the New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) after almost two years in the role. Mark will be leaving the NZVA on 1 November to take up the next exciting step in a career highlighted by extensive leadership and business experience in the New Zealand food and agricultural sectors. "The role with the NZVA was a shift in direction for me and I've certainly enjoyed working with the veterinary profession and helping the NZVA navigate the challenges of a rapidly changing environment," Mark said. "We know veterinarians are trusted advisors on the…
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Mycoplasma bovis update: 12 September

In this update: Current situation LIC introduce daily semen testing Farm Risk Assessment Profile Reminder on compensation after commercial testing Reminder on certification of late gestation cows See previous updates from the NZVA and answers to frequently asked questions at www.nzva.org.nz/myco Current situation As at 7 September there are 37 active Infected Properties. The first infected farm has been confirmed in Northland. All active infected properties are under quarantine controls. These controls restrict the movement of stock and equipment on and off those farms to contain the disease. Active infected properties have yet to be depopulated, cleaned, and have their…
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Veterinarians call for more owners to insure their pets

New partnership between the New Zealand Veterinary Association and Southern Cross Pet Insurance to increase education about pet insurance. The New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) is calling for more owners to insure their pets so they have more options for treatment and care should their pet get sick or injured. That?s why the NZVA is partnering with Southern Cross Pet Insurance in the hope of increasing awareness of the benefits of pet insurance for cats and dogs and how it can result in better outcomes for animals. New Zealand has the second highest rate of pet ownership in the world…
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